What a year it was in the Moodleverse! Alliances cracked and others coalesce. Some stars faded, while other skyrocketed in a flash. People’s hopes have strengthened or swayed, which in the open source sphere is all that keeps tech from overarching success.
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Speaking of layers that added great value to Moodle, to the point of potentially driving significant growth to it or other LMS, the open source interactive standard thrusted ahead. Coming up, more refinements, functionality, premium services and the rise of professional H5P solutions around the world.
Despite the massive adoption of Moodle, it seems most users know little more than the “Weekly” or “Topics” walls the LMS is shipped in. In reality, trying out a new format for Moodle represents a high re-engagement potential, as the popularity of this story suggests.
The small hiccup that led to the prompt correction that was Moodle 3.6.1 should not undermine the many achievements of the latest major release. Better performance, enhanced controls and modern functionality will make Moodle stand the many challenges ahead.
— TheGreatBabu (@TheGr8Babu) October 29, 2018
The end of an era. Long live Blackboard Open LMS!
Moodle showed unmatched leadership in embracing GDPR, not only out of compliance fears, but in the spirit of the law. Healthy data and privacy protection practices, better management and oversight tools, and ensuring the needs and concerns of users are met, should be a more common occurrence not only in Moodle.
There is something fundamentally broken in how information is treated, used and protected. We cease our year and the headlines varying from threats and exploits, to outright malicious and hopefully criminally liable practices by big tech, will have not. The whole cybersecurity spectrum, from the user to the infrastructure, is a must-see development for 2019.
But despite the business and the pile of breaking news, our readers did not relent on their spirit of learning and self-advancement. Tips, How-Tos and Tutorials are a staple. Will a “supercharge” be due for 2019?
It’s impossible to dislike Chris Kenniburg and the stupendous work of the Dearborn Technology team which he leads. Advances and innovations in Moodle happen everywhere, but few boast the quality, impact and reach of “Fordson” theme, the true “community-responsive” theme.
We set the stage for the finall year tally. When we last checked, “Fordson” had been dethroned by old themes with new soul: “Square,” “Moove” and “Shoelace.” But in a way, this has been the year of custom and premium themes. Will the likes of “Edwiser RemUI” or eCreators “Learnbook” show overpowering appeal in the second half of 2018?
Teachers, or at least those who read us, consistently reveal their interest to inform their practice