No new features are included in any of the four updates to existing Moodle LAE, covering 2.7, 2.9, 3.0 and 3.1 and matching the Moodle releases only days later. They are intended as an easy upgrade for current installations. It is worth noting that 2.7 is a Long Term Support version for use scenarios where up-to-date version is not practical, and will continue to receive fixes to security issues until May, 2017.
Recently, Moodle announced releases for the active versions. Security updates for Moodle 2.9 ended on November, 2016. (Support for Moodle 2.8 ended last May.). Moodle will continue to add new features to Moodle 3.0 until May, 2017 and Moodle 3.1 until May, 2019. (Moodle 3.1 is also an LTS version.)
Organizations looking to upgrade their Moodle are encouraged by both CLAMP and Moodle HQ to hold on until Moodle 3.2, to be available at the end of the month. If for some reason this is not possible, CLAMP has some recommendations for Moodle LAE for 3.1 installation, as well as for Moodle LAE 2.8 and 2.9.
CLAMP has been on track with Moodle updates to release the LAEs. For Moodle 3.2, scheduled for November 28th, CLAMP is announcing a Winter 2017 Moodle Hack/Doc Fest where a LAE beta will be prepared. It will take place at Easton, PA’s Lafayette College on January 10th through 12th, with a “pre-Hack/Doc sprint” on the 9th.
CLAMP, or the Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project, gathers colleges around technological initiatives that take place in Moodle and benefit Liberal Arts education. LAE, or the Liberal Arts Edition of Moodle, includes some out-of-the-box customization and features on top of the original Moodle Core, with potential benefits not exclusive to liberal arts subjects.