Moodle Announcements

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Upcoming MoodleMoots in 2015
 

If you'd like to meet up with other Moodlers in person in 2015, there are a number of Moodle conferences coming up:

If you're organising a Moodle event and would like it added to the moodle.org calendar, please let me know.

(Edited by Helen Foster to add additional dates - originally posted 28 January 2015.)

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Moodle 2.9 Quality Assurance testing
 

Testers group iconWe're planning on releasing Moodle 2.9 in four weeks time, and so we're once again running a Quality Assurance (QA) testing cycle. The list of over 450 tests includes new tests covering features and improvements in Moodle 2.9.

If you can spare any time and would like to volunteer to help, please see the discussion Help needed with Moodle 2.9 QA testing for details of how you can be involved.

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

Martin Dougiamas
Introducing Moodle VR
 

I'm excited to announce the future of education today with Moodle VR, a powerful, multifaceted tool to help effective teaching and engaged learning. By using head-mounted Virtual Reality displays like the Oculus Rift, students and teachers can engage with Moodle like never before.

Watch the introduction to Moodle VR:



Tweet us at #moodlevr !


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Sign up now for our Learn Moodle MOOC in August
 

I'm pleased to announce that Moodle HQ is running another Learn Moodle MOOC this year, starting on 9th August 2015.

Teaching with Moodle: An introduction 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.

If you're interested, please go to Learn.moodle.net and sign up now, then you'll receive an email reminder before the course begins. Also, do spread the word of our Learn Moodle MOOC to anyone else who may be interested.

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Moodle 2.8.5, 2.7.7 and 2.6.10 are now available
 

Moodle 2.8.5, 2.7.7 and 2.6.10 are now available via the usual open download channels: https://download.moodle.org or Git.

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:

This release immediately follows the release of 2.8.4, 2.7.6 and 2.6.9 which contained a last-minute regression that was caught after the packaging.

Note that 2.6 branch is supported for security fixes only and the support will end in May 2015. If you are running Moodle 2.6, now is a good time to upgrade.

Only two months until the major release of Moodle 2.9 with even more new features and improvements from the core team and community contributors.
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Google Summer of Code 2015
 

GSoC 2015 logoI'm pleased to announce that Moodle is taking part in Google Summer of Code 2015 - our ninth year of involvement in the program.

The GSoC program pays students to work on open source software products for 3-4 months (over the northern hemisphere summer), mentored by existing developers.

Please see Projects for new developers for our list of suggested GSoC projects and Applying to work with Moodle for GSoC for details of our application process.

If you're a core Moodle developer and are interested in mentoring a project, please contact David Mudrak.

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Live Twitter Q&A with Moodle and World Vision Australia
 

You are invited to join a live Twitter questions and answers (Q&A) session with Moodle Founder and CEO, Martin Dougiamas and World Vision's Learning Manager for Social Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (SEED) Mark Harwood this Wednesday 18th February 2015 at 4.00pm AWST.

Martin and Mark will be answering your questions regarding the use of the Moodle platform for distance education and World Vision's Project model Accredited Learning & Support (PALS) Program which uses Moodle to help poor farmers increase their business understanding, practices and incomes.

To participate, please tweet your question together with the hashtag #AskWVAMoodle. Martin and Mark will try and answer as many questions as possible in 30 minutes. If you are not able to make the session, you can read the responses and participate later using the hashtag or Twitter handles @moodle and @worldvisionaus.

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Moodle 2.8.3, 2.7.5 and 2.6.8 are now available (security release)
 

Moodle 2.8.3, 2.7.5 and 2.6.8 are now available via the usual open download channels: https://download.moodle.org or Git.

In addition to a number of bug fixes and small improvements, a very serious security vulnerability have been discovered and fixed. We highly recommend that you upgrade your sites to these latest versions as soon as possible. Upgrading should be very straightforward. As per our usual policy, admins of all registered Moodle sites have been notified with 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 2.6 branch is now supported for security fixes only. This extra release does not affect the normal release schedule and the next minor release is expected on the second Monday of March.
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Moodle 2.8.2, 2.7.4 and 2.6.7 are now available
 

Moodle 2.8.2, 2.7.4 and 2.6.7 are now available via the usual open download channels: https://download.moodle.org or Git.

In addition to a number of bug fixes and small improvements, security vulnerabilities have been discovered and fixed. As always, we recommend that you upgrade your sites to these latest versions as soon as possible. Upgrading should be very straightforward. As per our usual policy, admins of all registered Moodle sites have been notified with 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 2.6 branch is now supported for security fixes only.
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Join us in 2015 for a Learn Moodle MOOC
 

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

Teaching with Moodle: An introduction 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.

The course runs for four weeks, starting 11th January 2015. Please sign up now and spread the word of our Learn Moodle MOOC to everyone you think may be interested.

As before, if you would like to help out in the MOOC, please sign up too. Any help you can give to new Moodlers will be appreciated.