Expert Liberal Arts Moodler Charles Fulton is announcing the release of Moodle LAE 3.5. Releases for previous versions 3.1, 3.3 and 3.4 are also available. The set of updates is the main product of the Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project. CLAMP represents the work of over 30 Liberal Arts colleges across the US. It seeks to optimize a Moodle experience for context of Liberal Arts education.
Moodle LAE releases often follow the official schedule at Moodle HQ. For the major releases, like Moodle 3.5 this time, CLAMP members hold a “Hack/Doc Fest.” Each summer and winter, they try the latest major release together and discuss ways to improve the experience, both in liberal arts and in general use.
Moodle LAE offers a few key distinctions, but CLAMP’s philosophy is to offer support to the Moodle core first. They help identify and address issues on the Moodle Tracker. This ensures anyone, not only Liberal Arts members, enjoys their work. But Moodle LAE does offer a few default choices that Moodle core does not. Some of the key differences are students’ ability to post on the Forum activity anonymously, “grace periods” before and after courses are “in progress,” and the ability to limit resource availability exclusive to courses. It also ships a few plugins that in the Moodle core would take extra installation steps. CLAMP’s policy is to be highly selective in the added functionality not available at the core. They only choose “Best-of-breed” solutions that have a wide use among members.