Moodle would not be what it is today, if not for their plugins. In recognition of the Plugin Directory, Moodle HQ has launched a sleek redesign. The date seems to be set to coincide with the launch of upcoming Moodle 3.2, also a visual revamp for the brand.
According to the breaking release, the Directory features 1,249 community plugins. They have been made by companies (including Moodle Partners) and volunteer contributors from all over the world. The rate of new plugins added per year keeps increasing.
The extension and flexibility of plugins was hindered by the massive amount of choices. The new look, which should be considered the first stage of an ongoing UI development project, will apply research and “more of the latest functionalities and technology of Moodle core version to power” the Directory.
Upgrades to the experience include:
- Modern look with modern functionality. Plugins are shown in cards that update instantly after change in filtering criteria, without reloading the page. Filters are more powerful and encompass more fields.
- Purpose-based search functionality. Plugins are categorized as “communication”, “assessment”, “collaboration”, “administration”, “content” or “interface”. It complements already existing Tag-based search.
- The search engine has been rewritten from scratch.
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