Upcoming Events

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest
Summer 2017
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
June 21-23, 2017
Pre-Hack/Doc Sprint: June 20, 2017
Register now.

Recent Events

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest
Winter 2017

Lafayette College, Easton, PA
January 10-12, 2017

Moodle & Accessibility Brown Bag
Online
Noon-1 p.m. EDT,  July 26, 2016

Archived Events

CLAMP has hosted 22 events, including 18 Hack/Doc Fests, a Moodle User Group Meeting, and three workshops.
View the events archive.

Nominations Open

April 24, 2017

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 … Read more

Deadlines approaching for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2017

April 24, 2017

This summer’s Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Hampshire College is coming up fast. The event will be held Wednesday, June 21 through Friday, June 23, 2017 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. A pre-Hack/Doc documentation and coding sprint will be held Tuesday, June 20, 2017. The registration deadline is Thursday, June 1, 2017. For this first time, CLAMP is making travel grants available for attendees. CLAMP will reimburse an applicant’s institution for travel costs of up to $500. CLAMP will make three … Read more

New Moodle LAE Release for 3.2.2

March 22, 2017

CLAMP has completed work on its release for Moodle 3.2.2. There are no new LAE features; this is a maintenance release only. Please see Monday’s announcement for the new releases for Moodles 3.1.5, 3.0.9, and 2.7.19. You can download the update from its project page: Moodle 3.2.2+Liberal Arts Edition 12.0.1. The next stable release on the 3.2 branch is expected in mid-May. This release was developed, packaged, and tested by Charles Fulton (Lafayette College) and Kevin Wiliarty (Hampshire … Read more

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.7.19, 3.0.9, 3.1.5

March 20, 2017

There are three new Moodle: Liberal Arts Edition releases. There are no new LAE features; these are maintenance releases only. CLAMP is holding back a release for Moodle v3.2.2 pending the resolution of MDL-58274 but expects to release it this week. You can download the updates from their project pages: Moodle 3.1.5+Liberal Arts Edition 11.0.5 Moodle 3.0.9+Liberal Arts Edition 10.0.7 Moodle 2.7.19+Liberal Arts Edition 7.1.7 The next stable releases on the 3.2, 3.1, 3.0, and 2.7 branches are scheduled … Read more

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.7.18, 3.0.8, 3.1.4, 3.2.1

January 16, 2017

There are four new Moodle: Liberal Arts Edition releases. This is the initial release on the 3.2 branch. The 2.7 release is maintenance-only. The 3.0 and 3.1 releases include updates to Filtered Course List and CLAMPMail. You can download the updates from their project pages: Moodle 3.2.1+Liberal Arts Edition 12.0.0 Moodle 3.1.4+Liberal Arts Edition 11.0.4 Moodle 3.0.8+Liberal Arts Edition 10.0.6 Moodle 2.7.18+Liberal Arts Edition 7.1.6 The next stable releases on the 3.2, 3.1, 3.0, and 2.7 branches are scheduled for mid-March. These … Read more

Announcing Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2017

January 13, 2017

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2017 will be held Wednesday, June 21 through Friday, June 23, 2017 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. A pre-Hack/Doc documentation and coding sprint will be held Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

Hack/Doc at Lafayette: Day 1

January 11, 2017

At Day 1 of Moodle Hack/Doc Fest we got down to work testing messaging and notification in Moodle 3.2, discussing CLAMP’s future approaches to documentation, reviewing H5P, and learning about changes to the Filtered Course list plugin. The group began testing messaging and notifications in Moodle 3.2. We determined that the new interface is cleaner than the old one, and the use of a red dot to indicate when there are updates for the user (e.g. … Read more

Featured Plugin: Filtered Course List V3

January 10, 2017

The lead maintainer of the Filtered Course List block, Kevin Wiliarty from Hampshire College, recently added some new features to the plugin, bumping the version up to 3.0 with a seamless upgrade.

Hack/Doc at Lafayette: The Sprint Day

January 10, 2017

HP5, PoodLL, Moodle Messaging and navigation/theme improvements to Moodle 3.2 are among the topics that CLAMP queued up at during the sprint day for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2017. The biannual Hack/Doc is being held at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. The event kicked off on Monday, January 9, 2017 with the sprint day. The event runs through Thursday, January 12, 2017. The following tasks are queued up for Hack/Doc: Review Theme and Navigation Project … Read more

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.7.17, 2.9.9, 3.0.7, 3.1.3

November 21, 2016

There are four new Moodle: Liberal Arts Edition releases. There are no new LAE features; these are maintenance releases only. Please see CLAMP’s release announcement for Moodle 3.1.0+LAE11.0.0 before installing or upgrading to Moodle 3.1. In addition, Moodle core introduced major changes to the gradebook beginning in Moodle 2.8. Please see CLAMP’s Moodle 2.8 and Moodle 2.9 recommendations for more information. You can download the updates from their project pages: Moodle 3.1.3+Liberal Arts Edition 11.0.3 Moodle 3.0.7+Liberal Arts Edition 10.0.5 Moodle 2.9.9+Liberal Arts … Read more

Moodle Webinar Series Kicks Off October 27, 2016

October 6, 2016

“Moodle Forums and Groups” will be the first topic of CLAMP’s new Moodle webinar series when it debuts at 11:30 a.m. (EDT), October 27 on Zoom (https://centre.zoom.us/j/271506274). The topic will be presented by Katieann Skogsberg, Associate Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience at Centre College. Future sessions will consist of a faculty member presenting a 20-ish minute session about a particular method or tool they utilize within Moodle for their teaching. Faculty from each of the 30+ CLAMP schools are … Read more

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.7.16, 2.9.8, 3.0.6, 3.1.2

September 19, 2016

There are four new Moodle: Liberal Arts Edition releases. There are no new LAE features; these are maintenance releases only. Please see CLAMP’s release announcement for Moodle 3.1.0+LAE11.0.0 before installing or upgrading to Moodle 3.1. In addition, Moodle core introduced major changes to the gradebook beginning in Moodle 2.8. Please see CLAMP’s Moodle 2.8 and Moodle 2.9 recommendations for more information. You can download the updates from their project pages: Moodle 3.1.2+Liberal Arts Edition 11.0.2 Moodle 3.0.6+Liberal Arts Edition 10.0.4 Moodle 2.9.8+Liberal Arts … Read more

Announcing Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2017

August 18, 2016

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2017 will be held Tuesday, January 10 through Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. A pre-Hack/Doc documentation and coding sprint will be held Monday, January 9, 2017. Lafayette also hosted Hack/doc in Winter 2007 and Winter 2010. The lodging deadline is Thursday, December 1, 2016. The registration deadline is Friday, Dec 16, 2016. Visit the event homepage Register using our online form

CLAMP Recognition Award Winner Announcement for 2015-16

August 15, 2016

The CLAMP Steering Committee is proud to announce the 2015-16 winners of the CLAMP Recognition Awards. Matt Wright has distinguished himself as a member of the CLAMP community through his regular attendance at Hack/Doc Fests in the last several years, his consistent effort to center accessibility issues when reviewing Moodle, his work on providing documentation on the new gradebook, and his willingness to organize and host the 2016 Summer Hack/Doc Fest. Matt is an Academic … Read more

New members for the CLAMP Steering Committee, 2016

August 15, 2016

The CLAMP Steering Committee is pleased to announce that it has selected Beloit College, Centre College, and Kenyon College as its new members. They replace Colgate University, the College of the Holy Cross, and Reed College, whose terms ran 2013-16. The new schools’ terms run 2016-19. About the Steering Committee The CLAMP Steering Committee is composed of representatives from four-year liberal arts colleges or institutions. The current members are Beloit College, Centre College, Connecticut College, Lafayette College, Kenyon … Read more

Moodle & Accessibility Brown Bag on July 26, 2016

July 25, 2016

Join us for a Moodle and Accessibility Brown Bag on July 26 from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. EDT. The event is free and available online using the Zoom video conferencing software. During the brown bag Ken Newquist (Lafayette College) and Jedidiah Rex (Beloit College) be discussing best practices for designing usable, accessible courses in Moodle. They will be showcasing a badly-designed, inaccessible, scroll-of-death style course that was created at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Butler University in June … Read more

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.7.15, 2.9.7, 3.0.5, 3.1.1

July 15, 2016

There are four new Moodle: Liberal Arts Edition releases. There are no new LAE features; these are maintenance releases only. Please see CLAMP’s release announcement for Moodle 3.1.0+LAE11.0.0 before installing or upgrading to Moodle 3.1. In addition, Moodle core introduced major changes to the gradebook beginning in Moodle 2.8. Please see CLAMP’s Moodle 2.8 and Moodle 2.9 recommendations for more information. You can download the updates from their project pages: Moodle 3.1.1+Liberal Arts Edition 11.0.1 Moodle 3.0.5+Liberal Arts Edition 10.0.3 Moodle … Read more

Save the Date: Moodle & Accessibility Brown Bag on July 26

July 1, 2016

Accessibility and universal design were discussed extensively at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2016. During our time at Butler we talked about various best practices, designed a “bad” course that featured a number of accessibility and usability issues, and then created an improved version of that course. We’re going to showcase our work and continue the Moodle accessibility conversation during a free online brown bag lunch from noon-1 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. We’ll … Read more

CLAMP’s Moodle 3.0 and Moodle 3.1 recommendations

July 1, 2016

The Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project (CLAMP) recommends the use of Moodle 3.0.x and Moodle 3.1.x for use during the 2016-17 academic year. Our recommendation regarding 3.1 includes a caveat to wait for the Moodle 3.1.1 release. While we have been keeping an eye on Moodle 3.0.x since its release, most of our testing time at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2016 at Butler University was focused on Moodle 3.1. The newest version of Moodle introduces … Read more

New Moodle LAE Release for 3.1

July 1, 2016

CLAMP is pleased to announce the first release on the 3.1 branch. This release is based on extensive testing at the Butler Hack/Doc. This is a beta release; please ensure that you have read CLAMP’s Moodle 3.0 and 3.1 recommendation before installing this release. Several of the contributed plugins do not have official 3.1 releases as yet, although based on our testing they work. CLAMP has made two major changes to the Liberal Arts Edition for … Read more

Nominations Open for CLAMP Steering Committee Members and Recognition Awards

June 28, 2016

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, … Read more

Hack/Doc Fest at Butler: Day 3

June 23, 2016

As the final day of Hack/Doc Fest at Butler wrapped up the team continued its accessibility work, reviewed the course overview plugin, and discussed our upcoming Moodle 3.1 recommendation. Accessibility On Day 2 we created a long “scroll of death” course with numerous accessibility issues baked in. On Day 3 we began building out the improved versions of this course using stock Moodle, the grid course format, and the collapsed topics course format. Work on … Read more

Hack/Doc at Butler: Day 2

June 23, 2016

During Day 2 of Hack/Doc Fest at Butler the team tackled a review of third-party plugin compatibility with Moodle 3.0 and 3.1, continued our accessibility work by testing new tools and documenting best practices, reacquainted ourselves with the Workshop plugin, and delved deeply into Moodle 3.1’s new Competencies feature. Plugin Review We compiled a list of popular 3rd party plugins for Moodle and then determined if they are compatible with 3.0 and 3.1. Of particular note … Read more

Hack/Doc at Butler: Day 1

June 22, 2016

Day 1 of Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Butler University saw the group delve deeply into Moodle 3.1’s improvements, the updated Moodle Mobile app, the mass action and collapsed topics plug-ins, options for printing quizzes and course pages,  and accessibility best practices. Moodle 3.1 improvements Select assignments for download This feature allows you to select which assignments you want to download, rather than having to download all of them at once. This is a step forward in … Read more

Hack/Doc at Butler: The Sprint Day

June 21, 2016

CLAMP kicked off Moodle Hack/Doc Fest on Monday, June 21 with our traditional sprint day. The sprint day exists for everyone to get a jump on the week’s work — a few people (in this case, most of those attending Hack/Doc) arrive early, resolve any logistical challenges (getting to campus, connecting to the local network, making sure sources of caffeine are available throughout the day), and start organizing the week’s worth. During this sprint we … Read more

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.7.14, 2.8.12, 2.9.6, 3.0.4

May 13, 2016

There are four new Moodle: Liberal Arts Edition releases. There are no new LAE features; these are maintenance releases only. Moodle core introduced major changes to the gradebook beginning in Moodle 2.8. Please see CLAMP’s Moodle 2.8 and Moodle 2.9 recommendations for more information. You can download the updates from their project pages: Moodle 3.0.4+Liberal Arts Edition 10.0.2 Moodle 2.9.6+Liberal Arts Edition 9.0.5 Moodle 2.8.12+Liberal Arts Edition 8.0.10 Moodle 2.7.14+Liberal Arts Edition 7.1.2 The next stable releases are scheduled for … Read more

Moodle at the Crossroads NERCOMP Event

April 14, 2016

Kevin Wiliarty, senior web programmer at Hampshire College, attended and presented at the NERCOMP event, Moodle at the Crossroads, on Monday, April 11, 2016. Thanks to Kevin for sharing a quick recap of the event.

