Customising Moodle – Balancing the Value Equation Alan Arnold, University of Canberra <alan.arnold@canberra.edu.au> Mark D...
Achieving the right balance between enabling innovation and managing the costs and risks cc   licensed flickr photo by sta...
University of Canberra <ul><li>STRATEGY 3 Perform in the top third of universities on standard educational measures </li><...
Moved to Moodle 1 st  Semester 2009 after brief 2008 pilot <ul><li>WebCT 1997-2008 </li></ul><ul><li>820 staff with teache...
Expectations are high and rising! <ul><li>2.0 is coming </li></ul><ul><li>2.0 is coming </li></ul><ul><li>2.0 is coming </...
The challenge <ul><li>to manage a robust production  24x7 Moodle environment that needs to continually evolve to meet the ...
<ul><li>Nwiki or  OUWiki or  MediaWiki or ?? Moodle Blog or  WordPress or  Mahara or  MS Live or CQU BIM or ?? </li></ul>C...
UC’s Moodle Customisations <ul><li>Dialogue module </li></ul><ul><li>OUWiki </li></ul><ul><li>Minh-Tam’s myMoodle </li></u...
Key strategies <ul><li>Work closely with our hosting partner NetSpot  </li></ul><ul><li>Use a plugin review framework to e...
Governance I really like the look of Plugin X – gimme! moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010 Decide if the change is worth ...
1. GradConnect: Alumni access <ul><li>Need: continued Moodle access for a group of  Faculty of Education alumni to support...
2. Callista-Moodle integration  <ul><li>Simple, 3-step forms created by NetSpot  with assistance with UC ICTS  </li></ul><...
Callista-Moodle integration  moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010 DIY course-site creation in 3 simple steps
<ul><li>Plugin  Reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Formal  Upgrade  Processes </li></ul><ul><li>Source Code  Management </li></ul><...
The Plugin Review Process moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010 Copyright NetSpot Pty.Ltd. All Rights Reserved
Plugin reviews moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010 Copyright NetSpot Pty.Ltd. All Rights Reserved
<ul><li>More options for  integration </li></ul><ul><li>Web Services, Repositories, Portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Less code...
Then it happened… <ul><li>September 23, 2010: </li></ul>moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
So, how did we go? moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
UC’s Moodle Customisations <ul><li>Dialogue module </li></ul><ul><li>OUWiki </li></ul><ul><li>Minh-Tam’s myMoodle </li></u...
UC’s Moodle Customisations <ul><li>Dialogue module </li></ul><ul><li>OUWiki </li></ul><ul><li>Minh-Tam’s myMoodle </li></u...
UC’s Moodle Customisations <ul><li>Dialogue module </li></ul><ul><li>OUWiki </li></ul><ul><li>Minh-Tam’s myMoodle </li></u...
For example… <ul><li>Goodbye YUI Course Menu… </li></ul>moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
For example… <ul><li>… hello 2.0 Navigation Block </li></ul>moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
The next big challenge <ul><li>We know we can now connect to… </li></ul>moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
The next big challenge <ul><li>We know we can now connect to… </li></ul>… but  should  we? moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct.,...
The next big challenge <ul><li>We know we can now connect to… </li></ul>… but  should  we? moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct.,...
A good looking road ahead Image used under CC license via http://www.flickr.com/photos/ohadby moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oc...
