Users of the Moodle environments administered by the eLearning Centre of Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences will this August discover that their familiar Moodle 1.9 has been upgraded no fewer than four branch versions to Moodle 2.3.1! This upgrade represents a major leap forward in functionality in Moodle, but inevitably it will also take some time getting used to the changes. New functionality in Moodle 2.3 (in addition to the features announced earlier, such as the Navigation and Settings blocks, conditional access and course completion and the file system with repositories and portfolios) comprises an all new assignment module that includes in one settings interface all the functionality of the four traditional assignment types. The Urkund anti-plagiarism service can be activated too from this settings page (The separate Urkund assignments have been deleted). Uploading files to Moodle has become easier in Moodle 2.3, because drag and drop uploading has been activated across the site (This works with all modern browsers, but not with Internet Explorer 9 or older).
Needless to say, an upgrade over four branches will entail the loss of certain contributed functionality that existed in Moodle 1.9. The Urkund assignment module is gone, as announced above. The obsolete Journal module too was left behind. The eMail-list block is another element that has not been updated for use in Moodle 2.3 yet and, hence, will be missing from the site. Of other modules certain instances that were corrupted in one way or another, have been deleted from Moodle and the Moodle database. In other words, teachers in Lappia and Lapin verkkokoulu Moodle should check their courses carefully and be prepared to make repairs or modifications.
The eLearning Centre is as always at your service to answer any questions you might have and to offer hands on help and training where needed.