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Help needed with Moodle usability testing
 

We're planning on making major navigation improvements in the next version of Moodle. To help us figure out the best possible solution, we're doing some usability testing and we'd love your help!

To participate, please see the discussion Participate In Moodle Usability Testing for details.

The more people who can participate in our usability testing the better, so please forward this invite to your colleagues and others who might be interested in providing feedback.

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

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Join us in Perth for MoodleMoot Australia 2016
 

MoodleMoot Australia 2016 is being held in September in Perth, Australia - Moodle's birth city.

A three day conference packed with keynote addresses, presentations from global education innovators, masterclasses and a dev jam have been organised.

If you're interested in openness and education then come and join us and help this global project improve.

You can view the full program and register for MoodleMoot Australia 2016 at mootau.moodlemoot.org.

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Moodle 3.1.2, 3.0.6, 2.9.8 and 2.7.16 are now available
 

Moodle 3.1.2, 3.0.6, 2.9.8 and 2.7.16 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 upgraded to 3.1.2 within one-two days.

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. There is only one security issue in this release and we included it in the release notes without usual one week delay. Details can be found in our notes for each release:
Note that 2.7 (LTS) and 2.9 branches are currently supported for security fixes only. See releases page for more details.

Moodle 3.2 release is scheduled for November 14th.

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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:

Note: Events listed in bold are official MoodleMoots, supported or organised by Moodle HQ, as listed on the MoodleMoots site.

If you're organising a Moodle event and would like it added to the moodle.org calendar, please get in touch.

Mary Cooch
Our Learn Moodle MOOC is starting soon!
 

I'm pleased to announce that our  Learn Moodle MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Learn.moodle.net  officially begins  on Sunday 7th August and runs for four weeks. 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 recently updated Learn Moodle app - available for Android or iOS.

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Moodle Mobile 3.1.2 enables assignment submissions on the move
 

Group online text assignment submission with rich text editorI'm pleased to announce the release of Moodle Mobile 3.1.2 for Android and iOS. The app is available now on Google Play and App store: see download.moodle.org/mobile.

This release enables students to submit assignments* (files or online text) via the app.

If you're using the wiki activity in your courses, this release will also enable users to create and edit wiki pages in the app**.

(*Requires Moodle 3.1 or Moodle 2.8 onwards and the Moodle Mobile additional features plugin.
**Requires Moodle 3.1 or Moodle 2.6 onwards and the Moodle Mobile additional features plugin.)

A further release highlight is the availability of a rich text editor when posting in a forum, attempting essay questions, creating wiki pages or submitting assignments (Android 4.4 onwards and iOS 6 onwards only).

Please see the Moodle Mobile 3.1.2 release notes for the full list of features, improvements and fixes in this release.

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Moodle 3.1.1, 3.0.5, 2.9.7 and 2.7.15 are now available
 

Moodle 3.1.1, 3.0.5, 2.9.7 and 2.7.15 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 upgraded to 3.1.1 within one-two days.

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 2.9 branches are currently supported for security fixes only and 2.8 is no longer supported. See releases page for more details.

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Don't miss MoodleMoot US 2016, the edTech event of the year!
 

MoodleMoot US 2016 is happening in Los Angeles on 21-23 June 2016.

The event will give you the chance to watch presentations from knowledgeable keynote speakers, meet with members of the Moodle HQ team and best of all, share your own Moodle experience with others.

Registrations close in 13 days - register now to secure your place!

MoodleMoot US 2016

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Moodle Mobile 3.1 is now released
 

I'm pleased to announce the release of Moodle Mobile 3.1 for Android and iOS. The app is available now on Google Play and will be in the App store soon: see download.moodle.org/mobile.

This release enables students to attempt quizzes* on the move in the app. You can also allow quizzes to be downloaded and attempted offline* by installing the new quiz offline attempts plugin. (*Requires Moodle 2.6 onwards and the Moodle Mobile additional features plugin.)

Another release highlight if you are planning on using competencies in Moodle 3.1, is that students will be able to browse their learning plans, and teachers will be able to view the competencies of their students.

Please see the Moodle Mobile 3.1 release notes for the full list of features, improvements and fixes in this release.

Martin Dougiamas
Moodle 3.1 now available (with long-term support)!
 

Moodle kids swimming in a bowl with Goldfish and Moodle 3.1Team Moodle has been incredibly busy for the past few months bringing together another major release of Moodle.

Moodle 3.1 wraps a lot of new features together with hundreds of fixes and improvements into a package that we'll be supporting for the next three years, 1.5 years longer than most releases.

I am proud to announce that the most important new feature in this release is the new core support for competencies, which is something we've been talking about and developing in the community for many years.  These help when Moodle is used for competency-based education (CBE), "mastery learning" and any technique that involves learning plans based on the things students know, and the things they are yet to know.

Our HQ developers (in collaboration with the community and significant contributions of development and design from the Université de Montréal) have now added strong basic interfaces for these in core, allowing competencies to be determined automatically via coursework or manually by examination of uploaded evidence.  However we fully expect these core interfaces to be further extended by the community via plugins and integrations to suit all the many niches where Moodle is used.

This release also marks the first time a new feature has been chosen by the Moodle Users Association.  In this case it was the Recycle Bin, a plugin written by Skylar Kelty at the University of Kent, now reviewed and included as a standard feature in Moodle 3.1.

These are just a couple of highlights from a long list of new features.  Our videos below explain more.

For full details, see the Moodle 3.1 release notes, or just download Moodle now and get started!

If you're upgrading pay special attention to the upgrading information.  Of course, you don't need to worry about this if you're one of the 18,693 sites using MoodleCloud - you'll find that your site has been magically upgraded already today!

As always a very special thank you to everyone in the community who've helped us put this release together, 121 developers from 23 countries including Moodle HQ, Moodle Partners, QA testers, documenters and everyone else.   Hugs all round!

Watch this space for a co-announcement from Juan about the new Moodle Mobile 3.1 release, which is designed to work well with Moodle 3.1 (and earlier versions too).

And now for us it's onwards and upwards to Moodle 3.2 in November, with some exciting things planned!

Cheers,
Martin Dougiamas, Founder and CEO of Moodle Pty Ltd