Moodle 2.9 has been released!

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Moodle29_logoMoodle 2.9 has been released right on scheduled with improvements, new features, fixes and 100% QA issues passed. The new release brings enhancements to messaging, navigation, enrollment options, the lesson module, the quiz module, and more.

Download the newest release here: Highlights to the release are available in this video (or below):

The full official Press Release from Moodle HQ is below,

PERTH, Western Australia — Moodle, the world’s open source learning platform, launches the latest version release of Moodle 2.9 based on the work of the core team and contributions from the community. The popular learning management system introduces a redesign of the navigation and user interface among many other improvements, evolving the software for the ease of use for students, educators and administrators.

“Our core goal is to support and improve education by making our teachers and trainers more effective, and Moodle continues its evolution in Moodle 2.9 with enhancements for users at all levels” said Martin Dougiamas, Moodle’s founder and CEO. “Working from the navigation overhaul specification with the input of the HQ team and community over the past 12 months, the core interface has seen some solid progress in making Moodle simple and friendlier for educators and students”.

Moodle 2.9 contains a broad range of improvements and new features. Among the most significant are:

  • Navigation and user interface advancements
  • Introduction of conditional quiz questions and attractive print layout
  • Lesson improvements, including the new completion condition for required time spent
  • New activity results block
  • Course editing improvements including drag and drop images into text editor and section deletion.
  • Ability to post to all forums at once
  • Setting a passing grade within an activity at set-up
  • Course enrolment improvements (keyholder, multiple cohort and meta link enrol)

For developers of plugins and customisations, Moodle 2.9 now supports the use of Javascript Modules and jQuery and this is recommended for all new javascript. This change is a response to the discontinued development of the Yahoo User Interface (YUI) library announced in 2014 by Yahoo Engineering. jQuery offers Moodle developers a large library to seamlessly handle cross browser issues. Another new feature of interest to developers is the inclusion of the Mustache templating framework.

With over 250,000 downloads of Moodle’s previous release, it is anticipated that Moodle 2.9 will surpass these numbers, offering educators across the globe an intuitive, engaging platform optimised for multiple devices. This release is supported for 18 months and the last of the major releases for Moodle 2, with Moodle 3.0 anticipated for later this year.

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