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  1. 1. Customising Moodle – Balancing the Value Equation Alan Arnold, University of Canberra <alan.arnold@canberra.edu.au> Mark Drechsler, NetSpot Pty. Ltd. <mark.drechsler@netspot.com.au> cc licensed flickr photo by CraigAllen: http://flickr.com/photos/craigallenphotography/4104550682/ moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
  2. 2. Achieving the right balance between enabling innovation and managing the costs and risks cc licensed flickr photo by stachelig: http://flickr.com/photos/stachelig/4518693746/ moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
  3. 3. University of Canberra <ul><li>STRATEGY 3 Perform in the top third of universities on standard educational measures </li></ul>moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
  4. 4. Moved to Moodle 1 st Semester 2009 after brief 2008 pilot <ul><li>WebCT 1997-2008 </li></ul><ul><li>820 staff with teacher role, 13,000+ students </li></ul><ul><li>1,220 teaching sites (courses) in 2009 650 in 2010 to date and a new Winter Term! </li></ul><ul><li>127 Community & Group sites </li></ul><ul><li>Since Sep 2008: 40k Moodle users, 156k enrolments, 151k forum posts, 113k resources, 419k quiz questions in 4300 sites </li></ul><ul><li>Externally hosted Moodle 1.9, 2.5 FTE support in-house, frugal development budget </li></ul>moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
  5. 5. Expectations are high and rising! <ul><li>2.0 is coming </li></ul><ul><li>2.0 is coming </li></ul><ul><li>2.0 is coming </li></ul><ul><li>2.0 is coming </li></ul><ul><li>2.0 is coming </li></ul><ul><li>2.0 is coming </li></ul>moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
  6. 6. The challenge <ul><li>to manage a robust production 24x7 Moodle environment that needs to continually evolve to meet the changing needs of the 14,000 users that it supports </li></ul><ul><li>to manage risk while at the same time introducing new capability and delight </li></ul>moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
  7. 7. <ul><li>Nwiki or OUWiki or MediaWiki or ?? Moodle Blog or WordPress or Mahara or MS Live or CQU BIM or ?? </li></ul>Choices! cc licensed flickr photo by orangejack: http://flickr.com/photos/orangejack/210624158/ moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
  8. 8. UC’s Moodle Customisations <ul><li>Dialogue module </li></ul><ul><li>OUWiki </li></ul><ul><li>Minh-Tam’s myMoodle </li></ul><ul><li>YUI Course Menu </li></ul><ul><li>Lightbox Gallery </li></ul><ul><li>WebDAV </li></ul><ul><li>Certificate Module </li></ul><ul><li>Usage Monitor Block </li></ul><ul><li>CQU BIM Module </li></ul><ul><li>Poll Block </li></ul><ul><li>Assignments: download all as zip </li></ul><ul><li>Essay question type enhancements </li></ul><ul><li>Messaging: privacy enhancements </li></ul><ul><li>Group Select Module </li></ul><ul><li>Unit Outlines Block </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Live Services </li></ul><ul><li>Mahara Assignment Type </li></ul><ul><li>USQ Simple Clock </li></ul><ul><li>… and dozens of other small patches & fixes </li></ul>moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
  9. 9. Key strategies <ul><li>Work closely with our hosting partner NetSpot </li></ul><ul><li>Use a plugin review framework to evaluate non-core extensions </li></ul><ul><li>Implement robust change management processes that are regular (monthly), agile and responsive </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate: Watch and listen for issues and opportunities (Moodle.org tracker & forum RSS, Moodle Matters @UC, Yammer@UC, RT Helpdesk) </li></ul>moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
  10. 10. Governance I really like the look of Plugin X – gimme! moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010 Decide if the change is worth investigating Have a Plugin review done Make decision of benefit against cost Follow formal implementation process Change done!
  11. 11. 1. GradConnect: Alumni access <ul><li>Need: continued Moodle access for a group of Faculty of Education alumni to support an ongoing community of current and past students. Modest strategic funding to deliver </li></ul><ul><li>Problem: student accounts are made inactive on graduation in UC’s identity management systems BUT alumni do have Microsoft Live@edu UC email accounts “for life” </li></ul><ul><li>MS releases open source code: Live Services plugin for Moodle  </li></ul><ul><li>NetSpot reviewed the plugin and resolved some issues </li></ul><ul><li>UC graduates now have uninterrupted Moodle access through their MS Live credentials </li></ul><ul><li>Now possible to have other alumni communities AND access to other Live services eg blog, 25GB (!!) SkyDrive </li></ul>moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
