Humboldt State University
Information Technology Services
Looking for testers for the upcoming Moodle 2.2 deployment
To: Deans and Department Chairs

I would greatly appreciate it if you could forward this message to the "power Moodle users" among your faculty.

The new, upgraded version of Moodle (2.2) is scheduled to go live in January 2013; while that seems like a long way out, in terms of software deployment, it's really not. It is my goal to allow the maximum time for faculty input and review, so we have made the new version of Moodle 2.2 available to both faculty and students to explore, starting this week. We’d like to engage as many testers as possible, as soon as possible.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.
 
Bill Bateman
Moodle Specialist
Humboldt State University
(707) 826-4213
william.bateman@humboldt.edu

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Faculty members - we need your help!

The new Moodle is finally on its way, and incorporates a number of your requested upgrades as well as essential changes to allow for continued support, security, and stability. Among the exciting new features are:

  • The ability to drag and drop files from the desktop to your class
  • Templates for iPads, tablets and smartphone use
  • Gradebook simplification
  • An online e-portfolio
  • A much-improved Wiki

There is also a whole list of new plug-ins to choose from, described in the Google Doc that's inside the test course linked below.

Along with these functional enhancements, there will be some visual differences in Moodle, so we’re initiating a six-month testing cycle to give us plenty of time to uncover any problems and prevent last-minute surprises.

All faculty members are invited to test out the new Moodle 2.2 and vote for the features they find the most useful. Here's how you can help:

  • Go to http://moodle-dev.humboldt.edu/course/view.php?id=1143. You will be enrolled  as a student and able to explore.(You may be asked to enroll - if so, say yes.) If you are asked to log in, select the “CAS authenticated” choice.Inside this course are links to Google Docs where you can record your input about the various plug-ins, and where you can suggest any modifications or enhancements you’d like to see. To ensure system stability, the cutoff deadline for suggesting modifications and plug-ins is November 9, 2012. Items suggested after that date will be tested and added, if approved, during the regular update cycle.
  • Inside the above class, you'll also find a link to a self-enrolling Introduction to 2.2 Class, with examples of some of the new features.There are sample classes with various plugs in for you to examine.
  • We have built have a duplicate of the fall 2012 schedule with all classes to enable you to explore as an instructor. To log in, go to: http://moodle-dev.humboldt.edu and search the list by name or CRN number. This will not go live or be seen, and will be erased in October, so please do not create anything long term here.
  • We are producing a series of videos, available July 23, that will introduce you to the various plug-ins and show you how to test them out. 

As Moodle is designed for faculty and students, we are also inviting students to comment on what is working well for them, and features they might find useful. While we obviously can’t make one size fit all, we are committed to providing you with the most usable, stable and efficient Moodle possible.

Introductory training sessions and drop-in sessions for the new Moodle 2.2 are starting July 17 and continuing through the fall semester - you'll find a full schedule at http://training.humboldt.edu/Training_calendar.php. We will also offer sessions before the start of the spring 2013 semester to ensure a smooth transition.

 

 

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