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February 5, 2019

Moodle at risk, Tuesday 12th February 2019

Filed under: Moodle, [Scheduled] — Benjamin Steeples @ 12:22 pm

Moodle will be at risk, and unavailable for brief periods between 6:00am and 09:00am on Tuesday 12 February. This is to allow for a reconfiguration of networks and firewalls.

The following services will be at risk:

  • https://moodle.essex.ac.uk/
  • https://moodlex.essex.ac.uk/
  • https://moodlearchive.essex.ac.uk/
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November 13, 2018

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October 30, 2018

[Service Alert] [Resolved] Moodle

Filed under: Moodle, [Resolved], [Service Alert] — Tags: — admin @ 9:34 am

Update – 09:51:

Moodle service has now been restored. We believe the problem was caused by a runaway process and resource limits.

Original post – 09:34:

We are currently investigating an issue with Moodle that is causing slow page loads and timeouts.

This affects the following Moodle services:

  • https://moodle.essex.ac.uk/
  • https://moodlearchive.essex.ac.uk/
  • https://moodlex.essex.ac.uk/
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September 28, 2018

Moodle Housekeeping 2018

Filed under: Elearning, Moodle — Samantha Thornton @ 10:15 am

A new academic year is nearly upon us. For the majority of departments using Moodle this means it’s time to do some annual housekeeping on your Moodle courses, so that they are fresh and tidy for new students.

Note that this guidance assumes that your course/module starts in-line with the new academic year. Courses and modules running outside the usual October > July year should delay this process until a ore suitable time.

1. Reset

It’s time to reset your Moodle courses ahead of the new academic year. This will remove all student data from your course (e.g. forum posts and quiz attempts) but will leave the resources and activities in place for your new cohort to use.

To reset a course:

  1. Locate the red Administration block on a Moodle course.
  2. Click on the Reset link under the Course administration heading.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Select default button.
    Select default button
  4. Go to the Roles section. In the Unenrol users selection box, find and click on Student. It should be highlighted in blue.
  5. Scroll to the bottom again and click the Reset course button to start the reset process.
  6. If the reset is successful, you should see lots of OK messages on screen. If you receive any error messages, or the screen goes blank after clicking the button, please contact the Learning Technology Team for assistance.
  7. Click Continue to return to your course home page. Your Moodle course has now been reset.

Repeat for all of your courses.

You do not need to backup your course before resetting (unless you want to) as the Moodle site has been archived – a copy was taken on 15th July and is accessible directly or via the Archive link on the black toolbar in Moodle. The archive is ‘read only’ and is often used by students to access previous year’s modules.

2. Make your course visible

You can see when a course is hidden from students as it has a greyed out title link.

Hidden course

To make it visible:

  1. Locate the red Administration block in your Moodle course.
  2. Under ‘Course administration’, click on Edit settings.
  3. In the top section, make sure the ‘Visible’ setting is set to Show.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save changes. Your Moodle course is now visible to students.

3. Contacting your students via Moodle

Moodle currently does not give students access to their Moodle courses until the formal start of their studies (usually the start of the academic year). We recommend that if you need to contact your students via email before they arrive, please use the Outlook mailing lists as these will be more up to date.

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August 20, 2018

[Service Alert] [Resolved] Problems affecting www.essex.ac.uk

Filed under: Corporate systems, Elearning, Email, FASER, Listen Again, Moodle, ORB, [Resolved], [Service Alert] — Samantha Thornton @ 8:36 am

Update: 20/08/2018 08:42am

The problem has now been fixed and you should have access these websites. The problem was traced to a network load balancer not behaving as expected.

If you are still experiencing problems, please contact the IT Helpdesk.

Original: 20/08/2018 8:36am

The following websites are currently unavailable:

  • Main website: www.essex.ac.uk
  • Moodle: moodle.essex.ac.uk
  • FASER: faser.essex.ac.uk
  • Email: email.essex.ac.uk
  • Listen Again: listenagain.essex.ac.uk

We are currently investigating the cause, and will update you as soon as service is restored.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

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