What's new in FLO

What's new in FLO

What's new in FLO sessions are held before Semester 1 of each year to summarise the changes from the yearly major upgrade in December. Click here to find out more or view all FLO training courses here.


New features / enhancements

2017
Next Release  - September 2017
3 August 2017
  • Bug: Fixed uploading marked assignments when the zip file contains a folder
  • Bug: Fixed an issue preventing saving of csv grading worksheets that had been downloaded from FLO
  • Bug: Fixed toggle of grade visibility from the assignment overview screen
  • Bug: Fixed an issue that could cause metagroups to disappear or become empty
  • Bug: Fixed an issue causing Turnitin submissions with invalid file types to become stuck in the queue
  • Bug: Fixed an issue causing Turnitin submissions to become stuck in the queue if the assignment is deleted
  • Bug: Future dated log entries will no longer appear in FLO reports
  • Bug: Updated SET urls in Topic Links blocks
  • Feature: Removed blue Missing file / 404 alerts
  • Feature: Updated Coderunner to version 2017052600
21 April 2017
  • Feature: Collaborate fixed date formats, now showing in Australian format 
  • Feature: FLO announcements / Site news has been added to the right side of the My Topics screen
  • Bug fix: Modified several links in the topic links block to point to their updated urls
  • Bug fix: Changed the default separator for uploading grading worksheets from "tab" to "comma"  
    Update: Fixed in August 2017: Please note: during testing, we noticed that in some circumstances, Excel will save worksheets as .txt instead of .csv (Excel 2013 and Excel 2010). Trying to upload the resulting worksheets to FLO will fail with an error. The workaround is to 'Save As' and choose 'CSV' as the file format. A fix for this will be included in the next update.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an icon formatting issue in students' assignment submission confirmation emails
  • Bug fix: Assignments with user override dates now show the correct time remaining/overdue status in the assignment table
  • Bug fix:  Suspended users are now excluded from groupsyncs (so students will no longer appear in student2 groups for topics they are not actively enrolled in)
  • Bug fix: When uploading marked assignments as a zip, only modified files will be returned to students (this reinstates a Flinders customisation we lost during the upgrade)
4 March 2017
  • Feature: New user preference to toggle whether forum posts are automatically marked as read when received by email
  • Feature: Assignment grade visibility can now be toggled from the assignment overview screen
  • Bug fix: Assignment metalabels now display overridden due dates correctly
  • Improvement: In a previous update, we changed the default group mode of new assignments to visible groups. In this update, we brought existing assignments in line with the change by updating any without a group mode set to "Visible groups"
  • Improvement: Participants page - "Display active users" filter now remembers what you selected when applying other filters
  • Improvement: Lecture code updated to support streaming over https
  • Improvement: Links in the Topic Info block to SETs and Past Evaluations have been updated to their new URLs
  • Improvement:  Collaborate added via Subtopic tool (will be removing the activity in the July release)
27 January 2017
  • Bug fix:  Changed forum digest emails to process in HTML (rather than plain text)
  • Bug fix: Re-introduced a customisation to the Turnitin integration to display 'Pending' while an originality report is being generated (this didn't make it in the upgrade)
  • Bug fix:  Removed some future dated log entries created through a rollover where the topic start date was increased during rollover
  • Bug fix: Increased session timeout to 4 hours
  • Feature:  USQ Flexi course format - a new course format that allows a combination of weeks and modules (including Assessment and Getting started modules)
  • Feature:  Assignment group / user overrides - ability to provide overridden start, due and cut-off date for individual students / groups. This is accessible from the Assignment Administration section (there are a few fixes coming in February for the labels on the topic homepage to ensure overridden dates are displayed here
  • Feature:  Blackboard Collaborate enabled in FLO
  • Feature: Updated the My FLO course overview block - this now displays a tab for topics that have been favourited in the My topics dropdown screen (favourite a topic by clicking the star on the top right hand corner of the topic) and will also load the course overview information asynchronously to speed up the loading of My FLO


