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The Moodle Dilemna: To Self-Host or Vendor-Host Moodle?
 

The Moodle Dilemna: To Self-Host or Vendor-Host Moodle?

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After selecting a new LMS, deciding on how to host it is one of the most pivotal decisions an institution has to make. This session focuses on Moodle and the different hosting options available. ...

After selecting a new LMS, deciding on how to host it is one of the most pivotal decisions an institution has to make. This session focuses on Moodle and the different hosting options available. Naturally, each option has its own set of perceived risks, such as shallow institutional knowledge of the new LMS, data security and backup capabilities when self-hosting or whether an institution has full control over their data when opting for a vendor-hosted model. Get both sides of the story when Jenene Cook, Dean of Academic Technology at Roxbury Community College, and Kurt Beer, Director of Sales North East at Moodlerooms, Inc., address some of the most common anxieties when selecting a new hosting model. Additionally, institutions considering a move to Moodle can collect valuable information about the options available and how to get started.

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    The Moodle Dilemna: To Self-Host or Vendor-Host Moodle? The Moodle Dilemna: To Self-Host or Vendor-Host Moodle? Presentation Transcript

    • The Moodle Dilemma: To Self-Host or Vendor-Host? Kurt Beer Sales Director – Northeast Moodlerooms, Inc. Jenene Cook Dean of Academic Technology Roxbury Community College June 8, 2010
    • Agenda
      • What is Moodle?
      • Current LMS Landscape
      • Motivators to Change Learning Management Systems
      • Variables when Deciding Self-Host vs. Vendor-Host
      • Roxbury Community College’s Decision to Self-Host
      • Decision to Vendor-Host
      • Questions and Answers
    • What is Moodle?
      • Created by Martin Dougiamis
      • v1.0 Released in 2002 via GPL
      • Open Source
      • Accessible (508 compliant)
      • Scalable
      • Standards Based
      • Feature Rich
      • Flexible
      The world’s most widely used open source LMS Standard Moodle Features
    • What is Moodle? Notable Statistics
      • 49,000 Registered Moodle Sites
      • 35,000,000 Registered Users
      http://www.moodle.org/stats
      • 82 Languages Supported
      • Used in 213 Countries
    • What is Moodle? The world’s most widely used open source LMS
      • 49,000 Registered Moodle Sites
      • 35,000,000 Registered Users
      http://www.moodle.org/stats
    • Motivators to Change LMSs What pain causes schools to consider LMS alternatives?
      • Innovation Lacking
      • Difficult / Expensive to Customize
      • Vendor Support Declining
      • Increasing License Fees
      • Inflexible Vendors, Ts & Cs
      • Resource Limitations (budget & personnel)
    • Motivators to Change LMSs What are the options?
      • Packaged Software (Self-Hosted)
      • Packaged Software (Vendor-Hosted)
      • Open Source (Self-Hosted)
      • Open Source (Vendor-Hosted or “Managed Open Source” )
    • Decision Variables: Self-Host vs. Vendor-Host
    • Decision Variables: Self-Host vs. Vendor-Host
      • Currently have an LMS ?
        • If yes , then do you host yourself ?
          • If yes , then do you host Moodle …
            • If yes , then A) you’re well informed to decide .
            • If no , then B) evaluate differences between Moodle, et al.
          • If no , then C) much work must be done to evaluate alternatives.
        • I f no , then D) ???
      Expertise.
    • Decision Variables: Self-Host vs. Vendor-Host
      • Training
      • ERP/SIS Integration
      • Technology Integrations
      • Course Conversion
      Change Management.
    • Decision Variables: Self-Host vs. Vendor-Host
      • Logistically
        • Types of questions
        • Quantity of questions
        • Timeliness of responses
