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Moodle 4.0.1 and other minor versions released today

1 week 1 day ago
by Adrian Greeve.  

Dear all,

Moodle 4.0.1, 3.11.7, 3.10.11, and 3.9.14 were released today.

As usual, you can find the releases via our download channels (https://download.moodle.org or Git).

We recommend you upgrade your Moodle sites where possible, to benefit from the bug-fixes and security improvements.

The release notes for each version can be found on the following pages:


Please see the releases page for more details.



Version Release status Initial release General support ends Security support ends 3.9 (LTS) Current security 15 June 2020 10 May 2021 13 November 2023 (ext 6M) 
3.11 Current stable 17 May 2021 14 Nov 2022 (ext 6M) 13 Nov 2023 (ext 12M) 4.0 Current stable 19 April 2022 8 May 2023 13 November 2023 4.1 (LTS) Future stable November 2022 November 2023 November 2025

Please join us for the Moodle Academy 'Introduction to Moodle 4.0' webinar on 25 April 2022, 12:00 - 13:00 UTC

3 weeks 3 days ago
by Mary Cooch.  

Please join us for the Moodle Academy 'Introduction to Moodle 4.0' webinar on 25 April 2022, 12:00 - 13:00 UTC.

During this event, you will learn about the new features and improvements of Moodle 4.0. The webinar is complemented by two courses, Moodle 4.0 for Educators and Moodle 4.0 for Admins which will launch at the time of the webinar.

This event is for Educators, Admins and any one interested in Moodle 4.0.

https://moodle.me/intromoodle40


Please join us for the Moodle Academy 'Introduction to Instructional Design' webinar on 20 Apr 2022 16:00 - 17:00 UTC

3 weeks 6 days ago
by Jessica Gramp.  

Please join us for the Moodle Academy 'Introduction to Instructional Design' webinar on 20 Apr 2022 16:00 - 17:00 UTC.

This short course will introduce you in the creation of engaging elearning courses, through a Community of Inquiry that lead to ownership of learning and metacognition and to Data Curso, a system for instructional design.

This event is for Educators.

Register at moodle.academy 



Moodle 4.0 is here! Welcome to a new user experience

4 weeks ago
by Sander Bangma.  

Hi everyone,

I am very proud to announce the release of Moodle LMS 4.0 and an improved user experience for our hundreds of thousands of educators and hundreds of millions of users worldwide. Welcome to a new contemporary look and feel that is fresh and intuitive, with tabbed navigation and a redefined course experience that makes it easier for educators or trainers to create and edit courses and for learners to prioritise and complete course work.

Central to this release are our users and Moodle community, with whom we engaged throughout the entire journey. We have made sure that whether you’ve been using Moodle for ten years or ten minutes, we addressed the most critical friction points but in a way that ensured current users did not need to relearn the process.

We started with a user experience benchmark study with 770 responses and a series of twelve workshops that identified the issues and prioritised them via a qualifying criteria process which rated the scale of the problem, investment of time to resolve and impact of the result. Through ideation, prototypes and until the last phases of development, we tested and refined solutions with our end users.

Moodle 4.0 is dedicated to the Moodle community, partners, educators, trainers, developers, administrators, and learners who have contributed to the evolution of Moodle over the last 20 years. As an open source platform, our community is one of our greatest strengths, and we thank you for your ongoing contributions. Over that time we have seen more than 130,000 contributions to the Moodle code base, from 897 developers across 58 countries. And that’s not all, many more people have contributed in our forums, with translations, through our wonderful network of Moodle Certified Service Providers, and directly from Moodle HQ. Thank you all!


The major enhancements in Moodle 4.0 include:


Easy and intuitive navigation

Moodle 4.0 introduces a new design language, visual styling and is responsive and consistent between devices. The new navigation hierarchy is simplified and shows what is contextually relevant. Access to the most commonly used items is delivered through tabbed navigation, which is consistent sitewide. These improvements reduce cognitive load and allow educators and learners to easily find what they want, when they need it.


Responsive across devices, Moodle 4.0 brings a contemporary look and feel with a simplified navigation hierarchy.


An improved course page and rejuvenated dashboard

The course page now clearly displays the relevant information and actions required for each activity, including the description, completion conditions and completion status, relevant activity dates such as when submissions open and close, and restrictions if applicable. Learners can also collapse or expand sections within course pages to focus on particular pieces of content or activities.

A rejuvenated dashboard welcomes the learner and summarises important tasks within a timeline with clear call to action buttons. The dashboard includes a single view calendar of requirements that learners can import other calendars to or export.

These enhancements allow learners to anticipate deadlines and manage their time more efficiently.


The dashboard welcomes the learner and the timeline provides a summary of course deadlines and actions with new colourful activity icons.


