Moodle Enhance is a UNSW initiative providing an updated theme and template for Moodle. The initiative aims to implement a modern and clean aesthetic for all upcoming courses; With rollout already beginning, standardisation across courses will enable students to navigate consistently between different courses.
The Key benefits of Moodle Enhance include:
- Modern look and feel, branded under UNSW specifications
- Compliance with UNSW accessibility guidelines
- 66% of surveyed students rated the new design 4 or 5 stars
- Preferred design by interviewed academics
In addition to the Moodle Enhance Project, visit the dedicated Moodle 4.0 page to learn about key Moodle updates occurring simultaneously as part of the annual Moodle upgrade.
Key Theme Highlights
Moodle Enhance theme has been customised to meet the needs of UNSW Moodle users, through an iterative co-design process driven by students and staff feedback across all UNSW faculties. Below we have listed out some of the major feature from the Moodle enhance theme and course template.
Site header menu
The header menu located at the top of every course page, provides additional buttons for sitewide navigation and support. These buttons allow easier access to the dashboard, enrolled courses, support and more. Search for courses, view notifications and edit profile at the top right of the menu. “Edit Mode” has now become a toggle switch, providing visual clarity on the status of the button. The Help menu contains a wealth of links to central support resources and services including Educational Technology Support, Training & Resources, A.I.D.E. bot, UNSW IT support, UNSW Education, Staff Wellbeing, to name just a few.
Course settings and additional features have been moved from the left-side settings bar to the course banner. The banner includes course-specific tools including Course Settings, Participants, Grades, Reports, and other easy-to-access course features.
Course banner progress bar
If activity completion is enabled, the course banner now features a progress bar viewable for students. Students can easily keep track of their course completion throughout the term.
Course blocks have also been moved from the left-side menu to a collapsible right bar for increased visibility and usage. These blocks provide additional course features which teaching staff may want to incorporate to improve the learning experience. This right expandable column can be edited and features an upgraded display, improving user experience and accessibility.
The quick links section situated below the course banner, allows teaching staff to provide quick access to commonly used sites right at the beginning of any course. This section is entirely customisable in edit mode by teaching staff, depending on what content students should have immediate access to. To customise, ensure edit mode is turned on and add quick link items through the 'Add an activity or resource' button. For more information on what keywords to use in Quick links section, refer to Moodle Course Home page.
Two hubs are created by default for every course: the General Course Resources and Feedback Hub allow academics to add key course resources and activities above modules for easier access to students. Consider adding all assessments details and activities to the Assessment Hub to make it simple for students to locate all key information and due dates.
The look and feel of course modules/weekly topics have been updated. Teaching staff now have access to more flexibility regarding how course content is displayed. In addition, new buttons have been created, making it easier to manage course content.
Bulk editing toolbar
The introduction of this toolbar enables teaching staff to manage multiple activities and resources at once. Move, indent, delete, duplicate and more using this toolbar by selecting the checkbox next to existing items.
With the addition of two new buttons, users can now scroll quickly to the top of the course and focus on the most important course content. The 'Back to Top' and 'Focus Mode' buttons are located at the bottom right of any course page.
Back to top
A "Back to top" option has been added to easily transition to the top of the page, without the need to excessively scroll. For courses which are content packed, this provides greater accessibility for users where it becomes too difficult to manually scroll back up.
Focus Mode allows users to remove distractions including headings, expandable columns and course menus; Isolate the screen to just course content.