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Archive for December, 2009

The Cool Course Competition has had a flurry of new entries recently and the site now has over twenty courses in Catalan, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish! These courses will be the start of our community hub for Moodle 2.0.

We’ve decided to keep the competition open for another month, till Tuesday 19th January 2010, so if you have some free time in the holiday, why not enter your cool Moodle course!

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Moodle hackfest logoIt’s day two of our Moodle hackfest in the Czech Republic and the topic currently under discussion is backup in Moodle 2.0. Moodle’s knight in shining armour Eloy Lafuente is tasked with improving backup reliability and performance as well as implementing requested features such as anonymised backups. It’s a real pleasure to finally meet Eloy in person at the hackfest after communicating online for several years.

Yesterday senior developer Petr Skoda led discussions on a number of Moodle 2.0 improvements, including a roles and enrolments rewrite and site-wide groups.

To avoid confusion with course groups, we need to come up with a good name for site-wide groups. Can anyone come up with anything better than the following: clusters, cohorts, crowds, tribes or groupies?

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With two weeks left until the closing date of the Cool Course Competition, there are currently just eight entries in Catalan, Dutch, English and German.

If you have a cool Moodle course which nicely illustrates how Moodle features can be used, how about entering it in the competition. There are various competition categories and some great prizes on offer from the Moodle Shop!

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A month ago I reported that download figures for October 2009 rose to a record high of 127,052 downloads. Well download figures for November 2009 have easily broken the October record and risen to a new record high of over 160 thousand downloads – 166,108 to be exact!

(Note that these download figures are only for packages downloaded from moodle.org/downloads and do not include site updates via a CVS mirror server.)

For more statistics, please see moodle.org/stats and also download.moodle.org/stats, which lists the number of downloads of Moodle packages, plugins, patches and language packs in the last 60 days.

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