  12. 12. 2. Callista-Moodle integration <ul><li>Simple, 3-step forms created by NetSpot with assistance with UC ICTS </li></ul><ul><li>Create courses for semester-based teaching units or program/degree cohorts, based on a standard template </li></ul><ul><li>Courses will automatically be populated (and depopulated) with the right cohorts from Callista at dates chosen by the teacher This approach was chosen over automatic creation of courses for all units offered, to create a sense of ownership by teaching staff. Very successful: 97+% of all units now have sites </li></ul>moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
  13. 13. Callista-Moodle integration moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010 DIY course-site creation in 3 simple steps
  14. 14. <ul><li>Plugin Reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Formal Upgrade Processes </li></ul><ul><li>Source Code Management </li></ul><ul><li>Issue Management </li></ul>Supporting Processes moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
  15. 15. The Plugin Review Process moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010 Copyright NetSpot Pty.Ltd. All Rights Reserved
  16. 16. Plugin reviews moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010 Copyright NetSpot Pty.Ltd. All Rights Reserved
  17. 17. <ul><li>More options for integration </li></ul><ul><li>Web Services, Repositories, Portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Less code in modules </li></ul><ul><li>More secure, standard, maintainable </li></ul>Taking the leap to 2.0 moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
  18. 18. Then it happened… <ul><li>September 23, 2010: </li></ul>moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
  19. 19. So, how did we go? moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
  20. 20. UC’s Moodle Customisations <ul><li>Dialogue module </li></ul><ul><li>OUWiki </li></ul><ul><li>Minh-Tam’s myMoodle </li></ul><ul><li>YUI Course Menu </li></ul><ul><li>Lightbox Gallery </li></ul><ul><li>WebDAV </li></ul><ul><li>Certificate Module </li></ul><ul><li>Usage Monitor Block </li></ul><ul><li>CQU BIM Module </li></ul><ul><li>Poll Block </li></ul><ul><li>Assignments: download all as zip </li></ul><ul><li>Essay question type enhancements </li></ul><ul><li>Messaging: privacy enhancements </li></ul><ul><li>Group Select Module </li></ul><ul><li>Unit Outlines Block </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Live Services </li></ul><ul><li>Mahara Assignment Type </li></ul><ul><li>USQ Simple Clock </li></ul><ul><li>Dozens of other small patches & fixes </li></ul>Now core in Moodle 2.0 moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
  21. 21. UC’s Moodle Customisations <ul><li>Dialogue module </li></ul><ul><li>OUWiki </li></ul><ul><li>Minh-Tam’s myMoodle </li></ul><ul><li>YUI Course Menu </li></ul><ul><li>Lightbox Gallery </li></ul><ul><li>WebDAV </li></ul><ul><li>Certificate Module </li></ul><ul><li>Usage Monitor Block </li></ul><ul><li>CQU BIM Module </li></ul><ul><li>Poll Block </li></ul><ul><li>Assignments: download all as zip </li></ul><ul><li>Essay question type enhancements </li></ul><ul><li>Messaging: privacy enhancements </li></ul><ul><li>Group Select Module </li></ul><ul><li>Unit Outlines Block </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Live Services </li></ul><ul><li>Mahara Assignment Type </li></ul><ul><li>USQ Simple Clock </li></ul><ul><li>Dozens of other small patches & fixes </li></ul>Currently being updated moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
  22. 22. UC’s Moodle Customisations <ul><li>Dialogue module </li></ul><ul><li>OUWiki </li></ul><ul><li>Minh-Tam’s myMoodle </li></ul><ul><li>YUI Course Menu </li></ul><ul><li>Lightbox Gallery </li></ul><ul><li>WebDAV </li></ul><ul><li>Certificate Module </li></ul><ul><li>Usage Monitor Block </li></ul><ul><li>CQU BIM Module </li></ul><ul><li>Poll Block </li></ul><ul><li>Assignments: download all as zip </li></ul><ul><li>Essay question type enhancements </li></ul><ul><li>Messaging: privacy enhancements </li></ul><ul><li>Group Select Module </li></ul><ul><li>Unit Outlines Block </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Live Services </li></ul><ul><li>Mahara Assignment Type </li></ul><ul><li>USQ Simple Clock </li></ul><ul><li>Dozens of other small patches & fixes </li></ul>Now obsolete? moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
  23. 23. For example… <ul><li>Goodbye YUI Course Menu… </li></ul>moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
  24. 24. For example… <ul><li>… hello 2.0 Navigation Block </li></ul>moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
  25. 25. The next big challenge <ul><li>We know we can now connect to… </li></ul>moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
  26. 26. The next big challenge <ul><li>We know we can now connect to… </li></ul>… but should we? moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
  27. 27. The next big challenge <ul><li>We know we can now connect to… </li></ul>… but should we? moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010
  28. 28. A good looking road ahead Image used under CC license via http://www.flickr.com/photos/ohadby moodleposium Canberra 7-8 Oct., 2010

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