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Workshop presentation by Laura Widger and Cathal O'Riordan from Waterford Institute of Technology at MoodleMoot UK 2010

Workshop presentation by Laura Widger and Cathal O'Riordan from Waterford Institute of Technology at MoodleMoot UK 2010

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  • 10,000 student cohort10000 student cohortSunday Times Institute of TechnologyTuition and research programmes to phd levelOne of the largest IT’s in IrelandOver 600 academic staff
  • Two horse race – Moodle or Blackboard
  • enabled WIT, through customized development of stand alone Moodle instances, to increase flexibility in content delivery, innovative course development, provision of “living prospectus” for programme advertisement and marketing

Laura Widger, Cathal O'Riordan - Waterford Institute of Technology Laura Widger, Cathal O'Riordan - Waterford Institute of Technology Presentation Transcript

  • Moving to Moodle Experiences of an academic institution
    Laura Widger, CathalO’Riordan,
    lwidger@wit.ie, coriordan@wit.ie
  • Agenda
  • Agenda
  • Agenda
    Background
    Will we move?
    Planning the move
    Where, when, what and how?
    Getting the movers in
    Making the move
    The new location
    Looking back
  • Background
  • Background
  • Background
    2008
  • Will we move?
  • Will we move?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/clagnut/252185030/
  • Planning the move
  • Planning the move
    • Where?
    • When?
    • What?
    • How?
  • Planning the move – Where?
    • Evaluated alternative VLE’s
    • Open Source versus Proprietary
    • gained “buy in” from users through staff consultation & information seminars
    • obtained commitment from senior management
    • piloted Moodle
  • Planning the move – When?
    • WebCT license due to expire May 2009
    • Joint systems run in parallelSept 2009
  • Planning the move – What?
    • What to Move?
    • 3 years of module content in WebCT
    • Over 60,000 module spaces in WebCT
    • Module data on servers in WIT computer services
    • Servers
    • Support
    • Data/module structure
    • Module content – needed to filter the data
    • Users
  • Planning the move – How?
    • Servers –HEANet: charity run by the Higher Education Authority
    • Support - ?????
    • Data/module structure - automate the process of moving data
    • Module content – staff requested to have data moved
    • Users – hold hands
  • Getting the movers in
  • Getting the movers in
    • eLearning Coordinator
    • Phase 1: Summer 2008:
    • 4th year computing student
    • Phase 2 : March 2009:
    • eLearning Support Officer
    • eLearning Development Officer
  • Making the move
  • Making the move: Phase 1 2008
    • Set up Moodle running in parallel with WebCT,
    • Opt in: launched with 2 schools
    • Integrated with LDAP & registration system
  • Making the Move: Phase 2 2009
    • Servers –
    • HEANet: charity run by the Higher Education Authority
    • Support – new team in place
    • Developed and delivered Moodle training
    • Partnered with official Moodle partner
    • Data/module structure - refining based on Phase 1
    • Module content – staff requested data to be moved
    • Users – opt in so some already migrated
  • Making the Move: Phase 2 2009
  • Making the Move: What really happened?
    • 8.5 GB data moved on over 500 modules
    • Some wanted fresh start – not all data moved
    • The LDAP issue!!!!!!!!
    • Positive reaction
    • Not as stressful as we thought it would be!
  • The new location
  • The new location
  • The new location
  • The new location
    • tightly integrated Moodle with internal systems to reduce administrative work
    • Internal student registration system for generation of student user accounts and course areas in Moodle,
    • internal servers for authentication & login
    • incorporated open source solutions (Redmine & RT) to build a support framework to track and manage project team activities, and manage user support queries
  • The new location
    • customized development of stand alone Moodle instances,
    • increase flexibility in content delivery, innovative course development,
    • provision of “living prospectus” for programme advertisement and marketing
  • The new location
  • Looking back
    • Not as stressful as we thought it would be
    • The more you do, the more you realise you have to do…
    • Attitude is a small thing that makes a big difference…. the right team
  • Waterford Institute of Technology
    Laura Widger, Cathal O’Riordan,
    lwidger@wit.ie, coriordan@wit.ie
    Questions