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Mary Cooch
Join us in January for Learn Moodle Basics 3.6
 
I'm pleased to announce that Moodle HQ is running another Learn Moodle Basics MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), starting on 7 January 2019.


Learn Moodle 3.6 Basics is for anybody who wants to use the Moodle learning platform for teaching, whether it be in a school, a university, a company or just personal interest. In this 4-week MOOC, learners will explore many of the features in Moodle and have the chance to create a practice course of their own. 

If you're interested, please sign up here: learn.moodle.net. You'll receive an email reminder before the course begins.

Finally, many thanks to everyone who participated in our previous MOOC. Please see Learn Moodle Basics 3.5 Feedback and actions for details of how we are using your feedback to improve the course for future participants.

 
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Moodle 3.6.1 released
 

Hi All,

As per my forum post we have just released Moodle 3.6.1.

This minor release resolves an issue that was discovered with the upgrade of existing sites to the new messaging features in Moodle 3.6.

Please ensure to download this latest version.

The release notes for 3.6.1 can be found here:

Please see the releases page for more details.



 
Martin Dougiamas
Moodle 3.6 release, dedicated to the late Tom Murdock
 

Hi everyone!

I’m very pleased to announce on behalf of our hardworking team that everything planned for Moodle 3.6 is now completed and it was released today.

From this release onwards, we plan to dedicate each release to a key contributor in the Moodle community.

For this inaugural dedication, I can not think of anyone better to recognise than Thomas J Murdock, generally known to us as simply Tom.


Tom Murdock, RIPTom Murdock was user #596 out of millions now on moodle.org, finding an affinity with our Moodle mission way back in 2002 as an early user and a teacher of English Literature at a high school. Since then, Tom has been a rock and a great friend to the Moodle project.

His contributions are too many to name, but he is especially known as the key founder (and soul) of Moodlerooms, a Moodle-focussed services company which became the largest Moodle Partner in the world and was eventually sold to Blackboard in 2012 (not by Tom).  More recently he was a key part of our management team at Moodle HQ working on our new Moodle Educator Certificate and MoodleCloud services.

Tragically, Tom Murdock passed away from heart failure on November 2 this year, aged only 48.  He is missed immensely by many of us who regarded him as not only a colleague but a close friend. 

Tom was a perfect example of a committed and effective educator who not only embraced technology but dedicated himself to improving it and integrating it wherever it made sense and stayed human.  His influence on Moodle is significant, and for this we dedicate Moodle 3.6 to him.


The  team have done an impressive job packing in a range of new headline features including:

  1. Improvements to the course overview on the dashboard:  Key improvements to the dashboard make it easier to get to where you need to be,  including better management of large numbers of courses, tools to find, sort, star and hide courses,  and new views of timeline and recently-accessed activities.

  2. Group messaging and new messaging UI: This major overhaul of messaging now allows you to enable group messaging along with greater user control over who can message you.  This is a solid step towards greater use of messaging in the learning process.

  3. Additional privacy features: The privacy features implemented in 3.5 for GDPR continue to improve including more readable exported data and better control over the purpose and retention period for different types of activities.

  4. NextCloud integration: Showing our continued support for the open source community, OAuth 2 NextCloud integration is now available.

  5. Support for Open Badges 2.0: Moodle badges now support Open Badges specification version 2.0, offering a new standard and new features such as Endorsement and multiple languages.

  6. Quiz analytical tools improvements: Thanks to the MUA, response statistics for random question pools will be displayed in a much more simpler way.

  7. File and media support for assignment feedback: In response to popular demand, this enhancement to assignments means teachers will now be able to upload media or other files as feedback to learners.

  8. Experimental context freezing feature: We’re excited to introduce this new feature, still a work-in-progress, allowing admins to make areas of Moodle read-only.

  9. Accessibility improvements: Always mindful of inclusivity, further accessibility work has been done on the Boost theme and Forum activity.

To find out more, you can watch the video below,  see the screenshots on the Moodle 3.6 New Features page or read the full technical Moodle 3.6 Release Notes, where you’ll also find information for Upgrading to Moodle 3.6 



As usual, you can get it from download.moodle.org or via your local expert Moodle Partner.

There will soon be announcements for upgrades of Moodle Apps and MoodleCloud to match this release.  Watch this feed or our official Moodle News page for more.

On behalf of the community, thanks to all the many developers at Moodle HQ and our entire Moodle Developer community including all testers, translators, documentation writers and helpers for all the answers to our wishes and the long hours of work and struggle that is involved in all good software. 

Onwards and upwards to 3.7!

 
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Moodle 3.6 QA cycle 100% pass rate
 

A big thank you to all our Quality Assurance (QA) testers, as listed in the Testing credits, who helped us achieve a Moodle 3.6 test pass rate of 100% in 4 weeks and 4 days. Congratulations to everyone who received a Moodle tester 2018 badge for running three or more tests in the QA cycle.

