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Drag and Drop
Drag and drop is the process of selecting an item with your mouse by holding the mouse button down over the item, and then dragging it to a target. 

Image files, documents and more can be 'dropped' into Moodle using this method. This timesaving convenience simplifies adding resources and assignments to Moodle (Moodle retains the ability to add files via conventional methods, such as file chooser dialog boxes).

                fig 1- Drag and Drop Target

                fig 2- Drag and Drop Result

The above example illustrates a drag and drop target (fig 1) for an assignment submission and the resulting view after the drag and drop (fig 2). (student view). 

Drag and Drop Into Your Course
Even better, a Teacher can Drag and Drop documents directly into a course. Most documents, such as PDFs, will be added as a File Resource.  Images, such as JPGs, can be added as a File Resources (students click to view them), or as a Label Resource which is displayed directly in the course.  Simply "Turn editing on" and drag content into your Moodle course!

Inline Editing

Inline editing is the ability to change labels, titles and details without entering a formal menu. In the example below, the assignment title can be edited from the course home page.  Clicking the pencil icon changes the title to an editable text field. You must turn editing on to reveal this option.

Note the yellow context help message: Choose Enter to commit the changes, Escape to discard.

Collapsable Fields
Previous versions of Moodle required instructors and students to perform a great deal of scrolling. Collapsable fields have been integrated into the latest versions of Moodle to reduce scrolling and compact the display to show a limited number of fields.

Note the grey arrows below, starting with Feedback types. These fields are collapsed or closed. Clicking the arrow expands (and contracts) the contents of each section. Choose Expand all (top right) to open all collapsed fields. Clicking Expand all again, collapses all fields.

Book Module
The book module enables an instructor to create a multi-page resource in a book-like format, with chapters and subchapters. Books can contain media files as well as text and are useful for displaying lengthy passages of information which can be broken down into sections.

Sample Uses
To display reading material or create study modules 
As a handbook
As a portfolio of student work

Click to Learn more about setting up a book in Moodle.

Updated Workshop Module 

The Workshop module has been updated to include:
  • Full support for alternative grading evaluation methods.
  • Final grades are displayed to workshop participants when the activity is closed.
  • Ability to define conclusion text to be displayed to workshop participants when the activity is closed.
  • Instructors can assess submissions in the grading evaluation phase without the need to switch to the assessment phase.

The workshop activity module enables the collection, review and peer assessment of students' work.

Students can submit any digital content (files), such as word-processed documents or spreadsheets and can also type text directly into a field using the text editor.

Submissions are assessed using a multi-criteria assessment form defined by the teacher. The process of peer assessment and understanding the assessment form can be practised in advance with example submissions provided by the teacher, together with a reference assessment. Students are given the opportunity to assess one or more of their peers' submissions. Submissions and reviewers may be anonymous if required.

Students obtain two grades in a workshop activity - a grade for their submission and a grade for their assessment of their peers' submissions. Both grades are recorded in the gradebook.