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Moodle 4.1 and Summer Roll Over

Update 06.07.23

Moodle is now BACK UP (06.07.23) after having had a major make over. It is now looking and feeling positively different. The upgrade brings major security improvements, a more current and easy to navigate interface and improved functionality.

Previously posted information (before 06.07.23)

Now that our staging space is ready, following a productive collaboration with all Colleges; the UAL Digital Education team are preparing a set of videos demonstrating how the new Moodle looks and functions. The upgrade will be supported by a set of training sessions in the coming weeks and at the beginning of September.

The LCC Digital Learning team will be here to support you during this slight transition. The significant upgrade has come with a few challenges as the Grid course format that had been implemented during our Templates project, was not fully supported.

We have now worked out the solution to fix this shortcoming and it will be implemented on 300 sites after the Rollover takes place. The work will be carried out in collaboration with our Course Support Administrators colleagues.

The Digital Learning Team will keep you up to date as we reach each milestone, please make a note of the Key Dates below.

Grid format pages

If your School, Course or Unit sites use a Grid course format, the Digital Learning team will need to do some manual remedial work over the summer to apply a fix so that your sites look as they do now.

With the help of the Course Support Assistants, the Digital Learning team will import those sites and their content so that we can make the necessary adjustments during the process. Once the sites content and interfaces are ready, we will release them back to academic colleagues.

Changes to content by academics can take place before the Rollover and after the sites are released. Please see Key dates below.

Please note that sites without the Grid format will be released earlier.

Key Dates

Upgrade to Moodle 4.1 – 4th July and 5th July 2023

Moodle 4.1 goes live – 6th July 2023

Roll Over – Week Commencing 10th July 2023

Process and sites validation – Completed by 21st July 2023

Non-Grid sites will be made available – 24th July 2023

Grid sites will be made available – 14th August 2023

Live courses during the upgrade-Note: After the upgrade, we will be focusing our attention and prioritising the sites that will be on use during that time, so that disruption is minimised as much as possible. You can continue working on those sites as normal,  as our team works behind the scenes. Do get in touch with us if you have any concerns.

Support and Training

As well as changes to the layout of Moodle, there are some new features. They include recite me accessibility tool to allow for those students who need both learning and language support to engage with Moodle more inclusively. A new log in page with a carousel of images by students from across UAL. A search tool in the My Courses section. And a notification feature, to allow you to inform students when he content is added.

View this video tour of the new Moodle 4.1

If you need any support or have any questions about this process then please contact the Digital Learning Team –

Guidance is being created centrally and will be placed within the Digital Education blog. There will be available training sessions at LCC, as part of the UAL Digital Education summer staff development programme and in September. See dates details below:

Monday July 10th  16.00 – 16.45 

Wednesday July 12th  14.00 – 14.45 

Friday July 14th  11.00 – 11.45 

Monday September 4th  11.00 – 11.45 

Wednesday September 13th  14.00 – 14.45 

Thursday September 21st  11.00 – 11.45 

The Digital Learning Team

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