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Google Groups integration with Moodle to enhance communication and collaboration Richard Heath

Google Groups integration with Moodle to enhance communication and collaboration Richard Heath
Presented at Moodlemoot Edinburgh 2014
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    Google Groups integration with Moodle to enhance communication and collaboration	Richard Heath Google Groups integration with Moodle to enhance communication and collaboration Richard Heath Presentation Transcript

    • Google Groups Integration with Moodle Enhancing communication and collaboration Richard Heath (richard.heath@port.ac.uk) Senior Educational Technologist, University of Portsmouth
    • Google Groups Integration with Moodle Background • Approx. 23k students • Moodle in use for 2 years • Currently running Moodle 2.4 • Google Apps for Education (staff & students)
    • Google Groups Integration with Moodle What are Google Groups? • Mailing list • Discussion board • Access mechanism – Google Docs – Google sites
    • Google Groups Integration with Moodle Solution • Create a Google Group for each Moodle course • Enrol members of course into Google Group – Lecturers as owners – Students as members • Synchronise membership regularly • Create Google Groups from Moodle groups as needed • Expose groups inside Moodle
    • Google Groups Integration with Moodle Aims • Provide a RELIABLE mechanism for contacting students WITH attachments EASILY • Allow sharing of Google Documents easily • Create a simple method to facilitate online document collaboration • Provide a foundation for further development
    • Google Groups Integration with Moodle Solution • Local plugin – Sync script (CLI) for mass creation – Event listeners: • Enrol/unenrol users • Create/delete/edit courses – Cron to process events
    • Google Groups Integration with Moodle Solution • Block: My Google Groups – List a user’s groups – Provide email link – Provide web link to group
    • Google Groups Integration with Moodle Roll-out • Currently evaluating with academics in a number of departments • University-wide roll-out for next academic year
    • Google Groups Integration with Moodle Future development • Creation of Google+ Communities? • Integration of timetabling data to create groups • Closer integration with Google Apps