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Moodle for Academic Year 2016-2017 (Moodle 3.0) - Lifecycle Process

This page contains detailed information about how the Moodle Lifecycle Process affects Moodle for Academic Year 2016-2017 (Moodle 3.0), also known as Moodle AY16 (3.0).

Moodle AY16 (3.0) Lifecycle

See the diagram below for an explaination of the different lifecycle phases for course sites housed in Moodle 3.0/AY16:

Graphical timeline of Moodle AY16 (3.0), dates appear in table format below. 


Moodle AY16 (3.0): Significant Dates

For more detailed information, see below for a table showing significant dates:


Moodle 3.0 is released by

November 16, 2015

Full launch at UMN for next academic year.

April 25, 2016

Moodle AY16 (3.0) becomes “”.

Mid-August 2016

Security fixes for Moodle 3.0 no longer released by*.

May 2017

End of active instruction; this is the last date when a user can create a new course site in this Moodle instance.

Late August 2017

Reference use period begins; course sites remain accessible.

September 2017

Moodle AY16 (3.0) course site instructors/designers are emailed to give four months notice about the next phase.

Early May 2018

Moodle AY16 (3.0) is only accessible on campus or via Virtual Private Networking (VPN); off-campus users are presented a page explaining the change; security patching ends*.

October 1, 2018

After four calendar years, archive status ends; user access is closed.

October 1, 2022

*Security fixes for newer versions of Moodle are being applied to Moodle AY16 (3.0) until October 1, 2018.


Questions or Feedback

If you have questions or feedback about the Moodle Lifecycle Process, please contact Moodle Support.