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Moodle 4 – New Features & Improvements

This summer, ITS will be upgrading our Moodle installation to Moodle 4. Moodle 4 greatly improves the user experience by making its user interface (UI) more intuitive to use. It also introduces some new features and improvements to the accessibility of Moodle itself. Here are some of the new features you can expect to see.

Timed Assignments

You can now assign a time limit to an assignment. Learners are prompted about the assignment’s time limit when they begin it.

Instructors can set a time limit for an assignment.
Learners can view their remaining time in the blocks panel.

You can read more about timed assignments on the Moodle site.

📨 Notify Learners of Changed Content

This feature enables instructors to send a notification to their learners, via email or mobile app alerts, when they create a new activity or make any changes to an existing one. This feature can be enabled for all activities.

Check “Send content change notification” to let your learners know that the content has changed.

User Interface (UI) Changes

These make up a bulk of the Moodle 4 updates. Here are the biggest improvements.

Course Navigation

Course navigation is now displayed below the course title. In older versions of Moodle, it was a ⚙ cog wheel.

Edit Mode

Enabling Edit mode has moved to the upper right of the screen.

Course Index

Learners and educators can now navigate their course by expanding the Course index drawer on the left side of the screen.


Blocks are now stored in the Block Drawer located on the right side of the screen.

📦 Moving Day

The move to Moodle 4 will bring some much-needed enhancements and is scheduled for June. Keep an eye out for future announcements, and if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the help desk.