Moodle 3.6 new feature – hide date edited

Why would you want to hide the date of something in Moodle? Read on to find out why…

The Moodle 3.6 release notes have a link to a Tracker item https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-41265 which most people would never read.

But this refers to a very useful feature!

Almost hidden in the Page documentation is a statement:

“The ‘last modified’ date may now be hidden if it is not useful.”

What does that mean?

Well, let’s say you create a Page in Moodle.

It will show the time and date it was created – in fact “last updated”.

Now, in the real world, I might create a Page Resource this week, and I might not need to change that for a few years, because the information it details is correct.

However, for a learner viewing the course content, this Page Resource may look 2, 3, or 4 years out of date!  Quite misleading eh?

So, this new features is great, because it means if I create a Page Resource, and I’m confident it’s not going to need updating for a while, then hiding the time and date it was last edited is really useful, and avoids confusing the learners.

Have you noticed this setting? Already using it?

Stuart Mealor

Managing Director at HRDNZ
Stuart is interested in all things e-learning, with specific interests in Moodle, e-learning strategy, and business development.His experience in education over 30 years, MBA in International Business, and knowledge of e-learning systems implementation, together with graphic design background, give him a unique skill set for e-learning projects.

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Stuart Mealor

Stuart is interested in all things e-learning, with specific interests in Moodle, e-learning strategy, and business development. His experience in education over 30 years, MBA in International Business, and knowledge of e-learning systems implementation, together with graphic design background, give him a unique skill set for e-learning projects.

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