Moodle Announcements

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.

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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.)

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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!

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100% pass rate for Moodle 2.9 QA tests
 

Moodle tester 2015 badgeMany thanks to all our Quality Assurance (QA) testers, as listed in the Testing credits, who helped us achieve a Moodle 2.9 test pass rate of 100% in 3½ weeks. 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 2.9 release next week!

Congratulations to everyone who received a Moodle tester 2015 badge for running three or more tests in the QA cycle.

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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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MoodleMoot Australia 2015 - Last call for presentation proposals
 

We invite all community members to propose a presentation for the MoodleMoot Australia program before Wednesday, May 6.

MoodleMoot Australia 2015 is the first MoodleMoot hosted by Moodle HQ. Taking feedback from the community, the event has been crafted to 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 primary, secondary, higher-ed, vocational or workplace training?

We want to hear your story. Help us spread the word by encouraging others to submit their ideas.


This MoodleMoot is also a chance for you to hear from talented speakers including Adam Spencer, Don Hinkleman and Moodle founder, Martin Dougiamas. You'll be able to connect with Moodle HQ's core team and there are sessions where attendees will be given the chance to shape future Moodle development. This even will be held in Melbourne, Australia from July 6th to 8th. Find out more...

Michael de Raadt
MootAu15 Program Chair
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Welcome to our GSoC 2015 students
 

Congratulations and welcome to our three Google Summer of Code 2015 students, who will be working on Moodle projects over the next 3-4 months:

Please give our new Moodle developers help and encouragement wherever you can!