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Moodle news, from ISR: back up your courses, changes to policy

May 7, 2014

This message is to inform you about the new Moodle instance, changes to the  Moodle policy, and a reminder to back up copies of your current courses.

It''s that time of year!

The old Moodle instance will be archived, and the new instance will be live on May 19. The old instance will be renamed to A link to the archived instance will be posted on the Moodle Archive page. Faculty and students will have the same access they do now.

The new Moodle instance can be found at If you would like to visit the site before May 19 (to work on your course sites) you may do so by navigating to
This instance is running version 2.6.x. There are some additional features in this version that should improve the working experience in
Moodle. Below is a short list (see the full list here).

  • Go Paperless!Easily review and provide in-line feedback by annotating on PDF files directly within the browser. (This should be available by the beginning of the fall semester.) Watch this video for a preview about how it will function.
  • Conveniently allocate student assignments to different markers, and control when marks are released to individual students.
  • Quickly edit course activities and resources across all devices.

Changes to Moodle Policy

  • A new Moodle instance will be created for each academic year. The current instance will be found at
  • New instances will be created over the winter break of the preceding
    academic year e.g. Moodle for 2015-16 will be created over winter break
  • In order to support summer block courses in a timely manner, the Moodle
    instance for the just-completed academic year will be archived the week
    after Commencement. The instance will be renamed to
    Future instances will follow this convention ( e.g.
    for the 2014-15 academic year). The renamed instance will be kept for
    four academic years and then be deleted. You can access the archive
    site(s) on the Moodle Archive page.
  • Academic courses and course enrollments are created automatically in Moodle
    through an integration between JICS (the Portal) and Moodle. New courses
    are generally added to Moodle after Advising week.

Backup and Restore
If you need to restore a course file for the fall 2014 semester that is larger than 100MB
please contact your instructional technology liaison to assist.

Please make sure to back up and download copies of the courses you may want to
use in the future. Instructions to do so can be found below.

Please contact Jedidiah Rex at if you have any questions.