Moodle Presentation04 30 09


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Moodle Proposal Presentation by Hongxia Yang, Christa Guilbaud, Xin Chen for Programs and Product Evaluation course Spring 2009

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Moodle Presentation04 30 09

  1. 1. Presented by Xin Chen, Christa Guilbaud and Honxgia Yang April 30, 2009
  2. 2. English Language Program <ul><li>Language and Culture Institute, VT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>English Language Preparation for 30 years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full-time Intensive English Language Courses for 8 weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TOEFL- Test of English as a Foreign Language </li></ul></ul><ul><li>International Students: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2 ELPs: Blacksburg & Northern VA </li></ul>
  3. 3. ELP Changes/Requirements <ul><li>Increase in enrollment </li></ul><ul><li>An effective learning management system is urgently needed to meet their instructional needs. They desire a system that enhances communication, collaboration and across the board consistency of processes. </li></ul><ul><li>The client asked our group to access Moodle for its potential to meet their needs. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is Moodle? <ul><li>Open Source Learning Management System (LMS) or Course Management System </li></ul><ul><ul><li>created by Martin Dougiamas (a former WebCT administrator) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>similar to Blackboard, Sakai, WebCT </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Free and Open source- Community of users have the right to make changes to the design and content and have free access to materials and information . </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Moodle. (2009 April 29). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved April 29, 2009, from </li></ul><ul><li>Appeal: Flexible, accommodates large range of teaching models </li></ul>
  5. 5. Key Questions <ul><li>What are the technological affordances of Moodle, particularly in light of ELP instructor needs? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the ELP instructors ’ needs in terms of a learning management system? </li></ul><ul><li>To what extent does Moodle meet the identified learning management system needs of ELP instructors? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Methods and Instrumentation Key Questions Instruments Sample What are the technological affordances of Moodle, particularly in light of ELP instructor needs? <ul><ul><li>Interview (via Email) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment rubric </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet resources </li></ul></ul>A Moodle user at VT What are the instructors’ needs in term of a learning management system? <ul><ul><li>Formative interview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>survey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>focus group interview </li></ul></ul>Administrors and instructors at ELP of VT To what extend does Moodle meet the identified learning management system needs of ELP instructors? <ul><ul><li>Focus group interview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment rubric </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administrors and instructors at ELP of VT </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Results from Formative Interview <ul><li>Not using any Learning Management System. </li></ul><ul><li>Using various technologies offered by university to generate grade report. </li></ul><ul><li>Problem to track attendance. </li></ul><ul><li>Student can not track their course progress. </li></ul><ul><li>Current process: time-consuming, repetitive, cost ineffective, time inconsistent. </li></ul><ul><li>Need a tool offers greater grading flexibility , ease of communication and collaboration, report and tracks student progress efficiently. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Results from Virginia Tech ’ s ELP LMS Selection Survey – demographic info
  9. 9. Results from Virginia Tech ’ s ELP LMS Selection Survey-demographic info (cont.)
  10. 10. Result of Survey - Basic LMS Functionality <ul><li>post/monitor course progress and effectiveness </li></ul>VI. provide feedback on assignments
  11. 11. Result of Survey - Advanced LMS Functionality VII. contents are protected with password and other security protocols
  12. 12. Result of Survey - System Usability & Technical Support <ul><li>has a simple layout that's relatively easy to navigate </li></ul><ul><li>VI. provides users with basic online support </li></ul>
  13. 13. Results of Survey- Open-ended Questions <ul><li>Improve communication with students </li></ul><ul><li>Students can access to grades </li></ul><ul><li>Calculate grades </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor students’ progress </li></ul><ul><li>Document storage </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration among instructors </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to navigate </li></ul><ul><li>Saving time </li></ul>
  14. 14. Results from Formative Interview with Virginia Tech ’ s Moodle User <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Allows private grade checking. </li></ul><ul><li>Enables large file handling. </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitates collaborative learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages/Concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Client needs to create their own database of students ID. </li></ul><ul><li>Instructors need some training in order to use Moodle proficiently. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Results from Focus Group Interview Question Response In order of priority, what are the three most important learning management issues that you are currently struggling with as a group? <ul><ul><li>flexible grading system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student can access to their grades </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>students submit assignment by specific due dates </li></ul></ul>In order of priority, what are the most important needs you would like for Moodle to address? <ul><ul><li>handles large audio and video file </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>generate student proficiency reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>instructors track attendance and give student ability to access to their attendance </li></ul></ul>To what extent must Moodle meet your priority needs to be the desired LMS option? 98%
  16. 16. Moodle Assessment Rubric
  17. 17. Rubric Results- Sufficient File Capacity? <ul><li>Client requires a system that has a file capacity for large audio and video data. </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle version 1.9 has a basic file capacity of 5MB. This can be adjusted to the maximum file upload size capacity of 50 MB. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Rubric Results- Allow Flexibility of Grading <ul><li>Grades can be automatically: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Calculated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aggregated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weighted </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grades in Moodle may have: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Numerical values </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Words/phrases from a scale or rating system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Letters </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Rubric Results- Moodle Supports Electronic Communication? <ul><li>Post to messages Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Internal email </li></ul><ul><li>Chat module </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki </li></ul>
  20. 20. Rubric Results- Student Attendance Tracking <ul><li>Download and properly install the attendance module. </li></ul><ul><li>Add attendance as an activity to each course </li></ul><ul><li>Export attendance reports for every day, every week, or every month </li></ul>
  21. 21. Rubric Results- Allow posting of assignments <ul><li>Assignment activity module allows teachers to collect work </li></ul><ul><li>from students, review it and provide feedback including </li></ul><ul><li>grades. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any digital content (files), such as word-processed documents, spreadsheets, images, audio files, or video clips </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online text assignment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Iterative assignments </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Rubric Results- Contents are protected with security protocols <ul><li>Affords strong security protocols </li></ul><ul><li>Administrators set permissions for access </li></ul><ul><li>System is password protected </li></ul>
  23. 23. Rubric Results- Can generate grade reports <ul><li>Easily create grade book for each course </li></ul><ul><li>Track grade history </li></ul><ul><li>Import/export grade (in CVS format or html format) </li></ul>
  24. 24. Rubric Results- Post/monitor course progress <ul><li>Course-based tracking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Course(s) link (past, current, and future) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assignment has been done and needs to be done </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grade and feedback for each assignment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Set up personal learning plan: course has completed, course need to be completed </li></ul><ul><li>Whenever student log into the system, he/she will see the progress monitoring block on the course site </li></ul>
  25. 25. Rubric Results- Provide feedback on assignment <ul><li>Submission page: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>grade for the submitted assignment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>comment on the assignment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>last modification time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>final grade of the assignment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The system automatically send out email telling student a feedback available for review </li></ul>
  26. 26.   Rubric Results- Layout that is relatively simple to navigate <ul><li>Generally speaking, the layout of Moodle is relatively simple to navigate </li></ul><ul><li>It is a subjective matter, also depends on the user’s technical experience and computing skills </li></ul>
  27. 27. Results of Rubric: Summary
  28. 28. Recommendation <ul><li>We recommend Moodle as the LMS for the English Language </li></ul><ul><li>Program of VT. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on the specific instructional needs as expressed by client. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hire a graduate assistant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PHP/ HTML script </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Training, orientation, and maintain the Moodle system </li></ul></ul></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>Any Questions </li></ul>
  30. 30. Thank You