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New LEO features for staff

NEW FEATURES IN LEO - ACU staff (2017)

This year LEO upgraded from the current Moodle version 2.9 to version 3.1 including updates to Mahara ePortfolio and the new Turnitin Feedback studio.

New improvements in LEO include changes to activities such as forums, LEO assignments, Turnitin assignment and quizzes as well as unit enhancements.

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A new File setting means teachers can now display the date a file resource was uploaded or changed, giving students a better user experience.

screen shows setting for file upload date

NOTE: by default this option is unticked, to show the file upload date, tick the 'Show upload/modified date' box in the file settings and 'save changes'.


Its now much easier and quicker to change a section title without leaving the page by clicking on the pencil icon next to the title

Alternatively edit options are now combined into one action menu allowing you to change section titles via edit topic,highlight, hide and delete sections.

screen displays edit topic option in unit

  • TAGS

Unit activities and resources may now be 'tagged', making it simpler to find related content.

Tags allow students and teachers to connect different types of content on the site.

The following areas may be tagged:

  • Courses
  • Activities and resources (new in 3.1)
  • Quiz questions
  • Wiki pages
  • Blog posts (including external blog posts)
  • User interests (displayed on your full profile page)

When a user clicks on a tag, the tag page displays only items with that tag in the same collection.

screen displays tag settings

Like to find out more about 'my units' refer to LEO guides

Grading Assignment submissions has got more streamlined with all grading/feedback features in one screen; the ability to annotate over student PDF submissions and navigation to return to unit, assignment or filter for other students.

Direct link to Grade

Screen displays assignment grading summary

  • 'View all submissions' links to assignment submission inbox
  • 'Grade' opens a single screen including a view of the student assignment submission; access to grade feedback and navigation options to return to the unit homepage or assignment grading summary page.

The new Grading interface simplifies the process of grading, putting all aspects of the student submission, inline commenting, grade and feedback option in a single page, including file upload and marking guides or rubrics if appropriate, and allowing quick navigation between student submissions.

screen displays single grading view

Navigation includes:

  • Return to unit
  • Return to submission inbox
  • PDF annotation tools
  • next and previous arrows to move between student submissions
  • filter options: submitted, not submitted, needs grading
  • grade and comment on the same page
  • apply rubrics and grade if attached to the assignment
  • select view option

NOTE: to use annotation options, the inline comments options must be selected in the assignment settings. There is an option to convert other file submissions such as Word to PDF in the submission inbox.


Select specific assignments you want to download for offline viewing In the assignment submission inbox, and choose 'download selected submissions' from drop box.

screen displays assignment submission inbox and download selected submissions

Like to find out more about assignments refer to LEO guides

There are a number of new options that allow teachers to ensure important posts remain at the top of the discussion thread.


Important forum posts can now be pinned to the top of your list, making them more visible to your students.

Pin posts remain at the top of the forum posts regardless of new posts

screen displays forum post at the top of the discussion


When you select the Permalink option under a forum post, a unique forum post URL is highlighted to copy and paste and use elsewhere. Students and teachers may use permalinks.

NOTE:  that a Permalink to a forum post will maintain the same read permissions as the original post – this ensures no one without permissions will be able to read it.

Like to find out more about forums refer to LEO guides

Gradebook in LEO can be used to keep track of the marks and grades of students in a unit. Most activities that are created in a unit will appear as an item in the gradebook, whether they are assessable or not.

Gradebook can be found from the 'Administration' menu in a unit: Administration > Unit administration > Grades.

The new 'Gradebook setup' option can be found from the ‘Administration’ menu in a unit: Administration > Unit administration > Gradebook setup and allows editing lecturers to access the gradebook setup directly

For more information about Gradebook setup refer to Moodle docs 3.1 - Gradebook FAQS

Like to find out more about Grades refer to LEO guides

There are four new interactive question types now available in the quiz activity, allowing teachers to create word selection and drag-and-drop activities using both text and images. These question types offer new opportunities for interactivity and deep thinking in a range of subjects e.g. nursing, education.

  • Drag & Drop into Text: A drag and drop question type where missing words have to be dragged into gaps in a paragraph of text.

screen displays drag and drop question with text

  • Drag & Drop Images: allows students to drag words, images or both from a list and drop them into pre-defined gaps on a base image.

screen from Moodle of Drag and drop question type

  • Drag & Drop Markers: allows students to drop markers onto an area on a background image. Drag and drop markers questions differ from Drag and drop onto image question type in that there are no predefined areas on the underlying image that are visible to the student.

screen displays drag and drop question with image

  • Select the missing word: similar to the Drag and drop into text question type, but uses drop-down menus in the text instead of drag-boxes.. This works well where the question text is very long and you would have to scroll a lot to do drag and drop.

screen displays select missing work question type

Source: question images from Moodle New features

Like to find out more about Quizzes refer to LEO guides:

Turnitin Feedback Studio combines the Originality Report interface and the GradeMark Feedback interface into a single dynamic view. All these tools are now accessible via a single collapsible menu on the left of the screen. The layout has changed significantly from previous versions and you should take some time to become familiar with the new look.

screen displays Turnitin feedback studio

Key features of the Feedback Studio interface are:

  • Information about the student submission e.g. name of student, grade, next and previous options
  • A navy blue tab at the top left to view thumbnail and switch quickly between pages
  • The student submission content in the centre, with either matches or feedback shown
  • The blue section in the right menu contains feedback options such as QuickMarks, General comments and rubrics
  • The red section in the right menu contains text match; sources links and filtering options
  • The grey section in the right menu shows information and download links
  • The bottom grey strip provides a zoom function and page/word count information as well as the option to return to the Turnitin classic view (individual tabs for originality report, GradeMark and PeerMark.

screen displays return to Turnitin classic

NOTE: access to 'Turnitin classic' view will be phased out during 2017.

Also the PeerMark option is not currently available in the Feedback Studio view and you must change to the 'Turnitin classic' to access the PeerMark tab.

Like to find out more about Turnitin assignment, refer to LEO guides

Workshop includes a range of new options that help filter for submissions and also includes options to specify file types you wish students to upload.

You can now view all participants and filter to see who has and has not submitted to a workshop during the submission phase.

screen displays workshop activity submission report


When setting up a workshop, you can now specify the types of file you want students to submit to the workshop activity in the submission phase for example you may want to limit students to uploading audio file mp4, mp3, or image files png, jpg'.

screen displays workshop setting to specify file types

NOTE: If the field is left empty, then all file types are allowed.or not. Students may also now deleted their own submissions.

Like more information about Workshops, refer to LEO guides

Other additional enhancements include Competencies or 'Competency Based Education'.

What are competencies? Competencies describe the level of understanding or proficiency of a learner in certain subject-related skills.

In Moodle 3.1 it is possible to create and apply 'Competency frameworks' for evaluating students against competencies in LEO.

For more information about the latest Moodle 3.0 and 3.1 new features refer to:

Watch the following video on Turnitin classic vs Turnitin Feedback studio

NOTE: the eRater option is not part of our Turnitin license.