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Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
Migrating to Moodle: Faculty, Student and Technology Perspectives
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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
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  • 5. Demonstrating Moodle <ul><li>Examples: our student tutorial, Mars Explorations </li></ul><ul><li>Course organization (& pedagogical implications) </li></ul><ul><li>Student learning activities </li></ul><ul><li>Learning resources </li></ul><ul><li>Communications tools </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule and navigation </li></ul><ul><li>(Gradebook / Assessments ) </li></ul><ul><li>Reports </li></ul>
  • 6. Moodle community <ul><li>http://moodle.org </li></ul><ul><li>Package downloads, themes and modules </li></ul><ul><li>User documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Support forums </li></ul><ul><li>Sandbox environments </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle tracker </li></ul><ul><li>Product roadmap ( http://docs.moodle.org/en/Roadmap ) </li></ul><ul><li>Transparent project management </li></ul>
  • 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 <ul><li>Online survey to all faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Use of Blackboard, ERes, or not </li></ul><ul><li>Reasons why not </li></ul><ul><li>Usage of specific Blackboard features </li></ul><ul><li>Extent of integration of BB into course </li></ul><ul><li>Desired features of ideal LMS </li></ul>
  • 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 <ul><li>Distribute materials </li></ul><ul><li>Library services </li></ul><ul><li>Integration with SIS </li></ul><ul><li>Course communications </li></ul><ul><li>Links to external web sites </li></ul><ul><li>One stop shopping for students </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion forum </li></ul><ul><li>Gradebook </li></ul><ul><li>New media (blogs, wikis, podcasts) </li></ul><ul><li>Drop boxes </li></ul><ul><li>Student collaboration tools </li></ul><ul><li>Course reports </li></ul><ul><li>Self-directed lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Online quizzing </li></ul><ul><li>Real-time tools (chat, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Clickers </li></ul>
  • 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 <ul><li>Demographic info: major, year, gender, IT comfort, LMS exp. </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle features ratings </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle comments, good and bad </li></ul><ul><li>Blackboard features ratings </li></ul><ul><li>Blackboard comments, good and bad </li></ul><ul><li>Direct comparisons </li></ul><ul><li>Overall preference </li></ul>
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  • 21. Student comments http://www.wordle.net
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  • 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? <ul><li>Build your own </li></ul><ul><li>Download standard package </li></ul><ul><li>PHP/SQL web server </li></ul><ul><li>Accounts </li></ul><ul><li>Enrollments </li></ul><ul><li>Add-ons and themes </li></ul><ul><li>SUNY Purchase </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle partners </li></ul><ul><li>Hosting services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>moodlerooms.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>remote-learner.net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>classroomrevolution.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Custom installation, account management, enrollments, service desk </li></ul><ul><li>SUNY Delhi </li></ul>
  • 26. Learning Moodle <ul><li>Moodle docs docs.moodle.org </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle forums moodle.org/course/view.php?id=5 </li></ul><ul><li>www.moodletutorials.org </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle videos on YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Get in and start playing with it……. </li></ul>
  • 27. Free Moodle hosting <ul><li>An easy way to a sandbox, for testing & evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Production system for campus? – probably not </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Free’ hosting involves some business model, e.g. ads </li></ul><ul><li>Issues: account & enrollment management, support, intellectual property, privacy, ability to customize system?? </li></ul>
  • 28. Some options for free hosting Sign up: https://www.keytoschool.com/member/signup.php
  • 29. Demo: setting up your site <ul><li>Front page and Appearance </li></ul><ul><li>Account management </li></ul><ul><li>Language packs </li></ul><ul><li>Activities, blocks and filters </li></ul><ul><li>Course categories and adding courses </li></ul>
  • 30. Demo: setting up your course <ul><li>Course settings </li></ul><ul><li>Permissions </li></ul><ul><li>Configuring blocks </li></ul><ul><li>Editing topics/weekly summaries </li></ul><ul><li>Using labels to organize your sections </li></ul>
  • 31. Demo: learning activities <ul><li>Discussion forums </li></ul><ul><li>Assignments: online, file upload </li></ul><ul><li>Chat </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Glossary / database </li></ul><ul><li>Quiz </li></ul>

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