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Collaboration With Moodle

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Our school is collaboration on Moodle. So can you!

Our school is collaboration on Moodle. So can you!

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  • 1. Collaboration with Moodle Our experience at Peace Wapiti School District #76 using open-source software to collaborate online
  • 2. Outline
    • Our need to collaborate online.
    • The choice for open source.
    • Moodle
      • What is it.
      • What does it take to run.
    • How PWSD uses Moodle.
      • Who is using the site.
      • What does it give us.
      • Why is it a success.
    • Where are we going from here?
      • Document management.
      • Database consolidation.
  • 3. Our need to collaborate online.
  • 4. Simple; Great distance, little time.
    • Demand for substantive online collaboration beyond email and ftp site’s reached a crisis with several new AISI projects in the spring of 2006.
    • By Christmas 2006 our first document centered approach based on a for-pay portal had not worked.
  • 5. The choice for open source
  • 6. Hype for open source
    • It slices it dices…
    • The hype for open source knows no bounds!
    • Check who is using this piece of technology
    • Check the community- a must !
    • Find support options
  • 7. Our reasons
    • Tech bank was broke
    • No upfront fee / no licensing fee
    • We had skills in-house
    • Moodle has a strong and growing community
    • Many major educational institutions were experimenting with Moodle
  • 8. Moodle An open-source LMS.
  • 9. What is it?
  • 10. What does it take to run
    • Hardware
    Software People
  • 11.
    • Started on the back of an existing LAMP server at one of our High schools.
    • Moved in summer to a new small scale server.
      • OS: chose Red Hat 5 Enterprise
        • Exceptional value for education
        • Allows an additional 5 Virtual Servers
      • Hardware: 2 x Dual core Opteron
        • 4 GBs RAM
          • ( oodle recommends 50MBs a user)
        • RAID 5 on 10k SATAII drives.
    Hardware is light
  • 12. Software is Open Source
    • OS: anything
    • Web server: Apache
    • Scripting: PHP
    • Database: MySQL or PostgreSQL
    • LMS: Moodle!
    But must integrate
    • Authenticates against our Active Directory Structure
    • Protected by our Tivoli System Manager
  • 13. People are key
    • Technical
      • Server Setup and Support
    • Administration
      • Site monitoring, navigation and consistency
    • Team Leaders
      • Learning community builders, people trainers
    • All the people …
      • Provide the content, make the connections, create the buzz.
  • 14. How PWSD uses Moodle
  • 15. Who is using the site?
    • Teachers, Administrators, Technicians, and Office staff.
    • 282 real users have logged on and have been using the site since September 2007.
    • 20 Active professional learning committees
    Site visits are nearly doubling each month since July 2007 and we are currently receiving an average of 126 visits and almost 5000 hits per day!
  • 16. Site Layout
  • 17. What are the core tools.
    • File sharing – Drop Boxes
    • Discussion areas – Forums
    • Collaborative documents – Wikis
    • Meeting scheduling – Calendars
    • Personal connection – Blog/Chat
    Use has been somewhat surprising. For example we have better scheduling capabilities through exchange, yet groups are choosing to use Moodle’s calendar feature instead.
  • 18. Teacher Comments
    • “ Collaboration such as we have done is great! In small schools, we often work in isolation. The Moodle site overcomes this problem to some extent”
    • “ Meeting, working and sharing ideas with a large number of math teachers is beneficial in test development. Moodle is an excellent tool for communication. The shared resources allow options within the classroom.”
    These are teacher comments from the qualitative questionaire completed in June 2007. The population is the16 teachers from Numeracy Division 4
  • 19. Where are we going?
  • 20. Document management
    • Moodle currently stores files within the local OS file hierarchy.
    • Difficult to provide multiple expression of the same document.
    • Too much duplication.
    • Investigating Microsoft Share Point.
  • 21. Video Conferencing
    • Investigating adding synchronous audio and video
    ePortfolios
    • For both staff and students
      • Possible ELGG (Athabasca) or
      • Mahara
  • 22. Database consolidation
    • Currently, each Moodle instance has it’s own database.
    • Other services at our district run on their own databases.
    • Moodle is Microsoft certified.
    • Move to Microsoft SQL for all of our districts database needs.
    • Eliminate database overhead from the current Moodle server.

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