Moodle Announcements

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Upcoming MoodleMoots around the world
 

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

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 May 2015.)

Mary Cooch
Our Learn Moodle MOOC is starting soon!
 

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

The course begins officially on Sunday, August 9th and runs for four weeks, but you can sign up now and introduce yourself to other participants in our forum.

Teaching with Moodle: An introduction is for anyone who wants to use the Moodle learning platform for teaching, whether it be 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.

Martin Dougiamas
Moodle Mobile 2.0 is now released!
 

It's been a busy year for Moodle with some big milestones already like Moodle 2.9, our new free MoodleCloud hosting, a new moodle.com site and now I’m proud to announce our next one: the release of Moodle Mobile 2.0 for iOS and Android.


Our dedicated Moodle HQ Mobile team have been working hard on the MM2 application, having announced it earlier this year, and we’re really pleased with the final product. You should experience a smooth upgrade from previous versions but internally it's a completely new app built from the ground up, and you'll soon notice a cleaner-looking, snappier app with some cool new features. MM2 is built on a new open source framework, Ionic, which will really speed up our mobile developments in future.


A quick look at the new features and improvements you’ll notice in Moodle Mobile 2.0:

  • improved UI and faster and smoother application as a whole

  • introduction of natural functions including pull to refresh, infinite scrolling

  • simplified app experience with filters, easier settings and access to user profile 

  • support for many more Moodle features including Activity Completion, Choice, Notes, Book, IMS CP and Chat

  • vastly increased storage space within the app

  • offline access for calendar

  • smarter push notifications that support multiple Moodle sites per app

  • more


Overall the app is a big step forward for mobile learning with Moodle. The app is available to download now for Android & iOS, and will hit the other app stores soon: download.moodle.org/mobile


The Moodle Mobile roadmap has current plans on the future of the mobile app but it needs your help. If anyone in the Moodle community is interested in contributing towards this roadmap (or other features you think you should be on there) then please contact the Moodle HQ team directly via support@moodle.com.  


Well done and congrats to the entire Mobile team for their terrific effort in this release: Juan, Fred, Daniel, Barbara and Costa.


More big news to come later this year!

Martin Dougiamas
Remote Learner US and CA are no longer certified Moodle Partners
 

Hi all,

I wish to bring to your attention that (as of July 2015) the company Remote Learner (US and Canada) are no longer part of the certified Moodle Partner program.

As you may know, the Moodle project depends entirely on our certified Moodle Partners for financial support.  The royalty payments we receive from our Moodle Partners (currently numbering 66 fine companies across the world) are what pay for the 35 people at Moodle HQ who create new features for every Moodle release, fix bugs, integrate and review community contributions, perform testing, review and distribute plugins, maintain all the community sites, write documentation, research new developments, run free MOOCs about Moodle, run MoodleMoots around the world and generally spread open source love across the world so it can benefit from a truly Free platform for online and blended learning.

If you are ever considering getting help with Moodle hosting, consulting, training, customisation, theming or any other services, then we ask you to please, always use a current certified Moodle Partner, because that enables all this.  In return, we will always be working hard to make Moodle better for you.

Thank you for being part of one of the biggest open source projects in the world.

My ugly mug
MoodleMoot US 2015 Registrations closing soon
 
Hi, all.

MoodleMoot US 2015 is happening in Minneapolis, USA on Aug 4-6.

Registrations close Tue 21 July.


Find out about registration...

Questions? Email mootus@moodle.com
Martin Dougiamas
MoodleCloud provides free Moodle hosting
 

Hi all,

MoodleCloud: this is something I've wanted to see for years and we finally built it:

     https://moodle.com/cloud

It's something especially for you individual teachers who don't know how to install Moodle and don't have money to spare.  Or maybe you just want to give the latest version of Moodle a proper try with your class?  

Thank you all!

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Moodle 2.9.1, 2.8.7 and 2.7.9 are now available
 

Moodle 2.9.1, 2.8.7 and 2.7.9 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:

Due to YouTube API changes some additional setup is needed if you want your users to access YouTube repository.

Note that 2.7 branch is supported for security fixes only until May 2017.

My ugly mug
MoodleMoot US 2015 - Presentation proposals due Tue 9 June
 

You are invited to propose a presentation for MoodleMoot US 2015 before Tuesday, 9 June.

MoodleMoot US 2015 is the first national MoodleMoot in the US and the first US MoodleMoot organized by Moodle HQ. We have surveyed the community to come up with an event that will allow attendees to relate to other Moodle users with a focus on bringing together people from different educational sectors and user roles.

What is it like for you to use Moodle in your role, whether you are an administrator, an instructional designer, a teacher, a developer or another type of user?

How does Moodle serve your needs in your educational sector, be it K-12, higher-ed, vocational or corporate training?

The theme for this year's MoodleMoot US is You make Moodle. Share your Moodle story.

Help us to get the word out to others and encourage them to submit their ideas.


Find out more about MoodleMoot US 2015 happening Aug 4-6 in Minneapolis.


Michael de Raadt
MootUS15 Program Chair

Martin Dougiamas
Moodle 2.9 is now available!
 

Hello again!

Moodle kids with mustachesIt gives me great pleasure to officially announce Moodle 2.9, our latest major release that packages up all the new things from the past six months of work.

This release has a lot of new things in it (over 360 issues), ranging from some great interface improvements in many areas such as navigation, messaging, lesson and quiz, to things in the backend that designers and developers will be happy about, such as full support for jQuery and the mustache templating library (which I hope explains the Moodle kids photo for this release!  smile  )

For the best overview of everything new start with our New Features page or watch our series of explanatory videos below:

For more technical details see the full Moodle 2.9 Release Notes and our Upgrading page.  And of course to download it just go to our download page or use Git.

As always, thanks so much to the entire community of developers, teachers and others who contributed towards this release, and especially our dedicated team at Moodle HQ and the Moodle Partners who support us.

We are now already busy on Moodle 3.0, due in November! 

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Moodle 2.8.6, 2.7.8 and 2.6.11 are now available
 

Moodle 2.8.6, 2.7.8 and 2.6.11 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:

Note that 2.7 branch is now supported for security fixes only until May 2017 (LTS) and 2.6.11 is the final release in 2.6 branch.

Only couple of hours left before an exciting announcement of 2.9 release!