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Archive for January, 2010

YouTube block update

Today, as part of our weekly code review, I tested MDL-21293.

Had you noticed anything about the YouTube block on tag pages e.g. Moodle.org Cats tag? I certainly hadn’t seen that video thumbnails were no longer being displayed!

Thanks to Nadav Kavalerchik in Israel for reporting that block tag_youtube needed updating to support the new Google Data API and thanks to Eloy for fixing the issue.

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More Moodle twitter accounts

Like many of you, I’m using twitter a lot more these days and I often search for tweets containing the word moodle to find out what Moodlers worldwide are up to.

Yesterday I set up a few more Moodle community sites twitter accounts. Thus, the full list is now:

There’s also my own twitter account, twitter.com/moodlehelen, in which I tweet about news from all the Moodle community sites.

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New Moodle QA testing site

If you just can’t wait to check out some of the new features in Moodle 2.0, you’ll be pleased to hear about our new Moodle QA testing site. As for the Moodle demonstration site, you can login as a teacher, student or admin, and the database and files are erased and restored to a clean state every hour.

As the name suggests, the new site is intended for use with Moodle QA / functional testing, MDLQA-1. However, we won’t be starting this until Moodle 2.0 beta is released (hopefully on 1st March 2010 according to the latest timetable in the Roadmap). In the meantime, feel free to login to the Moodle QA testing site any time and see how the latest daily build of HEAD is looking.

If you’re wondering where Moodle 2.0 bugs should be reported, as always, please use the Moodle Tracker. If you’re not sure whether something is a bug or a new feature, please post in the Testing and QA forum.

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With just three days left till the close of the Cool Course Competition on Tuesday 19 January 2010, the site now has 35 courses in nine different languages. Bearing in mind that the courses will be the start of our community hub for Moodle 2.0, restoring each of them to the competition site has proved a useful experience!

Although the competition rules stated that ‘Your course may not include user data’, I realised that glossary and database activity entries could still be exported from people’s Moodle sites then imported, via XML or CSV file, into their course on the competition site (see the documentation on importing and exporting glossary entries for details).

Most of the courses make use of one or more of Moodle’s filters and so the competition site needed the following filters enabled: glossary auto-linking, TeX notation, multimedia plugins and multi-language content.

Several courses included RSS feeds blocks. RSS feeds are not included in course backups (anyone know why?) so they needed adding manually before configuring the RSS feed block.

Further issues that I encountered are listed in the Community hub page comments, together with backup expert Eloy‘s response.

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New moodle.net domain

If you’re very observant, you may have noticed that our demonstration site has moved from demo.moodle.org to demo.moodle.net. Similarly, our developer test site has moved to test.moodle.net and our new site for Moodle 2.0 QA testing to qa.moodle.net (more information about this site coming soon). The sites have been moved to a new domain for security reasons, as they provide access to teacher and admin accounts.

This year, by popular request, I’m tweeting about interesting discussions I come across in Using Moodle. In case you missed them, here are a couple from the past week: Hi, and 3 things you wish you had known… and How do you keep people from cheating while taking a quiz?

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