        • Quality of responses
      • Strategically
        • Tech Support as core competency
        • Need a throat to choke
      Technical Support.
    • Decision Variables: Self-Host vs. Vendor-Host
      • Core Moodle
      • Moodle.org Plug-ins
      • Technology Partner Integrations
        • Synchronous tools, Anti-plagiarism, ePortfolios, Respondus, Google Apps, Live@EDU, publisher content…
      • Customizations
        • Themes, reports, mobile, etc.
        • Impact to support and upgrades
      Functionality Enhancements.
    • Decision Variables: Self-Host vs. Vendor-Host
      • FERPA & Institutional Data Compliance
        • Who, What, How
      • Technology Investment
        • Backup / DR Management
        • Proactive Antivirus Management
        • Data Network Design / Isolation
        • Reporting / Auditing / Monitoring
      • Process for Responding to Breeches
      Security / Data Privacy.
    • Decision Variables: Self-Host vs. Vendor-Host
      • Hardware / Infrastructure
        • Servers (Web, Storage, Database)
        • Network (Switches, Routers, Load Balancers)
      • Supporting Software
        • OS (Windows, Linux, Solaris or Virtual)
        • Database (MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle)
        • Backup / DR (Veritas, DoubleTake)
        • Antivirus / Security
        • Performance Monitoring
      • Personnel
      Cost.
    • RCC’s Decision to Self-Host
    • RCC’s Decision to Self-Host
      • Expertise
      • Moodle Evangelist
      • System Administrator
      • Application Developer
      • Instructional Designer
      • Course Developer
      • Trainer
      • Technical Support
      • Technical Support
      • Connected Learning Network
      • PEQ Services + Solutions, Inc.
      • Considering other options
      • Security / Data Privacy
      • IT Department
      • Functionality Enhancements
      • Moodle.org plug-ins
      • Customized Theme
      • Costs
      • Server $7500
      • 24/7 Technical Support $2500
      • Indirect costs
      • Change Management
      • Intralearn  Moodle 1.8.3
      • Course Conversion
      • Training – 10 week course
      • Moodle 1.9 (Summer 2010)
      • Moodle 2.0 (Fall 2011)
    • RCC’s Decision to Self-Host Initial Costs PLATFORM TIMEFRAME COST/YEAR VENDOR IntraLearn 2001-2006 $10,000 licensing/hosting UMassOnline e-Learning Consortium Blackboard Vista* 2006 $10,500 licensing/hosting UMassOnline e-Learning Consortium 2007 $15,000 licensing/hosting UMassOnline e-Learning Consortium Moodle 2007 $500 hosting $4500 on-site training/support Learning Networks Romeo Marquis, The Learning Curve Connected Learning 24/7 Support 2006 IntraLearn 2007 Moodle $7.50/student Billed per semester $7.50/user (250 user minimum) Connected Learning.Network, Inc.
    • Decision to Vendor-Host
      • Expertise
      • It’s our business
      • Change Management
      • Training Offerings
      • Conduit SIS Integration
      • Partner Plug-in Program
      • Batch Course Converters
      • Technical Support
      • 24x7x365 for Sys Admins
      • 24x7x365 for End Users
      • Security / Data Privacy
      • Amenable to Data Security Policies
      • Proactive Monitoring
      • 99.99% SLA (w/ 99.997% Average Uptime)
      • Functionality Enhancements
      • Vendor Developments
      • Moodle Modules / Plug-ins
      • Technology Partner Integrations
      • Customizations
      • Client Contributor Model
      • Continuous Enhancements
      • Cost
      • Specialized Vendor Personnel
      • Reallocate your Resources
      • Annualized Operating Expense
    • Decision to Vendor-Host
      • Go to http://Moodle.com to see the list of
      Selecting a Moodle Vendor.
    • Conclusion
      • Moodle is…
        • Feature Rich
        • Easy to Use
        • Scalable
        • Standards Based
        • Accessible
        • Sustainable
    • Questions? Jenene Cook Roxbury Community College 617-933-7439 [email_address] Kurt Beer Moodlerooms, Inc. 317-679-8386 [email_address]
    • Thank you!