Archive for March, 2010

A belated big thank you to everyone who took part in our first ever Moodle 2.0 sprint last weekend:

(Apologies if I’ve missed anyone out. If so, please let me know.)

Judging by how much got done, the sprint was a great success, so you can expect more sprints in future! Once Moodle 2.0 beta is released, testers and documentation writers will also be welcome to participate in our Moodle 2.0 sprints.

(Edited to add Penny – original submission 26 March, 2010)


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Moodle 1.9.8 on its way!

As Martin posted today in Heads-up for 1.9.8 – code freeze starting today, Moodle 1.9.8 is coming soon. Moodle 1.8.12 will be released at the same time.

In addition to some security fixes, Moodle 1.9.8 will also include a new capability moodle/restore:createuser for controlling whether a user can create other users when restoring a course (source: Moodle 1.9.8 release notes).

Hopefully all bugs will have been squashed during our weekly code reviews. However if you do encounter any problems, please report them in the Moodle Tracker (You’ll need a tracker account in order to create an issue.) If you’re not sure whether a problem is a bug or not, feel free to post about it in one of the forums in Using Moodle.

Elsewhere in Using Moodle, interesting discussions I’ve come across recently have included Poor Moodle support, Creative uses of the choice module and Why git is better than subversion or CVS (no need to look unless you’re a developer!).

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Are you a Moodle developer with some time to spare this weekend? If so, please join our first ever Moodle 2.0 sprint and help us get 2.0 beta out in four weeks!

To take part in the sprint, simply choose a feature in Moodle 2.0 which needs finishing, or some 2.0 bugs which need fixing, then when you have time at the weekend, get coding! Remember to drop by our Jabber developer chat room at some point and let others know what you’re working on.

According to developer Penny Leach, who came up with the idea of a sprint,

Nigel and I used to do this with Mahara and it was really encouraging for both of us to keep each other company. I’m always so much more motivated when there are other people working alongside me.

Hope to see lots of you at the sprint!

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Moodle.org now has four networked sites (listed under Community > Connected sites) including the recently added Moodle for Language Teaching Repository, enabling users who are logged in to moodle.org to access the networked sites without being required to create an account or login.

If you have a Moodle site that you’d like networked with moodle.org, please let me know.

Moodle networking, or “MNet” (as we’ve finally decided to abbreviate it to!) received a boost recently when Moodle and Mahara developer Penny Leach was seconded to Moodle HQ for 6 weeks to work on MNet in Moodle 2.0. A big thank you to Penny for fixing tons of MNet bugs, including some in Moodle 1.9.

If you need help setting up Moodle networking, please check the MNet FAQ and the Moodle networking forum.

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More and more MoodleMoots

When I posted in the moodle.org news on 11 February 2010 about Upcoming MoodleMoots around the world, I wrote

… there are ten MoodleMoots coming up in the next six months.

Since then, I’ve been informed of several more upcoming MoodleMoots, and so the post now reads

… there are fifteen MoodleMoots coming up in the next six months.

Thus, if you’re interested in meeting up with other Moodlers in person, you may like to check the post again to see whether there is a MoodleMoot happening near you.

If you’re organising a Moodle conference and you’d like it publicized on moodle.org, please post in the Conference News and Announcements forum (source: Moodle.org FAQ). For the benefit of Twitter users (myself included!) please remember to specify a standard Moodle tag for your event.

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Moodle has a new language pack, Zulu, thanks to iCyber E-Learning Solutions on initiative of Gerrit Botha, Lionel Redelinghuys, Nhlanhla Ndlovu, and translation coordinator Koen Roggemans.

According to the Wikipedia article, Zulu language, Zulu is one of South Africa’s eleven official languages and is spoken by around 10 million people.

Many of our 80+ language packs are incomplete, with untranslated strings displayed in English. If you’d like to help improve a language pack, please contact the language pack maintainer – see Translation credits for contact details. You can also check whether your language has a community discussion course and if so, post in a forum there. (Source: Language FAQ)

Major languages improvements are planned for Moodle 2.0, including a central web-based translation tool. For full details see the specification Development:Languages and the discussion Translators heads up: proposals to change the Moodle translation process.

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