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Presentation to the SUNY Delhi MoodleMoot on 7 August 2009

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    • Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives Keith Landa Purchase College SUNY http://www.slideshare.net/keith.landa What? Why? How?
    • 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
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    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Faculty Blackboard uses
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
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    • Student comments http://www.wordle.net
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    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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…….
    • 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??
    • Some options for free hosting Sign up: https://www.keytoschool.com/member/signup.php
    • Demo: setting up your site
      • Front page and Appearance
      • Account management
      • Language packs
      • Activities, blocks and filters
      • Course categories and adding courses
    • Demo: setting up your course
      • Course settings
      • Permissions
      • Configuring blocks
      • Editing topics/weekly summaries
      • Using labels to organize your sections
    • Demo: learning activities
      • Discussion forums
      • Assignments: online, file upload
      • Chat
      • Wikis
      • Glossary / database
      • Quiz