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The idea of a “free” Learning Management System may be quite compelling to campuses interested in reducing costs; however, it’s not that simple. Learn how NC State University is moving to Moodle as an open source solution where resources are redirected to give our campus flexibility and control. If there are other institutions interested in very similar open source LMS topics for a panel discussion, we would be interested in participating in that in lieu of, or in addition to, a lecture-style presentation, if appropriate.

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  • MartyBackground and OverviewEarly days – Neanderthal 1999 – WebCT CE Ran a pilot, small service to supplement WW, as usage increased it became clear that a campus conversation needed to happen around LMS2003 – campus focus groups, vendor comparison, WebCT & Blackboard presentations & decision on WebCT Vista (TLTR hosted forum) – Vista selected
  • MartyChanges 2005 – WebCT bought by Blackboard (announced), but merger happened in spring 2006Support from company became sporadic (James’ info on support useful here as “notes” on the slides for speaker to refer to”2006 – started hosting for other UNC schools (fall)Feb. 2007 – Blackboard gets patent for “online learning tools” – may limit ability to go with another commercial LMS down the road
  • MartyWe’ve used commercial LMS for 8 years, CE 4 years, Vista 4 years, and WW for more than 10years – time to reevaluate our situationConfidence crisisWe aren’t getting support, but can’t fix ourselvesWhat’s out there? Participating in TLT open platform project (Donna will get from unc-tlt)
  • Moodle Moot Puppies Beer

