Thoughts on the February 2016 General Developers Meeting

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I am pretty excited for Moodle 3.1 and the usability improvements that its release will usher in. So, it was with great interest that I tuned into the conversation last week at the latest General Developers Meeting hosted by HQ. David Mudrak was the meeting facilitator and there was a ton of great Moodle development covered during the session.

I’ve highlighted each of the topics covered in the meeting, along with my thoughts and impressions below:

After a brief introduction by David, the meeting kicked off:

4:50 Martin Dougiamas talks about the Moodle Users Association official launch and it’s impact on developers.

11:00 Martin switches gears and discusses the Developer Course for Moodle. The current self-paced course at Moodle.org takes new developers through the process of creating a simple block for Moodle, the course was created by Humboldt State University and San Francisco State University in 2007 through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The course is based on Moodle 1.8 and is no longer up-to-date.

Updating the course for modern Moodle will be a major focus by HQ moving forward to assist developers new-to-Moodle to get up to speed more quickly and begin contributing or developing plugins faster.

13:10 Daymon Weise talks about Competency Based Education framework/module for 3.1 which you can currently try at prototype.moodle.net. The new framework will go a long way to organize a course and measure student learning based on competencies and learning objectives (or other learning map hierarchies) at the assignment and resource level.

39:00 Marina Glancy talks about the editing screen options from the Tags api which is now available to use in other aspects/screens of Moodle to improve usability and Tag collections. Similar to how the main course page allows you to update activity and resources titles without a page refresh, this could help simplify the burden of updating titles and other information without forcing a page reload.

54:00 Adrian Greeve of HQ (MDL-52715) mform with Ajax which a) a little above my head technilogically and b) is a prereq for the next item.

1:01:00 Adrian continues to discuss the new assignment grader UX which is simliar the Canvas “Speed Grader” or UX of Turnitin. It’s a welcomed major improvement to how you can work through submitted student work. Here’s one of the first images of the feature captured from the meeting recording:

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1:04:00 Tim Hunt and the recent Quiz updates and improvements including new prompts for quiz starting, previous and next button and more.

1:11:00 Juan Leyva gives a presentation on Moodle Mobile’s Plans for supporting Moodle
plugins, which means that the mobile app will get that much more potential for functionality moving forward.

Watch the full video recording here or embedded below.

What are you most excited about for future Moodle development? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!