As we have seen in previous blog posts, Moodle LMS 4.0, has a redefined user experience that improves teaching and learning for educators, learners and administrators. 

In today’s blog, we’ll be looking at the improvements Moodle 4.0 has brought to one of the most popular activities on Moodle: the assignment. 

Provide instructions for learners

Assignment is an activity that allows students to submit work to their teacher for grading, whether it’s text typed directly on Moodle or by attaching a file. 

When a teacher is setting up an assignment, they can include a description which can be displayed on the course page for learners to see as they browse the course content. In Moodle 4.0, assignments have a new area in their settings, called Activity instructions, where teachers can give detailed information about what learners have to do to complete the assignment. The difference with the existing ‘description’ field is that activity instructions are only visible once learners have started working on the assignment, and not before.

Create timed assignments

Another improvement in assignments on Moodle 4.0 is the option to give learners a specific amount of time to complete their work. If an assignment is timed, learners will see a notification before they start which lets them know how long they have to complete the assignment once they begin. As they work on the assignment, a timer is also displayed on screen so they always know how much time they have left. If time runs out, learners can still submit the assignment and it will show up as ‘late’. 

An assignment interface on Moodle 4.0 where the student has to write an answer. On the right hand side of the text box, there's a timer that shows Time Left: 09:55. Image In the timer on the right hand side, learners can see how much time they have left to complete the assignment.

This new feature must be enabled by your Moodle Administrator before you can use it.

Set a passing grade as completion criteria

In Moodle 4.0, assignments and all graded activities have a new completion condition, which allows the activities to only show as completed once the learner has reached the required level or grade. 

Notify learners of changes and updates

Finally, a new feature available in all activities and resources on Moodle 4.0 is the Content change notification. This feature enables teachers 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.

Moodle 4.0 has a new checkbox that teachers can select which says Teachers have the option to notify learners of changes in the course

See all these new features in action in our Moodle 4.0 Assignment video.