Moodle for Academic Years 2017 and 2018 (Moodle 3.2) - Lifecycle Process


Moodle is no longer available for active teaching. Learn about the University's enterprise Learning Management System, Canvas.

This page contains detailed information about how the Moodle Lifecycle Process affects Moodle for Academic Years 2017 and 2018 (Moodle 3.2), also known as Moodle AY17/AY18 (3.2).

Moodle AY17/AY18 (3.2) Lifecycle

See the diagram below for an explaination of the different lifecycle phases for course sites housed in Moodle 3.2 for AY17/AY18:

Moodle AY17 and AY18 lifecycle



Moodle AY17/AY18 (3.2): Significant Dates

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

Event Date

Moodle 3.2 is released by

December 5, 2016

Full launch at UMN for next two academic years.

April 23, 2017

Moodle AY17/AY18 (3.2) becomes “”.

Mid-August 2017

Security fixes for Moodle 3.2 no longer released by*.

May 2018

End of active instruction; this is the last date when a user can create a new course site in this Moodle instance. Review details regarding activities that will (and will not) be possible after Moodle is disabled for active teaching.

Late August 2019

Moodle AY17/AY18 (3.2) course site instructors/designers are emailed to give four months notice about the next phase.

Early May 2019

Moodle AY17/AY18 (3.2) is only accessible on campus or via Virtual Private Networking (VPN); off-campus users are presented a page explaining the change; security patching ends*.
Note: Access is also affected by the user's Account End of Life Policies.

October 1, 2019

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

October 1, 2023

*Security fixes for newer versions of Moodle are being applied to Moodle AY17/AY18 (3.2) until October 1, 2019.


Questions or Feedback

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