What’s New in Moodle 3.0

Beginning with Summer 2016 courses on, Cal State LA will be upgrading to Moodle version 3.0.

To access the new Moodle 3.0 version: (after June 16, 2016)

Moodle 2.8 mycsula portal icon



  1. Log into the My Cal State LA Portal at
  2. From the Quicklaunch Menu, click the Moodle icon.
  3. You should then be launched into the new Moodle 2016-2017 environment.


To access older Moodle versions:

When logged into Moodle, you will find the links to previous Moodle versions under the Previous Moodle versions block located on the upper right hand-side.

previous Moodle versions block
Note: Moodle 2.4 and 2.3 will no longer be available after June 1, 2017.

To copy content from a previous version of Moodle:

New features in Moodle 3.0:

Visit to see a complete list of new features within Moodle 3.0:

Faster Course Section Topic editing

Moodle 2.8 ATTO Text Editor

Moodle 3.0 now has an easier way to manage course Sections. Use Edit just to the right of each section name to edit, hide, or delete section topics just like you would for activities and resources.

New Dashboard:

The User menu introduced in Moodle 2.8 has been updated with a Dashboard feature.

  • User Menu with Dashboard option:

    Moodle 3.0 User Menu

    • You can quickly access the dashboard from the User menu

  • Dashboard:

    Moodle 3.0 Dashboard

    • Dashboard will allow you to view all your current courses as well as recent course activity on the blocks to the right.

New Gradebook Layout

Moodle 3.0 brings several new Gradebook navigational features and a name change for categories and items:

  • Grader Report navigation:

    Moodle 2.8 Grader Report

    • The new Grader Report now has tabs to allow you to quickly navigate between gradebook options and features. From here you can quickly access features such as: Gradebook Setup, Single View, Course Grade Settings, and User Report.

  • Gradebook Setup replaces Categories and items:

    Moodle 2.8 Catagories and Items

    • Gradebook setup displays all the same options you are familiar with

New Turnitin Layout:

The process for creating a Turnitin assignment has changed. It is now easier to edit assignment settings.

  • Turnitin Layout

    turnitin layout          

    • This new layout allows you to start by viewing your Assignment inbox. The Assignment inbox has all the same features as before. However you are no longer allowed to submit on behalf of your student.  Students will need to submit their own Turnitin assignment.

    • The Settings tab is also located here and has all the Turnitin assignment settings you are familiar with such as timing for the assignment; plagiarism options; submission settings; and the Rubric manager.

  • Creating a Turnitin Assignment:

New quiz question types

Moodle quizzes can now use four new question types: select missing words, drag and drop into text, drag and drop onto image, and drag and drop markers. These questions are much more interactive and allow for multiple responses:

  • Select Missing Words:

    Moodle 2.8 Grader Report

    • Select missing words allows you to create a paragraph with gaps between words where students can select the right answer within a set of answers in a drop down menu.

  • Drag and drop onto text:

    Moodle 2.8 Catagories and Items

    • Drag and drop onto text is similar to Select missing words. The difference here is that instead of selecting from a drop down menu students can interact with the text by dragging and dropping an answer onto the corresponding text. Student will have a pool of answers to choose from.

  • Drag and drop onto image:

    Moodle 2.8 Grader Report

    • Drag and drop onto image allows you to use a background image and a set of answer images as a question. Students will have to drag the appropriate answer choice onto the background image you have selected. You can allow from multiple answer images to be used for the question.

  • Drag and drop markers:

    Moodle 2.8 Catagories and Items

    • Drag and Drop markers allows students to drop markers onto an area on a background image.

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