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Presentation to DETCHE conference on December 2, 2010 by Kathy Fernandes and John Whitmer.

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  • Centralizing LMS Services in a Postmodern World
    CSU Chancellor’s Office
    Kathy Fernandes, Director of System-Wide LMS Initiatives
    John Whitmer, Associate Director of System-Wide LMS Initiatives
    Slides available at: http://slidesha.re/dOXVy5
  • “A notion that was once heresy, that the wisdom of a smart group is greater than the brainpower of its smartest member – is increasingly accepted in every discipline and every profession and at every age and stage of life”
    -Tharp, quoted in Mehaffy, 2010
  • Outline
    Cal State Overview
    Postmodernity and Coordinated Autonomy
    Vision, Strategy, Governance
    Moodle Services Evolution
    Challenges and Successes
  • Cal State Overview
  • CSU Demographicshttp://calstate.edu
    23 campuses
    Approx. 433,000 FTE students
    44,000 faculty and staff
    We are the largest, the most diverse, & one of the most affordable university systems in the country
    We play a vital role in the growth & development of California's communities and economy
  • About California State University (CSU)
    • ~75,000 courses per semester
    • ~40% had online components in 2009
  • CSU Campus LMS Usage (2010)
  • CSU Campus Moodle Uptake
    • San Francisco State - 2007
    • Humboldt State - 2007
    • CSU Monterey Bay - 2009
    • CSU Maritime - 2009
    • CSU Northridge - 2010
    • CSU San Marcos - 2010
    • Sonoma State - 2011
  • Postmodernityand Coordinated Autonomy
  • The Postmodern Condition
    “Characterized by the rejection of objective truth and global cultural narrative or meta-narrative. It emphasizes the role of language, power relations, and motivations.” (Wikipedia)
    “Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism” – Frederic Jameson
    Relevance to LMS Coordination?
    One size doesn’t fit all: Moodle instance: educational practices, technology practices, local expectations
    Problem: lose economy of scale (create redundancy), potential shared expertise, specialization of functions…
    Need a strategy between top-down and going it alone
  • Coordinated Autonomy1
    Focus on social/strategic aspirations, above functional requirements
    Consistent with higher ed. culture: individualism and autonomy within open, public, and engaged environment
    Principles: mass individualism, robust flexibility, undirected direction, persuasive standardization, open privacy
    Approach behind UCLA Moodle Governance
    1. Term coined by Jim Davis, UCLA CIO Published writings at: http://bit.ly/h7V4Dc and http://bit.ly/fT4f2W
  • Stages of CSU Moodle collaboration
    • Competitive
    • Cooperative
    • Collaborative
  • Vision, Strategy, Governance
  • LMSS EnvironmentLMSS = Learning Management Systems and Services
  • Evolution of System-wide LMS Collaboration
    Perform LMS RFI and RFP (2008-2009)
    Define LMSS Strategy (2009-2010)
    Implement Governance (2010-2011)
    Create Collaborative Projects that Benefit Multiple Campuses (2010-)
  • System-wide LMSS Strategy
    LMS Futures Group (Provosts, CIOs, Faculty) prepared 4 documents:
    LMS Critical Elements
    External Scan of Market & Higher Ed Systems
    CSU System-wide Recommendations
    LMS Governance Recommendations
    Organize stakeholders to implement recommendations, starting with Moodle
  • System-wide LMS Governance
  • moodle services evolution
  • Evolution of Moodle Implementation (1)
    Cooperation (2007-2010)
    Moodle Consortium (from 4 to 10 campuses)
    Lynda.com licensed training content
    External Moodle Hosting MEA & Sandbox
    Collaboration (2010-2011)
    Moodle CIG & Standards and Practices Group
    Quickguides modular tutorial repository
    CSU San Marcos Migration Tools
    Shared CSU Code Base
  • Evolution of LMS Implementation (2)
    Collaboration v2 (2011-)
    Governance Expansion/Revision
    Shared CSU Code Base Development
    Metrics / Analytics
    MoodleMoot US-West Coast 2011
    Distributed help desk?
  • Coordinated Evaluation & Assessment
    CSU Campus Moodle Assessment – campus validation of strategy and services
    CSU Campus Baseline Usage – to assess current depth and breadth of adoption
    Moodle Analytics Development – provide real-time feedback to improve student performance
  • Challenges and Successes
    Formal strategy and recommendations
    Cultivate and connect campus leaders
    Communicate, communicate, communicate
    Trust yourself. Full consensus is unlikely
    It’s all about relationships
    Anarchistic committees and individuals
    Governance model ?
    Phased implementation
    Sustaining leadership focus and support
  • Contact Information
    Kathy Fernandes (kfernandes@csuchico.edu)Director of System-Wide LMS Initiatives
    John Whitmer (jwhitmer@csuchico.edu)Associate Director of System-Wide LMS Initiatives