New additions

A key improvement in Moodle 4.0 is the addition of a new collapsible and expandable Course Index on the course page, making it easier and quicker for students and educators to find activities and resources or track activity completion. Educators will find it a powerful tool as they can use it to drag and reposition activities (and even whole sections) within a course, which means less time organising courses and more time teaching.

Another new expandable and collapsible component on the right-hand side of the screen enables teachers to prioritise blocks displaying course-specific updates, information and reminders. Learners can choose to collapse or expand blocks, allowing them to reduce visual clutter and focus on the learning at hand.

Plus, “My Courses” is a new, stand-alone dedicated page that helps educators and learners search, view and quickly navigate between all their courses.


The new Course Index on the left-hand side (shown on tablet) and Blocks on the right-hand side (shown on desktop) can be expanded or collapsed to create more efficient teaching and learning.


Open source virtual classroom - BigBlueButton

We are proud to announce that BigBlueButton has been incorporated into Moodle 4.0 as a standard feature. BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing and virtual classroom providing real-time sharing of audio, video, chat, slides, screen sharing, a multi-user whiteboard, breakout rooms, polling and emojis. A key tool in fostering learner engagement, the free tier BigBlueButton hosting included in Moodle LMS 4.0 offers analytics on user participation, 60 minutes and 25 users per session, moderator webcam and seven-day non-downloadable recordings.


Engage learners with BigBlueButton, the open source web conferencing and virtual classroom integrated into Moodle 4.0.


Quiz and Assignment get better

Quiz has been made better in Moodle 4.0 via flexibility within the question bank allowing teachers to analyse the success of particular types of questions within quizzes and create differentiated versions based on assessment performance. Plus, the introduction of timed assignments allows teachers to hone learners' focus and minimise distractions.

Ongoing focus on accessibility

As you know, accessibility is a constant focus in the development of Moodle and our development practices are aligned with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Like Moodle LMS 3.11, Moodle 4.0 will undergo an accessibility audit against the WCAG 2.1 AA standard to achieve formal accreditation. Thanks to a project funded and proposed by the Moodle Users Association (MUA), improvements to the text editor in Moodle 4.0 make it easier for people using keyword navigation or screen readers to create and edit course content or submissions.

Other improvements

  • Moodle 4.0 takes interoperability forward with improved security, account linking and ease of use with improved LTI capabilities. In addition to allowing learners to access external content from within a Moodle site, Moodle 4.0 can act as an LTI 1.3 Advantage host, allowing content to be provided to other sites that consume it.
  • In order to inform teaching decisions, Report Builder, a feature of Moodle Workplace, has been incorporated into Moodle 4.0. Managers can generate improved system-level and custom reports allowing educators to measure student progress, analyse the impact and improve learning programs.
  • In Moodle 4.0, administrators can save the configuration of their Moodle site, so that they can share it with other Moodle sites or other Moodle users. For those who prefer to keep things simple, you can create your own Moodle flavour by turning off the functionality that your users don’t need and save the configuration for easy setup and sharing with others.
  • To help new users get started and accelerate their understanding of the platform, Moodle’s updated user tours will orient newcomers to the look and feel of Moodle and provide quick hints on key features and new functionality.
  • Educators and content creators now have the option to automatically send an alert to students about new or updated content via the Moodle app and email, so that students can keep up to date with new course requirements.


Learners receive alerts on their devices.


Find out more about Moodle 4.0, watch the new Moodle 4.0 video below and visit the new features page. Or, if you require expert assistance in hosting, customisation, training or support, please contact a Moodle Certified Service Provider. For the full list of improvements please take a look at the release notes.

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Finally, we encourage you to get involved with our research community, your input is greatly valued and will inform future decisions and improvements.


Cheers

Sander Bangma
Head of Moodle LMS

Moodle 4.0 QA cycle is 100% complete

1 month ago
by Sander Bangma.  

Hi all

Thanks to all our Quality Assurance (QA) testers, who helped us achieve a Moodle 4.0 test pass rate of 100%! 👏 👏  

Those who completed 3 or more tests will receive a Moodle tester badge in recognition of their efforts. 

Thanks also to all our core developers, who helped with fixing bugs identified through testing, so that tests could be reset and run again. We are now ready for Moodle 4.0 to be released on Tuesday 19 April 2022.

Sander

New Moodle Developer Basics course is now available: Moodle Access and Security Essentials

1 month ago
by Jessica Gramp.  

Moodle Academy has launched another course for developers.



Moodle Access and Security Essentials is the fourth course in the Moodle Developer Basics program. In this course you will learn how to control access to your plugin using Moodle’s Access API. You will learn how to define capabilities in your plugin and how to determine if the user has the permission to access a page.

This course is for developers.

Enrol on moodle.academy

Stay tuned for two further Moodle Developer Basics courses being released in the coming weeks.
 

If you have any badges or certificates on Learn Moodle, please make sure you save these before the end of April 2022.

Save your Learn Moodle badges and certificates.


