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Open LMS EDU – 3.11 MP4 Release Notes

Here’s everything you need to know about the Open LMS 3.11 MP4 Release. This document is in a working state until the final production release.

Release Schedule

Release Date

August 11, 2022

  • North America, Central America, South America (Virginia, USA data center):
    Clients will be upgraded according to their timezone:
    • Eastern, Amazon, and Newfoundland-Labrador Timezones: August 11, 2022, at 12:30 AM – 2:30 AM EDT
    • Central Timezone: August 11, 2022,  at 12:30 AM – 2:30 AM CDT
    • Mountain and Pacific Timezones: August 11, 2022, at 12:30 AM – 2:30 AM PDT
  • South America (Sao Paulo, Brazil datacenter): August 11, 2022, at 12:30 AM – 2:30 AM BRT
  • EMEA (Frankfurt datacenter): August 11, 2022, at 12:30 AM – 2:30 AM CEST
    • APAC excluding Australia and New Zealand (Singapore datacenter): August 11, 2022, at 12:30 AM – 2:30 AM SGT
    • Australia and New Zealand (Sydney, AU datacenter): August 11, 2022, at 12:30 AM – 2:30 AM AEST

Non-Production Sites Upgrade Schedule
To improve the quality of the upgrade process and shorten the production upgrade window, non-production (sandbox) sites will be upgraded on Thursday, July 28, 2022, between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT.

Downtime will be required for your production and non-production sites during this window.


Release Highlights

Updated Mobile App version

We have just updated our 3.9.5.3 Open LMS App version. This updated version comes with a new splash screen and fixes several bugs, including a SCORM visibility issue that Android users were experiencing.

UX improvements

For this release, we made several improvements to make the user experience better for our customers

Video size notification

We have added a notification on the course File Picker for content creators to be take into account video and maximum file sizes.

Message: “For optimal course experience, if your file or video is larger than 100Mb we recommend optimizing it or linking it from an external source or publishing service.”

UI Before

UI Now

Full-screen toggle

SNAP was experiencing some issues displaying the full-screen toggle with a with of 100%.

UI Before

UI Now

Scroll for Windows users

When using Featured Courses of SNAP, Windows users were seeing a scroll in the course description. The scroll will now only appear if needed.

UI Before

UI Now

Tiles format

We introduced the Tiles format in our previous release, and we fixed some ux issues that the format was experiencing with SNAP.

UI Before

UI Now

Accessibility in Open LMS EDU

Within our roadmap, each quarter we have a devoted project to improve accessibility issues within our platform. To identify AX issues, we focus on three main sources: 

  • Issues found by the internal team, when reviewing a new Moodle version or general functionalities.
  • Issues found by customers or final users that are particularly interested in improving the platform’s accessibility.
  • Issues found in the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT). We have done the VPAT for three consecutive years, which allows us to identify more specific AX issues.

2022 VPAT for Open LMS EDU with Snap:

For 2022, we have done a new Voluntary Product Accessibility Template is a third-party review of our platform using the SNAP theme. It evaluates how accessible we are, and how every reviewed element complies with the Revised 508 Standards for IT accessibility.

This year, the third-party review was done by Accessible360, and we will share the client-facing documentation with our customers and the broader community in the next couple of days.

Support of Office 365 Teams and Teams Meeting LTI integration

Open LMS has worked with the Microsoft O365 team to start supporting the LTI integration of O365 Teams and Teams Meeting in Open LMS EDU.

Please keep in mind that you need the O365 plugins enabled in your platform, in the latest version.

You will also need to follow these settings for the integration to work as expected.

Plugin reviews and updates

Updates to plugins you are already using will be made available on your site automatically; you do not need to request them.

Plugins you are not already using will not be available automatically and will need to be requested in a support ticket.