New features / enhancements

2016
16 December 2016 Major upgrade to Moodle 3.1 including:
  • Feature: Redesigned assignment grading interface - online annotations, grading, rubrics and feedback are now all available within one screen
  • Improvement: Improved the reliability of assignment submissions generating a text-matching originality report 
  • Feature: Redesigned the My Topics menu on all pages in FLO to provide additional detail to students. The My Topics screen will now display upcoming deadlines and recent messages as well as all enrolled topics. Topics can be 'favourited' and these topics will appears first in a students list
  • Feature: Introduced a 'Recycle bin' tool that allows any recently deleted activities or resources to be restored into the topic. This is access from the Topic Administration menu. Deleted activities and resources will remain in the Recycle bin for 28 days
  • Feature: Folder resources can now be downloaded in a zip package (to allow the entire contents of a folder resource to be download with one click)
  • Improvement: With editing turned on, a topic module name can now be edited quickly
  • Improvement: A forum post can now be 'pinned' to the top of the list of discussions for easy reference
  • New Feature: The Moodle mobile app has been updated to allow for 'push' notifications to be sent to a mobile device. This allows mobile notifications for forum posts, assignment due dates etc.
 12 October 2016
  • Feature: Enabled integration with Flinders ePortfolio tool
  • Note: If you are interested in finding out more about Flinders ePortfolio tool, please speak to your local eLearning team
  • Improvement: The group filter option will now default to being visible for all newly created assignments. It is recommended that a grouping is applied to the assignment to ensure only relevant groups are displayed in the group filtering options
  • Feature: Additional editing tools have been added to the Atto editor. This allow responsive grids and pre-defined styles to be easily inserted
  • Configuration: Changed the default gradebook aggregation type to 'Weighted Mean of Grades' from 'Natural weighting'
  • Bug fix: Fixed several bugs with the Active Quiz plugin that is currently being trialled
17 September 2016
  • Feature: Enabled Single Sign On through Okta
9 July 2016
  • Feature: Installed the Active Quiz plugin for trial in 2016. Active Quiz is designed to conduct a realtime quiz where all students are shown a student at the same time and results can be graphically displayed. Please contact your local eLearning Support team for more information
  • Security: Switched FLO from using HTTPS for login only to HTTPS everywhere. All embedded content should be embedded using HTTPS to ensure FLO sites continue to display correctly
  • Improvement: Staff are now able to duplicate activities within a FLO site (with editing turned on, select 'Duplicate' from the 'Actions' dropdown menu on the topic homepage)
  • Bug fix: Assignment grades are now correctly made visible if an assignment is made visible from the topic homepage
4 June 2016
  • Feature: Enabled better integration between the Moodle Mobile App and FLO. Users are now able to access a larger range of content offline, contribute to forums, submit assignments and attempt quizzes through the mobile app
  • Feature: Installed Kaltura video platform integration into FLO - for pilot in late 2016
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue with the duplication of quizzes with duplicate questions
  • Performance: Improved performance in gradebook calculation processing and improved page load times across FLO
17 March 2016
  • Feature: Added link to Topic Demographic Dashboard within the Topic Links block for Topic Coordinators
  • Improvement: Updated Attendance tool
  • Feature: Added ability to send multiple students an email from the assignment submission table. To send an email to multiple students, within the assignment submission table use the checkbox to select the relevant students and then choose 'Send an email' from the 'With selected' dropdown list. All students will be added to the BCC field of the email
  • Improvement: Headings now correctly reflect their appearance within the HTML editor
19 February 2016
  • Feature: Added ability to delete multiple groupings at once
  • Feature: Added ability to export student group membership in grade exports
  • Bug fix: Locked assignment attempts will automatically reopen for students if another attempt is granted on the assignment
  • Improvement: Timed posts are now displayed correctly within the forum post overview on the My FLO page
  • Improvement: Expanded table editing tools within the HTML editor in FLO and apply default table styling
22 January 2016
  • Bug fix:  Reduced the number of errors generated from Turnitin when submitting an assignment
  • Bug fix: Fixed a bug that prevented file extensions with a capital from being recognised by 'restrict file type' options
  • Feature: Installed Coderunner quiz question type to allow various languages of computer code to be compile and instant feedback provided

2015

FLO underwent a major upgrade on 18th December 2015. Some highlights of this upgrade include:

  • A new 'Grader report' within the gradebook. The user interface for viewing and editing the grades for an entire class is greatly improved;
  • A new 'Single grade' view within the gradebook to view all grades for a particular student or activity
  • A simplified Gradebook setup process
  • Improvements to quiz editing tools (including drag and drop question ordering)
  • Increased granularity on forum subscriptions
  • Usability improvements to 'Timed forum posts'


19 December 2015 Major upgrade to Moodle 2.9 including:
  • A new 'Grader report' within the gradebook. The user interface for viewing and editing the grades for an entire class is greatly improved;
  • A new 'Single grade' view within the gradebook to view all grades for a particular student or activity
  • A simplified Gradebook setup process
  • Improvements to quiz editing tools (including drag and drop question ordering)
  • Increased granularity on forum subscriptions
  • Usability improvements to 'Timed forum posts'
  • Update Turnitin draft activity and assignment integration
  • Enabled Turnitin on all newly created assignments - Visit the Academic Integrity for Site FLO site for more information
  • Updated the look and feel of FLO by:
    • Defaulting FLO to a 2-column layout, providing more space for topic content
    • Converting the Administration and Navigation blocks into dropdown menus
    • Adding additional information onto the topic homepage for assessable items (e.g. assignments will show due date and number of submissions for staff or the current submission status for students) 
10 July 2015
  • Prevented students within a blind marked assignment from displaying in recent activity block
  • Added a new 'File types for text matching' restrict file type option in assignment to prevent students from uploading files that cannot have an originality report generated
  • Lesson bugfixes
  • Added provisions for semi-automated topic rollover (to be trialled in 2016)
10 July 2015
20 February 2015
  • new topic based Blog tool
  • better integration of Academic Integrity and Library quizzes - speak to your eLearning team about including Academic Integrity of Library Search Smart results in your gradebook
  • Introduced a report to edit all dates within a topic on one page (Available through Topic Administration > Reports > Dates)
  • A group containing the participants within each meta-linked topic is now created and automatically updated in Shared topics
  • The group manager has been improved to identify groups that have been created automatically (and cannot be altered) vs. groups that have been manually created and new methods to monitor your groups and groupings
23 January 2015
  • My Topics list organised into tabs
  • more options within groups and groupings
  • ability to make forums read-only before and after specified dates
  • easily upload documents from Microsoft OneDrive accounts

2014

19 December 2014
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