Another release highlight if you are planning on using competencies in Moodle 3.1, is that students will be able to browse their learning plans, and teachers will be able to view the competencies of their students.
Team Moodle has been incredibly busy for the past few months bringing together another major release of Moodle.
Moodle 3.1 wraps a lot of new features together with hundreds of fixes and improvements into a package that we'll be supporting for the next three years, 1.5 years longer than most releases.
I am proud to announce that the most important new feature in this release is the new core support for competencies, which is something we've been talking about and developing in the community for many years. These help when Moodle is used for competency-based education (CBE), "mastery learning" and any technique that involves learning plans based on the things students know, and the things they are yet to know.
Our HQ developers (in collaboration with the community and significant contributions of development and design from the Université de Montréal) have now added strong basic interfaces for these in core, allowing competencies to be determined automatically via coursework or manually by examination of uploaded evidence. However we fully expect these core interfaces to be further extended by the community via plugins and integrations to suit all the many niches where Moodle is used.
This release also marks the first time a new feature has been chosen by the Moodle Users Association. In this case it was the Recycle Bin, a plugin written by Skylar Kelty at the University of Kent, now reviewed and included as a standard feature in Moodle 3.1.
If you're upgrading pay special attention to the upgrading information. Of course, you don't need to worry about this if you're one of the 18,693 sites using MoodleCloud - you'll find that your site has been magically upgraded already today!
A big thank you to all our Quality Assurance (QA) testers, as listed in the Testing credits, who helped us achieve a Moodle 3.1 test pass rate of 100% in 3½ 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 3.1 release next week!
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
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 the 2.9 branch from now on is supported for security fixes only and 2.8 branch is no longer supported. See releases page for more details. We are looking forward releasing Moodle 3.1 on 23 May 2016 full with amazing new features.
We're planning on releasing Moodle 3.1 in four weeks time, and so we're once again running a Quality Assurance (QA) testing cycle. The list of over 500 tests includes tests covering new features in Moodle 3.1.
happy to announce the release of Moodle Mobile 3.0.0 for Android and
iOS. The app is available now on Google Play and will be in the App
store soon: see download.moodle.org/mobile.
you're using the wiki activity in your courses, this release will
enable you to browse wiki pages in the app*. Usability and interface
improvements to the chat activity, messaging and video player are also
included in the release.
(* Requires Moodle 2.6 onwards and the Moodle Mobile additional features plugin.)
Moodle 3.1 is released, we'll be moving to a two-monthly release cycle
for Moodle Mobile, with version numbers the same as for Moodle. Please
see the discussion Changes in Moodle Mobile release process for further details.