Moodle 2 upgrade... The journey so far....

So this week I've been playing with Moodle 2 and seeing if it's feasible to upgrade this summer, ready for the new academic year in September.

in short, yes but no.

In the current state we are no where near ready to upgrade to Moodle 2 for many reasons such as our theme, custom mods, 3rd party blocks etc.  So I started to work my way through Moodle 2 trying to understand how things work, most things are the same if not slightly different.  This reminds me of when I first used Office 2007 not sure how to do basic things.

The Leeds City College Moodle theme will need to be re-done, pretty much from scratch, this will help with cleaning up some code and making sure it doesn't clash with any core Moodle functionality.

The upgrade process which is a whole new ball game, initial upgrade tests show that Moodle works and it's not that bad considering our tweaks and mods, we just have a problem with upgrading the course_meta table which seems to break the ability to do meta/child courses in Moodle 2 (Lewis has added this to the tracker) (Update 17th Feb 2011, this has been fixed)

Some of the new features I like in Moodle 2 are how easy it now is to manually enrol someone onto a course, it's the future!  The Navigation Block which looks to have totally removed the need for Tabs within Moodle and I love the way Moodle has now been simplified to add a resource, File, Folder, Label.... this will make training that much easier.

I'm not too keen on the Dock at the moment, but maybe this will change the more I use it.

I still have some more testing to do, to make sure some important features will still work after the upgrade process such as the Online Users Page and Moodle Folders but so far apart from the Meta/Child course problem I would say we are progressing well..... until the next problem arises.