If you’ve been following us for any amount of time, you know that we’ve been keen on the Moodle Association and what it means for the future of Moodle development and the greater Moodle community.
Things are getting hot as the Association gets ready to launch in the very near future, and milestones are ticking by. Initial committee membership applications / appointments / invitations are in and we expect to know who will be running the show (at least for the first round) in the very near future.
As a part of these milestones, a final draft of the Association rules have been released (click here to read them in full). We’ve been following the Association rule development closely (see here and here). Nothing of major substance has been altered in the final rules, save the fact that the Association now has an official registered name – the Moodle Users Association Inc. – and this plays out throughout the document when referring to Association activities, decision-making, etc. There are lots of refinements, however, and three new sections.
One refinement that I thought important to highlight involves the Core Development Cycle, which has been better defined into three phases (Project Specification, Project Consolidation and Voting Period). After these three phases have completed, finalization of this process is fully in the hands of the governing committee who are responsible for ultimately deciding how to fund the projects, prioritization (if necessary) and then contracting Moodle HQ to get the work done.
One new section involves the activities of committee of management (see Section 12). While, again, no show stoppers here, this paragraph gives further detail to exactly what the elected management committee is responsible for overseeing and deciding.
Another new section is the resolution by circular (see Section 21). This section essentially provides for the fact that members are scattered all over the world and that (more often than not, I think) they have the ability to take decisions via written document, rather than through a meeting.
The third new section gives the association the power to enter into contracts (see Section 26). This section was included because the Association is an independent entity and will, after completion of the core development cycle, contract Moodle HQ to perform the work and, ultimately, pay for it.
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