iMoot is off and running and hugely successful. Yesterday Martin Dougiamas, Moodle founder and lead developer kicked it off with a keynote and overview of Moodle2.0 (and beyond). Here are the main takeaways.
Big changes are coming with the release of Moodle 2.0
- files will now be stored in the database instead of individual course folders – pros: this will create a more flexible file system and will allow the same files to be used across courses much more easily. Cons: no more FTPing into a course 🙁
- the Navigation Dock: this is a very new addition to Moodle which creates a cool “dock” that keeps the Administration block and my courses links handy at all time. The information/links available change dynamically as you navigate through Moodle, contingent on your role and what page/course you are located on. Seems like a very good improvement to efficiency in navigating.
- adding Images: images can now more easily be uploaded and selected, what’s more available to embed in any text area are all images previously uploaded to the site and through a neat API, your Flickr account images as well.
- Repository API: Martin and his staff are aiming to connect Moodle to many existing content repositories, such as Google Docs, Youtube and more. The coolest part is that Moodle can “push” content to Google Docs (so you can save online text, discussion posts, etc. to your Google Docs portfolio).
- expanded but simplified “add a resource“: instead of the current choices, the Add a Resource menu has been reduced to Folder, URL, File, Page, IMS-package, Label.
- major theme overhaul: the road-map for theme changes is updated frequently http://docs.moodle.org/en/Development:Theme_changes
- mobile Moodle: perhaps one of the most important aspects of Moodle2.0 is that it will be the first version to prompt a concerted effort by Moodle.org to create an iPhone application (for Moodle integration). Unfortunately development will not begin before 2.0 is released.
- community hub: this is perhaps the most exciting development efforts of all, the community hub will connect Moodle sites, allow users to post their courses to a central site and provide a means to search, browse, grab and reuse previously created course information.
What isn’t changing?
- Basic UI and layouts. All of the resources and activities will keep the familiar form driven choices (though some of those choices are changing in order to simplify and re-organize commands)
Here’s Martin’s entire presentation (hosted on Slideshare.net)