After a lot of thought, and discussions with Moodle colleagues, I have decided that PoodLL 3 will be a premium product, ie it will not be free.
PoodLL grew from a simple audio recorder hack in Moodle 1.9, to become 10 different plugins and one of the more popular sets of plugins on the Moodle plugins database. The PoodLL filter is currently installed on over 2000 Moodle sites, and has been downloaded more than 120,000 times.
Maintaining PoodLL between Moodle versions is often not trivial. Over the last few years Moodle has changed the file system completely, moved to a new question engine, moved to a new assignment type, introduced the Atto editor and begun transitioning away from YUI to AMD/JQuery. All of these changes required PoodLL to change also. When I was teaching and developing PoodLL in my off hours, it was relatively justifiable to do these things during school time.
Since leaving teaching however, it is difficult to justify spending the required amounts of time on PoodLL. Time spent on PoodLL is usually time that would otherwise have gone on a contract job. Fortunately I have had some great patrons who have helped pay for PoodLL features, and have gone out of their way to test and give feedback. In particular I would single out eAbyas , BCU, Thom Rawson and the Moodle Association of Japan. But there have been many more.
For a while I held out hoping that Moodle HQ or some partner would implement some sort of plugin marketplace. But recently I spoke with some HQ people, and some partners, and started what turned out to be a very interesting thread on the Moodle Forums. I don’t think anything like a plugin marketplace is coming, unless I start it. Basically it would be chump change for partners. And for HQ there would be too many obstacles for them to overcome.
PoodLL will be available on an annual subscription basis. This will give
The original PoodLL, up until the last release 2015070401, will remain available on Moodle.org. But it will probably not be updated.
There will be three levels of membership, but the exact rates have yet to be decided.
PoodLL 3 will be implemented and released incrementally. The following features are some of what is planned. In some cases they are already partially implemented. They are in rough order of development.
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