Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2012 concluded at Tulane on Friday, January 14. The event culminated with the release of Moodle 1.9.16+LAE1.6 Beta 1, which is a maintenance and security release that folds in fixes from Moodle 1.9.16. We also finalized plans for Moodle 2.2+LAE2.0 Beta 1, our first formal Moodle 2 release.
We are releasing betas for two new Liberal Arts Editions at the end of Hack/Doc: a maintenance release for Moodle 1.9 and our inaugural edition for Moodle 2.2.
- Moodle 1.9.16+LAE1.6
- Incorporates maintenance and security fixes from 1.9.16 into the LAE.
- Check out the release.
- Moodle 2.2+LAE2.0
- Anonymous Forums: Allows for anonymous posting to Moodle forums.
- Filtered Course List Block: Lets administrators to display a block with courses based on a particular search string (e.g. the current term)
- Simple File Upload Course Import Fix: The 1.9 LAE had a streamlined upload interface called “Simple File Upload”; this created a new file upload type in the database. Moodle 2 doesn’t recognize this custom file type, which causes course restores to fail when upgrading or restoring a course. This fix changes Simple File Upload content into regular Moodle 2.x files.
- Quickmail: The LSU implementation of the popular Quickmail block, which allows faculty to easily email students in their classes from Moodle.
- File Interface Exit Warning: In our testing we found that Moodle’s file upload interface can be confusing — it requires users to upload files, then click a save button, but the interface itself makes it look as though the file has already been saved. This tweak displays a warning message if the user tries to surf away from the file interface without saving.
- Moodle 2.2+LAEv2.0 Beta 1 will be released on Wednesday, January 18, 2011
Moodle 2.2 Status Report
- The Moodle 2.0 status report was reviewed, and all outstanding blockers have been evaluated. We plan on releasing a Moodle 2.2 status report — which will include a review of popular Moodle 2 modules — in February 2012.
- Kaltura by Deb Sarlin, Bucknell University
- Deb gave an overview of Kaltura, a streaming media solution that integrates with Moodle.
- She should an example of how video can be recorded and added to an assignment in Moodle.
- We discussed the new version of the plugin for Moodle 2.2.
- eReserves by Daniel Landau, Reed College
- Daniel presented on his home-grown eReserves system for Reed College, which was programmed in Ruby-on-Rails.