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Posted about 23 hours ago
by Sander Bangma.   Hi All, Moodle 3.7 is here! Over the past 6 months the Moodle Core team have worked hard on the new features for this latest release.  As always, this release has been supported by our dedicated community who have contributed ... [More] their time and effort towards feature improvements, bug fixes, documentation and translation, helped out in testing and much more. It is wonderful to see the knowledge, passion and commitment that exists in the Moodle community. For this release we have over 1300 direct contributions from over 120 developers from 20 different countries. Many more community members have made further contributions along the way. Thank you all very much! Moodle and the Open UniversityIn line with our recent tradition of dedicating each Moodle release to a key contributor, we are  dedicating Moodle 3.7 to The Open University, our long term contributor, supporter and one of the driving forces of the Moodle project! This year, The Open University (OU) is marking 50 years since it was established. As a pioneer of distance learning they have provided education to over 2 million students from 157 countries, which is a remarkable achievement. Since 2006 the OU has used the Moodle LMS as the platform for its online learning environment. This has led to one of our most successful collaborations with the Moodle community. Through our collaboration with the OU the Moodle LMS has received significant contributions such as the Roles and Capabilities system, development of which was funded by the OU. Over the years more than 1750 contributions have either been developed by the OU or have been reviewed by them. They have further supported the broader community by the development and maintenance of 25 plugins in the Moodle Plugin database, sharing their work in the true spirit of being involved with an Open Source project. Dedicating Moodle 3.7 to the OU team is one way to thank them, and we especially would like to acknowledge the contribution made by Tim Hunt, OU’s Leading Technical Developer. Tim’s passion and commitment have resulted in many contributions to Moodle, in particular for Moodle’s Quiz and Question Bank modules. Did you know that worldwide there are now more than 1.6 billion quiz questions used in registered Moodle sites? (Imagine what that number might be if everyone registered their sites!) Key new features for Moodle 3.7 Moodle 3.7 brings with it many improvements and here are some of the headline new features: Forum re-architected and new features; a collaborative project supported by the Moodle User Association  (MUA). New features have been added to this key Moodle activity. We now have in-page posting of a reply and new discussion, the ability to reply privately to a post, starring and sorting of discussions and the ability to manually lock discussions. Behind the scenes we have also improved the accessibility and architecture of Moodle Forums, paving the way for further Forum enhancements for Moodle 3.8 to meet key future needs as our collaboration with the MUA continuous on this ambitious project. Advancing Learning Analytics; we want Moodle to proactively assist educators and make their lives easier by providing them as well as students with insights into how the students are progressing on their learning journey. In Moodle 3.7 we’ve expanded on Moodle’s Learning Analytics capabilities by adding: the ability to create, delete, import and export Learning Analytics models, a feature to evaluate imported models using the data on your site, new predictions targets, and a new model to generate insights as reminders of upcoming activities that are due. Building on Moodle Messaging; in Moodle 3.6 we revamped Moodle Messaging with a new user interface and the introduction of group messaging. For Moodle 3.7 we’ve worked hard to deliver additional messaging features and improve overall usability with the introduction of: muting of conversation notifications, group messaging notifications and an email digest of new messages, a capability to allow users to delete a message for all users, a personal space where you can keep useful messages, notes and links, new site settings pages that combine all messaging related settings centrally and more! Open Badges v2 and Badgr backpack; Moodle 3.7 improves its support for Open Badges v2.0, allowing you to connect and exchange badges with the Badgr platform. This is an important advancement because Mozilla has announced it will retire the Mozilla Backpack and help users migrate to the open Badgr platform. LTI 1.3 and Advantage; this is the latest iteration of the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard created by the IMS Global Learning Consortium and offers improved security. It facilitates sharing and linking of content and resources between learning platforms. Moodle is at the forefront and one of the first learning platforms to implement this standard. Theme changes; Moodle 3.7 contains some important theme changes. From now on all our themes are based on Bootstrap 4, which will allow a more standard approach to all Moodle theme and content development. We have introduced the Classic theme as a replacement for the Clean theme. Classic provides an upgrade pathway for those sites that are using a Clean-based theme and prefer the 3 column layout and traditional navigation block. Please refer to our theme documentation if you want to know more about updating your theme. Accessibility; overall accessibility of Moodle is an ongoing priority and for the 3.7 release we have worked on a number of improvements including accessibility of the Boost theme and Moodle Forums. Custom course fields; it is now possible to add custom fields to your courses to store and display additional information that is important for your site’s users. For more information see the video below, or go over to our Moodle 3.7 New Features page. Interested in the technical nitty gritty? Head over to the Moodle 3.7 Release Notes page! As always you can download Moodle 3.7 from our download page or contact one of our Moodle Partners. Over the next few weeks we will also release updated versions of the Moodle App and MoodleCloud platform in line with Moodle 3.7. We are a global project and together making a significant contribution to solving real world problems as we continuously improve the Moodle LMS as part of our mission to empower educators worldwide. This is something we can all be very proud of! A big thank you to everyone! Sander. [Less]