February and March Forum Roundup

March 31, 2016

A brief listing of some discussions that have been taking place on the CLAMP Moodle Exchange (CME) throughout February and March 2016.

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.7.13, 2.8.11, 2.9.5, 3.0.3

March 18, 2016

There are four new Moodle: Liberal Arts Edition releases. There are no new LAE features; these are maintenance releases only. Moodle core introduced major changes to the gradebook beginning in Moodle 2.8. Please see CLAMP’s Moodle 2.8 and Moodle 2.9 recommendations for more information. You can download the updates from their project pages: Moodle 3.0.3+Liberal Arts Edition 10.0.1 Moodle 2.9.5+Liberal Arts Edition 9.0.4 Moodle 2.8.11+Liberal Arts Edition 8.0.9 Moodle 2.7.13+Liberal Arts Edition 7.1.1 The next stable releases are scheduled for … Read more

Registration open for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2016 at Butler

March 14, 2016

Registration is now open for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2016! The event is being held Tuesday, June 21 through Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. A pre-Hack/Doc documentation and coding sprint will be held Monday, June 20, 2016. Moodle Hack/Doc Fest is a free event. Attendees will need to pay for their own transportation, lodging, and dinner. View the event web page Check out the itinerary Register for the event

Fritz Vandover Selected as Treasurer of Moodle Users Association

January 19, 2016

Fritz Vandover, Academic Information Associate for Humanities at Macalester College, has been selected to be Treasurer of the Moodle Users Association Committee. The Moodle Users Association Committee is an elected body of members responsible for the management of membership, activity and financial activity of the Association. CLAMP is proud to participate on the committee and to be represented by a long-time member of the Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project. Fritz was a CLAMP Recognition Award … Read more

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.7.12, 2.8.10, 2.9.4, 3.0.2

January 15, 2016

There are four new Moodle: Liberal Arts Edition releases. This is the initial release on the 3.0 branch. The 2.7, 2.8, and 2.9 releases are maintenance-only. Moodle core introduced major changes to the gradebook beginning in Moodle 2.8. Please see CLAMP’s Moodle 2.8 and Moodle 2.9 recommendations for more information. The 3.0 release includes updates to the Ad-hoc database queries report, CLAMPMail, Edit Dates report, and Roster report. You can download the updates from their project pages: Moodle 3.0.2+Liberal Arts Edition … Read more

Featured Plugin: Roster Report

January 12, 2016

The CLAMP-maintained plugin Roster Report is a simple report which displays user pictures for everyone enrolled in a given course. Roster Report received a Reviewers’ Choice Award, which is “given by the plugins guardians and reviewers for particularly useful, well coded or otherwise interesting plugins.” Charles Fulton, Senior Web Applications Developer at Lafayette College, created the Roster Report in 2013 to provide a way for faculty to become more familiar with the faces of their … Read more

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2016 under way at Reed College

January 6, 2016

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2016 is underway at Reed College! The big list of things we’re working on can be found on the CME: Work List for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2016 at Reed College. As the Hack/Doc proceeds we’ll be posting requests for comments and feedback on new and existing Moodle Tracker items in the CLAMP Moodle Exchange as well as on Twitter. You can follow the Hack/Doc conversation on Twitter via the hashtag #mdlhackfest … Read more

November Forum Roundup

December 7, 2015

A brief summary of the discussions that have been taking place on the CLAMP Moodle Exchange (CME) throughout November 2015.

Filtered Course List Accepted to Moodle Plugin Repository and Awarded Reviewers’ Choice

December 1, 2015

The lead maintainer of the Filtered Course List block, Kevin Wiliarty from Hampshire College, submitted the plugin to the Moodle plugin repository. Not only did it gain acceptance, but it received a Reviewers’ Choice Award, which is “given by the plugins guardians and reviewers for particularly useful, well coded or otherwise interesting plugins.” The Filtered Course List block displays a configurable list of courses. It is intended as a replacement for the My Courses block, … Read more

MoodleMoot US 2015 Reflection

November 30, 2015

Jason Simms from Wesleyan University was selected, as a CLAMP sponsored member, to travel to Minneapolis this August to attend MoodleMoot US and participate in a panel discussion about Moodle scale and growth. Thanks to Jason for participating and for sharing his thoughts about his experience at MoodleMoot US.

Welcome to the New CLAMP Website!

November 20, 2015

This site represents the first major redesign of CLAMP’s web presence since the organization began in 2008, and shifts the emphasis away from functional updates — new code, upcoming hack/docs — and toward CLAMP’s culture of collaboration. The redesigned site is the work of an ad hoc communications committee, comprised of Sarah Ryder (Hampshire College), Jason Bennett (Kenyon College), Charles Fulton (Lafayette College), Ken Newquist (Lafayette College), and Daniel Landau (Reed College). The group formulated … Read more

Winter Hack/Doc 2016 Deadlines Rapidly Approaching

November 16, 2015

Deadlines for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2016 at Reed College in Portland, OR are rapidly approaching.The hotel reservation deadline is Friday, November 20, 2015. The event registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. Read the itinerary for hotel registration information. Register online for Hack/Doc. The Winter Hack/Doc Fest is being held Wednesday, Jan. 6 through Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. There will be a Documentation/Code Sprint the day before Hack/Doc begins on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Visit the event homepage.

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.7.11, 2.8.9, 2.9.3

November 13, 2015

There are three new Moodle: Liberal Arts Edition releases. There are no new LAE features; these are maintenance releases only. Moodle core introduced major changes to the gradebook beginning in Moodle 2.8. Please see CLAMP’s Moodle 2.8 and Moodle 2.9 recommendations for more information. You can download the updates from their project pages: Moodle 2.9.3+Liberal Arts Edition 9.0.2 Moodle 2.8.9+Liberal Arts Edition 8.0.7 Moodle 2.7.11+Liberal Arts Edition 7.0.9 The next stable releases on the 2.7, 2.8 and 2.9 branches are … Read more

Registration open for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2016 at Reed College

October 16, 2015

Registration is now open for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2016 at Reed College. The event will be held Wednesday, Jan. 6 through Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 at Reed College in Portland, OR. There will be a Documentation/Code Sprint the day before Hack/Doc begins on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Learn more about the event. Register online for Hack/Doc. The hotel reservation deadline is Friday, November 20, 2015. The event registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 11, 2015.

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.7.10, 2.8.8, 2.9.2

September 18, 2015

There are three new CLAMP releases. There are no new LAE features; these are maintenance releases only. Moodle core introduced major changes to the gradebook beginning in Moodle 2.8. Please see CLAMP’s Moodle 2.8 and Moodle 2.9 recommendations for more information. You can download the updates from their project pages: Moodle 2.9.2+Liberal Arts Edition 9.0.1 Moodle 2.8.8+Liberal Arts Edition 8.0.6 Moodle 2.7.10+Liberal Arts Edition 7.0.8 The next stable releases on the 2.7, 2.8 and 2.9 branches are slated for … Read more

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.7.9, 2.8.7, 2.9.1

July 8, 2015

There are three new CLAMP releases. This is the initial release on the 2.9 branch. The 2.8 and 2.7 releases now include the Ad-hoc database queries report. Moodle core introduced major changes to the gradebook beginning in Moodle 2.8. Please see CLAMP’s Moodle 2.8 and Moodle 2.9 recommendations for more information. You can download the updates from their project pages: Moodle 2.9.1+Liberal Arts Edition 9.0.0 Moodle 2.8.7+Liberal Arts Edition 8.0.5 Moodle 2.7.9+Liberal Arts Edition 7.0.7 Core has deprecated the … Read more

CLAMP’s Moodle 2.8 and Moodle 2.9 recommendations

July 8, 2015

CLAMP is pleased to endorse Moodle 2.8.x and Moodle 2.9.x for use during the 2015-16 academic year. A significant gradebook issue that had impacted both Moodle versions, and promoted CLAMP to issue a gradebook advisory, has been resolved. Read CLAMP’s updated gradebook advisory for more information about that fix View our recommended gradebook configurations

Moodle 2.8 and 2.9 gradebook advisory follow-up

July 8, 2015

In late May CLAMP became aware of several critical bugs in the Moodle gradebook which were introduced in 2.8. After assessing, CLAMP issued an advisory recommending against upgrading to Moodle 2.8 or 2.9 until those bugs were mitigated. Since then Moodle core and members of the Moodle community have made considerable progress working on these issues, and CLAMP believes it is now safe to upgrade to 2.8 and 2.9. Please continue reading for a full … Read more

CLAMP Recognition Award Winner Announcement for 2014-15

June 25, 2015

Congratulations to Doc’er Fritz Vandover from Macalester College and Hacker Ken Newquist from Lafayette College. 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.

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2015 under way at Holy Cross

June 24, 2015

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest is now under way at Holy Cross. Our top tasks are: Understand changes to the Gradebook’s functionality in Moodle 2.8/2.9 Update CLAMP’s grade book advisory based on the current state of things (recently released fixes, outstanding issues, etc. Read the advisory. Documenting changes and new functionality in Moodle 2.8 Documenting changes and new functionality in Moodle 2.9 Offering a community recommendation regarding upgrading to Moodle 2.8 or Moodle 2.9 this summer. If … Read more

Moodle 2.8 and 2.9 gradebook advisory

June 2, 2015

The problems described in this advisory have now been addressed and CLAMP has issued a new advisory. This page is retained for historical reasons but CLAMP now recommends upgrading to 2.8 or 2.9. CLAMP has become aware of several critical bugs in the Moodle gradebook which were introduced in 2.8. CLAMP recommends that schools do not upgrade to Moodle 2.8 or 2.9 until these bugs have been mitigated. All current versions of 2.8 and 2.9 … Read more

Get Ready! Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Holy Cross in June

May 19, 2015

Don’t forget to register for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2015! It’s being held at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts from Wednesday, June 24 through Friday, June 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.   Register for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Holy Cross View the itinerary for lodging, transportation, schedule and other event details. Note: The … Read more

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.6.11, 2.7.8, 2.8.6

May 15, 2015

There are three new CLAMP releases. There are no new LAE features; these are maintenance releases only. You can download the updates from their project pages: Moodle 2.8.6+Liberal Arts Edition 8.0.4 Moodle 2.7.8+Liberal Arts Edition 7.0.6 Moodle 2.6.11+Liberal Arts Edition 6.0.9 The next stable releases on the 2.6, 2.7 and 2.8 branches are slated for July 19. Core has released Moodle 2.9.0; CLAMP anticipates releasing a beta in late May and a production release following the … Read more

Updates: MUG, Hack/Doc, Moot, Nominations

April 23, 2015

CLAMP MUG at Holy Cross has been cancelled, but Hack/Doc Fest is still on. Moodle Moot US 2015 is being held in Minneapolis this August, and CLAMP is wondering which member schools may be interested in attending the event. Finally nominations are open for the CLAMP Steering Committee Members and Recognition Awards.

Nominations Open for CLAMP Steering Committee Members and Recognition Awards

April 14, 2015

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.

