Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2011

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2011 at Hampshire College

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest for Summer 2011 will be held Monday, June 27 through Thursday, June 30, 2011 at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. This will be CLAMP’s eighth Moodle Hack/Doc Fest.

We’ll be kicking things off on Monday, June 27 with our first-ever Documentation Sprint, in which we’ll focus on revising and publishing the documentation we’ve been working on for the last year. This is an optional event, but we hope folks will be able to join us.

Hack/Doc Fest itself kicks off on Tuesday, June 28 and runs through Thursday, June 30, 2011.

Attending Hack Doc Fest: Moodle Hack/Doc Fest is a free event. Attendees will need to pay for their own transportation, lodging, and dinner.

Virtual Attendance: In addition to the conventional Hack/Doc Fest, we’re planning on coordinating a virtual component to Hack/Doc Fest that will allow people to participate from their own campuses on a limited basis.




  • Air
  • Train
    • Amtrak has limited service to Amherst (AMM) and extensive service to Springfield, MA (SPG), just 30 minutes from Hampshire. If arriving in Springfield, transportation to campus is available through Peter Pan Bus Lines or by shuttle service.
  • Shuttle Services
    • Seemo Shuttle and Valley Transporter offer shared and private service to and from Hampshire and all area airports, bus, and train stations. Seemo Shuttle boasts hybrid and biodiesel vehicles, while Valley Transporter is the largest airport shuttle service in the Pioneer Valley.
  • Bus System
  • Car
    • Guest parking is available behind the Harold F. Johnson Library (item #18 on the printable campus map). The parking lot can be seen on the virtual tour by highlighting faculty/staff parking lots. No need to obtain a parking pass.
  • Rideshare
    • There will be a rideshare coordinated via Google Docs; attendees will receive this information via email.


Attendees are responsible for arranging their own lodging. Below is a recommended options for Hack/Doc Fest; attendees can also look into other hotels and inns in the Amherst area listed here:

Econo Lodge:

  • 329 Russell Street (Route 9)
  • Hadley, MA 01035
  • 413.582.7077
  • 1.800.4.CHOICE
  • RESERVATION METHOD:  Individual: Guests will make their own reservations by telephoning the Econo Lodge Reservations Department at (413) 582-7077 by 05/27/11. In order to receive your contracted group rate ($71/night, including continental breakfast), telephone requests must identify affiliation with CLAMP Conference-Hampshire College.
  • PAYMENT METHOD: Individuals will be responsible for their own room, tax, and incidental charges upon departure.


In June, New England’s weather is at its most unpredictable. By the end of June it will probably be a bit hot and somewhat humid in Amherst, but bring something warm just in case. The Hampshire library is air conditioned.

Virtual Participation

As at previous Hack/Doc Fests, we will be paring people at Hack/Doc Fest with virtual counterparts to work on particular tasks/bugs. Virtual participants should be prepared to start working on Hack/Doc projects at 10 a.m. on each day of Hack/Doc Fest.

Online Collaboration

All of our online conversations and issue tracking/discussions will happen in Redmine, our online collaboration suite. You can use your CLAMP username and password to login to redmine. If you don’t have an account (and everyone should by now) please contact Ken Newquist at Lafayette College (, 610-330-5759)

For backchannel conversations at Hack/Doc Fest we’re going to be using Jabber, an instant messaging client. We’ve setup a Jabber server on the web site that you can authenticate to using your CLAMP username and password. If you’re on a Mac, we recommend using the Adium client to connect to the server; we’ve had issues with iChat.


  • There is no reimbursement for this Hack/Doc Fest through CLAMP.


This is a tentative itinerary for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Hampshire College. Hack/Doc is a very ad hoc event; we typically come up with a plan the first day of the event, break up into teams, and then get to work. This itinerary exists to provide a rough overview of our schedule, and is subject to change on site.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

2 p.m., EDT: Hack/Doc Fest Orientation

  • We will be holding a pre-event Hack/Doc Orientation on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 in CLAMP’s Elluminate Room. During this session we’ll be making sure that everyone’s CLAMP accounts work (for logging into WordPress and Redmine) and trying out the Jabber server. We’ll also be taking a first crack at running down the task list.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Documentation Sprint! Everyone is invited to arrive a day early and help us with a Moodle documentation sprint in which we’ll knock out all the documentation we’ve been working on for the last year.

  • 9:00 a.m.-noon: Morning Sprint
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch
    • Lunch provided by Hampshire College
  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Afternoon Sprint

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Official start of Moodle Hack/Doc Fest

  • 9:00 a.m.-10 a.m.: Session 1
    • Initial planning and task assignments
  • 10 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Break
  • 10:15 a.m.-Noon: Session 2
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch
    • Lunch provided by Hampshire College
  • 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Session 3
  • 2:30-2:45 p.m.: Break
  • 2:45-5 p.m. Session 4
  • 6 p.m.: Group Dinner in Amherst or Northampton

Wednesday, June 29, 2010

  • 9:00 a.m.-10 a.m.: Session 5
  • 10 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Break
  • 10:15 a.m.-Noon: Session 6
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch
    • Lunch provided by Hampshire College
  • 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Session 7
  • 2:30-2:45 p.m.: Break
  • 2:45-5 p.m. Session 8
  • 6 p.m.: Dinner on your own

Thursday, June 30, 2010

  • 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.: Session 9
  • 10 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Break
  • 10:15 a.m.-Noon: Session 10
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch
    • Lunch provided by Hampshire College
  • 1 p.m.-2:00 p.m.: Wrap up