Category: News

Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for new members of the Steering Committee and this year’s Recognition Awards.

Steering Committee

CLAMP is accepting nominations of member colleges to serve on the Steering Committee; 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: Beloit College, Carleton College, Centre College, Hampshire College, Kenyon College, Smith College, and Wesleyan University.

Beloit College, Centre College, and Kenyon College rotate off the committee this year. The current committee members will choose the three new members based on nominations submitted by the community, with an eye towards maintaining geographical diversity.

The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2019.

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 2018-19, 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

This year, the the Steering Committee will accept nominations from member schools. Nominations must be submitted by May 31, 2019.

Nominate a CLAMP member for a recognition award »

New Moodle LAE Releases for March 2019

There are four new Moodle: Liberal Arts Edition releases. There are no new LAE features; these are maintenance releases only. You can download the updates from the CLAMP code release archive.

The next stable releases are scheduled for mid-May. We expect Moodle HQ to release Moodle 3.7 around that time; CLAMP will evaluate it and prepare a beta at the forthcoming Hack/Doc Fest at Smith College. CLAMP evaluated Moodle 3.6 at the Brandeis University Hack/Doc Fest in January 2019; please see CLAMP’s daily reports for details: Sprint Day, Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

These releases were developed, packaged, and tested by Kevin Wiliarty (Hampshire College) and Andrew Zito (Lafayette College).

Emergency LAE Releases for January 2019

There are two new Moodle: Liberal Arts Edition releases. CLAMP is releasing updating 3.5 and 3.6 releases to address a significant performance bug in MDL-64609. If you already updated to 3.5.4 or 3.6.2 then you should install this release as soon as possible. You can download the updates from the CLAMP code release archive. The next stable releases are scheduled for mid-March.

These releases were developed, packaged, and tested by Charles Fulton (Lafayette College). CLAMP would like to thank Eric Merrill of Oakland University for his diligence in finding, reporting, and fixing the performance bug.

New Moodle LAE Releases for January 2019

There are four new Moodle: Liberal Arts Edition releases. The 3.1, 3.4, and 3.5 releases are maintenance-only. The 3.6 release includes updates to all contributed modules and new features in the Featured Course List block. You can download the updates from the CLAMP code release archive.

The next stable releases are scheduled for mid-March. CLAMP evaluated Moodle 3.6 at the Brandeis University Hack/Doc Fest in January 2019; please see CLAMP’s daily reports for details: Sprint Day, Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

These releases were developed, packaged, and tested by Charles Fulton (Lafayette College) and Andrew Zito (Lafayette College).

Hack/Doc at Brandeis: Day 3

Chad Bergeron demonstrates the Moodle Inline Trainer plugin. Photo credit: Charles Fulton

The last day of Hack/Doc, as usual, was a bit shorter due to attendee travel plans. We wrapped up around lunch time after some discussions about Moodle 3.6, student projects, and user training.

Moodle Inline Trainer

Chad Bergeron demonstrated the Moodle Inline Trainer, a plugin in use at Brandeis University. This plugin was developed by Zak Kolar, then a student, in partial fulfillment of his senior thesis on how teachers use technology. This is independent of Moodle’s “user tours” functionality. Teachers may select from a list of available trainings which provide step-by-step instructions. For some steps instructional videos are available. An overlay feature will highlight the next place to click if the teacher gets stuck. Usage data is collected for review by site administrators. The plugin is open source, but no formal release is planned.

Moodle 3.6 features

Download participants table

The new merged participants list now allows the downloading of enrolled users. Previously the only place to get that information was via the grader report. There’s a set of controls on the bottom of the participants page similar to the bulk user actions list. All the standard data formats are supported. You can select some or all the participants.

Forum emails will display images from authenticated courses

This change addresses a long-standing problem for many CLAMP schools: when a forum email notification is viewed in a desktop client, the images are not visible, because they’re behind authentication. We couldn’t get this working in CLAMP test instances, but that could be down to peculiarities with CLAMP’s environment.

 


Hack/Doc Fest Winter 2019 at Brandeis University: Event page | Sprint | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3