Hack/Doc Winter 2015 deadlines fast approaching

The registration and hotel reservation deadlines for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2015 at Occidental College are rapidly approaching.

The registration deadline for the Hack/Doc Fest is Monday, December 8, 2014.

The hotel reservation deadline for the group rate at the Pasadena Hilton is Friday, December 5, 2014.

As for the Hack/Doc itself, it is being held Tuesday, January 6 through Thursday, January 8, 2015 at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. A pre-Hack/Doc documentation and coding sprint will be held Monday, January 5, 2015.

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New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.5.9, 2.6.6, 2.7.3

There are three new CLAMP releases. There are no new LAE features; these are maintenance releases only. The 2.7 and 2.6 include an updated version of the CLAMPMail block. Please note that the 2.6 and 2.7 releases include important changes to Quickmail and Filtered Course List. We highly encourage you to read those posts before installing the 2.6 or 2.7 release. We anticipate removing “old” Quickmail in 2.8.

You can download the updates from their project pages:

We anticipate releasing a beta LAE version of Moodle 2.8.1 in the next couple weeks. The next stable releases on the 2.5, 2.6 and 2.7 branches are slated for January 18.

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Registration open for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2015 at Occidental College

Registration is now open for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2015 at Occidental College. The event will be held Tuesday, January 6 through Thursday, January 8, 2015 at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. A pre-Hack/Doc documentation and coding sprint will be held Monday, January 5, 2015.

The registration deadline is Monday, December 8, 2014.

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New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.5.8, 2.6.5, 2.7.2

There are three new CLAMP releases. There are no new LAE features; these are maintenance releases only.This is the initial release on the 2.7 branch. The 2.7, 2.6 and 2.5 releases include an updated version of the Edit Dates report; the 2.7 and 2.6 releases includes an updated Filtered Course List block. Please see this blog post for details. The 2.4 release is a maintenance release only and is the final release on the 2.4 branch. Please note that the 2.6 and 2.7 releases include important changes to Quickmail and Filtered Course List. We highly encourage you to read those posts before installing the 2.6 or 2.7 release. We anticipate removing “old” Quickmail in 2.8.

You can download the updates from their project pages:

The next stable releases on the 2.5, 2.6 and 2.7 branches are slated for November 14.

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CLAMP Recognition Awards Announcement for 2013-14

The CLAMP Steering Committee is proud to announce the 2013-2014 winners of the CLAMP Recognition Awards. These awards are given annually to honor outstanding work by members of the CLAMP community.

Jason Bennett has participated in CLAMP since around the time of its inception. He has maintained frequent presence at Hack/Doc events, participated in CLAMP steering committee meetings, and actively provides support, insight, and community discussion on the CLAMP Moodle Exchange forums. His attention to detail, eagerness to take on tasks, and communication skills have made an impact on CLAMP’s documentation and testing efforts. Jason is an instructional technologist at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH.

Kevin Wiliarty has participated in CLAMP for several years. He has become an active member of the development community and committee, maintained frequent presence at Hack/Doc events, and maintained an active presence on the CLAMP Moodle Exchange forums. In addition, he has contributed many patches back to core. Kevin helped organize and hosted the first-ever CLAMP Development Workshop at Smith College and provided expert assistance there. When the Filtered Course List block needed a new maintainer Kevin took ownership and immediately improved the block’s functionality, addressing deferred maintenance and implementing new features. Kevin is an applications administrator at Smith College in Northampton, MA, prior to which he was an active CLAMP member at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.

About the 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 2013-14, the value of this award is $500. Learn more about the awards at CLAMP-IT.org.

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