Centre for Learning and Teaching

Moodle upgrade - reminder

Fri Jul 25 09:18:00 BST 2014

As part of our on-going commitment to the provision of a robust, secure and feature rich service, we are pleased to confirm plans to upgrade to Moodle 2.6. This upgrade is due to take place next week, commencing Monday 28 July.

Whilst we will endeavor to upgrade Moodle as per our proposed schedule, it can be difficult to be exact about timings. As this is the case, we reserve the right to alter this schedule as necessary; we will, however, keep staff and students updated via our online blog.

Anticipated schedule

In order to minimise disruption to end users during the upgrade, we have scheduled the upgrade at a time when Moodle activity is typically low - week commencing Monday 28 July. To further reduce disruption, a read-only version of Moodle will be available to users whilst the necessary work is carried out. The read-only version will be in place for up to 3 days whilst the work is carried out, after which point it will become the archive installation for the 2013/14 academic year and the new version of Moodle will be released.

Although Moodle use is low at this time of year, there is nevertheless always activity on the site. As this is the case, you may find it helpful to be aware of the upgrade schedule in order that you can plan accordingly:

 
  • Monday 28 July (from 8:00am)
    Moodle will be unavailable (whilst the read-only ‘archive’ is put in place)
     
  • Monday 28 July (pm) – Wednesday 30 July
    Moodle will be available on a read-only basis from the usual location
     
  • Thursday 31 July
    The new version of Moodle will be made available to users (though it will be considered to be running ‘at risk’ until Friday 1 August which is when final testing will be completed).

Although Moodle 2.6 has a range of new features (particularly in relation to the management of assessment and feedback processes), many of the other changes fall into the category of minor interface enhancements and are unlikely to cause undue confusion to existing Moodle users. Nevertheless, staff may wish to familiarise themselves with some of these features, and a helpful summary can be found in the 2014 ‘ Moodle News’ flier.

We have also updated the ‘ Getting Started‘ guide in anticipation of the upgrade, and hope that this will prove useful – either to new users of Moodle or as an aide-mémoire for existing Teachers.

If you have any questions about the upgrade (or indeed, any other aspect of Moodle), do let the team know.