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FITS is preparing for a Moodle Upgrade Planned for Summer 2013

October 23rd, 2012 by Carol L. Smith

From Carol L. Smith, CIO

The FITS team is beginning a project to research and plan for the next Moodle system update, which we are planning for the coming summer. DePauw currently is using Moodle version 1.9 LAE (Liberal Arts Edition). Over the past year, Moodle.org has released several new versions of Moodle, most recently Moodle 2.3 that became available last June.

Version 2.3 offers a number of enhancements that will be useful to faculty and staff members using the system, including improvements to file management and course pages, drag and drop capability, a new activity chooser, and new navigation. In addition, Moodle 2.3 has a more modern look and feel that provides a more familiar interface for students and others who use the system. (If you are interested, the Moodle 2.3 release notes are available at http://docs.moodle.org/dev/Moodle_2.3_release_notes.)

At this point, we are targeting June-July 2013 for upgrading to Moodle 2.3. Since the new version is somewhat different from our current one, FITS will be working closely with faculty members and staff over the next several months to fully research, pilot and help everyone prepare for the upgrade.

Mikah Pritchard, who is leading the upgrade project, will provide more details about the overall process and solicit for persons who would like to participate in the review project in the next few days. We welcome both faculty and staff to participate in this endeavor. If you would like to be part of the review process, please feel free to respond directly to Mikah and let her know. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Best, Carol.

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