The use of Moodle at LSE:
library support issues
Dr Jane Secker
Learning Technology Librarian
LSE Centre for Learning Tech...
Overview
• Where is the library in the VLE?
• How do we support students at LSE via
Moodle?
• Explore the challenges and
o...
My role
• Learning Technology Librarian based in
Centre for Learning Technology
• Work closely with learning technologists...
Background to the VLE at
LSE
• Used WebCT at LSE since 1999
• Evaluation carried out in 2005-6
• Pilot use of two systems ...
Moodle
• Open Source VLE (i.e. free)
• Largest user in UK: Open University
• Over 50,000 Moodle installations and more
tha...
Moodle overview
• A teaching tool - features include:
– Ability to upload presentations
– Share and integrate resources in...
Other Moodle features
• A course management system – admin
features include:
– Monitoring student participation
– Grading ...
Other features
• Social / community building
– Profiles
– Who’s online
– Chat / discussions
– Calendar
• Group features
– ...
Moodle demonstration
Use of Moodle by the Library
at LSE
1. Promotion of Library services in all
courses through ‘sticky block’
– Block appears...
Use of Moodle by the Library
2. Availability of online readings
• Includes scanned readings (under CLA
Licence) and links ...
The Reading List
Management System
• Developed in-house by the Library IT team
with support from CLT
• Reading lists to be...
Old style HTML lists in
Moodle
New reading lists in
Moodle
Coming soon!
Copyright and e-learning
• Important area as misunderstandings
amongst academic staff
• Need help and support in terms of ...
Use of Moodle by the Library
3. Development of library support in Moodle to
complement information skills training
program...
Other uses of Moodle
• Library staff use it as a repository for staff
information in the following areas:
– Information de...
LSE External Programme
In summary
• Varied and complex role not traditionally
covered by learning technologists
• Potential to collaborate in exc...
Questions?
Dr Jane Secker
Learning Technology Librarian
Centre for Learning Technology
http://clt.lse.ac.uk/
• E-mail: j.s...
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  • Technically Moodle out performed WebCT
  • Modular object orientated distributed learning environment – To Moodle is an Australian term meaning to mess about.
    Table 3.4a: VLEs currently used from UCISA 2008 Survey of Technology Enhanced Learning for higher education in the UK
    No.Totalpre-92post-92CollEngWalSco
    Moodle4155%56%50%67%56%57%57%
    Blackboard3750%41%62%56%51%71%29%
    WebCT2331%33%35%11%29%0%71%
    Other VLEdeveloped in house1723%26%23%11%19%14%71%
    Other intranet based developed in house912%13%12%11%10%29%14%
    Three years on and the 2008 Survey results reveal a different picture. Moodle emerges as the most commonly used platform within institutions, with 55% of respondents identifying its deployment, representing a marked increase from 2005 (8%). Moodle is particularly prominent amongst HEcolleges (67%) and pre-92 institutions (56%), although less so amongst post-92 institutions. In contrast, in house VLEand intranet based developments appear much reduced across the sector, with a greater consolidation in the range of platforms in use. SharePoint was identified as the leading institutionally
  • Student involvement - constructivist
  • Give an overview of Sections, Blocks – features such as RSS
    Use exemplars list of courses for different features
    But also mention roles and permissions
  • Demo a reading list in HY432
  • Demo of an old style reading list in Moodle with links to scanned readings
    Demo reading list in HY117 – week 2
    Demo adding a reading list to Moodle Training Central – select HY117 - week 10
  • Take copyright booklets along
  • Cpd25 Moodle at LSE: Library support issues

    1. 1. The use of Moodle at LSE: library support issues Dr Jane Secker Learning Technology Librarian LSE Centre for Learning Technology CPD25 E-learning: how E-asy is it? 27th April 2009
    2. 2. Overview • Where is the library in the VLE? • How do we support students at LSE via Moodle? • Explore the challenges and opportunities that this presents
    3. 3. My role • Learning Technology Librarian based in Centre for Learning Technology • Work closely with learning technologists and liaison librarians • Provide support for library resources in context of e-learning • Provide copyright advice and support for staff • Provide information skills support for staff (and students)
    4. 4. Background to the VLE at LSE • Used WebCT at LSE since 1999 • Evaluation carried out in 2005-6 • Pilot use of two systems undertaken 2006-7 • Moodle overwhelming the preferred choice of staff / students / CLT • Migrated UG courses Summer 07 • Migrated PG courses Summer 08 • Currently around 1000 courses on Moodle
    5. 5. Moodle • Open Source VLE (i.e. free) • Largest user in UK: Open University • Over 50,000 Moodle installations and more than 24 million users worldwide • Excellent community support and online documentation • Customisations / extensions • Moodle road map – influencing developments http://moodle.org/
    6. 6. Moodle overview • A teaching tool - features include: – Ability to upload presentations – Share and integrate resources into the course – Set online (and off-line) activities – Organise discussions and group activities – Undertake assessment – formative and summative
    7. 7. Other Moodle features • A course management system – admin features include: – Monitoring student participation – Grading and feedback to students – Replaces e-mail lists as can use for announcements (sent as e-mail) – Assignment collection for uploading to JISC Plagiarism service – Integration with other systems – single sign on possible
    8. 8. Other features • Social / community building – Profiles – Who’s online – Chat / discussions – Calendar • Group features – Can selectively release resources /activities to groups of students – Students can work on projects together • Metacourses for sharing resources across courses
    9. 9. Moodle demonstration
    10. 10. Use of Moodle by the Library at LSE 1. Promotion of Library services in all courses through ‘sticky block’ – Block appears in all courses and cannot be removed by tutor – Contains links to key library resources – Includes quick search of the catalogue
    11. 11. Use of Moodle by the Library 2. Availability of online readings • Includes scanned readings (under CLA Licence) and links to e-journals • Managed through reading lists • Currently using HTML lists • Pilot use of in-house reading list system with Moodle integration
    12. 12. The Reading List Management System • Developed in-house by the Library IT team with support from CLT • Reading lists to be presented to students via Moodle • Staff edit lists in Reading List Manager – lists can be updated by Library staff, academics and admin staff • Developed a tool to add list to Moodle - integration
    13. 13. Old style HTML lists in Moodle
    14. 14. New reading lists in Moodle Coming soon!
    15. 15. Copyright and e-learning • Important area as misunderstandings amongst academic staff • Need help and support in terms of using electronic resources in VLE (licenses) • Advice about CLA Licence • Advice and using web-based resources • Advice about multimedia resources • Provide guidance, training and answer queries from staff
    16. 16. Use of Moodle by the Library 3. Development of library support in Moodle to complement information skills training programme • Library Companion for Students • Library Companion for Researchers support for PhD students • Data Library Companion • MI512 course for PhD students supported by Moodle
    17. 17. Other uses of Moodle • Library staff use it as a repository for staff information in the following areas: – Information desk training – Admissions procedures – Inter-library loans procedures • Staff Development in the Library (and more widely) are also exploring using Moodle • CLT already use Moodle for staff development - online courses for staff
    18. 18. LSE External Programme
    19. 19. In summary • Varied and complex role not traditionally covered by learning technologists • Potential to collaborate in exciting new areas • VLEs have fast become the point of access for many library resources • Need to ensure students can still go beyond links in the VLE and develop information skills support
    20. 20. Questions? Dr Jane Secker Learning Technology Librarian Centre for Learning Technology http://clt.lse.ac.uk/ • E-mail: j.secker@lse.ac.uk

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