Thanks also to all our core developers, who helped with fixing bugs identified through testing, so that tests could be reset and run again as quickly as possible. Thus we are all ready for Moodle 3.6 to be released!

 
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Moodle 3.5.3 and other minor versions released
 

Hi All,

Moodle 3.5.3, 3.4.6, 3.3.9 and 3.1.15 have just been released. These are now available for download via https://download.moodle.org or Git.

Once again there are a number of GDPR improvements as well as other fixes. A reminder that the Policies and Data Privacy GDPR plugins on the plugin database are no longer being updated since they are now part of the stable releases and the updates are included in 3.5.3, 3.4.6 and 3.3.9.

From Moodle 3.6 onwards (release scheduled for November 26th) we will no longer backport new privacy features to the stable releases.

All released minor versions include fixes for security vulnerabilities.  We highly recommend that you upgrade your sites as soon as possible. Upgrading should be very straightforward. 

Administrators of all registered Moodle sites will receive an email with details of the security fixes and we'll publish these more widely next week.

General bug fix support for Moodle 3.4 ends with the release of 3.4.6, and security support for Moodle 3.3 ends with the release of 3.3.9.  We recommend that people on Moodle 3.3 upgrade to Moodle 3.4 or higher.

The release notes for each version can be found here:

Please see the releases page for more details.


 
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Moodle 3.6 Quality Assurance testing
 

Moodle 3.6 is scheduled for release on Monday 26 November 2018, and so once again we’re running a Quality Assurance (QA) testing cycle. The list of over 560 tests includes tests covering new features and improvements in Moodle 3.6.

If you can spare any time and would like to volunteer to help, please see the discussion Help needed with Moodle 3.6 QA testing for details of how you can be involved.

Thanks in advance for your help with our next version of Moodle!

 
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New version of the Moodle app available for download
 


Moodle Mobile 3.5.0 new interfaceThis is just a heads-up to let you know that a new version of the Moodle app (3.5.2) is available.

This is a release focused on stability and some bug fixes, and comes with awaited improvements and intensive testing for a very stable release for the beginning of the academic year in the North Hemisphere.

Some of the improvements for this version are:

* RTL - The app now has a basic support for right to left languages.
* Section navigation within a course has been improved
* Embedded content from the site in iframes now works in the app
* Files now can show their size and format if they are configured to do so
* Tracked forums now display the number of unread messages
* The app has been adapted for iPhone X

 
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Moodle 3.5.2 and other minor versions are now available
 

We have just released Moodle 3.5.2, 3.4.5, 3.3.8 and 3.1.14. These are now available for download via https://download.moodle.org or Git.

There are a number of GDPR and other fixes and improvements. Moodle 3.4.5 and 3.3.8 now have the GDPR plugins integrated, which means they will no longer require to be downloaded and installed separately from the plugin database.  Moodle 3.5 already has the plugins integrated since its release in May earlier this year.

A final update to the Policies and Data Privacy GDPR plugins for Moodle 3.3 and 3.4 has been released on the plugin database. After this release the plugins will no longer be updated as they are now part of the stable releases.

All released minor versions include a number of fixes for security vulnerabilities.  We highly recommend that you upgrade your sites as soon as possible. Upgrading should be very straightforward. 

Administrators of all registered Moodle sites will receive an email with details of the security fixes and we'll publish these more widely next week. 

The release notes for each version can be found here:

Please see the releases page for more details.


Sander Bangma

Head of Open Source Development, Moodle HQ
 
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Upcoming MoodleMoots in Australia, Africa and US!
 

We have 3 exciting MoodleMoots coming up shortly where we will collaborate, learn, network and share ideas through workshops, presentations, Dr Moodle sessions and a Moodle Party.

We hope to see you at one of the Moots below!

MoodleMoot Australia 
24-26 September
Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane

MoodleMoot Africa
11-12 October
International Convention Centre, Cape Town

MoodleMoot US
29-30 October
Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House, Denver

Moodlemoots July

 
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Moodle 3.5 Desktop app is now available
 

Following the release of Moodle 3.5 app for mobile we have now released the updated version of the Desktop app.

The Desktop app now includes the same new features:

  • A new and improved user interface with the addition of header and footer navigation bars
  • The display of Moodle 3.5 dashboard course images
  • Informing students if and how their selection will be published when they take part in a Choice Activity
  • Improved support for Vimeo embedded videos using Bootstrap responsive classes
  • Improved support for plugins

The Desktop app is available for download from Moodle downloads: Moodle Desktop, the MacOS App Store and will be available in the Windows Store shortly.