Moodle @ Purchase Keith Landa Purchase College http://www.slideshare.net/keith.landa
Why Moodle @ Purchase? Focus on teaching & learning - Robust set of activities & resources - Add-on modules from the commu...
Background – Purchase – 2008 Liberal Arts and Sciences plus Arts Conservatories ~4200 FTE Web enhancement of F2F courses E...
LMS review @ Purchase Fall 2008 : faculty task force established; faculty survey; discussion of selection criteria (functi...
Faculty Blackboard uses <ul><li>Distribute materials </li></ul><ul><li>Library services </li></ul><ul><li>Integration with...
Student Survey Responses
Implementation – course migration <ul><li>Blackboard - ~1000 courses; ERes – substantially more </li></ul><ul><li>ERes – d...
Implementation – faculty development <ul><li>Spring 2009 workshops: hour long sessions, various topics; early adopters; 28...
Implementation – server config <ul><li>Virtual servers for production and for test/dev </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More control ...
Cost comparisons Switch to Moodle saves us over $50K each year (Blackboard and ERes licensing costs) Risk management: self...
Community contributed modules Community Modules and Plugins page http:// moodle.org/mod/data/view.php?id =6009 Map activit...
Bringing the cloud into the course
Student Information System Library Information Systems Academic Analytics Campus Repository Enrollment automation Open adv...
Focus on teaching & learning - Robust set of activities & resources - Add-on modules from the community - Moodle developme...
Campus lessons - Moodle <ul><li>LMS focus should be learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty AND student perspectives </li><...
Student Information System Library Information Systems Academic Analytics Campus Repository The View from 30,000 Feet
Community of Inquiry model <ul><li>Student engagement </li></ul><ul><li>with content </li></ul><ul><li>with instructor </l...
7 Principles of Good Practice <ul><li>Encourages contact between students and faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Develops reciproci...
LMS orientations <ul><li>Example Blackboard course </li></ul><ul><li>Example Moodle course </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Main page...
 
 
 
Setting up a learning module <ul><li>Defining the module </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using the section summary </li></ul></ul><u...
Student engagement w/ content <ul><li>Context & student engagement w/ the content </li></ul><ul><li>Files: your private st...
Discussion forums <ul><li>Student engagement with peers & instructor </li></ul><ul><li>Student-faculty contact; feedback; ...
Student collaboration <ul><li>Reciprocity and active learning </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Config...
Communication tools <ul><li>Course announcements (News Forum) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tie to Latest News block </li></ul></u...
Assignments in Moodle <ul><li>Feedback; student/faculty engagement/contact </li></ul><ul><li>Assignment types; configurati...
Quizzes / Assessments <ul><li>Question bank </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Question types </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizing que...
Course reports <ul><li>Course logs </li></ul><ul><li>Participation reports </li></ul><ul><li>Activity reports </li></ul><u...
Questions? Keith Landa Purchase College SUNY 914-251-6450 [email_address]
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  • Presentation given for the ‘Teaching and Learning with Technology Day’ session at SUNY Potsdam, 20 January 2011
  • Self-host vs. vendor host: http://www.slideshare.net/keith.landa/the-lms-delimma-self-host-or-vendor-host-kurt-beer
  • Moodle is our learning management system platform. We switched from Blackboard to Moodle over the course of the 2009/2010 academic year.
  • Moodle @ Purchase

