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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 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.

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Moodle 3.5.1 and other minor versions are now available

We have just released Moodle 3.5.1, 3.4.4, 3.3.7 and 3.1.13. These are now available for download via or Git.

Moodle 3.5.1 contains a number of GDPR and other fixes and improvements.  The GDPR improvements will also be made available in an update to the Data Privacy plugin (for Moodle 3.3 and 3.4) later today.  

Moodle 3.4.4 and 3.3.7 also include a number of bug fixes and small improvements.  All released minor versions include important 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

Open Source Development Coordinator, Moodle HQ

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Version 3.5.0 of the Moodle app is now available

Moodle Mobile 3.5.0 new interface

I'm pleased to announce the release of version 3.5.0 of the Moodle app. The app is available now on Google Play and will be in the App Store and  Windows stores soon - see Moodle downloads: Moodle app and Moodle downloads: Moodle Desktop.

We’ll be calling it simply the 'Moodle app' from now on (leaving out the word 'Mobile' as it's obvious).

Key features and improvements in 3.5.0 include:

  • A new user interface with many usability improvements

  • The display of Moodle 3.5 dashboard course images

  • The display of Moodle 3.5 choice results

  • Improved support for Vimeo embedded videos using Bootstrap responsive classes

  • Options for administrators to disable offline mode or course download

  • Improved mobile support for plugins.

See the Moodle Mobile 3.5.0 release notes for the full list of features, improvements and fixes in this release.

Note that the 3.5.0 Moodle app works only with Moodle 3.1 sites onwards and requires Android 4.4 or iOS 8.

If you have an older device or your site is running Moodle 2.4 - 3.0,  you can continue using the older app, which we have named 'Moodle Classic'. Moodle Classic won’t support any of the new features, but is provided to enable people running older Moodle sites to continue using the app.

Finally, we would love to hear your feedback about the 3.5.0 Moodle app! Please let us know what you think by posting in the Moodle for mobile forum.

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We will be doing some maintenance and migrations to on Saturday June 23th, from 1500 through 2100 UTC. During this time all of will be unavailable.

Mary Cooch
Our Learn Moodle 3.5 Basics MOOC has begun

Our Learn Moodle MOOC 3.5 Basics MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) started today, 18 June, on  and is now in progress, using Moodle 3.5.

Learn Moodle 3.5 Basics 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. In this 4 week MOOC, learners will explore all the different functionalities in Moodle and also create their own quizzes, assignments, and many more.

There is still time to sign up now and explore the features of Moodle 3.5.  As with our previous MOOCs, if you would like to help out in the forums, please sign up too. Any support you can give to new Moodlers will be very much appreciated.

If you prefer to access the MOOC via mobile, you can also participate using our branded Learn Moodle app - available for Android or iOS. 

 Thanks everyone. We look forward to another great few weeks of learning with all of you.

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Course Overview Survey Results & User Interviews

First of all, a big thank you to those who volunteered to participate in the Course Overview survey we posted on 2 March 2018. Your feedback is incredibly helpful to guide our user research into how to improve the user experience in Moodle. We’d now like to share the results of the survey.

Survey Summary

The survey was launched on 2 Mar 2018 and closed on 31 May 2018. The survey was posted in the Announcements and Usability forums and shared on the Moodle HQ social channels.

The survey was conducted in English. 100 people (7%) completed the survey out of a total of 1,375 participants, and 1,275 participants abandoned the survey before finishing.

A few highlights from the survey results:

  • 64% are from the University or college sector.

  • 64% describe their primary role as Manager or Administrator.

  • 75% are currently using the new Course Overview block.

  • 56% are currently using the new Timeline feature in the new Course Overview block.

When participants were asked how satisfied they are overall with the new Course Overview block:

  • 8% responded as very satisfied.

  • 29% responded as satisfied.

  • 39% responded as neither satisfied nor dissatisfied.

  • 16% responded as dissatisfied.

  • 8% responded as very dissatisfied.

  • 2% unanswered.

A few quotes from participant comments:

”The block is massive step forwards for a student. Not so handy for a teacher..”

“The course overview block isn’t very intuitive for our students.”

“…the block is designed on an assumption that all institutions/organisations use Moodle in the same way.”

Download the Course Overview Block survey results:

User Interviews

In addition to completing the survey questions, we invited volunteers to sign up for 30-45 minute video-conferencing sessions with a Moodle HQ researcher. The purpose of the sessions was to observe and listen to feedback from participants while they interact with the Course Overview block in their own Moodle environments.

We were able to derive three education sector “Personas” from our interviews:

  1. Teacher with intermediate Moodle expertise

  2. Teacher with advanced Moodle expertise

  3. Administrator with advanced Moodle expertise.

Names and personally identifiable information has been replaced in order to maintain participant anonymity.

“Since I’m not using the Dashboard, I don’t know the possibilities ”

“I like to land on the Course Overview… but It’s lacking in my opinion…”

“ A default of 6 courses in the course overview block is way too low for our students”

Wondering What’s Next?

  • Do you have a unique Persona that wasn’t represented in our research that you’d like to share?

  • Do you or your organisation have unique use cases for Course Overview that are not represented in our findings?

  • Can you give voice to your students and learners in your organisation?

Continue the discussion and contribute further by taking part in our first Open Design challenge for Course Overview commencing soon.

Sign up to get notified when the Open Design challenge commences

Sign Up Here

Thanks again to those who participated. Lets us know your thoughts and feedback below. 

Martin Dougiamas
Moodle 3.5 is released! GDPR is here!
Moodle Kids with pixellated faces to protect their privacyHi again!

For every release since Moodle 1.0.7 in December 2002, I've posted a release announcement here in this forum with a picture of my kids in some creative pose related to the release.  We've all grown up together, and I have often called the Moodle project my third child. 

Moodle is much bigger now though - there are so many people worldwide involved in our project - so I think this will be the last time I use the release posting for this little personal vanity of mine, and we will invent new and better traditions going forward!

The last little offering at right reflects our recent work on privacy-related features in Moodle 3.5 (we originally created a much edgier image with the kids wearing Guy Fawkes masks which I liked a lot, but quite a few of the team here at Moodle HQ felt this could be misinterpreted so we canned it tongueout).  The image is not important.

Privacy, however, is extremely important.

This is a topic which I've personally given a lot of thought to over the past 20 years.  There have been some who have said that privacy itself is a concept of the past (Mark Zuckerberg included) - that the future is one of full transparency.  While this is a nice dream in many ways, and we do need to place a high priority on society over individuals in some cases, my experience leads me to think it's practically impossible to implement transparency in a truly equitable way, and it will always ends up with people's data being exploited in some way (Facebook just being one high-profile example).   So I think we should just agree that we, all human individuals, need to have some control over what we want to be private, and what we want to be public, and that we should design our digital and non-digital worlds accordingly.

Unfortunately, privacy policy clashes with the very physical nature of digital information, which "wants to be free".   Designing a complex computer system to collect, process and replicate data is not easy, but it's definitely easier if you don't need to worry about getting permission for every little bit of data.

This is why so many of our software systems end up pooling data forever and just "trusting the admin" to do the right thing with it all.   To do anything else is so much work that it's been very difficult for any software system to justify the investment of time and effort to rewrite systems to respect privacy properly - there is always some more pressing work to do.  In Moodle, for example, even though we've been consistently working over 15 years to implement innovative systems to guide how data are shared between users in education contexts, we gave very little of that control to the end users of our system -  students and educators.

This trend has all changed with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) being enforced in Europe from next week: May 25, 2018.   Those mastermind geniuses in the European Union have found a way to force practically all software makers and websites worldwide to put control of data back firmly back in the hands of citizens.   It affects anyone who may have EU citizens using their systems, which, given how global the internet is, basically affects everyone.   This is a terrific fabulous thing, really!

We ourselves have spent millions of real currency in recent times working on this issue here at Moodle HQ, and I can only imagine the billions that have been spent worldwide.  But just improving our software is not enough.  As some famous person once said: it's not what you have but how you use it.  

If you are using Moodle, and you have any of your servers or your users in the EU, then just upgrading to a recent version is not enough.  We have built new tools in Moodle 3.5 that make your job easier: but you are still 100% responsible for ensuring that your installation is GDPR-compliant.   You need to define your policies, you need to define your processes, and give people roles to support those.   A good place to start is in our GDPR docs or by speaking to one of our local Moodle Partners.

What else is new in Moodle 3.5, you may ask?   Well, a surprising amount, considering the GDPR focus!

  • Features to improve privacy control for users
  • Audio and video recording direct into any text in Moodle
  • Image-based listing for courses in the dashboard
  • Question bank searching using tags
  • Global search without installing additional software
  • New badge criteria
  • Cohort themes
  • Support for IMS LTI Advantage!
  • much much more

See the Moodle 3.5 New Features page for a better overview, or Moodle 3.5 release notes for full details.  

Moodle 3.5 is available as usual via the Moodle download page, or speak to your friendly Moodle Partner.

Thank you so much to all the team at Moodle HQ who I know have worked incredibly hard on this release ... not just what you see but for all the problems that you have now blissfully avoided because they were fixed early on.   I also want to thank the full list of 120 developers who directly worked on this release, as well as the hundreds more who helped indirectly in all the other ways you do.  Thank you.

It's a very exciting time for Moodle as we are refactoring how we work, starting new products, hiring a lot more people, expanding our Barcelona office, and much much more, but we'll be posting a lot more about all that on our main Moodle news site so follow that!

I know I'll also be seeing many of you at our upcoming MoodleMoots and Moodle Parties around the world.

Best regards to you all, and best wishes for the improvement of educational quality in all your Moodle projects!


P.S. Definitely Laurel, not Yanny.