    1. 1. Free like puppies not like beer:<br />Our journey from a commercial LMS to an open learning environment. 
<br />Lou Harrison
Dr. Martin Dulberg<br />
    2. 2. Agenda<br />History of DELTA @ NC State<br />History of LMS @ NC State<br />Why Moodle?<br />Perception Management<br />Our Model<br />Challenges<br />Conclusion<br />
    3. 3. History of DELTA @ NC State<br />DELTA was formed in July of 2000 by the reallocation of positions from:<br /><ul><li>Continuing Studies (Distance Education)
    4. 4. Information Technology Division and the Libraries (Learning Technology Service)
    5. 5. College of Engineering (Video Communications Services)</li></li></ul><li>Founding Principles of DELTA<br />Distance Education is part of the university’s academic mission and belongs in the Office of the Provost<br />DE & LTshould be “married” within a single organizational structure to best leverage their synergies<br />DE represents a strategic growth opportunity for the institution<br />The distinctions between DE and traditional campus-based education should become increasingly blurred over time<br />
    6. 6. DELTA Vision and Mission<br />Vision<br />We seek to improve the quality of education by harnessing technology to provide ready access for all learners. In this way we hope to meet the challenges of a changing society.<br />Mission<br />DELTA promotes the quality of education by extending the reach of the faculty, collaboratively applying expertise in technology and pedagogy in an efficient, effective, and service-oriented environment.<br />
    7. 7.
    8. 8. Educational Technology<br />Services<br />Applications Development<br />Applications Support<br />Media Distribution<br />Video Communication Services<br />
    9. 9. History of LMS @ NC State<br />Early Days<br />1997 - WolfWare released<br />1999 - WebCT Campus Edition Pilot<br />2003 - WebCT Vista selected<br />Transition to Enterprise Model<br />2004 - WebCT Vista Pilot<br />2005 - General release of WebCT Vista, migration from WebCT Campus Edition<br />
    10. 10. History of LMS @ NC State<br />Changes<br />Fall 2005 - WebCT bought by Blackboard<br />Spring 2006 - Support degradation<br />Then a plethora of hardware, software and support concerns plagued us, on and off, until present.<br />
    11. 11. History of LMS @ NC State<br />Good time for re-evaluation<br />Wolfware – 10+ years<br />Campus Edition and Vista - 8 years (4 each)<br />Concerns with Blackboard<br />Where to go? What to do?<br />
    12. 12. Why Moodle?<br />Technical perspective - Moodle<br />Based on a LAMP architecture<br />Linux Apache MySQLPHP<br />Robust and readily modifiable<br />WolfWare has similar architecture<br />
    13. 13. Why Moodle?<br />Technical perspective - Moodle<br />Architecture suited to the campus needs<br />Fits technically<br />Campus has LAMP expertise<br />Successful integrations already (R&R)<br />Custom Library block created<br />Connections to Elluminate, etc.<br />
    14. 14. DELTA Advisory Council- Endorsement<br /> We intend to move towards an integrated NC State branded LMS (to be named WolfWare) based on an Open Source code base.  We will follow an Open Source philosophy with provision for the integration of proprietary products.  The Open Source product which best fits our campus LAMP experience and expertise is Moodle.  An example proprietary product to be integrated is the synchronous meeting product Elluminate.<br />
    15. 15. Perception Management<br />Our goal is not to save money; rather, our goal is to implement a stable, reliable and robust LMS that will be used by both Distance Education (DE), on-campus, traditional courses, and nontraditional courses alike, with the following in mind:<br />Support common tools<br />Flexibility to add tools<br />Participate with peers<br />Support off-model activities<br />
    16. 16. Perception Management<br />Open ≠ Free<br />Not selling this change as a cost savings*<br />Strategic direction for LMSs @ NC State (10.05.07)<br />1. Stability & reliability<br />2. Future growth & flexibility<br />3. Control our destiny<br />4. Potential future collaboration with UNC System <br />Branding issues<br /> * We will realize some cost savings though<br />
    17. 17. Perception Management<br />Collaboration is very important!<br />Want to give back, not just give money<br />Satisfy the broad needs on campus<br />Build something that will fit<br />For Credit Classes<br />Non Credit Classes<br />Extension<br />Research<br />…<br />
    18. 18. Discussion Break<br />Who has seen similar perception issues?<br />Who has different ones?<br />What lessons have you learned about perception management?<br />
    19. 19. Our Model<br />
    20. 20. Our Model<br />Notify,<br /> Solicit Input<br />
    21. 21. Our Model<br />LMS Chart of Influence<br />The DELTA Advisory Council, the LMS Steering Committee and its subcommittees formally provide advice to DELTA management related to Learning Management System (LMS) implementation. <br />Informal advice will also be sought through various communities of practice and partner organizations; examples listed below. <br />
    22. 22. Our Model<br />LMS Chart of Influence<br />The DELTA Advisory Council, the LMS Steering Committee and its subcommittees formally provide advice to DELTA management related to Learning Management System (LMS) implementation. <br />Informal advice will also be sought through various communities of practice and partner organizations; examples listed below. <br />DELTA LMS Strategy Team<br />
    23. 23. Discussion Break<br />Anything in our model that would concern you?<br />What does your model look like? <br />What’s similar?<br />What’s different?<br />
    24. 24. Branding<br />Names are important<br />WolfWare feels like NCSU, NCSU is accustomed to it. <br />We’re going to brand our LMS <br /> WolfWare<br />
    25. 25. Branding<br />WolfWare=<br />Moodle<br />Integrations<br />In-house tools<br />Syllabus Tool, course mailing lists, etc. <br />Elluminate<br />Etc.<br />Pieces of the puzzle may change over time<br />
    26. 26. Discussion Break<br />Who is just going to call it “Moodle?”<br />Do you have different branding?<br />Is it just rebranding Moodle, or a suite of tools?<br />
    27. 27. Challenges<br />Buy-in on collaboration model<br />Resources<br />Time<br />Money<br />People<br />Policies<br />Finding the sweet spot between ease of use and full featured<br />
    28. 28. Challenges<br />Fighting the “Free” mindset<br />From GNU.org<br />Free software is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in “free beer.”<br />With apologies to GNU.org, our mantra is:<br />“Free Like Puppies, not like Beer”<br />
    29. 29. Discussion Break<br />Anyone share our challenges?<br />Any other challenges?<br />Anything we missed earlier?<br />Anything we could drill down further into?<br />Words of advice? Caution?<br />The floor is now open...<br />
    30. 30. Questions?<br />
    31. 31. For more information see our wiki:<br />http://wikis.lib.ncsu.edu/index.php/LMS_Strategy<br />Or, contact one of us…<br />Martin Dulberg Lou Harrison<br />DELTA Senior Coordinator DELTA Associate Vice Provost<br /> for Educational Technology Services<br />919-513-3339 919-515-7279<br />marty_dulberg@ncsu.edulou@ncsu.edu<br />

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