It’s time to get Moodling again. CLAMP’s Moodle Hack/Doc Fest for Summer 2015 is being held at the College of Holy Cross in June 2015. This is our 16th Hack/Doc, and our first time back in Massachusetts since Summer 2011’s event at Hampshire College.
Last summer’s Hack/Doc at Macalester College saw me spending three days working through the intricacies of Moodle’s support for badges. That led me down some unproductive (if illuminating) paths involving the Workshop activity, and laid the groundwork for our own Moodle badges project at Lafayette.
I’m not sure what I’m working on at this Hack/Doc. There’s the inevitable conference coordination duties of course, but I expect I’ll also be reacquainting myself with the Moodle grade book. I’ll also be learning about the changes in Moodle 2.9 so that CLAMP can issue its annual recommendation about what version of Moodle to go with this summer (the contenders are 2.8 and 2.9).
I’m also hoping to get some baseball in. The Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) are kinda-sorta on our way to Holy Cross, and of course the Red Sox themselves are nearby. The Lowell Spinners (Single A short season affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) are close, but I’ve already seen them play. My preference is Pawtucket, as I love minor league ball, but I’d be hard pressed to pass up seeing Fenway Park.
And then there’s my summer reading list. A week away from home gives me a chance to get some late-night reading done and make a sizable dent in the list. My lead contenders for Hack/Doc reading are Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves and Alistair Reynold’s Slow Bullets.
Of course, I probably won’t get as much reading done as I think. Unlike last year, when I took the train to St. Paul, MN for the Hack/Doc at Macalester, I’m driving to Holy Cross. There’s a lot less time to read in the car, and most nights at Hack/Doc see me hanging out with long-time Hack/Doc friends. Still, I should be able to get in a few pages…