Moodle announcements

Moodle 1.0.4

 
Martin Dougiamas
Moodle 1.0.4
 
Moodle 1.0.4 is ready. I'm going to hold off announcing this on Freshmeat etc for a couple of days to give us regular users a chance to test it and find any bugs I may have missed in my own testing.

New features include:
  • Course categories. Sites with many courses (more than ten?) may want to define more categories (eg Science, Humanities, Business etc) and this will trigger a new interface on the course listing. If you only have one category (as per previous versions) then the interface remains the same and all courses are shown in one list.
  • A "choice" can now have up to 6 options (formerly only two).
  • Teachers can now define "roles" for each teacher in a course, as well as they order they appear in when displayed. For example, you might have a Professor, a Tutor and two Assistants, in that order. You can also define the collective noun (eg "Teachers") in the Course Settings page.
  • A template empty module for developers was created, with instructions.
  • Moodle now supports "drop-in" modules for database administration (see the Download page).
  • As well as the data-based Moodle version number, a new "release version" variable shows the "human" release number (eg 1.0.4) on the site home page (hover over the "made with moodle" icon).
  • ADOdb library files converted from DOS to Unix format - one user had experienced FTP problems.
  • As usual, lots of interface tweaks and bug fixes.

http://moodle.com/mod/reading/view.php?id=8

Cheers,
Martin
Picture of Alan Chambers
Re: Moodle 1.0.4
 
"trigger a new interface on the course listing" failed to occur. I have created a course in a different category. I was about to request this feature.
Martin Dougiamas
Re: Moodle 1.0.4
 
If anyone else is having this problem, please let me know (and send me a URL with admin login if possible)...

I'm not seeing any problems on upgraded or new installations.
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Re: Moodle 1.0.4
 
Martin;
I was expecting the interface that appears after a user logs in, to be more 'Yahoo' style with the categories listed and maybe the number of available courses in each category shown. Then , on selection of the category, the standard moodle course interface would be shown.

There appears to be no difference except in setting up a course - category choice.
Martin Dougiamas
Re: Moodle 1.0.4
 
Ah, I see what's going on - you have chosen to have your courses on the front page. Try changing the Site Settings to show news items instead, and you'll see the course categories listed on the left-hand side.

This is actually by design, because I couldn't think of a good layout to fill the yawning big space where the courses used to be listed. And I was figuring that if you had a big site with lots of courses then you'd be using the news on the front page anyway.

But your yahoo comment has given me an idea.

How about a layout like:

Mathematics
Maths 101, Maths 102, Maths 202, Maths 203
  • -------------------------------------
Physics
Physics 101, Physics 102, Physics 202, Physics 203

...etc. Everything is a direct link.

Picture of Alan Chambers
Re: Moodle 1.0.4
 
Martin;

Changed the site settings and all worked fine. What you have done is very nice - keep it but investigate the other idea to see where it leads. I have not investigated the news concept yet so apologies. Is it possible to stop updating the themes folder, people will make their changes in it and keep losing them, doh!.

Later on I will require automatic login authenticated against a user database gleaned from novell (into mysql) and/or only students from my school will be able to register/login etc. This helps with integrating applications mambo->moodle->phpbb->etc with one useraccount and one login for the session! on the Intranet.

Keep up the very good work - lots of support is out there.
Martin Dougiamas
Themes folder
 
To make your own theme create a COPY of one of my themes, in a parallel directory with a new name.

Make all your changes in there, and then select your theme using the admin theme chooser. Updating Moodle now will not overwrite your theme.

(Just for future reference - these sorts of discussions shouldn't be in the News forum ... better in the Using Moodle course).
Martin Dougiamas
Categories display on front page
 
I've actually implemented this front-page category display and also improved the security of the email confirmation process (you'll notice a slight change in the link that needs to be clicked on in the email).

I've rebuilt 1.0.4 with these two changes - please download it again and give it a whirl. smile
Martin Dougiamas
Re: Categories display on front page
 
There was a very minor bug which caused the links of the category names not to work properly when they appeared in the main part of the front page. Since this wasn't serious and will only affect a very few users I just rebuilt 1.0.4 again rather than increment version numbers (last time I do this, I promise!).

Onward to 1.0.5!
Martin Dougiamas
Some thoughts about my release schedule
 
The pace of releases has been a little hectic since 1.0, but don't worry: they'll slow down soon.

I'm planning a few more 1.0.x releases in the next month or two, finishing with a rock-solid, reliable 1.1 that has an adequate range of features. After that, development towards 1.2, 1.3 etc will continue in longer cycles with larger changes, and intensive beta-testing periods in between.

I would like to always be able to recommend the current stable release to people who need maximum reliability and consistency, while people who want the latest features can use Beta versions and nightlies. Notice that moodle.com itself is usually running the latest nightly - so I'm still pretty confident of them.

Cheers,
Martin
Picture of Alan Chambers
Re: Moodle 1.0.4
 
In a school classroom situation the password during registration needs to be type=password
Martin Dougiamas
Password visibility during registration
 
Thanks, Alan, but in future could you please log these things as bugs for discussion on http://bugs.moodle.com ? This forum is supposed to be a forum for Moodle announcements only (there are about 25 people subscribed to it).

Cheers, Martin
Art Lader
Re: Moodle 1.0.4
 
We have been using Moodle for a couple of weeks now, and I have to tell you that student-teacher and student-student interactions in my class have improved greatly in that time. It's a much better class than it was. smile

When our students submit to the forum the articles that they have written for our e-zine, I respond (gently) so that all class particpants can see my feedback. The students have begun to add their own constructive criticism and to recommend resources to each other.

They also critque their own progress each week in a private journal. some of the students have really taken to this!

The file-sharing utility and logging utilies have also been a real boon.

We are "learning to Moodle" as we go, of course, but already know that we will be building future course companion sites around Moodle.

Thanks for the great software, Martin!

Art Lader
Aiken HS
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Students and Administration Rave About Moodle, More News at 6!
 
We're also getting a server configured now, and my students also have responded well to the methdology.

Moreover, the IT department is seriously considering throwing out their existing SQL Server/win32 system in favor of moodle. I think there are obvious advantages, but they are especially interested in possible security improvements and ability to tweak to respond to individual dept. needs.

LDAP SUPPORT ANYONE??

I'll post any patches but the administration is now very interested in LDAP support so they could integrate with their mail and other student services. Anyone else doing this to Sun LDAP products?
Martin Dougiamas
Re: Students and Administration Rave About Moodle, More News at 6!
 
smile

I just TODAY wrote the code that now allows pluggable authentication modules (moodle.com is using it already), and Petri is working on an LDAP module for it (against an NDS server).

I've set up a new bug for you guys: http://bugs.moodle.com/bug.php?op=show&bugid=111
Picture of James Miller
Re: Students and Administration Rave About Moodle, More News at 6!
 
It's amazing how great minds think alike...

it's even better when someone else actually does the work.. smile