Google Groups Integration with
Moodle
Enhancing communication and
collaboration
Richard Heath (richard.heath@port.ac.uk)
S...
Google Groups Integration with Moodle
Background
• Approx. 23k students
• Moodle in use for 2 years
• Currently running Mo...
Google Groups Integration with Moodle
What are Google Groups?
• Mailing list
• Discussion board
• Access mechanism
– Googl...
Google Groups Integration with Moodle
Solution
• Create a Google Group for each Moodle course
• Enrol members of course in...
Google Groups Integration with Moodle
Aims
• Provide a RELIABLE mechanism for contacting students
WITH attachments EASILY
...
Google Groups Integration with Moodle
Solution
• Local plugin
– Sync script (CLI) for mass creation
– Event listeners:
• E...
Google Groups Integration with Moodle
Solution
• Block: My Google Groups
– List a user’s groups
– Provide email link
– Pro...
Google Groups Integration with Moodle
Roll-out
• Currently evaluating with academics in a number of
departments
• Universi...
Google Groups Integration with Moodle
Future development
• Creation of Google+ Communities?
• Integration of timetabling d...
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Google Groups integration with Moodle to enhance communication and collaboration Richard Heath

  1. 1. Google Groups Integration with Moodle Enhancing communication and collaboration Richard Heath (richard.heath@port.ac.uk) Senior Educational Technologist, University of Portsmouth
  2. 2. 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)
  3. 3. Google Groups Integration with Moodle What are Google Groups? • Mailing list • Discussion board • Access mechanism – Google Docs – Google sites
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Google Groups Integration with Moodle Solution • Block: My Google Groups – List a user’s groups – Provide email link – Provide web link to group
  8. 8. Google Groups Integration with Moodle Roll-out • Currently evaluating with academics in a number of departments • University-wide roll-out for next academic year
  9. 9. Google Groups Integration with Moodle Future development • Creation of Google+ Communities? • Integration of timetabling data to create groups • Closer integration with Google Apps
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