Updates: Mug, Hack/Doc, Moot, Nominations

CLAMP MUG and Hack/Doc Fest Updates

CLAMP has decided to cancel the 2015 Moodle Users Group event that was being planned for June 22-23 at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Unfortunately there were not enough presentation proposals to move forward with the event.

CLAMP’s Hack/Doc Fest will still be taking place June 24-26, 2015 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. A pre-Hack/Doc documentation and coding sprint will be held Tuesday, June 23, 2015.

Hack/Doc Fest details: http://www.clamp-it.org/events/moodle-hackdoc-fest-summer-2015/

Moodle Moot US 2015 in Minneapolis

CLAMP is wondering which member schools may be interested in attending Moodle Moot US 2015 in Minneapolis this summer.


CLAMP is interested in the possibility of funding CLAMP members to attend the US Moot to talk about CLAMP, work on issues at the Hackfest, and just be awesome. Depending on the level of interest, CLAMP could consider covering costs in full (including travel, lodging, meals, and registration fees), or partial funding in the form of a stipend.

Please let us know if you’re considering attending and/or if you’re considering submitting a proposal. The decision on CLAMP funding cost coverage would depend on the responses we get via this form.

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Nominations Open for CLAMP Steering Committee Members and Recognition Awards

Steering Committee

CLAMP is accepting nominations of member colleges to succeed them; terms are for three years. You need not specify who will represent the college on the committee now, and you can nominate schools other than your own.

The nomination criteria are:

  • The institution must be a four-year liberal arts college or institution.
  • The institution must be a member of CLAMP

Our current steering committee members are: Colgate College, College of the Holy Cross, Connecticut College, Hampshire College, Carleton College, Reed College, and Union College. Hampshire and Carleton are both rotating off the committee this year. The current committee members will choose the two new members based on nominations submitted by the community, with an eye towards maintaining geographical diversity.

Nominate a CLAMP school for steering committee membership »

Recognition Awards

The CLAMP Recognition Awards are awarded annually to one programmer (e.g.; hacker) and one instructional technologist (e.g.; doc’er) to acknowledge outstanding achievement as members of the organization. These achievements include work on Moodle development, Moodle documentation, CLAMP organization and/or recruitment to CLAMP.

In 2014-15, the value of this award is $500. To receive the award, individuals:

  • must be a member of a current CLAMP school
  • can not be currently serving on the steering committee

Nominate a CLAMP member for a recognition award »


Nominations for both steering committee and recognition awards must be submitted by June 15, 2015.

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New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.6.10, 2.7.7, 2.8.5

There are three new CLAMP releases. There are no new LAE features; these are maintenance releases only. This release incorporates both the initial releases made by Moodle core on March 9, and the emergency releases made the same day after a regression was discovered.

You can download the updates from their project pages:

The next stable releases on the 2.6, 2.7 and 2.8 branches are slated for May 18. Core has scheduled the Moodle 2.9 release for the same window; CLAMP anticipates releasing a beta in late May and a production release following the MUG and Hack/Doc Fest at the College of the Holy Cross in June.

I would like to thank Kevin Wiliarty (Smith College) and Willy Lee (Carleton College) for packaging and testing this set of releases.

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CLAMP MUG arrives at Holy Cross in June 2015

CLAMP’s second Moodle User Group (MUG) meeting will be held at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, MA from Monday, June 22 through Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The event’s website is mug2015.clamp-it.org.

Learn about what topics may be presented at the event by visiting our Call for Presentations page or submit your own proposal using our online form.

The MUG will be followed by CLAMP’s biannual Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, a three-day event where developers, instructional technologists, and others come together to work on the open source learning management system. Hack/Doc runs from Wednesday, June 24 through Friday, June 26, 2015. Learn more about Moodle Hack/Doc Fest.


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LAE Security Releases

Due to a recent emergency security release of Moodle, CLAMP is issuing new versions of all of its supported releases. CLAMP strongly recommends that you upgrade to one of these security releases.

Moodle is withholding public details of the vulnerability until next week. Registered Moodle admins should have received details via email. The vulnerability could allow authenticated users to submit malformed requests to get files outside of the Moodle directory.

You can download the updates from their project pages:

The next stable releases on the 2.8, 2.7 and 2.6 branches are still slated for March 16.

Versions prior to 2.6 are also vulnerable. In Moodle 2.3 and 2.4, only instances hosted on Windows are vulnerable. Starting with Moodle 2.5, the vulnerability affected all server operating systems. If you are running one of these versions in production, you should apply the fix directly. If this applies to you and you need help, please contact wlee@carleton.edu or fultonc@lafayette.edu for help.

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