In the past month, the Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project (CLAMP) has continued to make efforts in having relevant discussions for its members in the intersection of open learning technologies and Liberal Arts education and programs. There are two exciting updates to share that the collective has been working on: Europe’s soon to be enforced GDPR, and Moodle: Liberal Arts Edition.
As the main focus of CLAMP is liberal arts colleges in North America, recent discussions led to the general conclusion that “the practical effects” of the General Data Protection Regulation, which will start to be enforced in May 25, “will be limited.” However, each institution is encouraged to do their own due diligence and verify their status vis-a-vis GDPR, ideally with the support of legal counsel.
One of CLAMP’s plugins, CLAMPMail, does store private user data. To conform to the needs of the European users, it has committed to modify the plugin to become compliant. These changes will be available with Moodle LAE 3.5, soon after the official release.
Regarding Moodle LAE, releases 3.1.11, 3.2.8, 3.3.5, and 3.4.2 are available. Moodle Liberal Arts Edition offers extended functionality as found valuable for liberal arts colleges. It also has configuration tweaks and bundled plugins, such as the Ad Hoc Database Queries Report. The development of Moodle LAE is supervised by Lafayette College’s Charles Fulton and Hampshire’s Kevin Williarty.