Moodle 1.7 has been released. Moodle is a course management system (also called a learning management system) and used by educators to build online learning communities.
The five most significant features added to Moodle according to the release notes are:
- Roles - Moodle has a complete new architecture for assigning people permissions. Permissions based on fine-grained capabilities allow all kinds of roles to be created and assigned in all contexts around Moodle. This creates a great deal more flexibility in the permissions that you can grant to people.
- XML database schema - In addition to MySQL and PostGreSQL, Moodle also supports Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle.
- New administrative interface - A new admin interface with accessible design and cool features to make access to settings fast and easy.
- Unit testing framework - Making it easier for developers to write test code.
- AJAX Course Editing - The Topics and Weekly course formats now feature AJAX (Java) editing which means you can drag drop blocks, activities and sections (weeks/topics) and it all happens instantly. No more page reloading! Due to instability issues yet to be resolved, this feature is toggled off by default and should be used with caution.