Moodle 2.9 new features

Moodle 2.9 the upcoming version of the most popular open source LMS which is in the code freeze state now and waiting for the QA tsting to commence from 13 April onwards, contains a lots of new features, fixed bugs and improvements in the existing functionality.

The full list of the fixed issues in Moodle 2.9 version contains a massive 292 issues including the improvements in the quiz, security and usability. The full list of the changes and updates can be accessed through this tracker link.

At a quick glance, the changes include:

  • 50 fixed bugs,
  • 161 Improvements,
  • 18 new features,
  • & 63 tasks and sub-tasks


The major changes are as follows:


MDL – 40990: Teachers can require students to complete Question 1 before they can see Question 2

MDL-348: printer friendly layout for quiz

MDL-40992:  Option for teachers to allow students to redo a finished question within a quiz attempt

MDL-40988: Add section headings to quiz



MDL-47800: logs user out at password change

MDL-47829: limit concurrent sessions for users

MDL-47830: limit password rotation/reuse



MDL-10405: ability to delete (not just orphan) topic sections

MDL-46755: allows teachers to set the number of discussions set in a social format course

MDL-47501: show if a grade has been overridden (without having to edit it)

MDL-43387: provides an html editor to editing essays in a lesson

MDL-43996: add image drag and drop capability to the editing window

MDL-48715: add “time spent” as a custom completion rule for Lesson module


If you know another feature or an important improvement which I haven’t covered then you can post it in comments.

Jaswinder Singh

Jaswinder Singh, passionate about using Moodle in improving the Indian Education System and reaching the students in far flung areas where still education seems to be a impossible prospect of life. He is the author of the popular Moodle Book "How to use Moodle 2.7". In October 2016, Jaswinder was elected as the Moodle User's Association Committee member - the first to make it from India.

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