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CLAMP (the Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project), which is comprised of several liberal arts colleges in the US using Moodle has issued a report recently that they have found Moodle 2.0.1 not ready for production [PDF report].

The report outlines how and why they reached the conclusion for their own institutions/CLAMP version of Moodle.  While the report may not have legs with all Moodle using institutions world wide, it’s a great window into the thought process which many colleges and universities are using when evaluating a migration to a new version of their current Learning Management System. Note that CLAMP has it’s own distribution of Moodle which includes some streamlining and additional features (see our past posts about CLAMP).

From the report,

Major issues that will likely prevent colleges from upgrading to Moodle 2.0 include:

● Grade data is purged when a student is removed from the course
● Moodle 2.0 upgrades from 1.9 often fail or require manual intervention
● Moodle 1.9 backups can not be restored to Moodle 2.0 installations.
● Administrators can no longer perform mass uploads of files to courses.

In addition, several important modules or blocks are not yet ready for Moodle 2.0 and would prevent the upgrade for schools who rely on them.

The report goes onto cite a wariness of system speed for Moodle 2.0 vs 1.9 (the latter being significantly faster in some tasks).

As a second part of the report the Changes and Improvements to Moodle are highlighted with special attention to the new features that students and teachers will benefit from once an upgrade is possible.  These include (but are not limited to), new navigation, conditional activities, file repositories and several additional features concerning the enrollment of student groups (Cohorts) and individuals (suspension of users, non-listed user roles, etc.).

For more information read the report in it’s entirety: Moodle2 Status Report [pdf]

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  1. In reply to, “Administrators can no longer perform mass uploads of files to courses.”

    Do they mean via FTP or through the LMS GUI? Where/How would I access that feature in 1.9 so I can see what/if I’ll be affected by this.

  2. I believe they do mean the FTP and new file structure of Moodle. There are some workarounds for the file repository/storage changes to Moodle 2.0 (like legacy course files) listed in the docs at…that would be the first place to check (another option would be checking out how files are stored with an actual install of the latest version).

  3. Not being able to restore a 1.9 backup into a 2.0 install is the one thing I’m afraid is going to hold back our migration that was planned for the end of the school year.


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