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December Newsletter

 
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December Newsletter
by Mike Churchward - Sunday, 1 December 2019, 7:07 PM UTC
 

The December newsletter is here! As always, your MUA committee has been busy.

December Town Halls

Our open town halls this month are:

  • 3 December 2019, 8am UTC

Meeting link

Topic: MUA Moodle Roadmap priorities for 2020. As we come to the end of one project cycle and the beginning of another, at the end of the year, it is a good time to discuss what our MUA priorities should be in terms of projects. More large projects? Dealing with smaller much-voted Moodle Tracker items? Both? Crowdfunding? Further rule changes in order to be more flexible?

Moderators: Thomas Korner, Richard Samson 


  • 10 December 2019, 6pm UTC

Meeting link

Topic: Showcase of Moodle 4.0 project proposals (for release in November 2020). We have invited proposers of currently shortlisted project proposals to pitch their project to the MUA community. Depending on attendance we foresee 8 - 12 minutes for each item. Subsequent voting on these proposals will take place over the Christmas period (12 - 26 December).

Moderators: Emma Richardson, Jeff Webster

Presenters: 2019 July - December project proposers (Focus on the Gradebook, Ed Beck; Provide a built-in "Download all"..., Bernd Decker; Make Moodle group messaging practical, Alexander Bias; Display new forum posts indicator on dashboard, Mike Nodding; ChemJax Filter V2, Thom Rawson; Access rule and secure layout for the assignment activity, Blended Learning Support Unit Zurich University of Applied Sciences; Better "Each attempt builds on last" quizzes, Matthew Cook; Overwrite standard Moodle mod icons, Gemma Lesterhuis; Double Marking of Assignments, Jeremy Hopkins.) 

Full project details

Moodle 3.9 Project

We have a path forward with the two projects. As a reminder, the two projects are the Course Copy User Interface and the Participants Page: Combining Filters.  In the next two weeks, we will push forward a production plan that will describe how these key projects will be completed. Thanks for your patience.

Moodle 4.0 Projects

The ten projects are undergoing preliminary evaluation by the HQ team, to get feasibility feedback. We will be late starting the final voting, but we should have the selection in place by the new year. There are some really interesting proposals there, so it should be an interesting voting session!

Website Upgrade

The website upgrade is underway. The custom plugins are undergoing a usage review, with the hope that they can be improved at the same time as they are upgraded. The new MUA look and feel is also being incorporated into the new site. We hope to have everything ready to launch in the new year.

Global Moot

Seven committee members represented the MUA at the Global Moot in Barcelona in November. Mike Churchward, Alexander Bias, Gavin Henrick, Thomas Korner, Richard Samson, Gemma Lesterhuis and Luiggi Sansonetti all attended and met with many existing and new members. Our table was well visited and we enjoyed getting some very constructive feedback from members and potential members. Eight new members signed up while visiting the table, and several more have expressed interest and should sign up soon.

We also had constructive conversations with Moodle HQ through Elizabeth Dalton, Sander Bangma and of course, Martin Dougiamas. These conversations will help resolve some of the project timing issues we’ve been having, and will lead to more effective operations in the future.

This was the first Moot where we actively put marketing and promotion budgets to work, and it appears to have been successful. Going forward, we learned a number of great lessons that will be used at future promotional opportunities.

If you were there, let us know what you thought.

And finally…

These next several weeks are a busy time for most of us. Many of us use these times to reflect on our past, present and future. However you spend these times, remember that your membership in the MUA helps ensure quality, democratic and inclusive education options for everyone in the world. May peace and joy find you, your families and friends as we move into 2020.