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Moodle Mobile 2.8 is now released!
 

I’m pleased to announce the release of Moodle Mobile 2.8 for Android and iOS. The app is available now on Google Play and will be in the App store soon: download.moodle.org/mobile.

This release includes a great new feature: a SCORM player for playing SCORM 1.2 packages online and offline. The app stores all tracking information, including grades, when offline, and synchronizes with Moodle when you are online again.

Please see the documentation Moodle Mobile SCORM player for more details and the Moodle Mobile 2.8 release notes for the full list of features, improvements and fixes in this release.

Many thanks to Learning Lab of DanChurchAid via Danish development aid (DANIDA) who contributed to the funding of these developments for Moodle Mobile. The purpose is to help cater for course content access in areas where network connectivity is not always available. For the specific project in question, this development allows Syrian teachers to access learning material on risk education, which they can use to teach children, youth and the community at large about the dangers of mines and unexploded ammunitions. Read more about the work they do on: https://www.danchurchaid.org/learning-lab/

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Moodle Users Association - OPEN FOR MEMBERSHIP!
 

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I'm very pleased to announce the exciting news that Moodle Users Association Inc is open for membership!

The purpose of the Association is to provide a forum for the Moodle community to propose and select development projects for Moodle core.  

There's a whole heap of information on the MUA website if you want to know more, including descriptions of the four different levels of membershipPick a level that's right for your organisation or you.

The process is 

  1. fill in the signup form at https://moodleassociation.org/login/signup.php
  2. pay the invoice that arrives in your email
  3. login after the payment confirmation email
  4. find the "Development Cycle" course and start proposing a project for development.

Exciting times, I trust you enjoy your part in building Moodle for the future!


Shannon Johnston, Project manager at Moodle Pty Ltd

Mary Cooch
Our Learn Moodle MOOC is starting soon!
 

I'm pleased to announce that once again Moodle HQ is running a Learn Moodle MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Learn.moodle.net.

The course begins officially on Sunday 17 January 2016 and runs for four weeks, but you can sign up now and introduce yourself to other participants in the forum.

Teaching with Moodle: An introduction is for anyone who wants to use the Moodle learning platform for teaching, whether in a school, a university, a company or just personal interest.

As with our previous MOOCS, if you would like to help out, please sign up too. Any support you can give to new Moodlers will be very much appreciated.

You can also participate using our new Learn Moodle app - available for Android or iOS.

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Moodle 3.0.2, 2.9.4, 2.8.10 and 2.7.12 are now available
 

Moodle 3.0.2, 2.9.4, 2.8.10 and 2.7.12 are now available via the usual open download channels: https://download.moodle.org or Git.

For those of you on our MoodleCloud free Moodle hosting service you will find your sites have already been upgraded to 3.0.2!

In addition to a number of bug fixes and small improvements, security vulnerabilities have been discovered and fixed.  We highly recommend that you upgrade your sites as soon as possible. Upgrading should be very straightforward. As per our usual policy, admins of all registered Moodle sites will be notified of security issue details directly via email and we'll publish details more widely in a week.

Other details can be found in our notes for each release:
Note that 2.7 and 2.8 branches are currently supported for security fixes only. See releases page for more details.


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Moodle 3.0.1 is available with PHP 7 support
 
Moodle 3.0.1 is now available via Moodle downloads or Git.

Moodle 3.0.1 is a special release outside of the normal release schedule with the main highlight being support of PHP 7, with significant performance improvements in comparison to PHP 5. Thanks to everyone who has helped with developing and testing.

Full details of the release can be found in the Moodle 3.0.1 release notes. See the developer docs Moodle and PHP 7 for information on upgrading plugins.

There are no security fixes in this release. Minor (point) releases with security fixes are scheduled as normal for 11 January 2016.
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Upcoming MoodleMoots around the world
 

If you'd like to meet up with other Moodlers in person, here's a list of Moodle conferences coming up in the next three months:

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Particularly helpful Moodlers help provide 24-hour Moodle support
 
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A big thank you to all our particularly helpful Moodlers on moodle.org, who help provide 24-hour Moodle support by answering questions in the community forums.

Particularly helpful Moodler (PHM) group membership is calculated automatically from forum posts rated as useful. If you post a question and receive useful replies, please provide feedback by rating the posts. Useful posts are also shown on the front page of moodle.org and are used to help improve our Moodle documentation.

The helping hand PHM group icon enables newcomers to moodle.org to easily spot forum posts from particularly helpful Moodlers. In addition to being added to a group, particularly helpful Moodlers are also awarded a PHM badge. Congratulations to the 263 particularly helpful Moodlers who have received a PHM badge in 2015. smile

Martin Dougiamas
Moodle 3.0 is now released!
 

Wow, Moodle 3.0 is here!

Moodle kids holding a big number 3 with a hat on it.

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.  smile   

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.

For all the details see our New Features summary, the full Release notes or start watching our release videos:


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.  smile

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!

Martin Dougiamas,
Moodle Founder

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Moodle 2.9.3, 2.8.9 and 2.7.11 are now available
 

Moodle 2.9.3, 2.8.9 and 2.7.11 are now available via the usual open download channels: https://download.moodle.org or Git.

For those of you on our MoodleCloud free Moodle hosting service you will find your sites have already been upgraded to 2.9.3!

In addition to a number of bug fixes and small improvements, security vulnerabilities have been discovered and fixed.  We highly recommend that you upgrade your sites as soon as possible. Upgrading should be very straightforward. As per our usual policy, admins of all registered Moodle sites will be notified of security issue details directly via email and we'll publish details more widely in a week.

Other details can be found in our notes for each release:
Note that 2.8 branch is now supported only for security fixes until May 2016. Moodle 3.0 release is scheduled for November 16th.

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100% pass rate for Moodle 3.0 QA tests
 

A big thank you to all our Quality Assurance (QA) testers, as listed in the Testing credits, who helped us achieve a Moodle 3.0 test pass rate of 100% in 3½ weeks. Congratulations to everyone who received a Moodle tester 2015 badge for running three or more tests in the QA cycle.

Thanks also to all our 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 the 3.0 release planned for 16 November 2015.