Kickstarting MoodleMoot Global + Open EdTech Global 2019, Moodle has made the release available right on schedule. While H5P is one of its most welcome additions, the new Forum features would probably get the most use. Learning Analytics should also see some increased usage by teachers.
Consumer-only H5P, baked in
The H5P engine comes in the box from now on. This version only allows embedding content already made somewhere else or through the H5P Plugin.
Now an “H5P” icon comes on the editor. This inclusion does allow a couple of things not able through the plugin:
Embed H5P on the Atto Editor using filters
Control who is able to deploy H5P activities
Set sitewide H5P display options
Allow or prevent upgrading H5P libraries
Learning Analytics, progressed
A few, much needed improvements on the Learning Analytics front hope to make the tool more useful and intuitive for common teachers. More default predictors, a visual dashboard and the ability to direct message students according to “risky” prediction values could help improve course outcomes.
By popular request, the Forum can become a gradable activity, part of the Gradebook. Other usability improvements have been added, such as a pop-up summary view and an experimental nested view. Finally, Forum conversations can be exported, with a menu allowing the selection of participants and date intervals.
Admins can now determine the layouts and filtering available for end users on their Course Dashboards.
And Course Color Patterns provide visual grouping and guidance for different subjects.
The Emojis interface is improved and a button on the text editor is available.
Calendar offers slight visualization tweaks and filtering, including an “upcoming events view.”
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What you need before installing
Moodle requires a set of supporting technologies in order to run. Moodle 3.8 requires a stack, usually made of the operating system (Linux or Windows), the HTTP Server (Apache) a Database and the PHP programming language.
Below are the database technologies compatible with Moodle and the minimum version required to work. The latest version available is always best recommended.
MySQL. The "M" in LAMP and "de facto" database for open source projects, requires version 5.6 for Moodle 3.8. (The latest version available as of writing is 8.0.18)
MariaDB. Another interesting open source alternative. Version 5.5.31 is required. (Latest: 10.4)
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