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May Newsletter

May Newsletter

by Mike Churchward -
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Happy May Day everyone. Here in Canada, spring is appearing, flowers are blooming, birds are singing, our windows are opening. This year, May Day is certainly different. We can’t get out to gather and enjoy as we normally would. And a lot of us are busier than normal, helping our organizations and communities adapt to online life. Keep up the good work, and stay healthy, mentally and physically. Use May Day as a sign of things getting better, and how our efforts will make things better.

Renewal Time

If your membership is up for renewal, remember we have given you an extra thirty days to make the payment. But please don’t let your membership lapse - we need you. We have recognized that it can be difficult to navigate to the actual payment option, and we will work on making that much easier. But for now, either use the link in the renewal email, or navigate there from your membership details page. If you have difficulties, reach out to us via the forums. We don’t want to lose you.

UX Survey

HQ is requesting feedback on Moodle’s user experience (UX). Sander Bangma has posted that request in our forums. Sander mentions that they have hired a new UX person who will start work mid-May. They are looking for the “one thing that challenges [you] the most” while using Moodle. Check out the post, take the survey, and distribute the survey link to your colleagues. This is an excellent opportunity for us to make an impact to Moodle’s UX.


Links to the UX 4.0 survey:


May Town Halls

Our open town halls this month are:

  • 5 May 8am UTC
    Title: eAssessment with Moodle 3.9 (improved SafeExamBrowser integration)
    Meeting link
    Description: We will talk about the new features in 3.9 in the first half. Then we’ll open the discussion to general concepts around eAssessment.
    Presenters: Thomas Korner and Marco Lehre,  ETH Zürich , Switzerland & Luca Bösch, Bern University of applied Sciences, Switzerland

  • 12 May 6pm UTC
    Title: eAssessment with Moodle 3.9 (improved SafeExamBrowser integration)
    Meeting link
    Description: We will talk about the new features in 3.9 in the first half. Then we’ll open the discussion to general concepts around eAssessment.
    Presenters: Thomas Korner and Marco Lehre,  ETH Zürich , Switzerland & Luca Bösch, Bern University of applied Sciences, Switzerland

Moodle 3.9 Project

The Participants Page: Combining Filters project is getting closer to completion (MDL-67743). The development lead on the project, Andrew Nicols, requested feedback on the work and there is still time to do so. There is also a prototype site to test out the function live. Please take a few minutes to check this work out.


Likewise, the Course Copy User Interface project is in the integration stages (MDL-64843). This also has a prototype site available to see the new UI at work. Please take a look.

Moodle 4.0 Projects

The Provide a built-in ‘Download all …’ routine in core and address it for a functionality for students (and more) (MDL-63270) hasn’t moved much since the last newsletter. HQ is busy finalizing work for the imminent 3.9 release. I expect that after its release, we can push for more details on this one.

Moodle 4.1 Projects

We have six projects proposed for the January - June 2020 cycle. We’re working on how best to fit the rest of the process into the new schedule and will have those details this month. We’ll be discussing these with HQ as well, to come up with a plan of how best to meet the MUA’s release expectations. Stay tuned.

And finally… Support your communities

The last few months have been a trial for most of us. There have been a lot of unexpected obstacles thrown our way. Our online communities have become more important than ever. And I’m sure a lot of us have been tirelessly helping to build these and keep them going. But don’t forget your physical communities. Make sure the people around you are still fine. You may not be able to go to them physically, but reach out in whatever safe way you can, and let them know you are there. It’s easy for people to get lost in these times. Take care of yourself too. If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious or depressed, reach out. Someone will be there to help.