moodlemoot 06

27th July 2006

I’ve just returned from two days at the MoodleMoot 2006 held at the Open University campus in Milton Keynes. In spite of the combination of sweltering heat and a lack of air conditioning (as well as having to stay in Milton Keynes ;-)) it turned out to be a terrific event.

The presentations I saw were generally excellent (although the different tracks made it inevitable you’d miss some good stuff) and it was great to have the opportunity to meet with and listen to so many interesting people — many of whom I recognised from time spent lurking around the moodle community forums. Here’s just a few of them (in no particular order)

Koen Roggemans
Moodle Translation Coordinator
Martin Dougiamas
Moodle founder, lead developer, guru…
Nick Freear
A developer at the OU working on improving the accessibility of moodle (some of his initial work can be found in moodle 1.6)
Jenny Toller
Who is teaching web design to school pupils (year 9 if I remember right?) with a focus on standards — semantic markup with CSS for presentation. Fantastic!
David Scotson
University of Glasgow web standards guy

I even chatted with someone who was working for C(r)apita yet was miraculously non-evil! I think I’m still slightly in shock.

Moodle founder Martin Dougiamas gave the keynote speech on day 2

It was nice of Martin to give a little love to chameleon during his keynote speech. It was also fun to be able meet some people who have been using chameleon for their own sites and to show off some demos of the new (far prettier ;-)) YUI driven interface I’ve been working on. Now YUI is included in the moodle core I think we’re going to see people making a lot more use progressive enhancement improve the user experience in moodle — from working with forms to making drag and drop blocks. It’s going to be pretty cool.

It was also pretty cool to learn that Microsoft are funding the development work to get moodle running on SQL Server! I can’t imagine they’ve funded too many other open source projects in the past.

I’m looking forward to next year already — hopefully we’ll able to go back again.

Permalink. Posted on 27th July 2006 in JavaScript, Moodle, Projects.

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