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.
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 issues that affect its production readiness. Download the full report [PDF]
CLAMP will be supporting Moodle 2.0 at the upcoming Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Hampshire College in June 2011. We plan to:
- identify and begin writing essential Moodle 2.0 documentation at Hack/Doc
- create a timeline for converting any remaining plugins or blocks
- update this report on the status of blockers and potential blockers
- establish a group of CLAMP schools interested in piloting Moodle 2.0 in 2011-12
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.
- gradebook and how enrollments work.
- what happens when someone is unenrolled from a course, deleted from moodle, etc.
- ways to get around auto-deleting student course information
- How does uploading of files work?
- SMB mounts?
- External repos?
- User quotas?
- Block and Module Evaluations
- needed updates for database backend?
- Restoring courses from 1.9, upgrading courses from 1.9
- Thirdparty apps like plagerism tools
- Moodle Luminis Message Broker Plugin
Our goal is to assess the state of Moodle 2.0 and determine what documentation is going to be needed, what code must be upgraded, and offer suggestions on when to make the move.
A list of major changes and additions to Moodle 2.0 can be found on the Moodle Documentation web site: