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Martin Dougiamas
Moodle 3.2 is released!
 

Moodle kids boosting around on rocketsHello!

I’m so happy to announce that Moodle 3.2 is now available for downloading!

This new release is another big step forward for our open-source project.  I’m proud of how our whole community, including Moodle institutions, Moodle Partners, hundreds of developers and Moodle users everywhere have again come together through the core work at Moodle HQ to support our shared mission to provide the best learning management platform on the planet.

There are many highlights from the past six month’s work, but in general we’ve focussed on user experience and accessibility

Firstly, I'm thrilled to introduce Boost, a new core base theme for Moodle (based on Bootstrap 4) which marks a new direction for how Moodle looks and functions.  The changes are not too radical, so long-time Moodle users will learn it quickly, but they give Moodle sites a fresh, new structure that aligns with many websites and mobile apps that you might be familiar with and that we hope new users to Moodle will find easier to learn.  With that comes better navigation, configuration and more space on your screen for important course content.  Of course, if you prefer your old themes they continue to work as before.  However I really recommend that themers build on Boost, and everyone join in our user testing projects, to help us refine and strengthen this UX direction further in releases to come.  

Boost screenshot

We've also designed some great improvements to messaging and notifications, sponsored by our good friends at University of Minnesota (special thanks to Mark McKay for his passion), that make it easier to keep in touch with your course and fellow participants, no matter what device you are using.

When you start up a fresh copy of Moodle you will notice a new user tours feature, sponsored by Dublin City University, that will show you around the new Boost interface.  These tours are easy to create for any page in your site, and can help with on-boarding of new changes or even making general announcements. 

Other major features include an industry-leading embedded media player based on video.js, which includes full support for video captions and subtitles, as well as new plugin-based support for other media players; slick new interactive report graphics; LTI 2 compliance and heaps more.  Altogether there are about 623 improvements and bug fixes.   Our videos explain more:

     


Please read Moodle 3.2 New Features for more about the major features, or see the Moodle 3.2 Release Notes for a full description of all the details including information for Moodle developers and designers.   I see a lot of developers have already upgraded their plugins for Moodle 3.2!

You can get Moodle directly from the usual primary channels: our download site or via git.  All sites on MoodleCloud, our community Moodle hosting platform, will be upgraded to Moodle 3.2 soon (expected on December 12th).  If you are hosted by one of our global Moodle Partners, please speak with them about your upgrade timetable.

Also next week look out for the new 3.2 version of Moodle Mobile, our companion mobile app for iOS and Android.  For those institutions with a custom Branded Moodle Mobile App  - all of your apps will also be automatically upgraded soon afterwards.

Thanks again to everyone involved in using and creating the Moodle project, you are a lovely bunch of people to hang out with and an example to the world of how doing software the open way is the right way.

Please always feel free to join us and help to continually improve our Free educational tools, either through the open public forums and tracker, or by joining the Moodle Users Association (we have started work on an exciting new dashboard sponsored by MUA for Moodle 3.3!).

Love to all and I hope your 2016 wraps up well!

Martin Dougiamas
Moodle Founder and CEO of Moodle Pty Ltd.

 
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100% pass rate for Moodle 3.2 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 3.2 test pass rate of 100% in 5 weeks. Congratulations to everyone who received a Moodle tester 2016 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 3.2 release next week!

 
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New user-friendly interface for Moodle plugins directory
 

Today we are pleased to reveal the first stage of Moodle's longer term Plugins directory project - a fresh new and user-friendly front page.

Plugins are important and flexible tool set, allowing users to extend the features of their sites. At moodle.org, our plugins directory contains hundreds of plugins, each of them capable of extending the features of Moodle's core functionality.

With more and more plugins being submitted on a regular basis, Moodle community members and users have asked for particular features that would allow them to find and easily access the plugins that they really need.

Moodle HQ has been working with community members to do some best practice research and comparisons, analysing recommended patterns of UI development, through to building and testing a number of prototypes resulting in this new interface.

Advanced search options, more accurate and relevant search results and an easier way to research plugins are some of the new things you’ll see in the new plugins directory interface.

Try out the Moodle plugins directory today, or for more details, see the discussion Try out the new Moodle plugins directory interface in the Plugins traffic forum.

 
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Moodle 3.1.3, 3.0.7, 2.9.9 and 2.7.17 are now available
 

Moodle 3.1.3, 3.0.7, 2.9.9 and 2.7.17 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 is the last release in 2.9 branch. Moodle 3.0 from now on will be supported for security fixes only. See releases page for more details.

Amazing Moodle 3.2 release will be slightly delayed and is currently scheduled for November 28th.


 
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Calling Moodlers to help with QA testing for Moodle 3.2
 

Moodle 3.2 is scheduled to be released in four weeks time, and so once again we’re running a Quality Assurance (QA) testing cycle.

QA testing involves participating users trying each feature in Moodle and testing that it works in Moodle 3.2 - using the Clean theme and also the new Boost theme. Moodle's QA list of over 500 tests includes ones covering new features in Moodle 3.2.

If you can spare some time and are interested in helping out, please see the discussion Help needed with Moodle 3.2 QA testing for details on how to get involved.

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

 
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Moodle Mobile 3.1.3 is now released
 

I'm happy to announce the release of Moodle Mobile 3.1.3 for Android and iOS. The app is available now on Google Play and App store: see download.moodle.org/mobile.

Even more features work offline in this latest release - creating a message, completing a survey or choice, creating a new forum post or wiki page, adding a course note, and even completing an assignment. The app will synchronise data when the user is online again.

Other features in Moodle Mobile 3.1.3 include:

  • Performance improvements to the app so that courses load faster.
  • The option to display forum threads with the oldest or newest posts first.

Please see the Moodle Mobile 3.1.3 release notes for the full list of features, improvements and fixes in this release.

 
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Let's fix a Moodle bug!
 

Moodle HQ invites community members to be part of the Fix-a-Moodle-bug project in November 2016.

The Fix-a-Moodle-bug project aims to highlight the important contribution that the Moodle community continues to make to our open source project, and to bring attention to our development tracker.

Developers who fix a bug this November will get a specially designed "Moodle contributor" T-shirt and a moodle.org badge.

This project is part of the development process for Moodle.

Find out more, and get involved - Fix-a-Moodle-bug project.

 
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Help needed with Moodle usability testing round 2
 

Thanks to everyone who participated in our previous usability testing. We're running further tests this month and would again appreciate your help.

We are also looking for volunteers to sign up for future moderated usability test sessions.

For further details, please see the discussion Participate In Moodle Usability Testing (Round 2).

 
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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.