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Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives

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Presentation to the SUNY Delhi MoodleMoot on 7 August 2009

Presentation to the SUNY Delhi MoodleMoot on 7 August 2009

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  • 1. Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives Keith Landa Purchase College SUNY http://www.slideshare.net/keith.landa What? Why? How?
  • 2. Learning management system (LMS) Virtual learning environment (VLE) Open source - Created by ed, for ed Moodle community - http:// moodle.org Pedagogical origins - Focus on student learning - Emphasis on activities and student engagement International
  • 3.  
  • 4.  
  • 5. Demonstrating Moodle
    • Examples: our student tutorial, Mars Explorations
    • Course organization (& pedagogical implications)
    • Student learning activities
    • Learning resources
    • Communications tools
    • Schedule and navigation
    • (Gradebook / Assessments )
    • Reports
  • 6. Moodle community
    • http://moodle.org
    • Package downloads, themes and modules
    • User documentation
    • Support forums
    • Sandbox environments
    • Moodle tracker
    • Product roadmap ( http://docs.moodle.org/en/Roadmap )
    • Transparent project management
  • 7. LMS review @ Purchase (idealized) Fall 2008 : establish faculty task force; faculty survey of desired features; selection criteria (teaching/learning tools, tech support, cost); sandbox for each alternative LMS; compare representative demo courses; recommendation to faculty Spring 2009 : establish production system; communications plan; pedagogy/training workshops; JIT tutorials; course conversion assistance Context : faculty dissatisfaction with Blackboard; superficial use of LMS; escalating costs Summer 2009 : course conversion and course prep Fall 2009 : migration to new LMS complete
  • 8. LMS review @ Purchase (realized) Fall 2008 : faculty task force established (yes); faculty survey (yes); selection criteria (ambivalence among task force); no formal recommendation to faculty by end of semester Spring 2009 : production system established; pilot Moodle courses (~20); student survey (key driver); ongoing communication; development of general sense among faculty that ‘we’re going with Moodle’…. Context : faculty dissatisfaction with Blackboard; superficial use of LMS; escalating costs Summer 2009 : summer faculty workshop series (new); course conversion and course prep; consolidation of electronic reserves into Moodle courses Fall 2009/Spring 2010 : transition year; one more year of Blackboard; faculty encouraged/assisted to move courses to Moodle; ongoing Moodle workshops; termination of Blackboard at end of year
  • 9. Faculty survey
    • Online survey to all faculty
    • Use of Blackboard, ERes, or not
    • Reasons why not
    • Usage of specific Blackboard features
    • Extent of integration of BB into course
    • Desired features of ideal LMS
  • 10. Faculty qualitative responses Blackboard likes : announcements; document storage/delivery; not having to photocopy materials; easy to navigate / simple interface; available to students anywhere; discussion forums; gradebook; “nothing to like about it” Blackboard dislikes : too static; clunky interface; too many clicks to do anything; enrolling students; entering grades; difficult to format and add forum posts; can’t upload multiple documents; cumbersome assignments and quizzes; doesn’t handle media files well; no blogs & wikis Blackboard wishes : reuse courses easily; blogs & wikis; TurnItIn; more user-friendly discussion forums; merge Blackboard and ERes; better quiz functionality; more integrated listserv, Blackboard, ERes functions; interface with ArtSTOR and EmbARK
  • 11. Faculty Blackboard uses
  • 12. LMS desired features
    • Distribute materials
    • Library services
    • Integration with SIS
    • Course communications
    • Links to external web sites
    • One stop shopping for students
    • Discussion forum
    • Gradebook
    • New media (blogs, wikis, podcasts)
    • Drop boxes
    • Student collaboration tools
    • Course reports
    • Self-directed lessons
    • Online quizzing
    • Real-time tools (chat, etc)
    • Clickers
  • 13. LMS review @ Purchase (realized) Fall 2008 : faculty task force established (yes); faculty survey (yes); selection criteria (ambivalence among task force); no formal recommendation to faculty by end of semester Spring 2009 : production system established; pilot Moodle courses (~20); student survey (key driver); ongoing communication; development of general sense among faculty that ‘we’re going with Moodle’…. Context : faculty dissatisfaction with Blackboard; superficial use of LMS; escalating costs Summer 2009 : summer faculty workshop series (new); course conversion and course prep; consolidation of electronic reserves into Moodle courses Fall 2009/Spring 2010 : transition year; one more year of Blackboard; faculty encouraged/assisted to move courses to Moodle; ongoing Moodle workshops; termination of Blackboard at end of year
  • 14. Student survey
    • Demographic info: major, year, gender, IT comfort, LMS exp.
    • Moodle features ratings
    • Moodle comments, good and bad
    • Blackboard features ratings
    • Blackboard comments, good and bad
    • Direct comparisons
    • Overall preference
  • 15.  
  • 16. n=94 n=93
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  • 19. n=87 n=86
  • 20. n=79 n=76
  • 21. Student comments http://www.wordle.net
  • 22. n=95
  • 23. LMS review @ Purchase (realized) Fall 2008 : faculty task force established (yes); faculty survey (yes); selection criteria (ambivalence among task force); no formal recommendation to faculty by end of semester Spring 2009 : production system established; pilot Moodle courses (~20) ; student survey (key driver); ongoing communication; development of general sense among faculty that ‘we’re going with Moodle’…. Context : faculty dissatisfaction with Blackboard; superficial use of LMS; escalating costs Summer 2009 : summer faculty workshop series (new); course conversion and course prep; consolidation of electronic reserves into Moodle courses Fall 2009/Spring 2010 : transition year; one more year of Blackboard; faculty encouraged/assisted to move courses to Moodle; ongoing Moodle workshops; termination of Blackboard at end of year
  • 24. Why Moodle @ Purchase? 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 Risk management - Risks of open source - Commercial products have different risks Integration - Other systems - Web 2.0 world Flexible open architecture
  • 25. How to put a production system in place?
    • Build your own
    • Download standard package
    • PHP/SQL web server
    • Accounts
    • Enrollments
    • Add-ons and themes
    • SUNY Purchase
    • Moodle partners
    • Hosting services
      • moodlerooms.com
      • remote-learner.net
      • classroomrevolution.com
    • Custom installation, account management, enrollments, service desk
    • SUNY Delhi
  • 26. Learning Moodle
    • Moodle docs docs.moodle.org
    • Moodle forums moodle.org/course/view.php?id=5
    • www.moodletutorials.org
    • Moodle videos on YouTube
    • Books
    • Get in and start playing with it…….
  • 27. Free Moodle hosting
    • An easy way to a sandbox, for testing & evaluation
    • Production system for campus? – probably not
    • ‘ Free’ hosting involves some business model, e.g. ads
    • Issues: account & enrollment management, support, intellectual property, privacy, ability to customize system??
  • 28. Some options for free hosting Sign up: https://www.keytoschool.com/member/signup.php
  • 29. Demo: setting up your site
    • Front page and Appearance
    • Account management
    • Language packs
    • Activities, blocks and filters
    • Course categories and adding courses
  • 30. Demo: setting up your course
    • Course settings
    • Permissions
    • Configuring blocks
    • Editing topics/weekly summaries
    • Using labels to organize your sections
  • 31. Demo: learning activities
    • Discussion forums
    • Assignments: online, file upload
    • Chat
    • Wikis
    • Glossary / database
    • Quiz