CLAMP, the North American Moodle-focused liberal arts college consortium, has released the first official Moodle – Liberal Arts Edition that is up to date with Moodle 3.3.
Moodle Liberal Arts Edition comes with a couple of changes that become noticeable only after some time using the LMS. The changes have been selected by CLAMP members based on how “essential” they have become. Some of these highlighted differences are:
- Anonymous Forums: An anonymous user has access to all Moodle Forum activity. This allows backup and restore of forums from a neutral participant.
- Per-course resource display options: This feature allows specific display options by course to override site defaults.
Moodle LAE also comes with some prepackaged plugins that you can activate selectively:
- Filtered Course List. A block that displays the site’s courses, allowing search and sorting options. See our review on this plugin here.
- OU Dates Report. Quick edit all dates from course and activities from one handy control page.
- Quickmail. A selective bulk email tool from within Moodle. See our old review, but that still gives you an idea on how it works, here.
- Roster Report. Basically a course photo collage.
- Ad-hoc database queries. Turn queries to the SQL database into visual or data file reports. See our reporting on it here.
Even though this is an official release, it should be considered a beta version, pending the first core update Moodle 3.3.1. Moodle LAE users of old versions (2.8 or older) might find significant changes in this new release.
If you think these new features can be valuable, even if you are not strictly a liberal arts teacher, you are still welcome to download Moodle LAE. In any case, CLAMP always makes sure the bulk of their work in Moodle and plugins goes to the core first.