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Join us in London for MoodleMoot UK & Ireland 2017

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 02:22

by Helen Foster.  

Moodle HQ is excited to announce that MoodleMoot UK & Ireland 2017 will be held from 10 - 12 April 2017 at Park Plaza Riverbank, London.

Moodle HQ invites and welcomes abstracts encompassing a wide range of areas that support the following aims of the conference:

  • to showcase the latest educational research and developments related to Moodle;
  • to share experiences with the open source platform – what have you learnt, what works and what doesn’t – so others can learn from those experiences to enhance and improve their Moodle sites;
  • to provide a forum in which to discuss education and the professional practice of being an educator;
  • to facilitate debate, networking and professional development opportunities.

Submit your proposal today!

At the conference, you can expect:

  • workshops run by Moodle HQ staff, Moodle Partners and community members;
  • presentations by speakers from around the country and across the globe, who have been invited to present for their educational experience, Moodle expertise and innovative thinking;
  • keynote addresses from Moodle Founder and CEO and other prominent education experts;
  • community panel sessions, debates and other engaging activities;
  • valuable networking with other Moodle users, Partners and educators.

In addition, Moodle HQ has organised a number of social activities throughout the event, including a Gala Dinner.

Don’t miss out on early bird prices for all registration options - register today!

Moodle 3.2.1, 3.1.4, 3.0.8 and 2.7.18 are now available

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 21:00

by Marina Glancy.  

Moodle 3.2.1, 3.1.4, 3.0.8 and 2.7.18 are now available via the usual open download channels: https://download.moodle.org or Git.

For those of you on our MoodleCloud free Moodle hosting service you will find your sites upgraded to 3.2.1 today.

In addition to a number of bug fixes and small improvements, security vulnerabilities have been discovered and fixed.  We highly recommend that you upgrade your sites as soon as possible. Upgrading should be very straightforward. As per our usual policy, admins of all registered Moodle sites will be notified of security issue details directly via email and we'll publish details more widely in a week. Other details can be found in our notes for each release:
Note that 2.7 (LTS) and 3.0 branches are currently supported for security fixes only. See releases page for more details.

Come to Tochigi for MoodleMoot Japan 2017

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 03:35

by Helen Foster.  

MoodleMoot Japan is the annual conference of the Moodle Association of Japan. It has been held every year since 2008.

In 2017, MoodleMoot Japan will be held at the Jichi Medical University in Tochigi from 17 - 19 February and will feature presentations, workshops and keynotes from edtech presenters and Moodle experts.

To register your spot at MoodleMoot Japan 2017 and for more information, please visit mootjp.moodlemoot.org.

Our Learn Moodle MOOC has begun

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 03:54

by Mary Cooch.  

Our Learn Moodle MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) started on 2 January on Learn.moodle.net  and is now in progress.


Teaching with Moodle: An introduction is for anyone who wants to use the Moodle learning platform for teaching, whether in a school, a university, a company or just personal interest. In this 4 week MOOC, learners will explore all the different functionalities in Moodle and also create their own quizzes, assignments and many more.

There is still time to sign up now and explore the features of Moodle 3.2.  As with our previous MOOCs, if you would like to help out in the forums, please sign up too. Any support you can give to new Moodlers will be very much appreciated.

If you prefer to access the MOOC via mobile, you can also participate using our branded Learn Moodle app - available for Android or iOS. 


 Thanks everyone. We look forward to another great few weeks of learning with all of you.

Moodle Mobile 3.2 is now available

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 09:49

by Juan Leyva.  


I'm pleased to announce the release of Moodle Mobile 3.2 for Android and iOS. The app is available now on Google Play and will be in the App store soon: see download.moodle.org/mobile.


Key features in Moodle Mobile 3.2 include:

  • Auto-login to your site in a browser when coming from the app

  • Account sign-up via the app

  • Quick access to course grades

  • New messages and notifications preferences screen

  • Assignment grading with points, outcomes, scales and feedback, even when offline

  • Profile picture updating by taking a photo on the phone or choosing one from the photo library

  • Badges displayed in profile


In addition, performance improvements make the app even faster with reduced data consumption.


Please note that many of the new features require Moodle 3.2. See the Moodle Mobile 3.2 release notes for the full list of features, improvements and fixes in this release.

Sign up for our next Learn Moodle MOOC in January 2017

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 04:00

by Helen Foster.  

I'm happy to announce that Moodle HQ is running another Learn Moodle MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), which will start on 2 January 2017.

Teaching with Moodle: An introduction is for anybody who wants to use the Moodle learning platform for teaching, whether it be in a school, a university, a company or just personal interest. In this 4-week MOOC, you will explore many of the different functionalities in Moodle, including creating quizzes, assignments and much more.

If you're interested, please sign up here: learn.moodle.net. You'll receive an email reminder before the course begins.

Finally, many thanks to everyone who participated in our previous MOOC. We hope that you enjoyed it and found it useful for your learning environments. Please see Teaching with Moodle MOOC August 2016: Feedback and actions for details of how we are using your feedback to improve the course for future participants.

We look forward to ‘seeing’ you in our next Learn Moodle MOOC!

Moodle 3.2 is released!

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 06:03

by Martin Dougiamas.  

Hello!

I’m so happy to announce that Moodle 3.2 is now available for downloading!

