Hack/Doc Fest V: Day 3

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 1.9.7+LAE1.0: We created our tentative list of “baked in” modules and blocks for the next release.  The big additions here are Assignment Zip and Simple File Upload; both were available as stand-alone downloads before (and will be again) but are now sufficiently bullet-proof for us to feel confident about folding them into the main LAE release. Full details available in Redmine.
    • Filtered Course Block
    • Quickmail
    • SimplePIE RSS Parser
    • TinyMCE 2 Integration
    • Assignment Zip
    • Simple File Upload
    • Numerous bug fixes
  • Chat History Now Accessible: The Chat module in Moodle didn’t allow you to scroll through the full history of the chat; the fix is in the /dev branch right now and will be folded into the Moodle 1.9.7_LAE1.0 release.
  • Import/Restore/Backup: A bunch of research was done on this with the goal of  a) Options to choose to restore settings/blocks to both import/restore. b) Ability for import/restore to actually do this. The research has been done, but more time/work is needed to implement the changes.
  • Single Topic Backup/Restore: As with Import/Restore, this required a lot of research. WE have a good idea of how to do it, but the work needs to be done.
  • Filtered Course Block: The block has been modified to allow term logic based on shortname/long name/course id, and we intend to add the ability to include multiple future/arbitrary terms to the block. This work is ongoing and likely won’t be ready for the 1.9.7_LAE1.0 release.
  • Voting for Bugs: We’ve compiled a list of bugs/features to vote for in Moodle Tracker.
  • Moodle Gradebook Fixes from Luther College: We spent a good deal of time evaluating Luther’s proposed gradebook fixes, which are designed to make it easier for students to understand their grades, specifically:
    • not being able to display the “real” points for categories and course unless you use “Sum of points” agg method
    • not seeing the accurate point range for categories and course total
    • more flexible User report that allows for turning on and off columns as needed
    • a User report that allows the student to easily view how the grade has been calculated (weights, etc.)
  • More Gradebook Testing: We need more volunteers to help with testing Luther’s fixes; specially importing complex gradebooks into a test instance. Details can be found in Redmine.
  • Blackboard->Moodle Migration Documentation: This documentation is complete and in the wiki for editing; it should be available soon.


    • Ken Newquist says:

      No, NanoGong has proven to be unstable on many of our campuses, and we’ve never nailed down exactly what the problem is (as it will record fine, then fail, then record fine again, all while using the same computer). It remains on our wishlist though; it’s functionality we’d all love to have.

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