Moodle upgrade 2020

The University is upgrading from Moodle 3.7 to Moodle 3.8 this summer. You’ll notice some design and interface changes. 

Improvements for everyone

Digital accessibility

Blackboard Ally enables you to access course content in different accessible formats.
Please note that upload of new files to Blackboard Ally is disabled in the test version.

Find out more about Blackboard Ally

Favourite courses

  • Star your favourite courses from within a course
  • More ways to reorder your favourite courses

Calendar and reminders

  • Filter your calendar by day, month or upcoming event
  • Improved reminders layout

Dashboard - Course Overview Block

The tabbed ‘Glasgow Course Dashboard’ block will be replaced by the Standard Moodle Course Overview Block. The standard block comes with improved filter capabilities.

Two screenshots demonstrating the visual change from the Glasgow Course Dashboard block to the Moodle Course Overview block. The screenshot of the new block shows a drop-down menu with the ability to filter courses.

Session timeout

You’ll receive an alert to extend your session if there’s been no activity for a while.

Improvements for course administrators

Digital accessibility

Blackboard Ally will assess course materials’ accessibility and provide recommendations on how to improve them. More on Blackboard Ally.

Similarity checking - Turnitin replaces Urkund

Turnitin replaces Urkund for similarity checking on Moodle Assignments. Advance notification of the removal of the Urkund Service was communicated last year.

It is now crucial that any active course assignments that still have the Urkund setting enabled are updated as soon as possible.

No Urkund similarity reports will be available to staff or students after the Moodle upgrade date of 21 July. 

If you are unclear about any of the above, please raise a support ticket for guidance as soon as possible to avoid any potential problems with your content.


Incorporate interactive media, slideshows and videos created in H5P into your Moodle pages, books and lessons through the Atto editor.

Assignment Submission Report changes

  • For assignments where extensions are permitted, you can now add extensions of whole days directly from within the Assignment Submission Report.
  • For assignments with 'blind marking' enabled, the Participant Number is now shown in its own column.


  • Assess student forum contributions
  • Export forum discussions
  • View a detailed summary report of student activity


  • View Question ID numbers and tags
  • New Edit menu for Quiz creation and management

Course editing

Access frequently used admin functions without having to navigate to the menu listing.