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Adventures in Open-source: Lessons Learned at Purchase College

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26 May 2011 presentation to SUNY CIT conference (20/20 Vision: Looking Forward & Remembering the Past)

26 May 2011 presentation to SUNY CIT conference (20/20 Vision: Looking Forward & Remembering the Past)

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  • Moodle is our learning management system platform. We switched from Blackboard to Moodle over the course of the 2009/2010 academic year.
  • Moodle is our learning management system platform. We switched from Blackboard to Moodle over the course of the 2009/2010 academic year.
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  • Moodle is our learning management system platform. We switched from Blackboard to Moodle over the course of the 2009/2010 academic year.
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    • 1. Adventures in Open Source: Lessons Learned at Purchase College Keith Landa SUNY CIT 26 May 2011 http://purchase.academia.edu/KeithLanda http://www.slideshare.net/keith.landa
    • 2. Overview
      • Purchase College
      • Our vision for open source @ Purchase
      • Moodle – LMS
      • Kaltura – video support
      • Drupal, WordPress & OpenScholar
      • Mahara – e-portfolios
      • Big Blue Button – live classroom
    • 3. Background Liberal Arts and Sciences plus Arts Conservatories ~4200 FTE Residential campus - F2F courses Liberal arts plus studio focus Some online course development COIL and international programming
    • 4. Student Information System Library Information Systems Academic Analytics Campus Repository The View from 30,000 Feet Live Classroom
    • 5. Focus on teaching & learning - Robust set of activities & resources - Add-on modules from the community - Moodle development pathway Costs - No licensing costs - Similar support costs Integration - Other systems - Web 2.0 world Flexible open architecture Why @ Purchase? Risk management - Risks of open source - Commercial products have different risks
    • 6. Library reserves project
      • Prior systems: paper forms, Google Docs
      • Limited notifications
      • Moodle block to mediate interaction between faculty, library and students in course
        • Course-based requests
        • Faculty and librarian dashboards
        • Course-based notifications
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    • 11. Campus lessons - Moodle
      • LMS focus should be learning
        • Faculty AND student perspectives
      • Change is hard, and exhilarating
      • Choose the risk you’re comfortable with
      • Importance of community critical mass for open source apps
      • Clear roadmap for product development
      • Leverage LMS to meet other campus needs
    • 12. Video @ Purchase
    • 13. Faculty use of video in Moodle
      • YouTube resources very popular
        • Moodle multimedia filter
        • Embedding other video sites
      • Web video not sufficient
        • Privacy, copyright needs
      • Video uploads to Moodle
        • 150 MB limit per file
        • Playback issues
        • Course backups in the multi-GB range
    • 14.
      • Commercial/community hybrid
      • http://corp.kaltura.com/
      • http://www.kaltura.org/
    • 15. Kaltura-Moodle integration
      • Video resource
        • Media added to Kaltura through Moodle
        • Upload bypasses Moodle (file size issues)
        • Playback controls
      • Video assignment type
        • Student submitted videos
        • Video sequencing tools: content bank, timeline, transitions
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    • 17. Streaming video rights
      • Librarian role in obtaining streaming rights
      • Direct access to Kaltura publisher dashboard
      • Upload & transcode video
      • Schedule availability
      • Provide embed code for Moodle courses
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    • 21. Campus lessons - Kaltura
      • Good feature set
      • SaaS plus community source model
      • Developer/support community
    • 22. WordPress, Drupal, OpenScholar WordPress -Implemented on campus before Moodle - http:// blogs.purchase.edu -Some active individual blogs -Departmental use instead of homegrown CMS -e.g.: http:// tltc.blogs.purchase.edu Drupal -Replacement for our home-grown CMS? -CampusEAI portal – includes CMS -Drupal for special projects - http:// drupalsites.purchase.edu OpenScholar -Faculty scholarly web pages -Customized Drupal application
    • 23. Why were we so interested? -Legacy faculty web page service -Faculty desire for self-service -Information reuse possibilities -External faculty profile pages
    • 24. Ease of faculty updates -Editing existing content -Adding new items -Default layouts, widgets
    • 25. Faculty choice of -features -themes/appearance Ability to add others Central content access However….
    • 26. Campus lessons - OpenScholar
      • Make sure application is ready for primetime
        • Default authentication, site creation
        • Server constraints
      • Be prepared for community growing pains
      • Persistence
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    • 28. Campus lessons – WordPress, Drupal
      • WordPress – plug-in proliferation
        • Plug-in and version upgrades
      • Initial decisions can be critical – WP config
      • WordPress is easy for most users
      • Drupal is powerful, can be daunting
        • Need for turn-key Drupal set-ups
        • Event scheduling, video
    • 29. Student Information System Library Information Systems Academic Analytics Campus Repository Live Classroom
    • 30. Questions? Keith Landa [email_address] http://openscholar.purchase.edu/keith_landa

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