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Archive for February, 2010

The future of the Book module

One of the most popular contributed plugins in CVS is the Book module (source: Moodle download statistics). It enables teachers to create multi-page resources with a book-like format, and is maintained by Moodle HQ senior Moodle developer Petr Skoda.

Many people have requested for the Book module to be included in the core Moodle. The Resource module refactor in Moodle 2.0, in which the resource types are converted into separate modules, makes it much easier to add further resource-type modules, such as the Book module. However Petr says that the Book module will remain a contributed module for 2.0, but will hopefully be included in Moodle 2.1 core. If you’d like the Book module to be included in the core Moodle, please vote for CONTRIB-283.

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This week we welcome Tomaz Lasic to the Moodle HQ team in Perth, Western Australia. Tomaz has a Masters Degree in Education (Research) and will be working for Moodle HQ as an Education Researcher.

Congratulations to Tomaz on his new position, and congratulations also to Sam Hemelryk, who has been promoted to Senior Moodle Developer at Moodle HQ. According to Martin, Sam’s promotion is

due to his general pro-activity, quality code and good communication.

Other news from Moodle HQ is that the new office in Lord Street, Perth, has been painted orange.

More photos of the new office are available in Martin’s New Moodle HQ Flickr set.

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Feedback needed on MNET issues

Anyone using Moodle networking?

Award-winning Moodle and Mahara developer Penny Leach is currently working on an MNET overhaul for Moodle 2.0 (MDL-21255) and would appreciate your feedback on networking issues, particularly the feature requests listed in MDL-21259.

Moodle networking was introduced in Moodle 1.8. Moodle.org currently has three networked sites, including the Cool Course Competition site, enabling users who are logged in to moodle.org to access the networked sites without being required to create an account or login.

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