Moodle 2.2 is go!
March 1, 2012 4 Comments
After a very informative event from JISC RSC London yesterday I now feel that Moodle 2 is going to be on our radar very soon (as in less than 6 months soon!) At one point I asked the question whether the move from 1.9 to 2.2 could be done or whether to go and hide under a table and pretend it isn’t happening… you can guess what the answer was!
I was going to summarise the salient points about the upgrade but Mike Hughes has already done it so without further ado check out his post…
One of the best things from yesterday was finally an answer to the question I’ve had since 2.x was released…
“can you explain to a tutor, in less than 4 sentences, how the new file system works”
Cue Rebecca Barrington from South Devon College who managed it with a few words and some nifty elbow moves! Good news is that there doesn’t seem too much to worry about now the early issues and questions have been ironed out and thus far feedback seems to be that it “just works”… I’ll take that! With what looks like single-instance storage reducing file storage requirements as well it’s looking like win-win now.
On a similar note the long awaited SkyDrive API is now out there so maybe, just maybe we might finally see something to link it to Moodle via the repository function… maybe dreams can come true after all!
So getting back into the office today what happens next? From a personal point of view I think I’m going to go down the fresh install and re-import process. It’ll give us the chance to re-evaluate structures, clear out any crud and check all our users are accurate, plus leaving 1.9 there on the side “just in case”. Already put a request in for a 2.2 server which should be arriving sometime next week then let the fun begin!
After looking at our current site and furious scribblings from yesterday the initial plugin list is starting with…
- Live@Edu plugin for 2.x (only released the other week and was a big worry for me)
- ILP2, apparently new and much improved
- OUWiki, sounds like a very nice bit of kit and much better than the standard Moodle module which has always seemed a bit underwhelming
- Lightbox Gallery, was glad to hear this has been ported to 2.x as we make good use of it in our photography courses
- Book, core feature wasn’t there early on but now upgraded
- Course Awards with Moodle medals for high quality courses
- Course Menu (looks like Moodle 2.x standard course navigation isn’t quite good enough without the additional block)
- Spell check for HTML editor
First thing I’ll be doing is setting up the updated Live@Edu plugin to see what’s changed, hopefully they’ve used the newer Messenger Connect API to fix the irritating consent bug from the old system that’s been the bane of my life ever since putting it in! At the same time I’ll also look at updating my little Office Web Apps block to work in 2.x, hopefully shouldn’t need too much tweaking being a pretty basic item and when done will upload to the usual place 🙂
Once everything all up and running then we’ll need to update our Moodle introductory course to take advantage of the new funky features 2.x offers (conditional activities, completed items, new quiz types etc) to sell the vision to tutors and show them where we’re moving towards. Then there’s the small matter of deciding whether to keep with the portal strategy (website, intranet etc all based on Moodle) or split out into separate platforms (Joomla?) All this alongside moving to Windows 7, installing site-wide Ruckus Wi-Fi, implementing open-source MRBS room booking software and finishing off getting our last couple of physical servers onto VMware… it’s going to be a busy summer!
As always thanks go to RSC London for putting the event on and all those who shared their experiences for the greater good, this slightly wonky Moodle logo salutes you!