Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Moodle 2.0 New Features

The ANU is testing the new version of the Moodle Learning Management System, Moodle 2.0. Some of the new features are New Features are Community hubs, Repository support, Portfolio support, Completion, Conditional activities, Cohorts, Web services support, and IMS Common Cartridge.

The community hubs provide a way for course designers to share their courses. Repository support allows content from external repositories to be accessed, such as Flickr, Google Docs, Mahara, Picasa, Remote Moodle sites and Wikimedia. Portfolio support allows Moodle data, such as a student's assignments, to be exported to portfolio management systems such as Mahara. Conditional activities could allow the course content to be made visible after the student completes activities or after a particualr date (such as "the work for this week..."). Web services support provides a programming interface via SOAP, XML-RPC and the like, for functions such as the student records system extracting results automatically from Moodle. The IMS Common Cartridge format can be sued to import course content to Moodle.

There are also some minor New blocks and upgrades to existing features. One I am looking forward to is cleaner XHTML output. But perhaps it is time to look at HTML 5 to support mobile devices and tablets. There are significant improvements to the Quiz module and SCORM Module.

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