Upgrading to Moodle 1.7

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 1.9. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: Upgrading to Moodle 1.7.

Moodle1.7

This page lists issues specific to upgrading to Moodle 1.7. They should be read in conjunction with the generic upgrading instructions.

Before upgrading, please...

  • Check that your site meets all system requirements for 1.7 in Administration > Server > Environment
  • Do a full database backup!
  • Read Upgrading to Moodle 1.6 if you are upgrading to 1.7 from something earlier than 1.6

Roles and capabilities

A major new feature in Moodle 1.7 is Roles and capabilities. Roles FAQ includes several questions frequently asked by admins after site upgrades.

The upgrade to 1.7 has been made as smooth as possible. The existing roles in 1.6 (admin, teacher, student etc.) and the existing capabilities are automatically retained. This is done by having predefined roles at site/course levels, and assigning current users to these roles accordingly. The predefined roles have legacy capabilities associated with them, mirroring what exists in 1.6.

Administrators and course creators are assigned global roles.

Forum permissions

Whether a student is allowed to post in a particular forum and other forum permissions may be set via the Roles tab on the update/edit forum page and the override roles link.

Prior to Moodle 1.7, only admins were allowed to edit forum posts. In Moodle 1.7, the predefined teacher and non-editing teacher roles have the capability mod/forum:editanypost allowed. (The permission may be changed via Administration > Users > Permissions > Define roles.)

Teacher forums

Prior to Moodle 1.7, each course had a teacher forum, accessible via a link in the course administration block. During the upgrade to 1.7, empty teacher forums are deleted. Teacher forums containing forum posts are moved to section 0 of a course and are hidden.

A hidden standard forum may be used if a teacher forum is required in a new course.

Assigning the role of teacher

Prior to Moodle 1.7, teachers could create editing teachers in the courses they taught. In Moodle 1.7, a teacher may assign the roles of non-editing teacher, student and guest in the courses they teach. (This may be changed via the Allow role assignments tab in Administration > Users > Permissions > Define roles.)

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