Moodle 2.3 – five new features I’m excited about

I'm excited!Those who know me well should also know that I am a cynical old bugger.

When Moodle 2.0 came out, I was more concerned with working through the at times nightmarish consequences of the 2.x file management paradigm and condemning myself for nearly two years of explaining it to all and sundry (lets face it, its not the most exciting thing in the world to be considered an expert on – why couldn’t I have been an expert in something cool like being ‘open’ – I’d be famous by now). When the new iPad came out I was all like, ‘meh, its another iPad, if it still ain’t gonna run Flash then I still don’t care that much’. Even when the rubrics functionality landed in 2.2 I was only mildly enthusiastic – sure, it was undeniably good, but it was one shining light in a release that otherwise didn’t really blow my socks off when I looked at all the other things that I really hoped would get fixed.

Well ladies and gentlemen, on the eve of 2.3 being released, I can now honestly say I am excited.

I’ve also made a promise to myself that I will not write one of my usual slow-moving, Tolstoy-esque posts filled with German efficiency and conceptual deconstruction of each new feature – for once I just want to show off the five-plus-one new features that I think will make 2.3 the biggest functional leap forwards since the release of 2.0 using the magic of moving pictures. Yes, its a ‘talkie’. Enjoy.

Note also that I’ve not even touched on the new Assignment module, or the changes to the File picker – I’ll wait until closer to the date and do something separate on those ones, unless someone else beats be to it 😉


10 comments on “Moodle 2.3 – five new features I’m excited about

  1. New features look good! Will definetely improve productivity in developing Moodle resources!

  2. I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it
    I’m about to lose control and I think I like it
    I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it
    And I know I know I know I know I know I want … Moodle 2.3!

  3. Hi Mark. Thanks for a lucid and interesting voiced video presentation on some really mouth-watering features of Moodle 2.3. With a cool Rubric activity and Nanogong working with Moodle 2.2, what’s stopping me from using Moodle 2.3? Nothing. Except maybe performance issues…but let me put it this way. My Moodle 1.9.15 site is chugging along just nicely. So I’ll let it be that way until I am satisfied that Moodle 2.N’s benefits grossly outweight any speed issues. Anyway, thanks for a humorous and interesting post. Cheers!!

  4. Nice work. Thank you. I’ll be waiting for a while in order for moodle 2.3 to be on a stable version. Then I’ ll give it a try. We were waiting for these features for a long time. Thanks again for your excellent screencast!!

  5. Thanks Mark. Fabulous video. I think I may have been one of those who harangued you about Moodle file management, for which I now feel dreadfully sorry as I have now had to be a file manager apologist for some time as well. Karma! And …. I’m excited too! Yay! At last! Drag and drop. Woohoo!! **Insert Snoopy dance here**

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