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GSoC with Moodle

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Moodle has been involved in Google's Summer of Code program since 2006. This program pays students to work on open source software products for about three months (over the northern hemisphere summer), mentored by existing developers of those products. The work usually adds a new feature or a new module. The intention is that this new code improves the software, as well as helping new programmers to become familiar with developing in an open source community.

Applying to be a GSoC student with Moodle

Students apply for projects via the GSOC site. The project applications are then passed on to Moodle are evaluated and selected by the full group of Moodle mentors. The best proposals are often from students who take the time to interact and discuss their ideas in forums before submitting a proposal.

Note: With regards to the communication culture in the Moodle project: We always prefer transparent communication in public forums and tracker comments over private messages and emails. Please respect this and avoid contacting GSOC admins and mentors directly unless you really need to talk about something sensitive or personal.

[GSOC 2020 questions and answers]

If you are a student older than 18 years and wish to participate in the GSoC with Moodle as the target project:

  1. Check out what's involved in the Google Summer of Code (which can change from year to year).
  2. Look at the list of projects for new developers, or think up one of your own.
  3. Find out how to apply to complete a GSoC project with Moodle.

Matching students and mentors

Mentors are experienced Moodle core developers who volunteer to help guide and support students in the program. Successful mentoring is quite a commitment, so this task should not be taken on lightly.

Development process

Once students and mentors have been matched with projects within Moodle, our process runs something like this:

Create a project specification page
A page will be created in Moodle Dev Docs (this wiki) for each project when they are selected. On the wiki page students should start developing a detailed specification with feedback from mentors. The page should include database table designs, GUI mockups, class structures and other implementation details. The document should be clear and logically organised.
Seek and utilise community feedback
Students should introduce the project in the appropriate forums on Using Moodle to help draw attention to it and to stimulate some discussion around their development. The more feedback we have the better, especially if it includes a wide variety of users (developers, teachers, students, etc). Students should be responsive in those forums to build a dialogue with the community.
Evolve the specification
Students and mentors should use the feedback to evolve the specification into something that all users are happy with. Sometimes it's worth doing more research to find the "best" way to do something without adding Yet Another Option.
Set up tasks in the Moodle Tracker
Once the specification has settled down, it's time to start work. The mentor should create a new issue in the Moodle Tracker (in the CONTRIB project) and assign it to the student (after they added to the "contrib-developer" Tracker group). Students should add sub-tasks in roughly chronological order for different parts of the project. This helps students keep track of where they are, but also allows the community to "watch you" develop and to help you where they can.
Develop in Git and link to tracker
Students can develop their code in Git repository. When projects are producing an independent plugin, a single repository can be used. For more complex integrations involving changes to Moodle core, Sam Hemelryk/My Moodle Git workflow will be necessary. Git commits will be related to tracker issues and should note the issue number at the beginning of the commit message. If you are new to Git development, have a look at this documentation.
Advertise milestones in the forums
Major milestones should be posted in the forums, to maintain community interest and draw in new testers and more feedback.
Finish off projects
Once the time is up, finished projects need to be assessed; Google need to be given access to the result of the project, as per their instructions. Hopefully the code is also good enough to be shared in the Plugins Directory or possibly go into the next Moodle release, although neither is guaranteed.


Moodle has been selected as a GSOC 2019 mentoring organization.

Overview: GSOC/2019 | Google Summer of Code 2019 site



Moodle has been selected as a GSOC 2018 mentoring organization. No project has been selected for mentoring this year.


Google Summer of Code 2017 site

Moodle has been selected as a GSOC 2017 mentor organization.



Overview: GSOC/2016 | Google Summer of Code 2016 site | GSOC 2016 course


  1. Plugin skeleton generator
  2. Adding search to more Moodle components
  3. Atto image resize/crop/rotate
  4. Add support to end-to-end testing in the Mobile app


Overview: GSOC/2015 | Google Summer of Code 2015 site | GSOC 2015 course

  1. Meta Enrollment Plugin with Multiple Courses Selection
  2. Moorsp Plagiarism API Test Plugin
  3. SCORM 1.2 player in the Moodle app


Overview: GSOC/2014

  1. New question types
  2. SCORM improvements


Overview: GSOC/2013

  1. Self-assessment activity using the question bank
  2. SCORM player rewrite
  3. Global search
  4. Course search
  5. Pronunciation evaluation question type
  6. A Moodle plugin for determining Quiz authorship
  7. Portfolio plugin for Evernote


Overview: GSOC/2012

  1. Improve SCORM 2004 Support
  2. Plagiarism API improvements
  3. Email reminders for calendar events
  4. Audio/Video Capture repository plugin


Overview: GSOC/2011

  1. SCORM reporting improvements
  2. Moodle flavours
  3. SCORM Test Harness


Overview and results: GSOC/2009

  1. Record audio repository plugin
  2. Timeline course format
  3. Improve Moodle user experience consistency
  4. What you paint is what you get
  5. Google Gears integration


Overview and results: GSOC/2008

  1. Usability issues
  2. SQLite
  3. Animated grade statistics report
  4. Language editing interface
  5. Feed aggregation library
  6. Customisable theme
  7. Blog improvements
  8. Further messaging improvements
  9. Automatic accessibility checking
  10. Progress tracking
  11. Secure RSS feeds
  12. Moodle IDE


Overview and results: GSOC/2007

  1. New question types
  2. Enterprise-level improvements
  3. Chat revamp
  4. Messaging improvements
  5. Automated grading of programs
  6. User Management Improvements
  7. Email interface
  8. Social Networking features
  9. Voice


  1. Presets for Database module project notes
  2. Integrated bug tracker project notes
  3. AJAX course format project notes
  4. Admin page cleanup project notes
  5. Global search project notes

See also