Posted 4 days ago
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 3.7 test pass rate of 100% in 4 weeks and 3 days. Congratulations to everyone who received a Moodle tester ... [More] 2019 badge for running three or more tests in the QA cycle. Thanks also to all our core 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 ready for Moodle 3.7 to be released on Monday 20 May 2019. [Less]
Posted 7 days ago
by Mary Cooch.  As many of you know, everyone who comes to an HQ-organised MoodleMoot or official MoodleMoot receives a branded T-shirt to wear. T-shirts may also be purchased from our online Moodle store.We're inviting everyone in the Moodle ... [More] community to submit designs for our official branded Moot 2019 T-shirts.If you would like your vision to be represented and worn by thousands of Moodlers across MoodleMoot Australia 2019, MoodleMoot US 2019 and MoodleMoot Global 2019, then make sure you read the instructions in the post Calling all creative Moodlers! and submit  your design before 24 May.Good luck! [Less]
Posted 8 days ago
by Sander Bangma.  Hi All!Moodle 3.6.4, 3.5.6, 3.4.9 and 3.1.18 have just been released. These are now available for download via https://download.moodle.org or Git.All released minor versions include fixes for security vulnerabilities.  We highly ... [More] recommend that you upgrade your sites as soon as possible. Upgrading should be very straightforward. Administrators of all registered Moodle sites will receive an email with details of the security fixes and we'll publish these more widely next week.Note that security support for Moodle 3.1.x and 3.4.x has now ended. Please ensure to upgrade to a supported version as soon as possible.The release notes for each version can be found here: Moodle 3.6.4 release notes Moodle 3.5.6 release notes Moodle 3.4.9 release notes Moodle 3.1.18 release notes Please see the releases page for more details.Monday 20th is when Moodle 3.7 will be released! [Less]
Posted 13 days ago
by David Mudrák.  Congratulations and welcome to our three Google Summer of Code 2019 students, who will be working on their accepted projects over the next months: Attendance password rotation/expiry by Mohammed Rahman Adding regressor to ... [More] machine learning backend by Sanya Negi Adding multi-class classification to machine learning backend by Vlad Apetrei Please give our new Moodle developers help and encouragement! Visit the GSOC 2019 docs page for more information about the projects. [Less]
Posted about 1 month ago
by Helen Foster.  Moodle 3.7 is scheduled for release on Monday 13 May 2019, and so once again we’re running a Quality Assurance (QA) testing cycle. The list of over 580 tests includes tests covering new features and improvements in Moodle 3.7. If ... [More] you can spare any time and would like to volunteer to help, please see the discussion Help needed with Moodle 3.7 QA testing for details of how you can be involved. Thanks in advance for your help with our next version of Moodle! [Less]
Posted about 2 months ago
by Mary Cooch.  I'm pleased to announce that Moodle HQ is running another Learn Moodle Basics MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), starting on 10 June 2019Learn Moodle 3.7 Basics is for anybody who wants to use the Moodle learning platform for ... [More] teaching, whether it be in a school, a university, a company or just personal interest. In this 4-week MOOC, learners will explore many of the features in Moodle and have the chance to create a practice course of their own.  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. Please see Learn Moodle 3.6 Basics Feedback and Actions for details of how we are using your feedback to improve the course for future participants. [Less]
Posted 2 months ago
by Sander Bangma.  Hello Everyone!Moodle 3.6.3, 3.5.5, 3.4.8 and 3.1.17 have just been released. These are now available for download via https://download.moodle.org or Git.All released minor versions include fixes for security vulnerabilities.  We ... [More] highly recommend that you upgrade your sites as soon as possible. Upgrading should be very straightforward. Administrators of all registered Moodle sites will receive an email with details of the security fixes and we'll publish these more widely next week.Note that Moodle 3.1.x and 3.4.x will go out of support on 13 May 2019. Please ensure to upgrade to a supported version before that time.The release notes for each version can be found here: Moodle 3.6.3 release notes Moodle 3.5.5 release notes Moodle 3.4.8 release notes Moodle 3.1.17 release notes Please see the releases page for more details. [Less]
Posted 3 months ago
by Helen Foster.  I'm happy to announce that Moodle is taking part in Google Summer of Code 2019 - our 13th year of involvement in the program. The GSoC program pays students to work on open source software products for 3-4 months (over the northern ... [More] hemisphere summer), mentored by existing developers. Please see Projects for new developers for our list of potential GSOC projects and Applying to work with Moodle for GSoC for details of our application process. If you have any questions, you are welcome to post in the discussion GSOC 2019: Questions & answers area for prospective students. If you're a core Moodle developer and are interested in mentoring a project, please contact David Mudrák. [Less]
Posted 3 months ago
by Helen Foster.  Thanks to everyone who participated in the recent Learn Moodle 3.6 Basics MOOC - our 10th run of the course! Over 3000 people signed up, and of those who started the course, 46% received a participant badge for posting in a forum ... [More] , and 21% (624 people) completed all 33 required activities and were awarded a completer badge and certificate. Well done everyone! Thanks also for all the feedback we received from participants, helping us identify bugs in Moodle and improve the course for the future. For details, please see Mary's post Learn Moodle 3.6 Basics: Feedback and actions. If you would like to participate in a Learn Moodle Basics MOOC, we'll be running the course again in June 2019, with sign-up open from April onwards. [Less]