Brand new Vice Chairperson of MUA, or the Moodle Users Association, Emma Richardson, is reminding qualified members to cast their votes in support of one of the many projects who reached the last stage of the MUA’s Project Development Cycle July-December 2016, which is running a bit longer.
Since late 2015, MUA deploys funds to support improvements to Moodle, the popular, Open Source, Learning Management System. Once a project is chosen they support the development and testing effort, until it becomes an official part of the LMS. A most representative highlight of MUA’s Project Development Lifecycle is the Recycle Bin, which comes by default since Moodle 3.1.
For the current cycle, members submitted projects. Those who received the necessary voting went to the next stage, in which submitters had to provide technical and project requirements. For the next stage, the staff at Moodle Headquarters filtered the submissions by its viability, including cost estimates. Members who present a project become responsible for seeing it go through to completion, should it win over the Association’s favors.
At the end of this purely collaborative endeavor, seven projects are in the running. (To see their requirement link pages, a MUA membership is required.)
- Combine ‘Enrolled Users’ and ‘Participants’ list. At the end of the day, they are both lists of students, submitter Nick Thompson argues.
- Ability to set activity due dates relative to course start/enrollment date. This would help instructors of self-paced courses, since currently they must manually adjust dates to fit students’ enrollment dates.
- Add custom fields (extend metadata) to various contexts. A re-submission from the previous cycle, it would help to better organize, filter and sort courses, contents and even users.
- Improve the Calendar interface. Calendar is at the convoluted heart of most management systems and platforms. This update would bring its look, feel and functionality “up to date”.
- Show Grade Statistics (including Grade Distribution Chart) of results per assessment item/category. It would increase the statistical information on student behavior, as well as the visualization and analysis of aggregate data.
- Course ‘read only’ state. Also called “Course freeze”, it would enable alumni to have content to refer back to, in a way that does not interfere with the current class.
- Review Moodle user experience. An effort to perform and synthesize Moodle user research into the interface, to “improve external appreciation”.
To vote, log in at moodleassociation.org.