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A lesson from the school of hard knocks upgrading from v1.9 to 2


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A Lesson from the School of Hard Knocks
Upgrading from Moodle v1.9 to v2.x
Meredith Henson - Catalyst EU

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A lesson from the school of hard knocks upgrading from v1.9 to 2

  1. 1. A Lesson from the School of Hard Knocks Upgrading from Moodle v1.9 to v2.x Meredith Henson
  2. 2. Introduction – Me!Working with Moodle since 2002The Open Polytechnic of New ZealandNZOSVLE eCapability Development FundMassey University (Mahara Project)Catalyst IT New ZealandCatalyst Europe
  3. 3. Catalyst IT LimitedOpen Source Software Specialists and AdvocatesMoodle PartnersNew Zealand, AustraliaCatalyst IT Europe - Brighton, UKMoodle, Totara, Mahara, Koha, Drupal
  4. 4. Reasons to UpgradeBug fixes for core bugs - June 2011Security patches by Moodle HQ - June 2012Fixes for serious security issues - Dec 2013 Catalyst IT Sponsored by TotaraMoodle v2.0.x out of support - June 2012
  5. 5. Reasons to Upgrade cont.Stable and secureCool features! Conditional Activities Activity and Course Completion Tagging Quiz ImprovementsExperienced vendors
  6. 6. Lesson 1 – SystemAdministrationNew system requirements Existing environment compatibility Upgrades to host (e.g PHP 5.3.3, new PHP extensions)Changes to browser support No more Internet Explorer 6Check Upgrading to 2.2 Moodle docs
  7. 7. Lesson 2 – Custom CodeContrib modules and plugins Security and code review Updates and fixes Code and data migrationAPI changes and system integrationsQuestion Types and Quiz ResultssUndocumented features
  8. 8. Lesson 3 – Content MigrationFrom v2.1 import from 1.9 coursesNew Modules Quiz to Feedback Resource or File to Book Legacy modules (Journal)Updates to Modules HotPot, LAMS - External Tool SCORM options
  9. 9. Lesson 4 – ThemingMost themes can be replicatedChange to style attributes – stylesheet rewriteTheme work depends on v2.x features used uploading logos and colours docking featureMobile and tablet themes
  10. 10. Lesson 5 – TrainingNavigation BlockContextual Settings BlockNew Modules Page, Book, FeedbackConditional ActivitiesActivity and Course Completion TrackingAdministration Settings
  11. 11. Lesson 5 – Training cont.File pickerNew WikiRevised Quiz Module New question types interface changes new settings analysis and reporting changes
  12. 12. Lesson 6 – Change ManagementIT Team engagementPolicy changes tracking completions and criteria content Licensing optionsRepositoriesOfficial tagsMessaging
  13. 13. Lesson 7 – Time and CostImplementation timing Semesters Budget and financial quarters/yearDifficult to cost Unknowns and variables Vendor bear risk
  14. 14. Lesson 8 - RecommendedProcessReview upgrade notes and release notesBackup. Really.Consider vanilla 2.x installUpgrade to latest v1.9.x before 2.xEarlier versions upgrade to 1.9 firstAllow large moodledata dir file spaceAllow plenty of testing time
  15. 15. Lesson 8 - RecommendedProcessReplicated environment3 - 4 days review and trial migrationReport Issues and Resolutions Outcomes and RecommendationsTime and cost estimate(s)DocumentationShare it!
  16. 16. Thank you!Questions?Meredith Henson Catalyst IT Europe