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.6.10, 2.7.7, 2.8.5

March 16, 2015

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: Moodle 2.8.5+Liberal Arts Edition 8.0.3 Moodle 2.7.7+Liberal Arts Edition 7.0.5 Moodle 2.6.10+Liberal Arts Edition 6.0.8 The next stable releases on the 2.6, 2.7 … Read more

CLAMP MUG arrives at Holy Cross in June 2015

March 3, 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 … Read more

LAE Security Releases

February 2, 2015

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 … Read more

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.6.7, 2.7.4, 2.8.2

January 19, 2015

There are three new CLAMP releases. This is the initial release on the 2.8 branch. The 2.7 and 2.6 releases include an updated version of the Roster report; the 2.7 release includes an updated version of the Edit Dates report. The 2.8 release includes major changes to the LAE distribution: we have removed LAE Grader, LAE User, and “old” Quickmail; we have added the News Forum local module. These changes are fully described in the 2.8 release … Read more

MUG 2015 Call for Volunteers

January 12, 2015

CLAMP is looking volunteers to help with its Moodle User Group (MUG) meeting being held June 22-23, 2015 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

Save the Date: Moodle User Group Meeting 2015

January 12, 2015

The next CLAMP Moodle User Group (MUG) Meeting will be held Monday, June 22 through Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Faculty, staff, students, and other Moodlers are invited to Holy Cross for two days of presentations and conversation around Moodle use in a liberal arts environment. The registration fee is $50, and will be waived for those who give presentations at the conference. Attendance will be … Read more

Occidental

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2015 underway at Occidental College

January 5, 2015

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2015 is underway at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. Today is the code and documentation sprint, during which we’ll kick the tires on our various projects and  make sure our infrastructure is good to go. Hack/Doc itself begins tomorrow. Our major projects for the week will be testing Moodle 2.8 and building the beta for the Liberal Arts Edition. Follow us online via the Twitter hash tag #mdlhackfest.

Hack/Doc Winter 2015 deadlines fast approaching

November 19, 2014

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. Register using our online form. The hotel reservation deadline for the group rate at the Pasadena Hilton is Friday, December 5, 2014. Read the itinerary for hotel reservation information. As for the Hack/Doc itself, it is being held Tuesday, January 6 through Thursday, January 8, 2015 at Occidental College in … Read more

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.5.9, 2.6.6, 2.7.3

November 17, 2014

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: Moodle … Read more

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

October 13, 2014

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. Learn more about the event. Register online for Hack/Doc. The registration deadline is Monday, December 8, 2014.

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.5.8, 2.6.5, 2.7.2

September 12, 2014

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 … Read more

CLAMP Recognition Awards Announcement for 2013-14

July 25, 2014

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.

CLAMP’s Moodle 2.6 and Moodle 2.7 recommendations

July 23, 2014

CLAMP is pleased to endorse Moodle 2.6.x and Moodle 2.7.x for use during the 2014-15 academic year. Moodle 2.6’s new features were reviewed and documented as part of Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2014 at Eckerd College. View CLAMP’s documentation. Moodle 2.7’s new features were reviewed and documented as part of Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2014 at Macalester College. That documentation is being edited, and will be released later this summer. These endorsements come with a few … Read more

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.4.11, 2.5.7, 2.6.4, 2.7.1

July 22, 2014

There are four new CLAMP releases. 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 also include … Read more

Update to Filtered Course List

July 22, 2014

Version 2.4 of “Filtered course list” (for Moodle 2.6 or higher) introduces a number of fixes and enhancements. In the final phase of the upgrade you will be shown the “new settings,” but it is important to look at the new and the old settings together, so be sure to look at the block configuration once the upgrade is complete. Note, too, that the default display name of the block has changed from “Current courses … Read more

CANCELLED: Presentations at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Macalester College

June 24, 2014

We will have a number of lunchtime presentations at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Macalester College, including topics such as “Development Workshop Roundup”, “Poodll Plugin”, and “Review of Gradebook 2.8 Workshop”. UPDATE: Because of scheduling difficulties, we’re canceling the lunchtime presentations. We will attempt to reschedule the presentations — particularly Gradebook — as online presentations later this summer.  All times are Central Daylight Time (CDT). The presentations will be available with a 7-second delay via YouTube … Read more

Reminder: Summer Hack/Doc at Macalester is almost here!

June 16, 2014

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2014 at Macalester is almost here! If you plan on attending, and haven’t  registered yet please do so. If you have friends or colleagues who you know are coming, but haven’t registered, please remind them to do so as well.

Nominations for CLAMP Steering Committee Members and Recognition Awards are Open

May 22, 2014

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, Hampshire College, Carleton College, Reed … Read more

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.4.10, 2.5.6, 2.6.3

May 19, 2014

There are three new CLAMP releases. All three releases contain an update to the LAE Grader report. The 2.5 and 2.6 releases include the LAE User report. Please note that the 2.6 release includes an important change to Quickmail described in a related blog post. We highly encourage you to read that post before installing the 2.6 release. You can download the updates from their project pages: Moodle 2.4.10+Liberal Arts Edition v4.1.4 Moodle 2.5.6+Liberal Arts Edition v5.2.3 … Read more

Schedule up, registration open for CLAMP’s Moodle User Group meeting

April 18, 2014

The schedule for CLAMP’s Moodle User Group is now online. The event is being held Monday, June 23 and Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Registration is now open. There’s still time to respond to the call for proposals; in particular we’re looking for  10 minute lightning round topics about how you use Moodle. Don’t forget that Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2014, also at Macalester, will immediately follow the MUG. Learn more about Hack/Doc.    

Registration for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Macalester now open

April 15, 2014

Registration for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2014 at Macalester is now open. The event will be held Wednesday, June 25 through Friday, June 27 at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. A pre-Hack/Doc documentation and coding sprint will be held Tuesday, June 24, 2014.  Visit the Hack/Doc webpage for more information and to register for the event. This summer’s Hack/Doc follows the CLAMP Moodle User Group meeting, which is being held June 23-24, 2014, also at Macalester … Read more

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.4.9, 2.5.5, 2.6.2

March 17, 2014

There are three new CLAMP releases. All three releases contain an update to the LAE Grader report. Please note that the 2.6 release includes an important change to Quickmail described in a related blog post. We highly encourage you to read that post before installing the 2.6 release. You can download the updates from their project pages: Moodle 2.4.9+Liberal Arts Edition v4.1.3 Moodle 2.5.5+Liberal Arts Edition v5.2.2 Moodle 2.6.2+Liberal Arts Edition v6.0.1 The next stable releases on … Read more

MUG Call for Proposals extended to Monday, March 17

February 21, 2014

The Call for Proposals for the CLAMP Moodle User Group (MUG) meeting at Macalester College in June has been extended to Monday, March 17th.  Please consider submitting a proposal of your own or in conjunction with a faculty colleague! Learn more at the MUG web site.

CLAMP Moodle User Group Meeting, June 23-24, 2014

February 21, 2014

CLAMP will hold its first-ever Moodle User Group Meeting (MUG) from June 23 through June 24, 2014 at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota The MUG brings together faculty, staff, students, and other Moodlers for two days of presentations and conversation around Moodle use in a liberal arts environment. Learn about what topics may be presented at the event by visiting our Call for Proposals page or submit your own proposal using our online form. The MUG will be followed … Read more

Moodle Development Workshop at Smith College, Spring 2014

February 20, 2014

Wondering how to contribute to Moodle? CLAMP will host a Moodle Development Workshop on Monday, April 14 through Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Smith College in Northampton, MA. This is a free event.  The workshop is designed as an introduction to Moodle development. It will include an overview of Moodle development practices, including code standards and version control. Learn more and register.

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.3.11, 2.4.8, 2.5.4, 2.6.1

January 20, 2014

There are four new CLAMP releases. This is the initial release on the 2.6 branch. The 2.5 and 2.4 releases include a bugfix for Anonymous Forums, an updated version of the LAE Grader Report, and an improved interface for creating metacourses. The 2.3 release is a maintenance release only and is the final release on the 2.3 branch. Please note that the 2.6 release includes an important change to Quickmail described in a related blog … Read more

The state of Quickmail

January 20, 2014

As part of the 2.6 release CLAMP is making a non-trivial change to Quickmail. Although covered in the release notes, this change is significant enough to warrant its own post. If you are installing a LAE 2.6 release or otherwise rely on CLAMP for Quickmail it is very important that you read this. Background CLAMP has included in every release of the Liberal Arts Edition, going all the way back to the NITLE Moodle User … Read more

Day 3 at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2014

January 9, 2014

The final half-day of Moodle Hack/Doc Fest was dedicated to continued testing and integration work on Moodle 2.6. We also had two lunchtime presentations, one on the LAE’s move from Quickmail to CLAMP Mail, and another on Moodle/WordPress integration via LTI. Both presentations are available on YouTube.

Day 2 at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2014

January 9, 2014

Day 2 of the Winter 2014 Hack/Doc Fest saw the Doc’ers continue their work on testing Moodle 2.6’s new features while the Devs ran through their integration tasks and came to a consensus on what would be included in the upcoming 2.4, 2.5 and 2.6 releases. We also had a discussion about the future of the Liberal Arts Edition of Moodle and two lunchtime presentations. The presentations are available on YouTube.

Day 1 at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2014

January 8, 2014

We had a productive first day at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Eckerd. Hackers began integration work on the Liberal Arts Edition of Moodle 2.6, while doc’ers worked on road testing Moodle 2.6. We also had three lunchtime presentations, recordings of which are available on YouTube.

Presentations at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Eckerd College

January 6, 2014

We will have a number of lunchtime presentations at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Eckerd College, including topics such as “Moodle & Kaltura”, “Metacourse Filter”, “Learning Analytics”, and “The Future of Quickmail in the LAE”. All times are Eastern Standard Time. The presentations will be available with a 7-second delay via YouTube and live via a Google+ Hangout. More presentations will be added, so please keep an eye on this page for updates. Note that we are … Read more

Code & Documentation sprint underway at Eckerd College

January 6, 2014

The Code and Documentation sprint is underway at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Eckerd College. We have coffee, we have doughnuts, and we have a dimly lit room to work on code.

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.3.10, 2.4.7, 2.5.3

November 18, 2013

There are three new CLAMP releases. 2.3.10 is a maintenance release only, while 2.4.7 and 2.5.3 contain an update to the LAE Grader report. You can download the updates from their project pages: Moodle 2.3.10+Liberal Arts Edition v3.1.3 Moodle 2.4.7+Liberal Arts Edition v4.1.1 Moodle 2.5.3+Liberal Arts Edition v5.2.0 We anticipate releasing a beta LAE version of Moodle 2.6.0 in the next couple weeks. The next stable releases on the 2.3, 2.4, and 2.5 branches are slated for … Read more

Registration open for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2014 at Eckerd College

October 22, 2013

Registration is now open for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Eckerd College. The event will be held Tuesday, January 7, 2014 through Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL. A pre-Hack/Doc documentation and coding sprint will be held Monday, January 6, 2014. Visit the event home page. Register for Hack/Doc Fest. View the itinerary.

