Wow, Moodle 3.0 is here!
It's hard to believe 13 years have passed since I first released Moodle 1.0 right here - I still feel we are just getting started!
Compared with Moodle 2.0 in 2010, which is notable for having a large number of radical changes, Moodle 3.0 is a much gentler release. In fact it could easily have been 2.10 if not for the fact that the mathematicians and programmers amongst us can not tolerate that kind of numerical abuse.
In short, upgrades from any Moodle 2.x should be smooth!
A good way to look at Moodle 3.0 is as the end result of all the good work done in the last 5 years since Moodle 2.0.
That's not to say there's nothing new in Moodle 3.0 - there's plenty! Our Moodle Tracker shows 269 issues were finished in the past six months, including a lot of smaller new features such as popular new quiz question types from Open University, new table editing controls in the text editor, tidier section editing on the course page, heaps of new mobile features and much much more.
All the downloads are on our downloads page as usual.
I want to personally thank each and every person who has contributed towards Moodle 3.0 and helped prove that a independent open source project can make software that really makes a difference in the world.
There are so many thousands of people in our community who play a part in making this happen -
- The users and advocates who believe in the mission of a truly open source platform like Moodle and fight to get it installed and keep it running in their institutions.
- Everyone who joins in the community via forums, social media and MoodleMoot working groups to come up with new ideas for features.
- The admins and developers as individuals or groups who send reports and solutions into the Moodle tracker about things that need fixing.
- The developers, testers, documentation writers, managers and especially the integrators at Moodle HQ who take responsibility for bringing it all together with a high level of quality.
- Our Moodle Partners who pay for most of the development through their royalties to the project.
Thanks to you all. Please go and make yourselves a celebratory Moodle mojito, preferably with mango juice in it.
Now the work continues towards a big Moodle 3.1 release in 6 months which will have support for Competency-Based Education, major user interface improvements and have extra long-term support. There are also new features coming soon on MoodleCloud, and we'll also have the new Moodle Users Association starting to have serious input into the roadmap starting in Moodle 3.2. Exciting times!
Keep on learning and keep on Moodling!