Day 3 at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 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.


The lunchtime presentations were on these topics:

  • “The Future of Quickmail in the LAE” – Charles Fulton, Lafayette College
  • “Integrating WordPress and Moodle via LTI” – Andrew Ruether and Michael Kappeler, Swarthmore College

View the recording on YouTube.


Course backup and restore functionality was tested in Moodle 2.6 LAE and a bug was discovered in anonymous forums. If a course has anonymous forums, and you are an admin, and try to restore a course with user information, the restore fails. We’re working on a fix.

Another minor backup and restore bug involved role renames. If you’ve renamed roles in a course, and attempt to restore those roles to a new course, only the student role is renamed.

The PDF Annotator was tested on iPad and Android tablets. We discovered that it doesn’t work; on the iPad, it tries to scroll and annotate simultanously and on Android, it only scrolls. See CONTRIB-4825 in Tracker.

Role export was tested by creating a role, exporting the XML, and importing it into a new Moodle instance. Everything worked as expected.


More of the same — the hackers continued to work on 2.6 integration tasks. In addition, work began on fixing the anonymous forums bug mentioned above. The hackers also looked into a quiz bug involving questions in a randomly ordered quiz appearing multiple times on subsequent attempts.

Upcoming Releases

The next Liberal Arts Edition release (for 2.4.x, 2.5.x, and 2.6.x) will be on January 20, 2013.