Selection and Implementation of an Open Source Learning Management System (LMS) Professor Mark Brown Director, National Centre for Teaching and Learning Director, Distance Education and Learning Futures Alliance eLearning Summit, Sydney Feb 2012
Selection and Implementation of an Open Source LMS
Selection and Implementation of an Open Source LMS A quick survey…
The selection of an open source Learning Management System (LMS) is a key strategic decision about the future direction of your institution requiring vision, high level debate and political courage.
Future Maker? Future Faker? The selection of an open source Learning Management System (LMS) is a key strategic decision about the future direction of your institution requiring vision, high level debate and political courage.
1. The growth of open source 2. Key questions you must consider 3. The future of the LMS Selection and Implementation of an Open Source LMS Overview…
1. The Growth of Open Source ‘ Openness’ is the new normal….
1. The Growth of Open Source • Open access • Open educational resources • Open educational practices • Open source CONFUSION ‘ Openness’ is the new normal….
Typical claims… • Easy to use • Feature rich • Customizable • Lots of additional plugins • Developed with pedagogy in mind • Has a strong user community • Fueled by proprietary backlash • It is free (well not really)
LMS VLE $4.5m for Implementation | $800K for Upgrade Moodle 2.X
2. Key Questions You Must Consider • Before selecting… • During selection process… • When implementing…
• What is the vision? • How aligned is the vision? • What outcomes are you expecting? • Who should be the business owner? • Who needs to be involved in the selection? • What principles should underpin the selection? • What approval processes do you need to follow? • What are your unique institutional requirements? • What can we learn from other institutions? Before selecting…
Hon Steve Maharey - VC “ To provide an exceptional and distinctive experience for all students by creating a rich digital learning culture.”
Learning is a social experience where generative knowledge is embedded within and distributed across communities of practice.
The focus is on ‘learning’ where different learning designs can be employed to support the needs and experiences, and pre-existing knowledge of learners.
Deep and durable learning occurs when there is regular and structured interactivity with content, staff and fellow students.
Places Tools Learner-Content Interaction Learner-learner Interaction Spaces Teacher-Learner Interaction Pedagogical Criteria 1. What is eLearning? Interactivity…
Because no two students have the same needs and no two teachers arrive at their best performance in the same way, theoretical exclusivity and didactic single-mindedness can be trusted to make even the best educational ideas fail. (Sfard, 1998, p.11)
During selection… • What systems do you evaluate? • How do you use existing evaluations? • What level of features analysis is required? • How do you manage competing perspectives ? • How do you keep everyone informed? • What type of pilot do you undertake? • Who makes the decision? • How do you calculate the total cost of ownership? • What business model do you adopt ?
Brown, M., Paewai, S., & Suddaby, G. (2010). The VLE as a Trojan Mouse: Policy, politics and pragmatism. Electronic Journal of e-Learning, 8 (2), 63-72. Weller, M. (2007). Virtual Learning Environments: Using, Choosing and Developing your VLE. Oxford, UK: Routledge. Useful reading…
When implementing… • What brand? • What timeframe? • What methodology? • What management structure? • What tools and customizations ? • How do you engage the academic heartland? • What level of disruption do you wish to promote? • How will you support your staff and students? • How will you address the problem of quality?
Peer Assistance and Review of Teaching Teaching Evaluation Data Course Planning & Development Tool Guidelines for Effective Practice Accessibility Guidelines Course Self-review Checklist Student Workload Calculator Design for Learning Resources for Learning Facilitating Learning Assessment for Learning Evaluating Teaching Professional Leadership Quality Enhancement Framework…
3. The Future of the LMS Adopting a long-term view… • Is the LMS dead?
3. The Future of the LMS Adopting a long-term view… • Is the LMS dead? • Do we need to start talking about the learning platform of the future?
• Is the LMS dead? • Do we need to start talking about the learning platform of the future? • What type of future higher education system do we want technology to serve? 3. The Future of the LMS Adopting a long-term view…