A new Moodle Developer Basics course is now available: Web Output Essentials

1 month 4 weeks ago
by Jessica Gramp.  

Moodle Academy has launched another course for developers.


Web Output Essentials is the second course in the Moodle Developer Basics program. It builds on the knowledge gained in the Moodle Development Environment course. You will learn how to use Moodle's Page and Output APIs to display content in a local plugin and also introduces localisation using language strings.

Moodle Academy courses are free and can be completed at your own pace.

Enrol on moodle.academy

Moodle 3.11.6 and other minors released today

2 months ago
by Sander Bangma.  

Hello all,

Moodle 3.11.6, 3.10.10, and 3.9.13 were released today. 

As usual, you can find the releases via our download channels (https://download.moodle.org or Git).

We recommend you upgrade your Moodle sites where possible, to benefit from the bug-fixes and security improvements.

The release notes for each version can be found on the following pages:

Please see the releases page for more details.




Moodle 4.0 update & QA cycle commencing

2 months 1 week ago
by Sander Bangma.  

Dear All,

I want to provide some updates on the Moodle 4.0 release.


Moodle 4.0 beta

We’ve been working hard towards the Moodle 4.0 release, and I am pleased to announce that today we've reached beta stage. This is an important milestone as it signifies that the main features and improvements have been incorporated and we are ready to commence our QA test cycle.

As we enter the last phase prior to release I also want to thank everyone who has contributed so far. As an open source project we couldn’t have done it without you!


Moodle 4.0 QA testing

Quality Assurance (QA) testing will commence from Friday March 4th onwards. The best way to test Moodle is by testing together with you, our end-users and Moodle community. We highly value your input, and I invite everyone to help test the exciting new changes coming in Moodle 4.0!

To find out more about how you can participate please visit our QA testing page. We also have our Testing and QA forum, and a Moodle QA Telegram channel (invite link) to support any queries that arise during the test process.

Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated!


Release date

Commencing our QA cycle brings us to the final stage towards the release of Moodle 4.0. A typical QA cycle takes approximately 4 weeks. In this case, due to the significant changes as part of Moodle 4.0, I anticipate we will need 4 - 6 weeks to allow for any issues that may be uncovered. This means the release is scheduled for the week of April 18th.


Moodle support update 

I also want to take this opportunity to let you know that we are extending security support on Moodle 3.9 and Moodle 3.11 to November 2023. We are also extending general bug fix support on Moodle 3.11 by 6 months to November 2022. This will provide additional support and time for sites to make the transition to Moodle 4.0 or Moodle 4.1.

Version (Scheduled) Release date Full support ends Security support ends Moodle 3.9 (LTS) 15 June 2020 10 May 2021 13 Nov 2023 (ext 6M) Moodle 3.10 9 Nov 2020 8 Nov 2021 9 May 2022 Moodle 3.11 17 May 2021 14 Nov 2022 (ext 6M) 13 Nov 2023 (ext 12M) Moodle 4.0 Apr 2022 May 2023 Nov 2023 Moodle 4.1 (LTS) Nov 2022 Nov 2023 Nov 2025

All the best,

Sander

Announcing MoodleMoot Global 2022, September 27-29

3 months 1 week ago
by Martin Dougiamas.  

Hi everyone!  

I'm really happy to announce that our third MoodleMoot Global will return as an in-person conference September 27-29, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain!

After a challenging few years without seeing each other, this is a great opportunity for Moodlers from institutions and organisations worldwide to come together to share and explore best practice in online learning with Moodle in an open, inclusive environment (in one of my favourite cities in the world!)

The global Moot will be held at a lovely (and large!) hotel in beautiful Barcelona and will incorporate an exhibition hall for sponsors and spaces for presentations, workshops, masterclasses and of course, some amazing social events (those who came to Barcelona in 2019 will know what I'm talking about!)

Full details on registration, sponsorship and opportunities to share your experience with a global audience will be coming out in the next month, but we thought we'll let you know early as possible so you can save the date and start your own plans to come to MoodleMoot Global 2022.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

In the meantime, whether you can come or not, I hope we'll see you at Moodle.Academy, our online Moot that runs all year round!

Cheers!

Martin

Two new Moodle Academy courses have just launched

3 months 1 week ago
by Jessica Gramp.  

Last week the Moodle Academy team launched two new courses:
 


Introduction to Moodle provides a short, high level overview of Moodle. It is recommended that you take this course before any others, if you are not already familiar with Moodle.
This course is suitable for everyone: educators, administrators and developers. 
Enrol on moodle.academy.



Set up your Moodle Development Environment is the first course in a program of courses (currently in development) that step you through how to start developing with Moodle. Each course builds upon the next to create and extend the features of a simple plugin. Therefore, it is recommended you take these courses in order. This course is for developers.
Enrol on moodle.academy.

If you are new to Moodle, we recommend you start with the Introduction to Moodle course.


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