Backing off Moodle 2.1

I’m sorry to report that we needed to back off on our Moodle 2.1 migration. We had gone all the way to a hosted provider who migrated all of our 1.9 course material in, but we still found some issues that we couldn’t resolve in time. We needed to roll back to 1.9 local.

The main “gotcha” was the file management and backup issues. First, we found that our migrated 1.9 data worked correctly in Moodle 2.1, but then the backups of this data appeared scrambled and unreliable. We were able to fix this a bit by modifying templates and structures, but not enough to be confident. The zip backups are very important to us, because we run them every 48 hours for all classes, and they are also the way we finish one year (clear all data) and then reload courses for the following year (from the zip files).

We also found interface challenges with loading files into Moodle as a teacher and then managing them. There were enough changes triggered by the file restructuring in Moodle 2.1 to scare us a bit– enough for the rollback.

So, we’re stable and running fine back on our 1.9 local server, and we only had a 3 month commitment to the hosted server, so we’re fine for the start of school. It was sad, however,  to lose so much work on the migration to 2.1 that didn’t quite make it.

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