    1. 1. Moodle @ Purchase Keith Landa Purchase College http://www.slideshare.net/keith.landa
    2. 2. 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
    3. 3. Background – Purchase – 2008 Liberal Arts and Sciences plus Arts Conservatories ~4200 FTE Web enhancement of F2F courses ERes electronic reserves
    4. 4. LMS review @ Purchase Fall 2008 : faculty task force established; faculty survey; discussion of selection criteria (functionality, technical requirements, costs) Spring 2009 : Moodle 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; immediate termination of ERes; one more year of Blackboard; faculty assisted to move courses to Moodle; ongoing Moodle workshops; termination of Blackboard at end of year
    5. 5. Faculty Blackboard uses <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>LMS desired features No “killer app” tying us to Blackboard
    6. 6. Student Survey Responses
    7. 7. Implementation – course migration <ul><li>Blackboard - ~1000 courses; ERes – substantially more </li></ul><ul><li>ERes – document download, upload to Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>Blackboard – Moodle can import Blackboard course archives (zip files), but…. (problems with the Bb archives) </li></ul><ul><li>Temp services staff - ~300 hours from May to Aug 2009, primarily ERes migration </li></ul><ul><li>Bb course migration on request during 2009/2010 year </li></ul>
    8. 8. Implementation – faculty development <ul><li>Spring 2009 workshops: hour long sessions, various topics; early adopters; 28 faculty </li></ul><ul><li>2009 Summer Faculty Workshop Series: new programming, not just Moodle; half- and full-day workshops; stipends; 36 faculty at Moodle sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Fall 2009: Moodle Kickoff workshops; Getting Started, Gradebook, Learning Activity; 98 faculty </li></ul>
    9. 9. Implementation – server config <ul><li>Virtual servers for production and for test/dev </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More control over test environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Windows Server 2008 x64 </li></ul><ul><li>4 CPUs </li></ul><ul><li>4 GB RAM </li></ul><ul><li>30 GB C: drive; 100 GB E: drive </li></ul><ul><li>MS SQL and PHP </li></ul>
    10. 10. Cost comparisons Switch to Moodle saves us over $50K each year (Blackboard and ERes licensing costs) Risk management: self-host vs vendor host http://goo.gl/tQ5uX Blackboard Moodle Licensing $40K $0K Server VM VM Staff Fraction FTE server admin 1 FTE instructional tech Fraction FTE server admin 1 FTE instructional tech Course migration NA $3K onetime (ERes, mostly) Faculty development ?? $3.6K summer 2009
    11. 11. Community contributed modules Community Modules and Plugins page http:// moodle.org/mod/data/view.php?id =6009 Map activity Lightbox Gallery resource
    12. 12. Bringing the cloud into the course
    13. 13. Student Information System Library Information Systems Academic Analytics Campus Repository Enrollment automation Open advantages <ul><li>Library integration </li></ul><ul><li>Reserve requests </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic resources </li></ul>Senior projects
    14. 14. 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
    15. 15. Campus lessons - Moodle <ul><li>LMS focus should be learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty AND student perspectives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Change is hard, and exhilarating </li></ul><ul><li>Choose the risk you’re comfortable with </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of community critical mass for open source apps </li></ul><ul><li>Clear roadmap for product development </li></ul>
    16. 16. Student Information System Library Information Systems Academic Analytics Campus Repository The View from 30,000 Feet
    17. 17. Community of Inquiry model <ul><li>Student engagement </li></ul><ul><li>with content </li></ul><ul><li>with instructor </li></ul><ul><li>with each other </li></ul>http://communitiesofinquiry.com/
    18. 18. 7 Principles of Good Practice <ul><li>Encourages contact between students and faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Develops reciprocity and cooperation among students. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages active learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Gives prompt feedback. </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasizes time on task. </li></ul><ul><li>Communicates high expectations. </li></ul><ul><li>Respects diverse talents and ways of learning. </li></ul>
    19. 19. LMS orientations <ul><li>Example Blackboard course </li></ul><ul><li>Example Moodle course </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Main page sections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blocks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moodle navigation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course page mirrors class, integrated resources and learning activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“Scroll of death” </li></ul></ul>
    20. 23. Setting up a learning module <ul><li>Defining the module </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using the section summary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Module learning objectives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Add a resource -> Compose a web page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Name and Full text fields </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Window options </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creating organization: use of Labels </li></ul>
    21. 24. Student engagement w/ content <ul><li>Context & student engagement w/ the content </li></ul><ul><li>Files: your private staging area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Linking to specific files </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Displaying a directory (folder) / image gallery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>File links in Moodle text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Media filters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Linking to web sites </li></ul><ul><li>Integrating with Web 2.0 resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Repositories in Moodle 2.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>YouTube, Vimeo, VoiceThread, Google Docs </li></ul></ul>
    22. 25. Discussion forums <ul><li>Student engagement with peers & instructor </li></ul><ul><li>Student-faculty contact; feedback; active learning </li></ul><ul><li>4 forum types in Moodle (now 5 in 2.0) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex: single topic format; YouTube discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Q&A forum; reading reflection example </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rating discussion forums </li></ul>
    23. 26. Student collaboration <ul><li>Reciprocity and active learning </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Configuration and use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pedagogical considerations: combined use of group forum and wiki project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Database activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Structured contributions; activity configuration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commenting and rating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Glossary activity </li></ul></ul>
    24. 27. Communication tools <ul><li>Course announcements (News Forum) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tie to Latest News block </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forum archive and email to class members </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Moodle messaging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IM functionality within Moodle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email notices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Permanent archive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Chat activity (eg, office hours) </li></ul><ul><li>Calendar and Upcoming Events </li></ul>
    25. 28. Assignments in Moodle <ul><li>Feedback; student/faculty engagement/contact </li></ul><ul><li>Assignment types; configuration </li></ul><ul><li>Student and faculty views </li></ul><ul><li>Grading and providing feedback </li></ul>
    26. 29. Quizzes / Assessments <ul><li>Question bank </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Question types </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizing questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Question import </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Configuring quizzes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Formative vs summative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Question selection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback options </li></ul></ul>
    27. 30. Course reports <ul><li>Course logs </li></ul><ul><li>Participation reports </li></ul><ul><li>Activity reports </li></ul><ul><li>Student activity reports </li></ul><ul><li>Connection between reports and messaging </li></ul>
    28. 31. Questions? Keith Landa Purchase College SUNY 914-251-6450 [email_address]
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