Given our open source roots as well as our broad definition of a CMS, we thought this would be a good time to revisit Moodle by mentioning that Moodle 2.5 was released last week. This is the first release under their new May/November release schedule. With version 2.5, the Moodle community has managed to address 705 issues through code contributions from 112 developers.
Moodle is a software package for producing Internet-based courses and web sites that we like to call a learning content management system (LCMS or LMS). Moodle 2.5 includes three significant features:
- Badges: Moodle teachers and admins can now design and award their own badges for any users on their sites, using their own criteria. These badges are compatible with the Open Badges standard from Mozilla, and can be used outside Moodle as well.
- Bootstrap: Moodle now includes a new Bootstrap base theme with additional themes using this framework to follow. Moodle believes that Twitter Bootstrap is rapidly becoming the defacto framework for responsive design around the web and there is a high priority from the core developers to take advantage of this framework in the upcoming Moodle 2.6. This is the same Twitter Bootstrap we saw Joomla! developers adopt in Joomla 3.0.
- Usability: Moodle 2.5 contains a lot of other smaller usability and accessibility improvements, from simplified forms to more navigable course pages.