Moodle Announcements

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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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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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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.

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Moodle 2.8.1 is now available.
 

Moodle 2.8.1 is now available via the usual open download channels (http://download.moodle.org or Git).

Following the release of Moodle 2.8 on Monday 10 November 2014, it was discovered that a small edit had introduced a bug into the wiki module (MDL-48204).

If you have upgraded your site to 2.8 and use the wiki module then we recommend that you upgrade your site to 2.8.1. Other stable releases are not affected and there are no security issues fixed in the new version.

Full details about the release can be found in the 2.8.1 release notes.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Thanks to everyone who responded so swiftly to report and fix this issue.

(Edited by Marina Glancy - originally posted 14 Nov 2014.)

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Moodle 2.8 is now available!
 
Student and grade reflected in orange glassesTwice a year, in May and November, I have the privilege of announcing the latest major Moodle release that bundles up all the work from Moodle HQ and the whole community over the previous six months.

Today we are releasing Moodle 2.8, the best version of Moodle we've ever produced and a very solid step along our roadmap into the future.

This version brings significant improvements to the gradebook, forums, analytics and usability in many areas to empower teachers and improve functionality for everyone across all devices.

Some of these many features, such as forum discussion subscription, come from highly-voted user requests in the Moodle Tracker.   Others build upon recent features in Moodle 2.7, such as the new Event Monitoring tool which watches live events and looks for patterns so it can notify you about them.  One feature which is particularly good for accessibility is the new ability to reply to forum post notifications directly from your email client.

Of particular note in this release are the grading-related improvements which make up the bulk of the changes.  This recent work began with community surveys and a gradebook workshop in LA earlier this year with enthusiastic representatives from institutions such as Luther College, University of Minnesota, Louisiana State University, San Francisco State University, University of California and Calpoly, as well as Canberra University in Australia and some Moodle Partners.  This workshop brought together many of the people who have been extending and modifying Moodle's gradebook in their own installations.  By the end of the two-day workshop we had a consensus and a rough specification for the core developers at Moodle HQ to work with.  On behalf of the community, I thank the entire group for their efforts in this project, and especially Bob Puffer and Mark McKay for continuing to work closely with Moodle HQ all year to help our developers through the very difficult development process.  We came a long way and there's more coming in 2.9!

This kind of community process is to become a hallmark of Moodle development, so look out for workshops to "Design the next Moodle" at some of the Moodlemoots from next year onwards.

To find out more about this release, see our overview videos:



...or look at our New Features page which has text and screenshots.

To get right into the details, browse the official Release Notes, play with our Demonstration sites or simply download Moodle 2.8 now and use it.  smile

We hope you enjoy this new version, and if you'd really like to help accelerate the work we can do on Moodle in the future, then consider sending us a donation to support our work!
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Moodle 2.7.3, 2.6.6 and 2.5.9 are now available.
 

Moodle 2.7.3, 2.6.6 and 2.5.9 are now available via the usual open download channels: http://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 2.6 branch is now supported for security fixes only and 2.5.9 is the final release in 2.5 branch.
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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 July 2014.)