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.3.9, 2.4.6, 2.5.2

September 16, 2013

There are three new CLAMP releases. 2.3.9 is a maintenance release only, while 2.4.6 and 2.5.2 contain updates to the Edit Dates report, Filtered Course List, and the LAE Grader report. You can download the updates from their project pages: Moodle 2.3.9+Liberal Arts Edition v3.1.2 Moodle 2.4.6+Liberal Arts Edition v4.1.0 Moodle 2.5.2+Liberal Arts Edition v5.1.0

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.3.8, 2.4.5, 2.5.1

July 15, 2013

There are three new CLAMP releases. All three releases are maintenance only; there are no new LAE features. You can download the updates from their project pages: Moodle 2.3.8+Liberal Arts Edition v3.1.1 Moodle 2.4.5+Liberal Arts Edition v4.0.2 Moodle 2.5.1+Liberal Arts Edition v5.0.2

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.4.4 and 2.5.0

June 25, 2013

CLAMP is pleased to announce updated releases for Moodle 2.4.4 and Moodle 2.5.0. These releases, Moodle 2.4.4+LAE4.0.1 and Moodle 2.5.0+LAE5.01, incorporate a hotfix for a bug introduced during the Colgate Hack/Doc Fest. This bug is documented in a discussion on the CLAMP Moodle Exchange. If you have already updated to either of these releases we strongly recommend that you install the updated release. There are no changes beyond this hotfix. Moodle 2.3.7+LAE3.1 is not affected … Read more

New Moodle LAE Release for 2.5.0

June 24, 2013

This is the initial release on the 2.5 branch. This release includes bugfixes for Anonymous Forums, the Roster Report module, CLAMP’s rewritten Quickmail block, and the ability to set a course-level default for resource display mode. You can download the release from its project page: Moodle 2.5.0+Liberal Arts Edition v5.0

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.3.7 and 2.4.4

June 21, 2013

There are two new CLAMP releases. This is the initial release on the 2.4 branch. Both releases include bugfixes for Anonymous Forums, the ability to recover grades when re-enrolling a student, the Roster Report module, and CLAMP’s rewritten Quickmail block. In addition, the 2.4 release includes the ability to set a course-level default for resource display mode. The initial 2.5 release is pending the resolution of a bug discovered during integration testing. We expect the 2.5 … Read more

Moodle 2.x Status Update, June 2013

June 19, 2013

CLAMP is pleased to recommend the use of Moodle 2.4 for the 2013-14 academic year. Moodle 2.4 and Moodle 2.5 were reviewed at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Colgate University in July 2013 and while no major problems were found with 2.5, the lion’s share of our time was spent on reviewing 2.4 and its features. CLAMP documentation for Moodle 2.4 can be found at http://www.clamp-it.org/documentation/ The organization recommends upgrading to at least Moodle 2.4, rather … Read more

CLAMP Moodle 2.x Deployment Report 2012-13

June 17, 2013

Each year CLAMP runs a survey to determine where its member schools are with regards to Moodle: what versions people are running, what they are going to, when they are making the move. This survey helps the Steering Committee and the Development Committee decide what versions CLAMP should support. The 2012-13 version of the survey saw 57% (24 colleges) of CLAMP schools respond.

Colgate Hack/Doc Fest: Day 3 – Moodle 2.4 Docs, Language Lesson

June 14, 2013

The third day of Moodle Hack/Doc Fest was a quiet one as people spent time finishing up projects. One of these projects was documentation; documentation for Moodle 2.4 is now available through Google Drive. While the Doc’ers were able to spend some time reviewing Moodle 2.5, we don’t have documentation complete for that version. That said, 2.5 is more about improving usability than it is adding features, so the 2.4 documentation should still be helpful for … Read more

Colgate Hack/Doc Fest: Day 2 – LAE releases, Moodle 2.4 vs 2.5, Rubrics

June 12, 2013

The second day of Hack/Doc Fest at Colgate University saw the creation of betas of the Moodle: Liberal Arts Edition for 2.3, 2.4, and 2.5, lots of work evaluating 2.4 vs. 2.5, and development work on language lesson, scheduler, and Selenium test scripts. We had two presentations — “Updates and new features to LAE Grade Suite, updates to Quickset block” by Bob Puffer, Luther College and “IPAL Web Clicker Demonstration” by Bill Junkin, Eckard College. … Read more

CLAMP Recognition Awards Announcement for 2012-13

June 12, 2013

The CLAMP Steering Committee is proud to announce the 2012-2013 winners of the CLAMP Recognition Awards. These awards are given annually to honor outstanding work by members of the CLAMP community.

Colgate Hack/Doc Fest: Day 1 – Moodle 2.4 LAE, Quickmail, Schedule, Bootstrap

June 11, 2013

On the first day of Moodle Hack/Doc Fest the doc’ers worked their way through the Moodle 2.4 feature set and started getting ready to review Moodle 2.5. They also kicked around the responsive Bootstrap theme for Moodle 2.4 and 2.5. Meanwhile the Hackers put together a candidate release for Moodle 2.4 and dedicated cycles to working on Scheduler, Quickmail, Language Lesson, and the Moodle app. We had three presentations, starting with Ken Newquist’s (Lafayette College) The … Read more

Colgate Hack/Doc Fest: Day 0 (Code Sprint)

June 11, 2013

The Code and Documentation Sprint saw a lot of work yesterday, with the devs working through a new workflow for managing code in git and beginning to package up Moodle 2.4 LAE.

Presentations at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Colgate University

June 10, 2013

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest isn’t just about hacking and documentation; it’s also about talking. This week we’ll have seven lunchtime presentations including topics such as the State of CLAMP, Moodle theming, web-based clickers, and the Language Lesson Project. Here’s the list of presentations that will be given Colgate University. All times are Eastern Daylight Saving Time. The presentations will be available with a 7-second delay via YouTube and live via a Google+ Hangout.

New Moodle LAE Releases for 1.9.19, 2.2.10, 2.3.7

May 20, 2013

There are three new CLAMP releases. All three releases are maintenance only; there are no new LAE features. We anticipate these being the final releases on the 2.2 and 1.9 branches. The next release cycle will include the first official releases on the 2.4 and 2.5 branches, in addition to 2.3. You can download the updates from their project pages: Moodle 1.9.19+Liberal Arts Edition v1.7.5 Moodle 2.2.10+Liberal Arts Edition v2.2.8 Moodle 2.3.7+Liberal Arts Edition v3.0.8

CLAMP Moodle Version Survey 2013-14

May 15, 2013

CLAMP is conducting a survey to determine what version of Moodle member schools are planning to upgrade to in the next academic year. An abstract version of the results, minus school names, will be published on the CLAMP web site. A full version of the report will be available to the Steering Committee to help determine which versions of Moodle the organization will support in 2013-14. Take the survey.

Projects for Hack/Doc Fest: Summer 2013

May 15, 2013

The Development Committee has compiled a list of projects for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest: Summer 2013 at Colgate University. We’re looking for feedback on the project list, as well as suggestions for issues that CLAMP schools would like us to work on. Suggest an issue or project Hackers & Doc’ers Package and test 2.4 LAE Package and test 2.5 LAE Determine supported versions of Moodle based on survey responses Hackers Refactor Anonymous Forums Cosmic 2.0: Refactoring … Read more

Nominations open for the 2012-13 CLAMP Recognition Awards

May 6, 2013

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.

CLAMP Steering Committee Nominations, 2013-14

May 6, 2013

This year two of CLAMP’s inaugural steering committee members — Lafayette College and Macalester College — have stepped down. CLAMP is accepting nominations of member colleges to succeed them via this form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEJEZXBpRzc2X0dNNGJhX3hzOVFCaHc6MA#gid=0

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2013 at Colgate University

April 29, 2013

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2013 will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2013 through Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY. This will be CLAMP’s 12th Moodle Hack/Doc Fest. A pre-Hack/Doc documentation and coding sprint will be held Monday, June 10, 2013. This is a bring-your-own project event; arrive a day early and spend eight hours working on your favorite project! Learn more by visiting the event home page or register for the event.

New Moodle LAE Release for 2.3.6

March 29, 2013

CLAMP is pleased to announce an updated release for Moodle 2.3.6. This new release, Moodle 2.3.6+LAE3.0.7, incorporates several hotfixes for a regression discovered in Moodle 2.3.6. These are documented in the included readme file and in a discussion on the CLAMP Moodle Exchange. If you have already updated to Moodle 2.3.6+LAE3.0.6 we strongly recommend that you install this release. There are no changes beyond the three hotfixes. You may download this release from its project … Read more

New Moodle LAE Releases for 1.9.19, 2.2.9, 2.3.6

March 24, 2013

There are three new CLAMP releases. The 2.2.9 release and 2.3.6 releases are maintenance only; there are no new LAE features. The 1.9.19 release includes a fix for MDL-37672: Backup of course omits grade categories. You can download the updates from their project pages: Moodle 1.9.19+Liberal Arts Edition v1.7.4 Moodle 2.2.9+Liberal Arts Edition v2.2.7 Moodle 2.3.6+Liberal Arts Edition v3.0.6

New Moodle LAE Releases for 1.9.19, 2.2.7, 2.3.4

January 25, 2013

There are three new CLAMP releases. The 1.9.19 release and 2.2.7 releases are maintenance only; there are no new LAE features. The 2.3.4 release includes a backported fix for MDL-36668: Performance Issue with mod/data/view.php You can download the updates from their project pages: Moodle 1.9.19+Liberal Arts Edition v1.7.3 Moodle 2.2.7+Liberal Arts Edition v2.2.6 Moodle 2.3.4+Liberal Arts Edition v3.0.5

CLAMP Maintenance 1/7/2013

January 7, 2013

The CLAMP Web site (http://clamp-it.org) will be down for maintenance on Monday, 1/7/2013. Access to the site will be intermittent.

Presentations at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Reed College

January 7, 2013

Over the last few Hack/Docs we’ve started a tradition of ad hoc presentations over lunch. These are 15 to 30 minute presentations, demonstrations, and/or discussions on a particular topic. Here’s the schedule. All times are Pacific Standard Time. Tuesday, 1/8/2013 12:00-12:30 p.m. – Presentation #1: The Grand Tour: Changes CLAMP-IT.org, Ken Newquist, Lafayette College 12:30-1 p.m. – Presentation #2: It’s Automagical! Using Cucumber to automatically create backup files in Moodle, Jen Rao, Lafayette College Wednesday, 1/9/2013 … Read more

New Moodle LAE Releases for 2.2.6, 2.3.3

December 21, 2012

There are two new releases out for Moodle 2.2.6 and 2.3.3. These are minor releases that fix a significant bug in Moodle that can cause a big performance hit when using the database activity. You can download the updates from their project pages: Moodle 2.2.6+Liberal Arts Edition v2.2.5 Moodle 2.3.3+Liberal Arts Edition v3.0.4

Moodle LAE Releases for 1.9.19, 2.2.6, 2.3.3

November 21, 2012

The final releases are out for Moodle Liberal Arts Edition’s 1.9.19, 2.2.6, and 2.3.3 branches. You can download them from their project pages: Moodle 1.9.19+LAE1.7.2 Moodle 2.2.6+LAE2.2.4 Moodle 2.3.3+LAE3.0.3

Project Suggestions for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest: Winter 2013

November 9, 2012

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Reed College is coming up soon (Jan 7-10, 2013) and we’re looking for suggestions for bug fixes, documentation and new features for Moodle that the community would like us to address. In order to streamline issue gathering, we’re using a Google Doc to accept and review submissions. These will then be imported into Redmine for tracking. Submit a request using the online form View submissions in Google Docs You can also … Read more

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2013 at Reed College

September 20, 2012

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest for Winter 2013 will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2013 through Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. A pre-Hack/Doc documentation and coding sprint will be held Monday, January 7, 2013. This will be CLAMP’s 11th Moodle Hack/Doc Fest. Moodle Hack/Doc Fest is a free event. Attendees will need to pay for their own transportation, lodging, and dinner. View the event details or register for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2013

Ruby Workshop, Fall 2012

September 20, 2012

CLAMP is hosting a Ruby workshop at Lafayette College October 23 – 25, 2012. The goals of the workshop will be to introduce the Ruby language and ecosystem as a platform for both web and system utility development, and to work on one or two projects as a group. We’ll spend time discussing some of Ruby’s interesting properties and idioms and look at Rails and the practices and conventions that it promotes. Learn more: http://www.clamp-it.org/events/ruby-workshop-fall-2012/

Moodle LAE Releases for 2.2.5, 2.3.2

September 19, 2012

The final releases are out for Moodle Liberal Arts Edition’s 2.2.5, and 2.3.2 branches. There is no new release for Moodle 1.9.x at this time. You can download them from their project pages: Moodle 2.2.5+LAE2.2.3 Moodle 2.3.2+LAE3.0.2

