Author: Charles Fulton

New Moodle LAE Releases for July 2020

There are four new Moodle: Liberal Arts Edition releases. The 3.7 and 3.8 releases include a patch for the Anonymous Forums feature. The 3.9 release includes updates to all contributed modules and new features in the CLAMPMail and Featured Course List blocks and the Roster Report. You can download the updates from the CLAMP code release archive.

The next stable releases are scheduled for mid-September. Given the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, CLAMP did not undertake a formal review of the Moodle 3.9 release. Please see Moodle HQ’s new features list and the release notes for details about Moodle 3.9.

These releases were developed, packaged, and tested by Charles Fulton (Lafayette College), Daniel Landau (Reed College), Kevin Wiliarty (Hampshire College), and Andrew Zito (Lafayette College).

New Moodle LAE Releases for May 2020

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

The next stable releases are scheduled for mid-July. We expect Moodle HQ to release Moodle 3.9 in a few weeks; CLAMP will evaluate it and prepare a beta. Given the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, CLAMP will not host an in-person Hack/Doc Fest this summer. CLAMP evaluated Moodle 3.8 at the Swarthmore College Hack/Doc Fest in January 2020; please see CLAMP’s daily reports for details: Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

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

New Moodle LAE Releases for March 2020

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

The next stable releases are scheduled for mid-May. We expect Moodle HQ to release Moodle 3.9 around that time; CLAMP will evaluate it and prepare a beta. Given the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, CLAMP has not made a decision about whether to host an in-person Hack/Doc Fest this summer. CLAMP evaluated Moodle 3.8 at the Swarthmore College Hack/Doc Fest in January 2020; please see CLAMP’s daily reports for details: Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

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

New Moodle LAE Releases for January 2020

There are four new Moodle: Liberal Arts Edition releases. The 3.5, 3.6, and 3.7 releases are maintenance-only. The 3.8 release includes updates to all contributed modules and new features in the CLAMPMail and Filtered Course List blocks and Roster report. You can download the updates from the CLAMP code release archive.

The next stable releases are scheduled for mid-March. CLAMP evaluated Moodle 3.8 at the Swarthmore College Hack/Doc Fest in January 2020; please see CLAMP’s daily reports for details: Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

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

Hack/Doc at Swarthmore: Day 3

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Hack/Docers hard at work in the CLAMP Executive Lounge. Photo credit: Charles Fulton

The last day of Hack/Doc, as usual, was a bit shorter due to attendee travel plans. We wrapped up around lunchtime after some discussions about Moodle 3.8 and accessibility.

Forum grading accessibility

We logged a third and final issue with the new forum grading tool and accessibility: MDL-67663. Again, some of these issues are specific to the tool, which some are broader problems with Moodle itself. We’ll continue to monitor the situation. A major related issue is MDL-64494, where Moodle core is tracking project-wide color contrast issues.

Filescan block

We discussed the future of Swarthmore’s “filescan block“, which evaluates the accessibility of PDFs uploaded to Moodle. Several schools, including Hampshire and Lafayette, have been using the block on their Moodle instances. CLAMP is going to organize a workshop this winter for interested schools to come together to develop a roadmap and implement changes, which an eye toward publishing the plugin on the Moodle plugins repository and incorporating it into the Liberal Arts Edition.

Roster

We have released a new version of the Roster report; you may now configure which fields are displayed for each student, including custom profile fields. This release is available on the Moodle plugins repository and will be incorporated into the next release of the LAE.

And that’s a wrap for this winter’s Hack/Doc at Swarthmore College. Warm thanks to Andrew Reuther and Swarthmore for their outstanding hospitality this week. If your institution is interested in hosting a future CLAMP event, please consider filling out our host interest form.