New features

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.5. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version of Moodle may be available here: New features.

So what's new in Moodle 2.5?

Moodle 2.5 brings a lot of exciting new features for teachers, students and administrators. This page highlights some of the most useful and coolest. Click any screenshot to see it enlarged. The full details with technical information can be found in the Moodle 2.5 Release notes

For teachers and students:

Set-up forms are much shorter

If the Scroll of Death is not dead, it is certainly very ill: non-essential settings are now condensed by default, with the option to expand if required.

Note the "expand all" option and condensed links
Assignment types are neatly summarised

In a similar space-saver, you can choose whether or not to enable the rich text editor when creating quiz questions:

Without the editing tools
With the editing tools

Folders can be displayed inline on a course page

You can now choose whether to have a folder show its contents in a separate screen, as previously, or to have it display them inline with any subfolders expanded:

Typical folder display before 2.5
Folder displayed inline
Folder displayed inline with subfolders expanded


It's now possible for teachers to award course badges based on chosen criteria. These badges may also connect with Mozilla Open Badges

Teacher sets up a badge
Student view of allocated badges

Word count in forum posts

A new setting in forums will display the number of words in a post:

Note word count bottom left

Templates for Essay question types

When using the Essay question type in a quiz, you can now set a template which appears in the students' text editor for scaffolding their response:

Response template in question set up screen
What the student sees

Glossary blook enhancements

You can now use a global glossary in the random glossary block, and you can display the entries in alphabetical order:

Entries will display in alphabetical order

For administrators:

A new theme suited to all screen sizes

"Bootstrap" is a theme which changes according to the screensize of the device used - on smaller screens for example, blocks move to the bottom, freeing up space for the main content at the top:

Bootstrap theme on standard screen
Bootstrap theme on smaller screen; note position of Navigation block

Install add-ons from inside Moodle

It's now possible to install add-ons from within Moodle, rather than accessing folders on the server; useful for those admins who do not have FTP access. Add-ons can be uploaded and installed from a zip file or located and installed from the Moodle plugins directory:

Add-on install tool
Add-on passes validation; ready to go