Archive for October, 2009

Today is the last day of MOODLE_17_STABLE in the Moodle Tracker. As Martin mentioned in the moodle.org news back in February, New releases: Moodle 1.9.4, 1.8.8, 1.7.7 and 1.6.9,

Moodle 1.6.9 and Moodle 1.7.7 mark the last builds that the core team plan to release from those branches… please upgrade to later versions!

For anyone interested, our process of dropping support for older stable branches is detailed in Development:Stable branch support.

Keeping your site up-to-date is highly recommended in order to keep your site secure. Also recommended is to regularly run the Security overview report in Site Administration > Reports > Security overview (source: Hacked site recovery).

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Nicolas ConnaultToday Moodle HQ says farewell to developer Nicolas Connault.

Nicolas joined Moodle HQ almost three years ago in December 2006. His work has included unit testing, the Moodle 1.9 gradebook, gradebook improvements in Moodle 1.9.5, blog improvements for Moodle 2.0 (MDL-19676) and over 350 bug fixes!

In addition to writing code, Nicolas has been a particularly helpful Moodler in the Using Moodle forums, a mentor for Google Summer of Code in 2007 and 2008, a documentation writer, and has added variety and artistic appreciation to our developer chat through his observations and daily photos.

A big thank you to Nicolas for his contribution to Moodle and best wishes for his return to university next year.

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The story of blogs in Moodle

For those of you interested in some Moodle history, blogs arrived in Moodle in version 1.6, based on the work of Daryl Hawes. Since they were added, the lack of a blog comments option has been discussed at length (see Blogs, Forums and the nature of discussion and Blogs and comments) and as a result, blog comments will be included in Moodle 2.0.

In Moodle 1.7 it became possible to limit blogging to specific users by setting up a Blogger role.

Last year the Open University in the UK released their own blog module, the OU blog, which allows for course and group blogs.

In addition to blog comments, Moodle 2.0 will include a number of other blog improvements (see MDL-19676), such as support for external blogs and blog associations (based on the GSOC 2008 project Blog improvements by Joey Morwick).

As for my own blog on moodle.org, I’ve just moved it to helenfoster.wordpress.com where I’m enjoying discovering lots of cool  WordPress features. Feel free to comment on any of my blog posts here!

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Moodle has a new language pack, Dhivehi, thanks to translators Ahmed Shareef, Moosa Ali, Amir Hussein and translation coordinator Koen Roggemans.

According to the Wikipedia article, Dhivehi language, Dhivehi is the official language of the Maldives and is spoken by around 350,000 people. The word atoll (meaning a ring of coral islands or reefs) comes from the Dhivehi word atolhu.

You can easily install Dhivehi, or any other language pack, on your Moodle site via Site Administration > Language > Language packs. Even if you have no need for additional languages, you can still make use of Moodle’s language editing facility to change a word or phrase on your site. Please see the Language FAQ for details.

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting up with particularly helpful Moodler Mary Cooch on a visit to Brussels in Belgium.

Mary, from Preston in the UK, is a real teacher at heart – she loves helping others and sharing her knowledge. A self-confessed “Moodle addict”, Mary is extremely active in the Using Moodle forums and in the Lounge, where she is a facilitator.

Mary has also written a book Moodle for Teaching 7-14 Year Olds and her Moodle Blog contains a wealth of Moodle how-to videos.

A big thank you to Mary and to all our particularly helpful Moodlers for their contributions to the Moodle community.

moodlehelen and moodlefairy

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If Moodle interoperability matters to you, you’ll be pleased to hear that Moodle 1.9.7 onwards supports IMS Common Cartridge import. Congratulations and a big thank you to Moodle Partner UVCMS and Eloy Lafuente for their development work (MDL-20591).

In case you’re wondering why IMS CC has been added to 1.9.7 rather than 1.9.6, this is because there’s currently a code freeze on the 1.9 stable branch. However, you’ll be able to obtain this new feature in the first 1.9.6+ weekly build following the 1.9.6 release!

IMS CC import has been added as an experimental feature in 1.9, as it requires additional testing and bug-fixing. Help with testing is always appreciated! As for other experimental features, it may be enabled via Site Administration > Miscellaneous > Experimental.

Further IMS CC support is planned for Moodle 2.0. Please see Development:IMS common cartridge for details.

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Moodle.org has a new community discussion course, Moodle in Cambodia. The language of Cambodia, Khmer, is considered to have the longest alphabet in the world (source: Khmer script) and computers don’t generally have the font pre-installed.

For interest, here are the top 10 most participatory courses (views/posts) on moodle.org in the last four weeks:

  1. Bulgarian Moodle
  2. Moodle for Business Uses
  3. Facilitators Corner
  4. Moodle in Cambodia
  5. Moodle Certification
  6. Türkçe Moodle
  7. Hebrew Moodle
  8. مودل فارسی (Persian)
  9. Moodle en français
  10. Russian Moodle

(Source: Site Administration > Reports > Course overview.)

For information on how the list of most participatory courses is calculated, see the documentation Course overview reports.

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