Updated Plugins

NameComponentOld VersionNew Version
Allytool_ally20220606002022072900
 filter_ally20220606002022072900
 report_allylti20220606002022072900
Caliper log storelogstore_caliper20220413002022072900
Google SAML Authauth_gsaml20220606002022072900
Availability by Release Codeavailability_releasecode20220413002022072900
Google Appsblock_gapps20220413002022072900
Products Catalogblock_products_catalog20220518002022071100
Profile Redirectblock_profile_redirect20220413002022072900
PLDenrol_pld20220413002022072900
 local_pld20220606002022072900
Checklistgradingform_checklist20220413002022072900
Intellicartlocal_intellicart20220518012022071100
 intellicartpayments_quickbooksdt20201221022022062202
Intelliboardlocal_intelliboard20220518002022070804
Collaboratemod_collaborate20220606002022072900
Live pollmod_livepoll20220413002022072900
Turnitinmod_turnitintooltwo20220203012022051201
SafeAssignplagiarism_safeassign20220413002022072900
Snap Themetheme_snap20220606002022072900

New Plugins

NameComponentVersion
Intellicartintellicartpayments_xetta2022060200

Special considerations for plugins

To be removed in 2022

We are considering EOLing Open Forums (mod_hsuforum), as current core forums offer very similar functionality. This is being reviewed and scoped, since a migration tool will be developed for our customers.

From the 3.11 MP5 release no new clients will have the Open Forums (mod_hsuforum) plugin available by default.

We will also be in the process of removing Legacy Log (legacy_log) during this year.

This also applies to the plugin Progress Bar (block_progress). The creators of this plugin suggest the use of the Completion Progress block instead because it is faster and more efficient, easier to use, and more compatible with additional plugins. In Open LMS EDU we already have Completion Progress block, so we suggest you switch to it before the EOL of Progress Bar.


Bug Fixes and Minor Enhancements

Backports

3.11 MP3 H1

  • plagiarism_safeassign query performance
  • Add site hash to data telemetry layer (Liquidus)
  • Add admin-facing capability to data telemetry
  • Snap theme: Incorrect target for Reports link

3.11 MP3 H2

  • Slow course response when user is member of many groups
  • LTI 1.3 deploying of multiple activities not working

3.11 MP3 H3

  • With Ally turned on, multiple choice questions are not displaying answers correctly
  • Can’t delete Questions from Question bank (backport MDL-74299)

3.11 MP3 H4

  • Conduit throws an error when synchronizing XML files in https://mdx2-sandbox.mrooms.net

3.11 MP3 H5

  • Background processing for journal module scheduled task failing

3.11 MP3 H6

  • SafeAssign, restore issue – Page timeouts when user tries to import a course with SA activities
  • local_pld: Send email Action does not have a body field for sites using Postgresql database

3.11 MP4

  • theme_snap: Wrong assignment metadata displayed(dates) when overrides are used
  • Ally filter behat tests are dependent on SNAP
  • Remove the scrollbar that is being displayed for featured courses title on hover in Snap
  • Boost tiles format – Ellipsis truncates activity titles under each section
  • Full-Screen toggle does not display as full screen in Snap when the HTML button is selected
  • Ally accessibility score indicator is not displayed on images embedded in a forum post
  • Sharing Cart: Too few arguments to function error
  • PLD grade range doesn’t trigger on forum
  • Activity completion “Expect Completed on” function doesn’t add an entry to the Calendar block for Live Poll activities
  • Warning about loading video in Open LMS
  • I have a CLI Script to Delete assignfeedback_editpdf files
  • Site administration tools do not load if auth_oidc installed without local_o365
  • The chat activity module does not display the chat
  • Restore of SafeAssign data may include extra submission records
  • Update query in block_reports to use logstore_standard instead of legacy log
  • fileconverter_force_utf config corrupts Word documents
  • The Tiles Format setting, “Filter bar”, causes the tile numbers to overlap with the Snap Course Dashboard link
  • The completion checkmark is covered by the section name in the Tiles format
  • Ensure that block_collect handles data according to Standard Log when configured for that