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Upgrade of Moodle System and Retirement of WebCT System

Further to the report in the last issue of ITS News (No. 157) June 2012, much progress has been made in the development of the central Learning Management System.

  1. Migration of WebCT Courses to Moodle Completed and Retirement of WebCT
  2. Moodle System Upgraded from Version 2.2 to 2.3
  3. Moodle Enhancements
  4. Department/Faculty Level Moodle Trainings

1. Migration of WebCT Courses to Moodle Completed and Retirement of WebCT

The 3-phase project to migrate courses on WebCT to Moodle was completed in August. A total of 1,570 Web CT courses have been migrated to run on the Moodle system. On successful completion of the migration project, the WebCT system retired on August 16, 2012 after serving the University community for 14 years.


2. Moodle System Upgraded from Version 2.2 to 2.3

With the release of Moodle version 2.3 on June 26, 2012, the eLearning Team has gone through a series of evaluations and testing to prepare for upgrading the Moodle system from version 2.2 to 2.3.   We are pleased to announce that the version upgrade was successfully completed on August 12, 2012.  Apart from fixing a number of function bugs, the new version also brings about new features and improvements which include:

  • Course interface - the course formats have been enhanced to make it quicker and easier for teachers to manage Moodle course.
  • Files and repositories – it is easier and prettier to manage files anywhere in Moodle. 
  • Assignment module - this assessment module has been completely rewritten from the ground up and fixing a lot of quirks.

The features and details about Moodle version 2.3 can be found in its release notes at http://docs.moodle.org/dev/Moodle_2.3_release_notes.


3. Moodle Enhancements

The eLearning Enhancement Task Force (EETF) has compiled the following list of potential enhancements to Moodle.  Some of these enhancements are recommended by eLearning support staff of Faculties and Departments.  The individual enhancements are being studied; and the feasible ones will be implemented over time. 

  • A plugin to be installed to allow anonymous forum posting
  • A filter for displaying 3-D structure of molecules using Jmol
  • The Quickmail plugin to enable email capability of Moodle
  • The ability to change user’s (display) name on Moodle
  • Create a default Moodle template to include: A link to library resources for students & all support resources
  • The Team Builder plug in
  • Make “auto subscription” the default for all forums to encourage student use of forums
  • Develop a repository plugin that could access the library catalogue
  • A plugin to allow students to submit multiple PDFs
  • Rebranding Moodle to give it a distinct HKU identity
  • CmapTools (http://cmap.ihmc.us/) to allow users to draw concept map in a user-friendly convenient way
  • Questionnaire module
  • Student Evaluation of Teaching questionnaire contributed by CITE


4. Department/Faculty Level Moodle Trainings

With a new initiative, ITS and EPSU are jointly offering tailored Moodle training courses and workshops to suit the needs of individual Faculties/Departments. EPSU has designed a series of Faculty level workshops based on the theme “Moodle in an Hour” with assistance from the Librarians. On August 9, we conducted a dedicated Moodle course to equip 27 Librarians with the Moodle fundamentals and skills. We also delivered another training course to School of Public Health on August 17, which was attended by about 20 teaching assistants.  Two more training workshops are scheduled for the end of August, which will be attended by about 100 teaching assistants from the Department of Civil Engineering.

For e-Learning related enquiries and support, please email eLearningTeam@hku.hk


Kenneth Siu
Tel: 2219 4082
Email: sky168@hku.hk