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July Newsletter

July Newsletter

by Mike Churchward -
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Happy Canada Day! I know I may be the only one on the committee celebrating, but for everyone else, July 1st is the day that Canada became its own sovereign nation. In typical Canadian fashion, this was done with pens and ink, not guns and violence. And, more importantly, it gave us a day off in our summer!

Your July newsletter has a lot of events for you. Hope to see many of you!

July Town Halls

Our open town halls this month are:

  • 7 July 8am UTC
    Title: Shape our roadmap… the MUA in 5 years' time
    Meeting link
    Description: We ask leading lights in the MUA community for their vision of the future. What should our priorities be and how can we attend to them?
    Moderator: Richard Samson

  • 14 July 6pm UTC
    Title: What I learned at the GlobalMoot
    Meeting link
    Description: The Moodle GlobalMoot is scheduled to take place online 6 - 10 July. The time zone of the GlobalMoot is suited to Europe but there are some fascinating sessions for sleepless New Worlders. Consult the program and come to the Town Hall to share news and knowledge!
    Moderator: Emma Richardson

Moodle 3.9 Project

The Participants Page: Combining Filters and the Course Copy User Interface projects are now released and in 3.9. Enjoy the fruits of your labours!

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) project has had some good, detailed discussions to nail down the requirements and scope. These discussions provided clarity to both the proposers and HQ and has led to some viable plans forward. Right now, we are working on coming up with a plan that both provides a good start to a solution and meets the resourcing needs of both the MUA and HQ.

Moodle 4.1 Projects

Our six projects proposed for the January - June 2020 cycle remain in a holding pattern while we nail down the 4.0 proposal. While this puts us behind schedule, we are doing everything we can to bring these all together.

Ask Martin anything - call for questions!

Once again, Martin Dougiamas faces the questions of MUA-members - live and with no preparation time. Do you have a question for him, please share it with us. We are collecting your questions in our Ask Martin Anything Session forum. Join us at the lunch event of the MUA at the Moodlemoot Global Online on Wednesday 8 July at 1:50-2:30pm CEST (URL will be published later). This event will be open to all participants, if you want to be sure that your question will be asked, send it to us in advance. 

Moodlemoot Global Online 2020

The Moodle Users Association will take part in the MoodleMoot Global Online 2020. We are an official sponsor and will provide several presentations as well as work behind-the-scenes. In fact our committee members Gemma, Luiggi and Thomas are responsible for the Dutch, French and German tracks. 

The most important events from MUA will be the MoodleMoot lunch breaks. BYOF: Bring Your Own Food! Here is the list:

Monday 6 July
1.30 pm - 2.30pm CEST
What makes a successful MUA project
We ask proposers of past successful MUA projects how they did it, what was important, how things turned out and what they recommend. 

Tuesday 7 July
10 am - 11 am
Our regular Town Hall meeting.
Shape our roadmap… the MUA in 5 years' time
We ask leading lights in the MUA community for their vision of the future. What should our priorities be and how can we attend to them?

Wednesday 8 July
1.50 pm - 2.30 pm
Ask Martin anything!
This is your chance to pin down Moodle CEO Martin Dougiamas on the issues that concern you. Enter your question in our single topic forum.

Thursday 9 July
1.40 pm - 2.40 pm
Moodle UI / UX overhaul in 4.0. What is our vision?
We know that Moodle plans a new look and feel. What would you like to see included? What UI tweaks have you made at your institution? Post screenshots and specifications in our database activity.

Join us at the MoodleMoot Global online 2020!

Want free tickets? See this announcement.

Call for help with Moodle 4.0 UX Workshops

Moodle is scheduling Moodle 4.0 UX Workshops. Details and signups at Moodle announcements.

And finally… 

The last few months have been a challenge in so many ways. Most recently, the US has seen sweeping demands for social and racial justice, with nations around the world joining in peaceful protest as a show of solidarity to end systemic racism and violence.

At the Moodle Users Association, our efforts are built on the belief that the world will be better as education is made available to everyone, everywhere. Supporting Moodle, supports open education, and helps bring that education where it is needed. Better education helps create knowledge and awareness so that people will no longer have to be taught that Black Lives Matter. It will just be obvious. #BlackLivesMatter