Moodle LAE Beta Releases for 2.2.5 and 2.3.2

September 10, 2012

CLAMP is pleased to announce beta releases of the Moodle: Liberal Arts Edition based on Moodle 2.2.5 and 2.3.2. These are minor point releases with bug fixes. We will also include incremental fixes to two contributed modules: EditDates and Quickmail. Moodle Core did not release a 1.9 update in September 2012 and CLAMP has no bug fixes for the 1.9 branch at this time. The CLAMP-specific updates to 2.2.5 and 2.3.2 are: Quickmail: rename log … Read more

Assessing interest in a CLAMP Ruby Workshop

August 24, 2012

CLAMP considering hosting a Ruby workshop at Lafayette College October 23 – 25, 2012. The goals of the workshop will be to introduce the Ruby language and ecosystem as a platform for both web and system utility development, and to work on one or two projects as a group. We’ll spend time discussing some of Ruby’s interesting properties and idioms and look at Rails and the practices and conventions that it promotes. The most promising … Read more

Moodle 2.2.4+Liberal Arts Edition 2.2.2 released

August 13, 2012

The final release is out for Moodle 2.2.4+Liberal Arts Edition 2.2.2. The following bug fix (with its CLAMP tracking number) was included in v2.2.2: CLAMP-449: version conflict causes unmigrated forum attachments If you were running an LAE 1.9 release and have upgraded to an LAE 2.2 release your forum module is potentially in a broken state. Please see http://cme.clamp-it.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=947 for instructions on how to resolve this issue. You can download the code from the project … Read more

Moodle LAE Releases for 1.9.19, 2.2.4, 2.3.1

July 17, 2012

The final releases are out for Moodle Liberal Arts Edition’s 1.9.x, 2.2.x, and 2.3.x branches. You can download them from their project pages: Moodle 1.9.19+LAE1.7.1 Moodle 2.2.4+LAE2.2.1 Moodle 2.3.1+LAE3.0.1

Moodle LAE Releases for 1.9.18, 2.2.3

June 27, 2012

The final releases are out for Moodle Liberal Arts Edition’s 1.9.x and 2.2.x branches. You can download them from their project pages: Moodle 1.9.18+LAE1.7 Moodle 2.2.3+LAE2.2 We will be releasing the beta of Moodle 2.3+LAE3.0 in early July 2012.

Moodle LAE Beta Releases for 1.9.18, 2.2.3, 2.3

June 20, 2012

CLAMP is pleased to announce beta releases of the Moodle: Liberal Arts Edition based on work done at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Kalamazoo in mid-June 2012. Moodle 1.9.18+Liberal Arts Edition v1.7 Code freeze: June 20, 2012 Beta release: June 20, 2012 Final release: June 27, 2012 Visit the project page to get the code. Moodle 2.2.3+Liberal Arts Edition v2.2 Code freeze: June 20, 2012 Beta release: June 20, 2012 Final release: June 27, 2012 Visit … Read more

CLAMP Moodle 2.x Deployment Report 2011-12

June 4, 2012

In Spring 2012 CLAMP conducted a survey of member institutions to determine their plans for deploying Moodle 2.x. Twenty-one colleges responded to the survey. At the time of the survey, 17 schools were running Moodle 1.9, of these 12 were running the Moodle Liberal Arts Edition. Two schools were running Moodle 2.x.

Moodle 2.2.3+Liberal Arts Edition v2.1 released

June 4, 2012

CLAMP is pleased to announce the release of Moodle 2.2.3+Liberal Arts Edition v2.1. This is a security release that merges in security fixes from 2.2.3 into the LAE. Visit the release’s home page to download the code: http://www.clamp-it.org/code/moodle-2-2-3liberal-arts-edition-v2-1/

Moodle 2.x Status Report, June 2012

June 4, 2012

After extensive review, CLAMP is pleased to recommend the use of Moodle 2.x for the 2012-13 academic year. In our initial report on Moodle 2.0 [PDF], CLAMP’s member schools found a number of major issues with the 2.x iteration of the open source learning management system. While some reservations remain, we find that most of these issues have been addressed in in the current Moodle 2.x releases. Read the full report: Moodle 2.x Status Report, June 2012 [PDF]

CLAMP Recognition Awards Announcement for 2011-12

June 1, 2012

The CLAMP Steering Committee is proud to announce the 2011-2012 winners of the inaugaral CLAMP Recognition Awards. These awards are given annually to honor outstanding work by members of the CLAMP community.

New Moodle LAE releases: 1.9.16+1.6.1, 1.6.2

May 23, 2012

CLAMP is pleased to announce the release of Moodle 1.9.16+Liberal Arts Edition v1.6.2. This is a security release that backports security fixes from 1.9.18 to LAE 1.6.x. It also includes an updated version of TinyMCE to resolve conflicts with Firefox 11 (CLAMP #370), and a gradebook fix that solves with comments not saving if there were no grades (CLAMP #393) Download the code from the Moodle 1.9.16+LAE v1.6.2 release page.  If you only want the … Read more

Project Suggestions for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest: Summer 2012

May 15, 2012

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Kalamazoo College is a month away and we’re looking for suggestions for bug fixes, documentation and new features for Moodle that the community would like us to address. You can add your requests by making a comment on this blog post. You don’t have to be attending Hack/Doc Fest to make suggestions — we’d like suggestions from the entire community. We expect to work on the following: Evaluation and testing of … Read more

Call for Presentations at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2012

May 15, 2012

A staple of recent Moodle Hack/Doc Fests have been informal, 30-minute long presentations given by attendees. At the Summer 2012 event at Hack/Doc we’re going to make these a bit more formal by giving them a sit time — during lunch on each day of Hack/Doc — and streaming the presentations to the folks attending virtually. The schedule for presentations is: 12:00-12:30 p.m., Tuesday, 6/12 12:30-1:00 p.m., Tuesday, 6/12 12:00-12:30 p.m., Wednesday, 6/13 12:30-1:00 p.m., … Read more

Registration live for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2012

April 10, 2012

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2012 will be held Tuesday, June 12 through Thursday, June 14, 2012 at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI. There will be a pre-conference Documentation & Code Sprint on Monday, June 11, 2012. Learn more about the event and register for the conference online.

Moodle 1.9.16+LAE v1.6.1 Alpha 1 Released

April 9, 2012

We’ve recently discovered and issue involving TinyMCE and Firefox 11 that causes the TinyMCE to stop working when you have more than one text field on a page. This problem appears in a number of places, including assignment view. The work around is to use a different web browser. The fix is to install an updated version of TinyMCE in Moodle. This 1.9.16+LAE v1.6.1 Alpha 1 release does this, baking in LAE_19_TinyMCE35b2 into the LAE … Read more

Moodle 2.2.1+LAE v2.0 Beta 1 Released

January 22, 2012

CLAMP is pleased to announce the release of Moodle 2.2.1+Liberal Arts Edition v2.0, the inaugural edition of the LAE for Moodle 2.2. The goal of LAE is to provide a coherent package for modules, patches, and code developed (or improved) by the Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project. This is a beta release, and is recommended for use on development or pilot instances; it is under active development as we assess what issues to resolve and features … Read more

Moodle 1.9.16+LAE v1.6 Released

January 19, 2012

CLAMP is pleased to announce the release of Moodle 1.9.16+LAE v1.6. Full details about this release can be found in the LAE_readme.txt file in the download. This version release merges the Liberal Arts Edition with Moodle 1.9.16. Visit the release’s home page to download the code: http://www.clamp-it.org/code/moodle-1-9-16lae-v1-6/

Day 3 at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2012

January 14, 2012

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2012 concluded at Tulane on Friday, January 14. The event culminated with the release of Moodle 1.9.16+LAE1.6 Beta 1, which is a maintenance and security release that folds in fixes from Moodle 1.9.16. We also finalized plans for Moodle 2.2+LAE2.0 Beta 1, our first formal Moodle 2 release. New releases We are releasing betas for two new Liberal Arts Editions at the end of Hack/Doc: a maintenance release for Moodle 1.9 … Read more

Day 2 at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2012

January 14, 2012

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Tulane continued on Thursday, January 13, 2012. Here’s what we did: OM Local For the last few years we’ve been using the “OM” tool to quickly create new instances of Moodle based on code from our Git repository and pre-made database profiles. Daniel Landau (Reed College) has created a local version of this tool that can be run on Unix-based operating systems (Mac OS X, Linux) Moodle 2.2 Documentation CLAMP’s Moodle … Read more

Moodle 1.9.16+LAE v1.6 Beta 1 Released

January 13, 2012

CLAMP is pleased to announce the release of Moodle 1.9.16+LAE v1.6 Beta 1. Full details about this release can be found in the LAE_readme.txt file in the download. Note: This is a beta release for testing purposes only; it is not recommended for use on production web sites Code freeze was Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 Moodle 1.9.16+LAE v1.6 Beta 1 was released Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 Moodle 1.9.16+LAE v1.6 final is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 17, … Read more

Day 1 at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2012

January 12, 2012

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest is under way at Tulane University. We eschewed our regular end-of-day recap on Wednesday because we ran out of time; instead we re-capped this morning. Mobile App Nate Swart (Lafayette College), Cort Haldaman (Furman University) and Bill Junkin (Eckard College) looked at the mobile app and theme.  The mobile app for iphone is lackluster. It has very basic functionality; the highlights are: Upload photos or voice to “My Private file”. Browse a … Read more

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2012 Project & Presentation List

January 11, 2012

The project list for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2012 is available as a publicly viewable Google Doc. Check out the list. We also have a number of ad hoc demonstrations scheduled for Hack/Doc. Here’s the schedule: Wednesday 10:30 a.m. Course Evaluations using Questionnaire by Bob Puffer, Luther College 2:30 p.m. Language Lesson by Carly Born, Carleton College Thursday 10:30 a.m. IPAL Web-based Clickers by William Junkin, Eckerd College 2:30 p.m. eReserves by Daniel Landau, Reed College Friday … Read more

Hack/Doc Fest: Winter 2012 Project Suggestions

December 8, 2011

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Tulane University is a month away and we’re looking for suggestions for bug fixes, documentation and new features for Moodle that the community would like us to address. You can add your requests by making a comment on this blog post. You don’t have to be attending Hack/Doc Fest to make suggestions — we’d like suggestions from the entire community. Evaluation and testing of Moodle 2.2 Moodle 2.2 load tests Moodle … Read more

Moodle 1.9.14+LAE v1.5 released

November 10, 2011

CLAMP is pleased to announce the release of Moodle 1.9.14+LAE v1.5. Full details about this release can be found in the LAE_readme.txt file in the download. This version release merges the Liberal Arts Edition with Moodle 1.9.14. Visit the release’s home page to download the code: http://www.clamp-it.org/code/moodle-1-9-14lae-v1-5/

Save the Date: Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Jan. 11-13, 2012

September 27, 2011

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest for Winter 2012 will be held Wednesday, January 11, 2012 through Friday, January 13, 2012 at Tulane University in  New Orleans, Louisiana. This will be CLAMP’s ninth Moodle Hack/Doc Fest. Learn more at the event home page.

Save the Date: Moodle Git Workshop, Nov. 9-10, 2011

September 27, 2011

CLAMP is sponsoring a Moodle Git Workshop at Lafayette College on Wednesday, Nov. 9 and Thursday, November 10, 2011. The core Moodle development team has switched to using Git for version control, and all future Moodle development will be happening there. Because of this, it’s essential that CLAMP’s developers understand how to use Git, both at their own instituations and in CLAMP’s Git repository. This technically-oriented, developer-centric workshop will focus on basic and advanced Git … Read more

Moodle 1.9.13+LAE v1.4 released

September 9, 2011

CLAMP is pleased to announce the release of Moodle 1.9.13+LAE v1.4. Full details about this release can be found in the LAE_readme.txt file in the download. This version release merges the Liberal Arts Edition with Moodle 1.9.13. Visit the release’s home page to download the code: http://www.clamp-it.org/code/moodle-1-9-13liberal-arts-edition-v1-4/

Moodle 1.9.12+LAE1.3 released

July 18, 2011

Moodle 1.9.12+LAE1.3 released is available for download. This is a maintenance and incorporates Moodle 1.9.12+ (from mid-June 2011) as well as bug fixes from Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Hampshire College in June 2011. It supersedes the Moodle 1.9.11+LAE1.2 releases.

