Martin Dougiamas narrates this 2 minute video that breaks down all the great stuff that was included in Moodle 2.8. From the gradebook’s lesser known improvements (like pasting from a spreadsheet) to Moodle’s move to support complete analytics-based computer-aided education. There are a lot of great things in 2.8.

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Watch the full video here:

Or enjoy it as the first video in this Moodle 2.8 Playlist which features an overview of improvements and changes to,

  1. the gradebook
  2. forums
  3. usability
  4. Atto autosave
  5. event monitor
  6. quiz improvements
  7. cohorts

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  1. Cohorts 2.8.3:
    In Moodle 1.19 my College added to the ‘search course fields’ a search that searched on a course ID. At the start of each year students were automatically added into a course ID and at the same time adding that course into Moodle if it did not exist previously into a course category. Courses starting at the start of a new year were fully populated with students into their respective courses. Should a course need to be populated as an addition from another course searching on the course ID brought up all the students in that course that could be ‘moved over’ into that existing course. The same applied to staff with staff ID’s so that staff could be added in the same way.
    It’s only now that I’ve started using 2.8.3 because of the text editor in 1.19 not producing html5 code. I find that Moodle 2.8.3 Cohorts is coming to a point that was being used years ago in 1.19.
    I’ve pasted a lot of spreadsheets from Excel with formatting and colours into Moodle 1.19 without any problems until recently, however pasting a spreadsheet into a ‘page text editor’ in Moodle 2.8.3 strips all colour, box borders and formatting that leaves me ‘cold’. Is this something that is being looked into?
    Kind regards,

  2. @Gerald, this is probably to be expected because in 2.8 Moodle uses it’s own text editor called Atto. The functionality is not as robust as TinyMCE which you probably were using before. I think you can revert to TinyMCE in the administration if you wanted to go back and leverage the other text editor. Find out more about Atto here:

  3. Hi Joseph,
    Thanks for the reply.
    I’ve tried all the editors, changed the spreadsheet to a table but cutting and pasting into the text editor panel leaves it devoid of colour and all cell borders. I would suggest that you try to cut and paste from an Excel spreadsheet into a Moodle label or page with all cell borders and coloured background and text sections and if successful I would like steerage on how it is accomplished please.
    Kind regards


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