Hack/Doc Fest: Summer 2011 Project Suggestions

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 control
  • Demo site for Moodle LAE
  • Further evaluation and testing of Moodle 2.0
  • Planning Moodle 2.0 pilots
  • Identifying and writing needed documentation for Moodle 2.0


  1. Ken Newquist says:

    Here are a few requests that have come in from my campus:

    1) Documentation for the LAE Grader view and its options.
    2) A facebook-style photo gallery for student profile pictures
    3) A quick-edit assignment view that lets you see all of your assignments at once and update the due dates for them.
    4) Fix the “Email from 1969” Scheduler bug
    5) Find a replacement for Scheduler in Moodle 2.0 (or come up with a plan for upgrading Scheduler)
    6) Document roles and permissions changes in Moodle 2.0.

  2. Kevin Wiliarty says:

    We have made two improvements to the Lesson module that I think would be good to share:

    1. Added an option to display multiple choice answers in a prescribed order (rather than in random order).
    2. Added an option for RTL languages so that questions and answers will be right justified with choice bubbles to the right of the text.

  3. Kevin Wiliarty says:

    Oh, and we’d still love to address the assignment of letter grades to percentages in a way that allows fractional percentages.

  4. Sarah Ryder says:

    Continue work on upgrading filtered course list (to include new features as well as work w/ 2.0). This is something I started working on last at last hack/doc and is documented in Redmine. I haven’t had time as of yet to do more work on it, but I’d love to work on it some more if I have time.

    Also, since scheduler was already mentioned…
    Have there been any thoughts about or requests made for scheduler to be a sort of all-inclusive office hours type thing that faculty could use moodle-wide (so it would be tied to the user instead of to the course)? Our campus is begging for some sort of office hours scheduling system that has a decent interface.

    • Ken Newquist says:

      Finding a campus-wide replacement for scheduler would be excellent. From our perspective I don’t think it needs to be a Moodle module IF it has a way of easily adding rosters. We have a lot of use for this sort of scheduling outside of the classroom as well (primarily admissions and financial aid interviews and mentoring, but here are other uses as well).

    • Ken Newquist says:

      FYI — Courtney Bentley was just talking with some folks who had a Drupal-based resource scheduling tool that might fit the bill; she’s finding out more information about it.

  5. Bob Puffer says:

    1. Review and test Carleton’s Language Learning module
    2. Bringing along (I think) a module called “Moodlears” — an Audience Response System (ARS – “Clickers”) integrated into Moodle and able to use iPhones or Androids that I’d like folks to test and include, if justified.

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