Moodle 1.9.12+LAE v1.3 Beta 1 Released

July 6, 2011

CLAMP is pleased to announce the release of Moodle 1.9.12+LAE v1.3 Beta 1. Full details about this release can be found in the LAE_readme.txt file in the download. Note: This is a beta release for testing purposes only; it is not recommended for use on production web sites Code freeze was Wednesday, July 6, 2011 Moodle 1.9.12+LAE v1.3 Beta 1 was released Wednesday, July 6, 2011 Moodle 1.9.12+LAE v1.3 is scheduled for release on Friday, June … Read more

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, 6/29/11: Day 2

July 1, 2011

Day 2 of Moodle Hack/Doc saw two ad hoc presentations, one on Luther College’s Moodle/Google integration and another on Williams College’s Signup Sheet and Roster block tools. There was also work to streamline the functioning of groupings and groups, documentation comparing features in Moodle 1.9 and 2.1, and analysis of Moodle’s new 1.9 import tool. Morsle: Morsle is Luther’s College’s tool for integrating Moodle and Google Apps for Education. Bob Puffer of Luther showed how … Read more

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, 6/28/11: Day 1

June 29, 2011

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest officially got underway on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 It. was a packed day filled with Moodle 2.0 wrangling, documentation work, and demonstrations of Git, Language Lesson, and Amhert College’s flash audio solution. Hackers Git for Version Control Moodle Core switched from CVS to Git for version control with Moodle 2.x. As such there’s a lot of interest among the developers about Git. Charles Fulton of Kalamazoo College provided us with an overview … Read more

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, 6/27/11: Documentation Sprint

June 28, 2011

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2011 kicked off on Monday, June 28th with an all-day Documentation Sprint. The goal was to complete as much documentation as possible before Hack/Doc formerly started on Tuesday, but the group found they had to slow down in order to work through Moodle 2.1’s often very different interface. The tasks undertaken include: Updating our library of Moodle screencast scripts to be compatible with Moodle 2.0 Documenting the Quiz module, which has … Read more

Moodle issues for rabble-rousing, June 2011 edition

June 27, 2011

Here’s a list of Moodle bugs and problems encountered during Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2011 at Hampshire College. Please read them over and consider voting for them. Moodle 1.9 and Moodle 2.0 MDL-28008: separate course backups can become commingled under certain conditions MDL-20245: grader preferences won’t save under certain conditions. Affects both 1.9+ and 2+ MDL-27931: Trivial, but worth fixing: inconsistency in the user upload form MDL-27735: Yet more Q&A forum bugs MDL-28082 auto-create grouping … Read more

Moodle 1.9.12+LAE1.2.1 released

June 8, 2011

Moodle 1.9.12+LAE1.2.1 released is available for download. This is a maintenance and security release that incorporates Moodle 1.9.12. It supersedes the Moodle 1.9.11+LAE1.2 releases. In addition to Moodle 1.9.12, it includes two new backup options: 1) if ZipArchive is installed on the server, Backup will use that instead of the regular zip routines 2) you can now specify whether to skip courses of a certain size when creating backups. This replaces a hardcoded value of 512 … Read more

Moodle 1.9.12+LAE v1.2.1 Beta 2 Released

May 31, 2011

Moodle 1.9.12+LAE v1.2.1 Beta 2 is available for download. This release fixes a bug in the forum code that caused the upgrade to 1.9.12 to fail. Many thanks to Lael for reporting the bug.

Moodle 1.9.12+LAE v1.2.1 Beta 1 Released

May 26, 2011

CLAMP is pleased to announce the release of Moodle 1.9.12+LAE v1.2.1 Beta 1. This is a beta release meant for testing only; it is not recommended for use on production systems. Full details about this release can be found in the LAE_readme.txt file in the download. Code freeze was 5 p.m., Thursday, May 26, 2011 Moodle 1.9.12+LAE v1.2.1 Beta 1 was released Thursday, May 26, 2011 Moodle 1.9.12+LAE v1.2.1 final will be released Wednesday, June … Read more

Hack/Doc Fest: Summer 2011 Project Suggestions

May 23, 2011

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Hampshire University is a month away and we’re looking for suggestions for bug fixes, documentation and new features for Moodle that the community would like us to address. You can add your requests by making a comment on this blog post. You don’t have to be attending Hack/Doc Fest to make suggestions — we’d like suggestions from the entire community. Moodle 1.9 bug fixes Learning how to use Git for version … Read more

CLAMP’s Moodle 2.0 Status Report, May 2011

May 17, 2011

After careful assessment, CLAMP has concluded that Moodle 2.0.1 is not production ready. This assessment is based on extensive testing  conducted at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest VII at Furman University in January 2011 as well as a re-evaluation of Moodle 2.0.x progress in April 2011. CLAMP recommends using Moodle 1.9.x during the 2011-2012 academic year. Our full report outlines notable improvements to Moodle 2.0, as well as progress since January 2011,  known blockers, possible blockers and other potential … Read more

Moodle 1.9.11+LAE1.2 released

May 13, 2011

Moodle 1.9.11+LAE1.2 released is available for download. This is a maintenance release that incorporates Moodle 1.9.11. It supersedes the Moodle 1.9.9+LAE1.1.4 releases. It includes incorporates new bug fixes and features from Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Furman University, as well as a specific bug with TinyMCE 3.0 that was introduced in the LAE1.1.2 release.

Moodle 1.9.11+LAE v1.2 Beta 1

April 13, 2011

CLAMP is pleased to announce the release of Moodle 1.9.11+LAE v1.2 Beta 1. This is a beta release meant for testing only; it is not recommended for use on production systems. Code freeze was 5 p.m., Friday, April 8, 2011 Moodle 1.9.11+LAE v1.2 Beta 1 was released Wednesday, April 13, 2011 Moodle 1.9.11+LAE v1.2 Final Release is scheduled for Monday, April 18, 2011 This version folds merges the Liberal Arts Edition with Moodle 1.9.11. We … Read more

Registration open for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2011

April 12, 2011

Registration is now open for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest: Summer 2011 at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. This will be CLAMP’s eighth Moodle Hack/Doc Fest.  Visit the Hack/Doc home page for event details and the registration form.

Save the Date: Hack/Doc Fest at Hampshire College

March 18, 2011

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest for Summer 2011 will be held Monday, June 27 through Thursday, June 30, 2011 at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. This will be CLAMP’s eighth Moodle Hack/Doc Fest. We’ll be kicking things off on Monday, June 27 with our first-ever Documentation Sprint, in which we’ll focus on revising and publishing the documentation we’ve been working on for the last year. This is an optional event, but we hope folks will be able to join us. … Read more

CLAMP’s Moodle 2.0 Status Report

February 24, 2011

After careful assessment, CLAMP has concluded that Moodle 2.0.1 is not production ready. This assessment was conducted at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest VII at Furman University in January 2011. CLAMP will re-evaluate the progress of Moodle 2.0.x in March 2011 and make a recommendation then about deploying Moodle 2.x for the 2011-2012 academic year. Our full report outlines notable improvements to Moodle 2.0, as well as known blockers, possible blockers and other potential issues that affect … Read more

Announcing the CLAMP Moodle Exchange

February 10, 2011

The Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Exchange is pleased to announce the launch of the CLAMP Moodle Exchange (CME). The site is the successor to the NITLE Moodle Exchange (NME) that was hosted by NITLE for the last several years and served as the launching off point for many of CLAMP’s efforts. The CLAMP Moodle Exchange provides a place for instructional technologists, developers, and other Moodle enthusiasts to meet and discuss the open source learning management … Read more

Moodle 1.9.9+LAE v1.1.4 available for download

February 3, 2011

Moodle 1.9.9+LAE v1.1.4 is available for download. This is a security release that backports fixes from Moodle 1.9.10 to Moodle 1.9.9. It supersedes the Moodle 1.9.9+LAEv1.1.1 and LAE v1.1.2 releases. It also incorporates a number of bug fixes and new features developed at Hack/Doc Fest VII at Furman University, and fixes a bug with TinyMCE 3.x that was introduced in LAE 1.1.2. Visit the project page to learn more and download the code.

Moodle 1.9.9+LAE v1.1.3 Pending [update]

January 26, 2011

CLAMP will soon be releasing Moodle 1.9.9+LAE v1.1.3, which fixes an issue with TinyMCE not displaying in text fields. We hope to have this release out by the 1/28/2011. The fix for this problem is straight forward and involves updating a few lines of /lib/editor/tinymce.js.php; details can be found in this Redmine Development thread. Update: We’ve released Moodle 1.9.9+LAE v1.1.4, which fixes this problem. We skipped over 1.1.3 for strictly logistical reasons.

Moodle 1.9.9+LAE v1.1.2 available for download

January 19, 2011

Moodle 1.9.9+LAE v1.1.2 is available for download. This is a security release that backports fixes from Moodle 1.9.10 to Moodle 1.9.9. It supersedes the Moodle 1.9.9+LAEv1.1.1 release. It also incorporates a number of bug fixes and new features developed at Hack/Doc Fest VII at Furman University. Visit the project page to learn more and download the code.

Moodle 2.0 Rabble Rousing, January Hack/Doc Edition

January 6, 2011

The following Moodle 2.0 issues were identified at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Furman University in January 2011. Please review and vote for these issues in Moodle Tracker: Critical Issues 2.0 gradebook moves grades information for unenrolled students to history table — opposite of 1,x behavior http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-25718 Upgrade fails for wikis with the same title http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-25501 META: Restore 1.9 backups into Moodle 2.0 http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-22414 Notable Issues Table of Contents links broken in Moodle 2.0 wiki http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-25695 … Read more

Moodle 1.9.9+LAE v1.1.2 Beta 1

January 6, 2011

CLAMP is pleased to announce the release of Moodle 1.9.9+LAE v1.1.2 Beta 1. This is a beta release meant for testing only; it is not recommended for use on production systems. Code freeze was 5 p.m., Friday,  January 7, 2011 Moodle 1.9.9+LAE v1.1.2 Beta 1 was released Tuesday, January 11, 2011 Moodle 1.9.9+LAE v1.1.2 Final Release is scheduled for Wednesday, January 19, 2011 This version of the LAE incorporates a number of bug fixes developed … Read more

Moodle 1.9.9+LAE v1.1.1 available for download

December 31, 2010

Moodle 1.9.9+LAE v1.1.1 is available for download. This is a security release that backports fixes from Moodle 1.9.10 to Moodle 1.9.9. It supersedes the Moodle 1.9.9+LAEv1.1 release. It also incorporates a number of bug fixes and new features developed at Hack/Doc Fest VI at DePauw University.

Moodle 2.0 Triage

December 21, 2010

During the Moodle Hack/Doc Fest pre-meeting on Tuesday, 12/21/10 we discussed evaluating Moodle 2.0. That in turn gave  rise to a question of triaging evaluation tasks — what’s most important to our campuses? What’s most likely to break? What new features do we want to test? Here’s our initial breakdown, based on Tuesday’s meeting. Please add your own suggestions and priorities as comments on this post. Enrollments gradebook and how enrollments work. what happens when … Read more

New committees are looking for volunteers!

December 2, 2010

The Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project (CLAMP) is launching several new committees and is looking for volunteers to serve on them. The goals of these committees are to support CLAMP’s efforts outside of our Hack/Doc Fests, help prepare our members for the jump to Moodle 2.0, and provide more opportunities to schools to participate in meaningful ways. The four committees are: Development: work on bug fixes, develop existing and new functionality, and support the release … Read more

Hack/Doc Fest: Winter 2011 Project Suggestions

December 1, 2010

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Furman University is a month away and we’re looking for  suggestions for bug fixes, documentation and new features for Moodle  that the community would like us to address. You can add your requests by making a comment on this blog post. You don’t have to be attending Hack/Doc Fest to make suggestions — we’d like suggestions from the entire community. Here’s our short list of projects for Hack/Doc Fest: Evaluating what works … Read more

Steering Committee Nominations

November 19, 2010

This year two of the inaugural members of the Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project (CLAMP) steering committee, Reed College and Earlham College, will be stepping down as part of our governance rotation. CLAMP is accepting nominations of member colleges to succeed them; terms are for two years.

