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Apologies for neglecting my blog recently, though glad to note I’m in good company (see sam marshall’s OU/Moodle blog).

You’ve most likely heard that we’re aiming to release Moodle 2.0 beta very soon, so we’re all trying our best to get everything done! I’ve been helping David Mudrak with the big language pack clean-up in Moodle 2.0 (MDL-15252) and am currently busy creating help strings from HTML files (see Development:Help strings).

For the non-twitter followers amongst you, here are a few links to interesting discussions on moodle.org in the past couple of weeks: a pedagogical discussion about testing, Moodle Philosophy (dating back to 2002), Ability to post anonymously, Office Add-in for Moodle (with replies from Microsoft Education Labs), Best way to share many links and Teaching moodle to teachers.

Finally, thanks to particularly helpful Moodler Mary Evans for her lovely poem Ode to Moodle Docs.

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If you’re thinking of adding extra features to your Moodle site, you’ll most likely have taken a look in the Moodle modules and plugins database.

The modules and plugins database, “a comprehensive reference of all known Moodle modules, hacks and plugins”, was created four years ago and now contains 630 entries! The very first entry was added on 3 February 2006 and was the Database activity module itself.

Before going ahead and installing a contributed module or plugin, it’s important to take note of the following:

WARNING: Please be aware that some of these items have not been reviewed, and the quality and/or suitability for your Moodle site has not been checked. The modules here may have security problems, data-loss problems, interface problems or just plain not work. Please think carefully about maintenance before relying on contributed code in your production site, as some of this code may not work with future versions of Moodle.

(Source: modules and plugins database introduction)

Whilst the modules and plugins database allows comments and ratings, it’s clearly lacking a number of features for helping people make sensible choices about which module or plugin to install. Major improvements to the database are planned for the future (see Development:Modules and plugins improvements, MDLSITE-571 and MDLSITE-406), however the work will have to wait until after the release of Moodle 2.0.

For those of you who are twitter fans, twitter.com/moodleplugins tweets new entries to the modules and plugins database.

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Moodle.org turns upside down

If you’ve visited moodle.org today, you’re sure to have noticed something odd about the site. As someone (whose identity I won’t reveal!) messaged me:

Hi Helen, sorry to bother you, but I just logged in, via the Moodle.org front page and the panel on the right of the log in was, mostly, upside down. Weird! I know, I do not drink, nor do I smoke funny green cigarettes (I actually lead a singularly boring existence, apart from when I am Moodling :) ) but I am not imagining it. The blurb between the heading and the “this is not your school web site” was really upside down…

There were several reports of the problem in the Moodle Tracker (MDLSITE-895, MDLSITE-896 and MDLSITE-897), the forums (Everything upside down!! and Is the backwards text an April Fool’s day prank?) and even in Moodle Docs (Forum module revision).

As I posted on this day last year (Moodle 2.0 surprise), Moodle has a history of celebrating April Fools’ day. I hope you all had a laugh at Martin’s little trick!

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