We’re hiring a Backend Developer for the MoodleNet project!

Now that we’ve made some progress on defining what the first version of MoodleNet will look like and how the ActivityPub-based technical architecture will work (using the Elixir/Erlang stack on the back-end), we have a unique opportunity for a developer to build the federated back-end for MoodleNet.

This is a flexible position and can be based remotely, or out of the new Moodle office in Barcelona. View the job listing for details, and please pass this along to any developer you know who might be interested.

Prize winners for the MoodleNet pre-design sprint survey announced!

Balloons

Prior to our recent design sprint, we ran a survey at moodle.org which was completed by 175 Moodlers. The results were fascinating, and fed directly into the prototype overview we were able to create during the week.

To incentive participation in the survey, we offered prizes in the form of Amazon vouchers and Zazzle credit for the Moodle HQ store. Those completing the survey had the option to add their email address if they wanted to be considered for the prize.

We’ve been in touch with the lucky winners, who gave their consent to be listed below:

  • Joe Wieland (USA, £50 Amazon voucher)
  • Pete Jones (New Zealand, £50 Amazon voucher)
  • Joelle Le (Australia, $25 Zazzle credit)
  • David Morrow (USA, $25 Zazzle credit)

Thanks to Claudia Dent, Moodle’s Marketing Co-ordinator for selecting the recipients using a random generator!

A warm welcome to Mayel de Borniol, our new MoodleNet Technical Architect!

Mayel de Borniol

Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed a mention of Mayel de Borniol, our new MoodleNet Technical Architect in our previous post about last week’s Design Sprint. After receiving over 70 applications for the role from all over the world, we interviewed candidates from Europe, Africa, North America, and South America.

We couldn’t be happier to welcome someone with Mayel’s knowledge, skills, and understanding of open source. Originally hailing from the Basque Country (north of the Pyrenees mountains), he currently lives in Athens, Greece.

Mayel describes himself a hacker and social/cooperative entrepreneur who enjoys understanding and hacking systems, and occasionally designing and building new ones – such as MoodleNet!


We would love to hear a bit about your work history?

Check out my site to see what I’ve been up to: http://mayel.space

What are your interests outside of work?

Nomadic / slow travel, Sci-Fi & Solarpunk, Decentralised & Federated systems, Free Software / Open Source, Co-operative organisation & production (would love to be part of a beer brewing or winemaking co-op!), my cat and dog!

Where is your favourite place in the world, and why?

Greece (Athens and its crazy graffiti and rebellious vibe and also the islands where time stands still) closely followed by Buenos Aires and its 1am BBQ dinner parties.


Mayel will be working closely with Doug Belshaw, MoodleNet Lead to turn the prototype we came up with last week into reality!

Mid-April 2018 round-up of project activity

This is a quick progress report since our last update in early February. A reminder that the canonical home page of this project can be found at moodle.com/moodlenet.

Doug Belshaw, MoodleNet project lead, as been meeting with lots of people and making notes of what was discussed. That has led to a shift away from the ‘start with a social network’ approach hinted at in the last update.

In the presentation and workshop Doug led at MoodleMoot UK & Ireland, he explained how such a potentially large and complex project needs a concrete starting point. Using the metaphors of cupcakes (always a favourite!) he introduced three different approaches:

CC BY-ND Bryan Mathers

Instead of starting with social networking, we’d instead add that and professional development to a platform that would initially focus on resource curation.

Participants who attended the first monthly community call discussed the pros and cons of starting off in this way, but all agreed that it would be something immediately useful to educators. Doug is now putting together a list of different types of resource-centric social media platforms, for inspiration.

While the white paper needs further work to update it in light of the slight change of direction, we have tidied it up and added new faces to scenarios section

We’ve been doing a whole host of work, including putting together a job landscape for a Technical Architect to join the team at some point in the near future. We’ll also be engaging a design and development agency to help us with design sprint / prototyping / MVP.  More on that in the next update!


Related posts on Doug’s blog:

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Meet us at the OER18 conference (Bristol, UK) this week, or OE Global 2018 (Delft, Netherlands) next week!

Early February 2018 round-up of project activity

Project MoodleNet planning/experimentation screenshots

We’ve been hard at work behind the scenes over the past few weeks, planning, experimenting, and testing with various protocols and standards. Here are a few updates for those keeping a close eye on the progress of this project:

  1. Whiteboarding — as you can see from one of the above screenshots, we’re figuring out the components of Project MoodleNet, and how everything will fit together. Initially, we thought there would be six components, but this has grown to eight (as a couple of them needed to be separated-out)
  2. Testing — again, as you can see from the other two screenshots above, we’ve been experimenting with two open source projects that are compatible with the (newly W3C-recommended) ActivityPub protocol. We want Project MoodleNet to be a decentralised, federated system and these projects may give us a head start — at least for the MVP. You can read more about Mastodon and Hubzilla on project lead Doug Belshaw’s blog. In terms of authenticating into the system, we’re going to be using OpenID Connect in the first instance.
  3. Compliance — the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in May, and pertains to every organisation based in the European Union (EU), or processing the data of EU citizens. Moodle has already published a plan for GDPR compliance, but this relates mainly to our learning platform. Project lead Doug Belshaw is blogging his reflections on a GDPR course he is currently undertaking.

Thanks again to those who left comments on v0.1 of the Project MoodleNet white paper. We have now transferred the text from Google Docs to the wiki, and will proceed to make changes based both on community feedback and the discoveries we make as the project progresses.

Next week, Moodle’s team leads are meeting in Perth, Australia, for some days of intensive planning. We intend to have a lot more updates for you over the coming weeks!

Introducing Project MoodleNet (Jan 2018 slide overview)

In accordance with our principle of transparency for Project MoodleNet, we’re sharing the slides from a recent All-Hands meeting. You should see them embedded below but, if not, please click through!

Comments? Questions? Add them below!