This week I got tired of getting emails asking me to upgrade to the latest version of Moodle and went through the process. It’s quite easy with the web-hosting package I have. Just a few clicks of the mouse. It even warned me to make a quick backup just in case. After the upgrade however the Aardvark theme was missing. I downloaded the latest version of it but was disappointed as it has also changed. I had to go to my backup and extract the old theme(Aardvark 2.3 Penguin) and upload it. This was better than downloading the version as the backup had all of my custom properties.
One of the new features of Moodle 2.5 is Badges. This allows you to award a badge upon completion of specific activities or sets of activities. I can see using this as a way of encouraging students to complete more activities. Perhaps a badge for each mission which is awarded if they complete all the activities in that mission?