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A couple of weeks ago I came across an interesting report about the Open University (OU) and Moodle, The Open University UK: creating a win-win situation by sharing code and content. The report explained how cooperating with the worldwide Moodle community resulted in everyone benefiting.

Following his return to the UK after working at Moodle HQ in Perth for twelve months, Quiz module maintainer Tim Hunt has continued to contribute to Moodle in lots of areas. In addition to writing the documentation Development:Security, Tim has recently created a Custom SQL queries admin report.

Sam's profile pictureOU wiki, OU blog and conditional activities developer Sam Marshall has recently announced ForumNG (new alternative forum for moodle 1.9). Like Tim, Sam is also a particularly helpful Moodler in the Using Moodle forums.

For details of what other OU developers are currently working on, please see Sam’s development update blog post.

A big thank you to all the OU team for their contributions to Moodle.

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Nicolas ConnaultToday Moodle HQ says farewell to developer Nicolas Connault.

Nicolas joined Moodle HQ almost three years ago in December 2006. His work has included unit testing, the Moodle 1.9 gradebook, gradebook improvements in Moodle 1.9.5, blog improvements for Moodle 2.0 (MDL-19676) and over 350 bug fixes!

In addition to writing code, Nicolas has been a particularly helpful Moodler in the Using Moodle forums, a mentor for Google Summer of Code in 2007 and 2008, a documentation writer, and has added variety and artistic appreciation to our developer chat through his observations and daily photos.

A big thank you to Nicolas for his contribution to Moodle and best wishes for his return to university next year.

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting up with particularly helpful Moodler Mary Cooch on a visit to Brussels in Belgium.

Mary, from Preston in the UK, is a real teacher at heart – she loves helping others and sharing her knowledge. A self-confessed “Moodle addict”, Mary is extremely active in the Using Moodle forums and in the Lounge, where she is a facilitator.

Mary has also written a book Moodle for Teaching 7-14 Year Olds and her Moodle Blog contains a wealth of Moodle how-to videos.

A big thank you to Mary and to all our particularly helpful Moodlers for their contributions to the Moodle community.

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Three months ago I received a message from Colin Fraser asking whether he could start a page in Moodle Docs called ‘Beginning Administration FAQ’. Of course my answer was “Yes please!” as everyone is welcome to contribute to our documentation wiki.

Beginning Administration FAQ grew very quickly and so Colin started another page Beginning Administration 2 FAQ with further advice for new Moodle administrators.

Naturally Colin is now included in the documentation writers group in Using Moodle and was recently added to the particularly helpful Moodlers group too, based on his forum posts being rated as ‘useful’.

A big thank you to Colin and all our documentation writers and particularly helpful Moodlers for the valuable user support they provide. From updating the Community credits, I found that seven new people have become particularly helpful Moodlers in the last two months!

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Thanks to Eloy, the scripts for automatically populating groups in Using Moodle are now available for all other community discussion courses on moodle.org.

If you’re a community discussion course facilitator and would like any of these groups in your course, please create a Moodle.org Sites issue in the Moodle Tracker about it.

If you’re wondering how group icons are added next to users’ forum posts on moodle.org, please see the create group documentation.

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Last week I received a lovely message from Colin Matheson, who’d just become a particularly helpful Moodler:

“I am super happy to achieved this lofty designation. Moodle.org is the greatest online community: developers+IT+teachers in a big mish mash of positive intentions.”

Particularly helpful Moodlers are people have written a lot of “useful” posts in the Using Moodle forums recently, as determined by the Moodle community when they rate posts.

Our Community credits page lists particularly helpful Moodlers past and present. In the last two months, ten new people became particularly helpful Moodlers. A big thank you to everyone who helps in the Moodle community by answering forum posts.

If you’re wondering how icons such as the PHM ‘M’ are displayed next to forum posts in the Using Moodle forums, please see the Moodle.org FAQ.

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Have you ever considered rating any useful forum posts in Using Moodle? Here are my reasons for doing so:

  1. Ratings make useful posts easily identifiable for others browsing the forums.
  2. Ratings provide feedback for forum posters.
  3. Particularly helpful Moodlers are calculated based on forum ratings.
  4. Useful posts are highlighted in the recently rated posts block on the Using Moodle course page (which uses the RSS feed from http://moodle.org/useful).
  5. Useful posts are shared via http://twitter.com/moodle. (As a recent twitter convert, I especially appreciate the value of this!)

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