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Cpd25 Moodle at LSE: Library support issues Cpd25 Moodle at LSE: Library support issues Presentation Transcript

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
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  • 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
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Moodle demonstration
  • Use of Moodle by the Library at LSE
    • 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
  • Use of Moodle by the Library
    • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Use of Moodle by the Library
    • 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
  • 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
  • LSE External Programme
  • 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
  • Questions?
    • Dr Jane Secker
    • Learning Technology Librarian
    • Centre for Learning Technology
    • http:// clt.lse.ac.uk /
    • E-mail: [email_address]