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Lessons Learned from the Implementation of Moodle at Dawson College

Lessons Learned from the Implementation of Moodle at Dawson College



Presentation at the Canadian Moodle Moot 2011, May 2- 5, 2011 (Edmonton)

Presentation at the Canadian Moodle Moot 2011, May 2- 5, 2011 (Edmonton)



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    • Canadian Moodle Moot 2011
      Photo: Roger Aziz
      Lessons Learned from the Implementation of Moodle at Dawson College
      Rafael Scapin, Ph.D.
      Coordinator of Educational Technology & Moodle Evangelist
      Dawson College – Montréal (QC)
    • Topics
      • History
      • Migration
      CMSs Analyzed
      WebCT to Moodle
      • Integration
      • Customization
      • New Modules
      • Lessons Learned
      • Questions
    • Dawson College Overview
    • Dawson College Overview
    • Dawson College Overview
      Dawson College is an anglophone CEGEP (Community College) located in Westmount (QC)
      • First anglophone CEGEP (Fall 1969)
      • Students: 10,000 (7,000 day students and 3,000 night students)
      • Teachers: 600
      • 50 fields of study
    • Course Management Systems History at Dawson
      2002: WebCT 4 was introduced
      2005: Upgrade to WebCT 6
      Database issues. Two versions running in parallel
      2008: Survey: students and faculty had many
      concerns about WebCT.
      No support for WebCT after 2011
      Creation of the “CMS Advisory Group”
      Analysis of 7 different CMSs
    • CMSs Analyzed
      Open Source Proprietary
    • CMSs Analyzed
      And the
    • Who Uses Moodle (Québec)
    • Who Uses Moodle (Québec)
      31 Community Colleges from Québec will move to Moodle
      Quand 31 collèges passent ensemble à Moodle 
      By François Lizotte
      DecClic Project Manager
      Today @ 3:30 PM (Maligne)
    • Migration: WebCT to Moodle
      Automatic Migration Script Developed by Université de Sherbrooke
      Start from Scratch
      Manual Migration
    • Migration: WebCT to Moodle
      WebCT 4 Course
      (Created by Rajesh Malik)
    • Migration: WebCT to Moodle
      Example of a WebCT4 Course Migrated to Moodle Using Université de Sherbrooke’s Script
    • Migration: WebCT to Moodle
      Some Migration Issues
      No script to automatize migration from WebCT 6 to Moodle
      Manual Migration (time consuming)
      Quizzes migrated manually (WebCT 6)
      Final layout (different than WebCT)
    • Customization and Integration
      Theme: Dawson’s website look and feel
    • Customization and Integration
      (CentOS + Apache) Moodle 1.9.11
      Database + (Moodle Data) (MySQL)
    • Customization and Integration
      Authentication: Teachers, Staff and Students
      Authentication modules: ldap_faculty, ldap_staff, ldap_student
      The custom authentication modules connect to our Novell LDAP server.
      Three similar modules which distinguish between faculty, students, and staff.
      A cron job that runs daily and creates new users in Moodle if they don't already exist. (faculty & students)
    • Customization and Integration
      Authentication Modules
      Novell LDAP Server
    • Customization and Integration
      One Single Login and Password
      Teachers, Students and Staff use the same Novell Login/password to access Moodle
      No need of a specific Moodle password (no resetting passwords anymore!)
      Also integrated with My Dawson Portal (Single Sign On)
    • Customization and Integration
      Student Login (First Time Access)
    • Customization and Integration
      My Moodle Page (Students)
    • Customization and Integration
      My Moodle Page (Teachers)
    • Customization and Integration
      Creating a New Course
    • Customization and Integration
      A Moodle Course Shell
    • Customization and Integration
      Most Used Features – Menu (One Click Approach)
    • Customization and Integration
      Enrolling Students
      We can merge 2 or more sections into 1 course OR create separate courses for every section
    • Customization and Integration
      Unenrolling Students
      We can unenroll 1 or more sections
    • Customization and Integration
      List of Enrolled Students
      Teachers can reuse their courses every year by unenrolling old students and enrolling new ones.
    • Customization and Integration
      Admin CEGEP Module: How it Works
      Student Information System (CLARA)
    • Modules and Plugins
      Moodle has a great number of plugins and modules developed by its community of users
      Pros: Diversity, flexibility, do-not-reinvent-the-wheel approach
      Cons: Compatibility with a newer Moodle version when upgrading (big issue now: 1.9.x -> 2.0), some plugins/modules have not been reviewed, and the quality and/or suitability for a working Moodle site has not been checked.
    • Modules and Blocks
    • Omnivox Integration
      Omnivox is a gradebook system used by Dawson. Developed by Skytech (Montreal)
      We didn’t have permission from Skytech to make a real integration between Moodle’s gradebook and Omnivox. No public API.
      Solution: We have developed a module that creates an Excel file compliant with Omnivox.
    • Omnivox Integration
    • Statistics
      Google Analytics
      September 2009 – April 2011
      547,075 Visits 3,770,973 Pageviews
      6.89 Pages/Visit 04:46 Average Time on Site
    • Lessons Learned
      • Explain to the teachers why the migration will be done
      • Detail how the content of the former CMS will be converted to Moodle (emphasize the content won’t be lost!)
      • Show examples of how courses will look like in Moodle
      • Help teachers to create courses from scratch (if necessary)
      • Have a Migration & Communication Plan
      • Explain the migration plan, with the deadlines (WebCT missing course)
    • Lessons Learned
      • Test the Migration Tool (if used any)
      • Create a FAQ (text and video, if possible) and an email and phone Helpline
      • Training workshops should be available when Moodle is released.
      • Personal Moodle Trainer
      • Technician to support Moodle (programmer)
      • Have a test server with the same configuration as your real server: test new plugins, modules, configurations
    • Lessons Learned
      • Receive constant feeback from teachers  constant improvement
      • Create your own “Moodle Flavour”!
      • Stay up-to-date to what other people are doing with Moodle all over the world: Moodle.org, MoodleNews.com, Moodlerific.org, Moodlemonthly.com, feeds from Twitter (Moodle), Paper.li/tag/moodle, etc
      • The more customizations that are done makes it harder to maintain. This is valid to modules/plugins and homemade customization.
    • Special Thanks
      Office of Instructional Development
      (Dawson College)
      Mathieu Petit-Clair (Koumbit.org / Montréal)
      Programmer & Moodle Expert
      Jérôme Charaoui (Collège de Maisonneuve, Montréal)
      Programmer & Moodle Support
      Jason Maur (Dawson College)
      Programmer & Moodle Support
    • Questions
    • Contact
      Rafael Scapin
    • Thank you very
      uch !