There are 300+ tracker items that are part of the upcoming 2.9 release. I’ve looked through them all and pulled some of those that I found to be the most interesting. Based on that this is going to be a great release, but without the major changes that were ushered in with previous releases. A lot of the changes will be more minor (but in aggregate should go far in creating a much more usable Moodle site for you and your users).
The full list of 2.9 changes and updates is available here: http://goo.gl/ErdFEX
Security and user authenticity
MDL-47803: all users browser sessions available on a single page for viewing
MDL-47800: logs user out at password change
MDL-47829: limit concurrent sessions for users
MDL-47830: limit password rotation/reuse
MDL-10405: ability to delete (not just orphan) topic sections
MDL-46755: allows teachers to set the number of discussions set in a social format course
MDL-47501: show if a grade has been overridden (without having to edit it)
MDL-43387: provides an html editor to editing essays in a lesson
MDL-43996: add image drag and drop capability to the editing window
MDL-48715: add “time spent” as a custom completion rule for Lesson module
MDL-348: printer friendly layout for quiz
MDL-40990: creates the ability to force the order in which questions are asked in a quiz
Do you have a favorite ticket or change that’s making its way into Moodle 2.9? Post it to the comments.