Today John tells us all about the latest version of Moodle – version 3.1.
Introducing competency frameworks
The latest release of Moodle (Version 3.1) provides some powerful new enhancements that will particularly interest educators in the VET sector. The introduction of the long-awaited competency frameworks will provide the flexibility for “clustering” competencies into a single Moodle Course. The application of this new feature is very exciting, where the administrator can now set up site wide competency frameworks that model their organisational capability frameworks or training packages on an RTO scope of registration. They can then create learning plan templates, add competencies to them and assign learning plans to individual selected students or to whole cohorts. In other words Moodle 3.1 will allow easy mapping of multiple competencies in a single course.
Something special for Moodle teachers
If you are a Moodle teacher, you can select the competencies you will be teaching in your Moodle Course and link multiple competencies to activities. Clicking on a competency name will take you to a grading page for that competency. It is now possible to use activity completion to automatically complete or add evidence to course competencies, a great addition for setting up industry based and recognition of prior learning (RPL) courses.
And for learners on the move…
A much sought after feature has finally arrived in 3.1 for learners on the move, with the introduction of quizzes for mobile. This comes on top of some powerful mobile features introduced in 3.0, including Moodle Mobile SCORM player, which enables the playing of SCORM 1.2 packages online and offline. When a user loses connectivity, offline mode is enabled automatically and all interactions that are tracked by the SCORM package are saved. When a user is online again, the offline attempt is synchronised back to the Moodle site, either merging it with other incomplete attempts on the site or saving it as a new attempt.
What about non RTO clients in general?
The main change for non RTO clients is also the introduction of competency frameworks and learning plans. These provide capabilities that are much more in tune with enterprise learning and development requirements such as those provided by TotaraLMS. Many organisations have staff capability frameworks with sets of capabilities mapped to job roles. We can now create individual staff learning plans that identify those required capabilities with activities mapped to multiple competencies and evidence of completion provided in a range of formats. It is a powerful new capability of Moodle.