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Registration open for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2016 at Reed College

Registration is now open for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2016 at Reed College.

The event will be held Wednesday, Jan. 6 through Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 at Reed College in Portland, OR. There will be a Documentation/Code Sprint the day before Hack/Doc begins on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

The hotel reservation deadline is Friday, November 20, 2015. The event registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 11, 2015.

CLAMP’s Moodle 2.6 and Moodle 2.7 recommendations

CLAMP is pleased to endorse Moodle 2.6.x and Moodle 2.7.x for use during the 2014-15 academic year.

Moodle 2.6’s new features were reviewed and documented as part of Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2014 at Eckerd College. View CLAMP’s documentation.

Moodle 2.7’s new features were reviewed and documented as part of Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2014 at Macalester College. That documentation is being edited, and will be released later this summer.

These endorsements come with a few caveats:

1. New WYSIWYG Editor: Moodle 2.7.x introduces Atto as its default What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get editor, replacing TinyMCE. By default the editor has a far more streamlined set of options than TinyMCE. It is possible to have Moodle continue to use TinyMCE, but that use is deprecated. It’s also possible to enable additional features for Atto beyond the default functionality; see the Text Editor documentation (http://docs.moodle.org/27/en/Text_editor) for details. We recommend testing this editor on your local development installation before deploying to production.

2. Problems with right-to-left text rendering: Related to the text editor, Atto has no mechanism for creating a span of right to left running text in a left to right running paragraph or vice versa. Users would need this if they were quoting another language inline or referencing the title of a book published in another language. This issue is unresolved — see MDL-45953 for more information (https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-45953). This is a potential blocker for colleges that make heavy use of right-to-left languages.

3. PDF Annotation: Moodle 2.6.x and 2.7.x support PDF Annotation. In our experience this worked well enough in desktop web browsers, but did not work well on tablets. This is not a blocker, but tablet-using faculty should be aware of the problem.

Liberal Arts Editions

CLAMP has released Liberal Arts Editions of Moodle 2.6.4 and Moodle 2.7.1. Learn more about the releases.

Moodle 2.x Status Report, June 2012

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.

Save the Date: Moodle Git Workshop, Nov. 9-10, 2011

CLAMP is sponsoring a Moodle Git Workshop at Lafayette College on Wednesday, Nov. 9 and Thursday, November 10, 2011. The core Moodle development team has switched to using Git for version control, and all future Moodle development will be happening there.

Because of this, it’s essential that CLAMP’s developers understand how to use Git, both at their own instituations and in CLAMP’s Git repository. This technically-oriented, developer-centric workshop will focus on basic and advanced Git usage, with a particular eye toward how it it relates to CLAMP.

Learn more at the event home page.

Announcing the CLAMP Moodle Exchange

The Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Exchange is pleased to announce the launch of the CLAMP Moodle Exchange (CME). The site is the successor to the NITLE Moodle Exchange (NME) that was hosted by NITLE for the last several years and served as the launching off point for many of CLAMP’s efforts.

The CLAMP Moodle Exchange provides a place for instructional technologists, developers, and other Moodle enthusiasts to meet and discuss the open source learning management system. The new Moodle Exchange is free to use and open to the NITLE, CLAMP and the larger Moodle community.

We’ve migrated all of the content from the old NME to the new CLAMP Moodle Exchange, although we’ve archived much of the older or unused sections of the site.

You can log into the site using your original NME username, but you will need to reset your password when you do so. The site is accessible at:


CLAMP Members: Please note that you’ll need to use your old NME username to login, NOT your CLAMP username. Because the Moodle Exchange will be frequented by members of both CLAMP and NITLE, we’ve decided to maintain its stand-alone authentication.