Brown Bag: Introduction to Redmine, 12/1/2010 at Noon

November 19, 2010

The Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project uses the Redmine collaboration suite to coordinate projects, track bugs and features, and discuss upcoming projects. On Wednesday, Dec. 1 at Noon EST, Caroline Moore of Smith College will be leading an “Introduction to Redmine” brown bag that provides an overview of its features and how we use it to support our efforts, both during the academic year and at Moodle Hack/Doc Fests. This event will be conducted virtually … Read more

Registration is live for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest: Winter 2011

October 1, 2010

Registration is now live for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest: Winter 2011, which will be held January 4-6, 2011 at Furman University  in Greenville, SC. As with prior events, Hack/Doc will feature programmers and instructional technologists coming together to improve Moodle. Our short-list of Moodle work includes: Evaluating what works — and doesn’t work — in Moodle 2.0, with a particular eye toward third party blocks, modules and themes as well as our own custom code. Identifying … Read more

Moodle 1.9.9+LAE v1.1 available for download

July 15, 2010

Moodle 1.9.9+LAE v1.1 is available for download. This release includes a number of new features including: Simple File Upload: Upload individual files without having to deal with the full Moodle upload interface Assignment ZIP: Download all the files associated with an assignment with one click. LAE Grader View: A cleaner, easier-to-navigate gradebook view. Anonymous Forums: A mod for Moodle forums that allows for anonymous forum posting (note: those in the administrator and teacher roles can … Read more

Moodle 1.9.9+LAE v1.1 Beta 3 released

July 14, 2010

The Moodle 1.9.9+Liberal Arts Edition v1.1 Beta 3 is available for download. This is a beta release meant for testing only; it is not recommended for use on production systems. The Beta 3 release includes some hack/doc developed refinements to the gradebook’s administration settings (MDL-22931, MDL-22928) and a new graphic for TinyMCE’s “Insert File” icon. Code freeze was 6/29/2010 Beta 1 released on 6/26/2010 Beta 2 was released on 7/2/2010 Beta 3 was released on 7/14/2010 The final … Read more

Moodle 1.9.9+LAE v1.1 Beta 3 release planned

July 13, 2010

The CLAMP Development Committee has decided to do one final beta release for — Beta 3 — for Moodle 1.9.9+LAE v1.1. This release includes a few bug fixes from Hack/Doc Fest that didn’t make it into the Development branch and tweak to TinyMCE 3 to make the “file upload” icon clearer. The release will be posted Wednesday morning by 10 a.m. EDT; the Development Committee will then conduct its last round of testing on Wednesday … Read more

The Moodle 1.9.9+LAE v1.1 Beta 2 released

July 2, 2010

The Moodle 1.9.9+LAE v1.1 Beta 2 is available for download. This is a beta release meant for testing only; it is not recommended for use on production systems. The Beta 2 release incorporates a fix for Simple File Upload’s default setting and refinements to the CLAMP Grader view for Gradebook. Code freeze was 6/29/2010 Beta 1 released on 6/26/2010 Beta 2 released on 7/2/2010 The final version will be released on 7/9/2010 This version of the LAE … Read more

The Moodle 1.9.9+LAE v1.1 Beta 1 released

June 26, 2010

The Moodle 1.9.9+LAE v1.1 Beta 1 is available for download. This is a beta release meant for testing only; it is not recommended for use on production systems. Code freeze will be on the end of the day on June 29. We will release Beta 2 on 7/2/2010 The final version will be released on 7/9/2010. This version of the LAE incorporates a number of bug fixes and new features developed at Hack/Doc Fest VI … Read more

Moodle Hack/Doc: Day 2

June 25, 2010

The second day of Moodle Hack/Doc Fest saw a great deal of work squashing bugs, refining a new gradebook view, and completing TinyMCE 3 integration into Moodle 1.9.9+LAEv1.1.

Moodle and eReserves Integration Survey Launched

June 24, 2010

CLAMP is running a survey to learn what colleges are using for their eReserves system and what, if any, integration that system has with Moodle. We’ll use answers to this survey to help guide CLAMP’s development efforts in this area. Take the Moodle and eReserves Integration survey.

Moodle Vote Requests for Moodle Hack/Doc VI

June 24, 2010

The following tracker items need votes/support from Moodle Hack/Doc participants: MDL-11537: Checkbox value always set to 1 no matter what you set in the addElement function MDL-22928: Make “role renaming” options in course settings Advanced to avoid confusion MDL-22931: On Category settings page, rename “Grade Item” to “Category Total” MDL-9376: Q and A forum – editing time MDL-22933: Wiki does not handle forward slashes in the top-level page correctly CONTRIB-2162 Questionnaire not allowing students to see … Read more

Moodle Hack/Doc: Day 1

June 24, 2010

The first day of Moodle Hack/Doc saw the doc’ers tackling the Herculean task of evaluating Moodle 1.9.9 by running it through our testing script. Meanwhile the developers concentrated on setting up test instances of Moodle, cleaning up outstanding issues in Redmine, and beginning code revisions. Developers The developers created a methodology to document CLAMP code changes and have begun integrating them into our code. We reviewed all of the “resolved” tickets in Redmine, and closed … Read more

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest: Summer 2010 is underway!

June 23, 2010

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest VI for Summer 2010 is underway at DePauw University!  Our priority projects for the first day of Hack/Doc Fest are as follows. The lead person for each task is asterisked. DEVELOPERS Create Methodology for documenting CLAMP Code Changes (Rosalyn Metz*) http://redmine.clamp-it.org/issues/show/207 Evaluate MyMoodle Hacks (Bob Puffer*, Ben Johnson) http://redmine.clamp-it.org/issues/show/195 Other Dev Tasks (not in Redmine tracker) Create 1.9.9+LAEv1.0 test instance. (done) Create 1.9.9/Anonymous Forums test instance (done) Create 1.9.9/TinyMCE 3 test instance (done) DOC’ERS … Read more

Requesting Hacks, Docs, Bugs for Hack/Doc Fest: Summer 2010

May 12, 2010

Hack/Doc Fest: Summer 2010 is coming, we’re looking for  suggestions for bug fixes, documentation and new features for Moodle  that the community would like us to address. You can add your requests by making a comment on this blog post. You don’t have to be attending Hack/Doc Fest to make suggestions — we’d like suggestions from the entire community. Here are some potential items for Hack/Doc: Moodle 1.9.9: Liberal Arts Edition: We will be doing the … Read more

Registration open for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest: Summer 2010

May 7, 2010

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest: Summer 2010 will be held June  23-25, 2010 at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Hack/Doc is being held in conjunction with NITLE Camp’s Moodle User Group Meeting, which takes place Tuesday, June 22, 2010. As with prior events, Hack/Doc will feature programmers and instructional technologists coming together to improve Moodle. We expect to continue work on CLAMP’s Moodle: Liberal Arts Edition project, fix outstanding Moodle bugs, and craft new training materials. Learn more at … Read more

Save the Date: Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2011

April 5, 2010

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest for Winter 2011 will be held Tuesday, January 4 through Thursday, January 6, 2011 at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Additional information will be posted in Summer 2010. This will be CLAMP’s seventh Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, and our first to be held in a southern state.

Save the Date: Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2010

April 5, 2010

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest for Summer 2010 will be held Wednesday, June 23 through Friday, June 25 at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. The event immediately follows NITLE Camp 2010, which will include a day-long session dedicated to Moodle on Tuesday, June 22. More information — inclduing registration details — will be posted Monday, April 12. This will be CLAMP’s sixth Moodle Hack/Doc Fest. As with our earlier events, we’ll be focusing on adding functionally to … Read more

Moodle 1.9.7+LAE1 Update

February 2, 2010

We’re continuing to work on Moodle 1.9.7+LAE1; we’re in the final stages of bug squashing and testing, and hope to have it posted in the next two weeks.  We’ll also have stand alone versions of Assignment ZIP and Simple File Upload at that time. Update We’re now looking at mid-April.

Hack/Doc Fest V: Day 3

January 8, 2010

Day 3 was the final day of Hack/Doc, and was our wrap-up for the event as folks finished up their code, make their final commits to Subversion, and added documentation to the wiki. LAE name change: Based on feedback from the community, we’ve changed our naming convention with the LAE to tie in closely with the Moodle version it’s based on. Thus LAE 1.02 becomes Moodle 1.9.5+LAE1.02  and the new release becomes Moodle 1.9.7+LAE1.0. Moodle … Read more

Hack/Doc Fest V: Tracker Issue Voting

January 8, 2010

Here’s the big list of bugs and features that we worked on at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest V which need to be voted on by the CLAMP community. Each link takes you to Moodle Tracker, where you’ll be able to login and vote on each issue. Please add your own comments with your institution’s take on the bug (particularly with regards to interface questions, like QuickMail). MDL-18240 Course Import doesn’t import blocks MDL-21162 Course Settings – … Read more

Hack/Doc Fest V: Day 2 Report

January 7, 2010

The Day 2 report won’t be as comprehensive as the first one; I’ll just hit the highlights: You can follow our code development on Twitter: @clamptwit We setup a UStream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hack-doc-fest-v “Editing Your Moodle Profile” documentation is up on CLAMP-IT.org. Read the documentation. We worked on the Groups & Groupings documentation. We’ve streamlined our SVN structure considerably. We now have two primary branches: /branches/1.9.7-LAE1.0dev – for development of our next release. /trunk/moodle/current – for our … Read more

Editing Your Moodle Profile

January 6, 2010

How to edit your Moodle profile to include information about yourself such as email, phone number, social network IDs or a photo.

Hack/Doc Fest V: Day 1 Report

January 6, 2010

Here’s what the Hack/Doc crew at Lafayette College worked on during Day 1 of the event: Courtney Bentley, Lafayette College: Went through the Documentation tracker in Redmine and updated all the queues. She posted “Moodle Roles Explained” to CLAMP-IT and is working on a supplementary document on on creating a “unlimited quiz time” role for students. Sarah Ryder, Hampshire College: Quickmail: Found the can receive bug (needs to be committed). Looked into option for sending … Read more

Moodle Roles Explained

January 5, 2010

An explanation of Moodle roles, when you may create new roles and how to allow for role overrides.

Follow Hack/Doc V on Twitter

January 4, 2010

You can follow Moodle Hack/Doc Fest V on Twitter using the hashtag #mdlhackfest. We have a number of attendees using the micromessaging service, and it’s a good way to keep up with what we’re doing.

Moodle Hack/Doc V Task List posted to Google Docs

January 3, 2010

A complete list of bugs, feature requests, and road tests has been been posted to Google Docs. Attendees have edit access; everyone else has view access. Check out the Moodle Hack/Doc Fest V Task List

Brown Bag: Introduction to Version Control, 12/23

December 21, 2009

Learn how CLAMP uses version control software to manage the Moodle: Liberal Arts Edition project and its myriad components during this CLAMP virtual brownbag being held 12 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009. Join us to get an overview of Subversion, its basic commands, and how the tool fits into our development workflow. The event will be led by Daniel Landau of Reed College and will be held in NITLE’s Elluminate conference room. The event … Read more

Brown Bag: Introduction to Redmine, 12/16

December 14, 2009

Redmine is a web-based project management tool that’s essential to coordinating CLAMP’s code, documentation and community efforts. At the “Introduction to Redmine” brown bag at 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday, 12/16, Courtney Bentley will explain how we use it, with a particular eye toward coordinating work at our upcoming Moodle Hack/Doc Fest V at Lafayette College. The brownbag will be held in NITLE’s Elluminate conference room. It is free and open to the public, but … Read more

CLAMP Security Alert: Course Backup Flaw

December 3, 2009

Recently, Moodle.org announced a security advisory about a potential vulnerability involving course backups. The specifics of this vulnerability were included in an email to Moodle server admins, but in a nutshell, when doing full course backups, Moodle backs up local users and their passwords.

Requesting Hacks, Fixes and Documentation for Hack/Doc Fest V

December 3, 2009

Hack/Doc Fest V is coming, we’re looking for  suggestions for bug fixes, documentation and new features for Moodle  that the community would like us to address. You can add your requests by making a comment on this blog post. You don’t have to be attending Hack/Doc Fest to make suggestions — we’d like suggestions from the entire community. Update 1/4/2010: Moodle Hack/Doc Fest V Task List: A complete list of bugs, feature requests, and road tests … Read more

Brown Bag: Code Development Overview, 12/2

November 25, 2009

One of CLAMP’s core tasks is develop and maintain new code projects for Moodle. This brown bag will provide an overview of the types of projects we tackle and then focus in on development of a particular project: Simple File Upload. It will be held at 12 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009. Leading the event will be Caroline Moore, Admin/Courseware Developer at Smith College, and will be held in NITLE’s Elluminate conference room. The event is free … Read more

Brown Bag: Documentation Overview, 11/23

November 12, 2009

UPDATE: Because of a scheduling conflict, this brown bag has been moved from 11/17 to Monday, Nov. 23 at 12 p.m. ET. When registering, you can still use the 11/17 option in the signup form. Documentation: everyone needs it, but writing it can be a challenge. CLAMP’s made that easier by creating documentation for Moodle grade book, roles and groups that schools can  take and modify for their individual campuses. The “Documentation Overview” virtual brown … Read more

Brown Bag: Introduction to Elluminate, 11/11

November 10, 2009

Introduction to Elluminate – the first of CLAMP’s Fall 2009 brown bags – will be held Wednesday, Nov. 11 at noon ET. This session will server as a primer for using Elluminate for conference participants. We’ll run down the basic components of the online conferencing tool, and troubleshoot any audio/video problems you might experience. If you plan on attending, visit the Elluminate Support page before the brown bag to download the software and verify that it … Read more

Moodle LAE v1.0.1 Security Release

November 4, 2009

We’ve release a security update to the Moodle: Liberal Arts Edition. v1.0.1 includes a critical security fix backported from Moodle 1.9.6.  You can get the update by downloading the full LAE v1.0.1 edition or the standalone update from the project home. Go to the Moodle Liberal Arts Edition v1.01 home page.

CLAMP announces Fall 2009 Moodle Brown Bags

November 4, 2009

The Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project (CLAMP) added 13 member  institutions to its roster over the last few months. To get everyone  up to speed — and to show case the work we’ve been doing — we’re  hosting several virtual brown bags in November and December: Introduction to Elluminate, 12 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Nov. 11 Documentation Overview, 12 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Nov. 18 Code Development Overview, 12 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Dec. 2 Introduction to Redmine, … Read more

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest V, Jan. 5-7, 2010

October 30, 2009

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest V will be held January 5-7, 2010 at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. The event will feature programmers and instructional technologists coming together to improve Moodle. We expect to continue work on CLAMP’s Moodle: Liberal Arts Edition project, fix outstanding Moodle bugs, and craft new training materials. We also hope to test drive Moodle 2.0, which is scheduled for a beta release at the end of 2009. With this Hack/Doc, CLAMP returns … Read more

Academic Commons publishes CLAMP Case Study

September 10, 2009

“The Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project: A Case Study” is available on AcademicCommons.org. The case study looks at our efforts to transform our informal Hack/Doc Fests into a more formal organization with the help of a grant from the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE).  The case study is part of the September 2009 issue, which features a number of case studies provided by NITLE schools.

Liberal Arts Edition v1.0 Released

August 24, 2009

Moodle Liberal Arts Edtion v1.0 is available for download. The project’s home page includes the full Liberal Arts Edition v1.0 package, as well as its components broken out for individual download. It also includes links to a number of recommended extensions that a number of CLAMP schools use, but need further development before they are folded into the LAE. Included in the initial LAE release are: TinyMCE 2.x: A WYSIWYG editor that replaces the outdated … Read more

Gradebook setup for weighted categories

August 5, 2009

An explanation of how to set up the Moodle 1.9.5 gradebook using weighted categories.

Gradebook improvements in Moodle 1.9.5

August 5, 2009

Changes/Improvements to the gradebook in Moodle 1.9.5. Written for end users.

Using the Gradebook 1.9.5

August 5, 2009

Grades in the Moodle 1.9.5 gradebook can be calculated, aggregated, and displayed in a variety of ways, and a variety of settings exist to meet a variety of grading strategies. This user documentation provides information on deciding which aggregation method to use, how to establish grade categories, and other common gradebook functions.

Custom Grade Scales

August 5, 2009

Creating custom scales– site-wide or for an individual course.

New Administration Settings in the 1.9.5 Gradebook

August 5, 2009

A summary of the new administrative settings in the 1.9.5 gradebook.

Liberal Arts Edition Update for 7/31

July 31, 2009

At Hack/Doc Fest we set a release date of July 31, 2009 for Moodle: Liberal Arts Edition v1.0, a packaged version of Moodle which incorporates our most-used modules, bug fixes, and home-grown and add-ons. Go to the Liberal Arts Edition v1.0 for a complete inventory. The release date has been delayed until August 7, 2009 in order to give us more time to test code and put the finishing touches on our Subversion repository. Most of … Read more

Welcome New Members

July 17, 2009

CLAMP is currently 14 official members strong and growing. We are on target for releasing the CLAMP version of Moodle 1.9.5 near the end of July. More soon!

CLAMP Registration Now Available

June 8, 2009

The Collaborative Liberal Arts Project is now accepting registrations for the 2009-2010 academic year. Read more about CLAMP, learn how to get involved, or sign-up using our online registration form.

Hack/Doc Fest IV Reimbursement Procedure

June 4, 2009

All of the NITLE schools attending Hack/Doc Fest are eligible for reimbursement of food, travel and lodging expenses of up to $1,200. Requirements for reimbursement are as follows: The reimbursement deadline is June 17, 2009 Your receipts must be received by Lafayette by this date. We are following the Lafayette College reimbursement rules for food, which allow $50 per diem, including one alcoholic beverage. You may include tips in your reimbursements. The milage rate is … Read more

Hack-Doc at Smith is underway

June 3, 2009

One of the things we are working on at Hack-Doc is this site, so if it changes under your feet, please bear with us. Comments to help us improve the site are also welcome.

Using the Moodle wiki to create a commonplace book

May 28, 2009

Professor Chris Phillips, Lafayette College Course: Inventing America: English 332/American Studies 362 Commonplace books were popular in the 18th century, but go back to the Renaissance. You read something; you want to keep it in mind; instead of memorizing it you write it down so you don’t have to remember it. This is something Jefferson used to keep track of his speeches; this is something that a number of writers and readers during the 18th … Read more

Using the summary field to create “liner notes” for course materials

May 28, 2009

Professor Mark Burford, Reed College Course: Music of the Caribbean Unlike my courses on European art music, for which there are numerous anthologies and CD sets or multiple recordings of canonical works, several other music classes I teach, and the way I teach them, require that I accumulate materials from several sources, especially recordings. For these courses, which generally center on popular music and non-European musical traditions, I have used Moodle primarily for four purposes: … Read more

Using the main course page to create a compendium of resources

May 28, 2009

Professor Lee Upton, Lafayette College Course: Advanced Creative Writing From a student in Advanced Creative Writing: “Professor Upton uses the Moodle site as a compendium of material to inspire our writing. She has links to dozens of major literary magazines, so that we can log in any time we need some inspiration. She also has links to visual art sites to stimulate us if we start running low on creative juices. In addition, she has … Read more

Using layout to reinforce course organization and overall structure

May 28, 2009

Professor Alex Montgomery, Reed College Course: Weapons, Technology, and War I organized POL 359 by topic rather than by week, which allows for more of the course to appear on a screen at any one time; it also exposes the underlying structure of the overall course in a meaningful way and corresponds to how the syllabus itself is organized. The supplemental materials (e.g., Super Ballistics Videos) are grouped together with the relevant parts of the … Read more

Using a glossary with a custom scale to rate definitions

May 28, 2009

Professor Michelle Geoffrion-Vinci, Lafayette College Course: Introduction to Women’s Studies I teach Spanish, Women’s Studies, first-year seminar and VaST next year, so I am familiar with teaching a language people have no idea about. And women and gender studies is certainly a personal experience, but also a forum, a space, a class to talk and think in but it’s also a language of theory and history, a lot of which is completely unknown to students. … Read more

Using the Glossary Feature for Languages Across the Curriculum

May 28, 2009

Cindy Evans, Director, Foreign Language Resource Center and Lecturer in French, Skidmore College Skidmore’s model of LAC offers students the possibility of reading in the target language in conjunction with virtually any other course they are taking in English.  This individualized LAC model allows us to reach a wider student population than the more common model in which only certain courses carry a LAC component. The resulting “course,” essentially a group of students conducting independent … Read more

Pre-exam question forum

May 28, 2009

Professor Jennifer Talarico, Lafayette College Course: Cognitive Psychology An ongoing pre-exam question forum was maintained where students were encouraged to post questions they had while preparing for an exam. I would answer questions posted prior to 10 p.m. the night before an exam. Anything posted after 10 p.m. would be answered after the exam. They would ask questions and I could respond as the instructor such that maybe another student didn’t even realize they had … Read more

Using Choice to let students self-schedule presentations

May 28, 2009

Professor Katalin Fabian, Lafayette College Course: Politics of European Integration Students are required to present their final work in class. Three days are set aside for this, and students need to sign up for the day they want to present. Using choice, I was able to allow students to do this in Moodle while limiting how many could sign up for a particular day. The results are easy to view, and the column for “not … Read more

Requesting Hacks, Fixes and Documentation for Hack/Doc Fest IV

May 7, 2009

Hack/Doc Fest is coming soon, and we’re starting to put together our list of possible tasks for the event. We’re in the process of gathering and reviewing the usability tests that a number of schools conducted in the spring, and we expect a good chunk of our work to be guided by those results. As always though, we’re looking for suggestions from the community about things *you* want us to look at and work on. … Read more

Hack/Doc Fest at Reed College: Post Event Report

March 25, 2009

Hack/Doc Fest III was held at Reed College, January 7-9, 2009. The big issues tackled at the event were the Gradebook and Moodle usability (with the two colliding more often than not). In the Gradebook, we’ve created documentation explaining how to simplify and streamline it using existing Moodle options and one or two easy-to-apply patches.

Moodle 1.9 Usability Testing, Round 1

March 18, 2009

Our member colleges are conducting usability tests of Moodle 1.9 to evaluate problem areas with the software in Spring 2009. There are two tests, one for faculty, one for students, that evaluate common tasks that they are likely to encounter when working in Moodle (such as updating their profile, responding to forum assignments, creating assignments, grading assignments, etc.) Screen capture software is used to record the volunteer’s actions and faces during the tests, and data … Read more

Moodle Upgrade Evaluation Script

March 18, 2009

This manual script is used to verify that everything works the way we expect it to work when a new version of Moodle is release. It walks through the major areas of Moodle (assignments, forums, gradebooks, etc.) We have tried to cover everything, but you will need to tweak this document to fit your specific institution.

Making the Moodle 1.9 Gradebook Easier to Use

March 18, 2009

This document provides a rundown of simple steps you can take to streamline the Gradebook without modifying any code.

Hack/Doc Fest IV at Smith College, June 3-5, 2009

March 18, 2009

Hack/Doc Fest IV is now! It’s running June 3-5, 2009 at Smith College. We’ll be focusing on usability testing and a solid CLAMP version of Moodle 1.9.5 to run through the next academic year. Logistics Update: We’ll be in Wright Hall, starting in Room 5.  There’ll be coffee and breakfast-snacks at 8:30 a .m. and lunch will be provided.  We typically work until around 5 p.m. and then break for dinner. We have no set dinner plans … Read more

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