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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 3.0. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version of Moodle may be available here: New for administrators.

If you're a Moodle admin, this page will tell you about the major changes affecting you in Moodle 3.0. If you'd like to see full details of the release with technical information, here are the Moodle 3.0 release notes.

Upgrading and plugins

Safer upgrade with a key An upgrade key can now be defined which will prevent non-authenticated users accessing the upgrade screen. Find out more...

More secure upgrading

Improved plugins management: Plugins installation has had a major overhaul.It is now possible to upgrade all plugins at the same time, to install required dependend plugins along with the specified plugin and to cancel installations if desired. More information on the Installing plugins page.

Improved plugins handling

Authentication and enrolment

Duplicate emails allowed: Although not recommended, it is now possible to allow duplicate emails both when adding new users manually as well as via CSV, with a new' Allow accounts with the same email' setting in Site administration > Plugins > Authentication > Manage authentication

Default enrolment start: A new site setting 'Default enrolment start' sets the time for when students are enrolled in a course. The default is 'Now', but it can also be set to 'Today' and 'Course start'

Guest access: Teachers may need to know that guest access and guest passwords may now only be set from Course administration >Users >Enrolment methods.

Cohorts: An image may be uploaded when creating a cohort manually.

Backup and restore

  • Backup and restore now works with the new logging system
  • Automated course backup now include new settings for 'Delete backups older than' and 'Minimum number of backups kept'

Usability and issues affecting users

Reset Dashboard and profile pages - You can now set the default blocks on these pages and, using the new Reset button, reset them for all existing users.

New "Reset" button.

Messages - Users may now delete their own messages (but they remain for the recipients).

Users may delete their messages

Profile contact details: Students can see each other's contact details if they can see their course profile

Section editing: Teachers may need to know the buttons for editing weekly and topic sections are combined into one menu.

Other admin changes and improvements:

Atto HTML editor >Table settings: - a new page where you can enable, if desired, extra options when editing tables in the Atto editor.

Table options available once activated.

Tags: - only Managers have the capability moodle/tag:edit (instead of authenticated users) and a new capability moodle/course:tag, given to teachers by default allows for courses to be tagged from Course administration >Edit settings. Tags use autocomplete. The Mange tags page (Site administration >Appearance >Manage tags) has an improved interface with inline editing.

Improved tag management

Uninstall languages - a new option to uninstall several languages in one go, just as you can install or update in bulk.

Question types - four new question types are available for teachers. On new installs of 3.0 the question chooser will display the most commonly used question types first (although as admin you can still change the order in Site administration >Plugins >Question types >Manage question types.

Mobile app

Mobile access is enabled by default in new installs. The full functionality of the app is available in 3.0 sites without the need for the local mobile plugin. Recent versions - 2.4 and 2.5 bring such new features as:

  1. course search and self enrolment
  2. ability to do Choices in the app
  3. ability to take Surveys in the app
  4. ability to engage in Chats in the app.

The screenshot below highlights features for each release. For more information, see the New for mobile page.

Features for each release