This new release is another big step forward for our open-source project.  I’m proud of how our whole community, including Moodle institutions, Moodle Partners, hundreds of developers and Moodle users everywhere have again come together through the core work at Moodle HQ to support our shared mission to provide the best learning management platform on the planet.

There are many highlights from the past six month’s work, but in general we’ve focussed on user experience and accessibility

Firstly, I'm thrilled to introduce Boost, a new core base theme for Moodle (based on Bootstrap 4) which marks a new direction for how Moodle looks and functions.  The changes are not too radical, so long-time Moodle users will learn it quickly, but they give Moodle sites a fresh, new structure that aligns with many websites and mobile apps that you might be familiar with and that we hope new users to Moodle will find easier to learn.  With that comes better navigation, configuration and more space on your screen for important course content.  Of course, if you prefer your old themes they continue to work as before.  However I really recommend that themers build on Boost, and everyone join in our user testing projects, to help us refine and strengthen this UX direction further in releases to come.  


We've also designed some great improvements to messaging and notifications, sponsored by our good friends at University of Minnesota (special thanks to Mark McKay for his passion), that make it easier to keep in touch with your course and fellow participants, no matter what device you are using.

When you start up a fresh copy of Moodle you will notice a new user tours feature, sponsored by Dublin City University, that will show you around the new Boost interface.  These tours are easy to create for any page in your site, and can help with on-boarding of new changes or even making general announcements. 

Other major features include an industry-leading embedded media player based on video.js, which includes full support for video captions and subtitles, as well as new plugin-based support for other media players; slick new interactive report graphics; LTI 2 compliance and heaps more.  Altogether there are about 623 improvements and bug fixes.   Our videos explain more:

     


Please read Moodle 3.2 New Features for more about the major features, or see the Moodle 3.2 Release Notes for a full description of all the details including information for Moodle developers and designers.   I see a lot of developers have already upgraded their plugins for Moodle 3.2!

You can get Moodle directly from the usual primary channels: our download site or via git.  All sites on MoodleCloud, our community Moodle hosting platform, will be upgraded to Moodle 3.2 soon (expected on December 12th).  If you are hosted by one of our global Moodle Partners, please speak with them about your upgrade timetable.

Also next week look out for the new 3.2 version of Moodle Mobile, our companion mobile app for iOS and Android.  For those institutions with a custom Branded Moodle Mobile App  - all of your apps will also be automatically upgraded soon afterwards.

Thanks again to everyone involved in using and creating the Moodle project, you are a lovely bunch of people to hang out with and an example to the world of how to why doing software the open way is the right way.

Please always feel free to join us and help to continually improve our Free educational tools, either through the open public forums and tracker, or by joining the Moodle Users Association (we have started work on an exciting new dashboard sponsored by MUA for Moodle 3.3!).

Love to all and I hope your 2016 wraps up well!

Martin Dougiamas
Moodle Founder and CEO of Moodle Pty Ltd.

100% pass rate for Moodle 3.2 QA tests

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 01:52

by Helen Foster.  

A big thank you to all our Quality Assurance (QA) testers, as listed in the Testing credits, who helped us achieve a Moodle 3.2 test pass rate of 100% in 5 weeks. Congratulations to everyone who received a Moodle tester 2016 badge for running three or more tests in the QA cycle.

Thanks also to all our developers, who helped with fixing bugs identified through testing, so that tests could be reset and run again as quickly as possible. Thus we are all ready for the 3.2 release next week!

New user-friendly interface for Moodle plugins directory

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 10:02

by Helen Foster.  

Today we are pleased to reveal the first stage of Moodle's longer term Plugins directory project - a fresh new and user-friendly front page.

Plugins are important and flexible tool set, allowing users to extend the features of their sites. At moodle.org, our plugins directory contains hundreds of plugins, each of them capable of extending the features of Moodle's core functionality.

With more and more plugins being submitted on a regular basis, Moodle community members and users have asked for particular features that would allow them to find and easily access the plugins that they really need.

Moodle HQ has been working with community members to do some best practice research and comparisons, analysing recommended patterns of UI development, through to building and testing a number of prototypes resulting in this new interface.

Advanced search options, more accurate and relevant search results and an easier way to research plugins are some of the new things you’ll see in the new plugins directory interface.

Try out the Moodle plugins directory today, or for more details, see the discussion Try out the new Moodle plugins directory interface in the Plugins traffic forum.

Moodle 3.1.3, 3.0.7, 2.9.9 and 2.7.17 are now available

Sun, 11/13/2016 - 21:24

by Marina Glancy.  

Moodle 3.1.3, 3.0.7, 2.9.9 and 2.7.17 are now available via the usual open download channels: https://download.moodle.org or Git.

In addition to a number of bug fixes and small improvements, security vulnerabilities have been discovered and fixed.  We highly recommend that you upgrade your sites as soon as possible. Upgrading should be very straightforward. As per our usual policy, admins of all registered Moodle sites will be notified of security issue details directly via email and we'll publish details more widely in a week. Other details can be found in our notes for each release:
This is the last release in 2.9 branch. Moodle 3.0 from now on will be supported for security fixes only. See releases page for more details.

Amazing Moodle 3.2 release will be slightly delayed and is currently scheduled for November 28th.