The Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project, or CLAMP, is a convening of liberal arts colleges across the United States. The group has recently released a series of development updates made in the last month, as well as confirmed key events coming up.
The first of the announcements is about Moodle LAE, or “Liberal Arts Edition.” Moodle LAE takes the core Moodle installer and builds into it plugins deemed “essential” by CLAMP members, some of which the Collaborative also maintains. As is customary, Moodle LAE 3.3.2 is available just weeks after the official Moodle 3.3.2. This time, only a minor update to the built-in CLAMPMail plugin, for sending emails from within Moodle, is reported.
The second announcement involves CLAMP’s largest twice-yearly gathering, the “Hack/Doc Fest,” Winter session. The Summer edition, held in June, was considered one of the most fruitful and engaging events to date. For the upcoming session from January 8th to 11th, Kentucky’s Centre College will play host. The event begins on Monday afternoon with a “pre-conference code and documentation sprint.” The “Hack/Doc Fest” proper, featuring “intense (…) conversation, problem-solving, and experimentation” will take place on the following days. For the second time, three travel grants of up to $500 USD will encourage participation, especially from newer members. Register for Moodle Hack/Doc Fest Winter here.
The final bit of news relates to CLAMP’s YouTube channel, which offers an archive of the online conferences held throughout the year, the most recent of them by Beloit College’s Sonya Johnson, PhD. At the time of writing, the recording was not yet uploaded, but it should be available soon.