Moodle 2

What's New in Moodle 2.6?

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Settings Block

The Settings block has been renamed to Administration in Moodle 2.6.

The navigation block gets you where you need to go in Moodle.

The Adminstration block displays links and options that are based on whatever content is on the screen.

Navigation and Settings Block

New Interface for Editting Icon

   Moodle 2.6 has grouped the editing tool icons into a single convenient drop down menu. This menu is located to the right of the activity or resource to edit. Below is an explanation of the different editing icons:


Edit_Settings - Edit the in-depth settings of the activity or resource.

Move_Right  - Indent the activity or resource to the right for organization purposes.

Hide   - Hide the activity or resource from students.

Duplicate      - Create a duplicate of the activity or resource.

'Assign_Roles - Assign roles that are specific to this activity or resource to students.

Delete            - Delete the activity or resource.

Personalized_Learning_Designer- Access the Personalized Learning Designer for this activity or resource.

Group Setting and Edit Summary Buttons

    In addition to the new look of the editing buttons, there are two new buttons in the course content area: the “Group Setting” and Edit Summary” buttons.


The “Group Setting” button can be clicked to change how groups are handled by a particular activity or resource.


The “Edit Summary” button is used to change the summary text of a particular topic in the course content area.

TinyMCE Editor

   The TinyMCE Editor is the text and HTML editor used by Moodle. In Moodle 2.6, the editor has been updated to  provide a cleaner, more simplistic look. Common buttons are shown automatically, while more advanced options are shown by clicking the “Toolbar Toggle” button (highlighted Below).


After the Toggle button is hit.


Annotate PDF Files In-Browser

   A new feature added in 2.6 is the ability to annotate PDF submissions in-browser without having to download the PDF file. To do so, “Feedback files” must be enabled in the “Feedback types” section of the assignment’s settings.

To access PDF Annotation, click “View/grade all submissions” in the assignment’s page (highlighted below).


Select “Update grade” from the “edit” menu of the student whose submission you would like to annotate.


From the “Grade” section on the next page, select “Launch PDF editor….” This will bring up the in-browser PDF Editor.


The PDF editor will look like the picture below.


New Block Movement and Settings Location

   With editing turned on, the block settings buttons now appear in the upper right-hand corner of each block. One button allows you to move the block around the page, while the other opens a drop down menu of block options.


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