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  • Proven corporate distribution of Moodle; Some names are McDonalds, Nikon, Timberland, Nike and the list of big corporates goes on. Created by Mahara Core developers: Kineo, Flexible Learning Network & Catalyst IT Learner Management System: Totara LMS is the Learner Management System with all the trimmings.
  • Management of Learners
  • Tracking and Reporting


  • 1. Open Technology for EfficiencyThomas Bell - @thomaswbell88 + Author of 10 Business Critical Areas - Open Educational Courses + LSIS Sector Reference Group for Sustainability Member + LMS Programme Coordinator + ICT Professional Trainer + Other guises
  • 2. Overview Intro to TDM Ltd. Business Critical Area OER Why Open Source Matters Moodle & Open Source projects Totara LMS – Competency based learning - LMS Mahara e-Portfolios – Personal Reflective e-Portfolios
  • 3. Quick intro ... TDMThe Development Manager Ltd:
  • 4.  Training..  In Open Source Software  Consultancies  Business & Education focus Development..  Of Open Source Software  Bespoke Software development Management..  Of Open Source Software  Implementation Management for organisations  Successful software deployment
  • 5.  First UK Totara Partner  Managed Hosting  Custom Development Moodle Services company  Implementations  Training Mahara Partner  Authors of the Mahara book: Mahara 1.2: A beginners guide  Mahara Certified Training Courses
  • 6. Newly established, but withdecades of training provision: Online Training Academy IT / ICT Apprenticeships Delivery Mentor Training Tutor Training Management Training High-stakes Industry Qualifications
  • 7. Proud to be partnered/certified with:
  • 8. TDM Linux Professional InstituteNext LPI Master Affiliate for the UK September 2011
  • 9. Why Open Source Matters  Collaborative resource Community utilisation Control  Customisable Cost-effective  Naturally sustainable Freedom  Sensible Often free, not always  Extensible / Pluggable  Open Source ≠ Free Software
  • 10. The Moodle project – Quick video
  • 11. LSC-WM + AWM RDA What are these BusinessTwo phase research Critical Areas!?amongst employers inthe region; Phase I: Skillsrequirements in WMbusinesses.  Phase II: Skills gaps in the West Midlands
  • 12. Guess the 10Business Critical Areas?
  • 13. 1. Business 6. IT User Improvement 7. New Product Design Techniques 8. Finance & Credit2. Business Systems / Processes 9. Cashflow & Profit Management3. Teamworking / Communication 10. Risk Management4. Customer Service5. Sales & Marketing
  • 14. The Aims!
  • 15. Start with the long one:Improving social constructivistapproaches to digitally-blended WBL delivery amongst the FE sector
  • 16. Design Moodle Courses
  • 17. Xerte Learning Objects
  • 18. Subject Matter, delivery and planning process
  • 19. Distribute for free, toreuse remix, adapt etc
  • 20. We delivered: Over 40 short videos of interviews with SMEs Over 24 Xerte Learning Objects – SCORMcompatible 10 Moodle courses to take away and chop andchange Social activities a plenty! Interactive, engaging content delivered to nvq/qcflevel 2 standards Distributed to several online repositories,numerous regional moodle hubs and continue togive them out to providers today.
  • 21. Downloads at:
  • 22. What is ?Corporate Distro of Moodle  Packaged up for quick and effective corporate learning delivery – work-based learning delivery  Based on the most stable Moodle code  Support Services – 24/7 Support, guaranteed response times  Added functionality – and the constant development of new features  Open Source Enterprise – following the same model as the most successful Open Source business – RedHat
  • 23. What is ? Learner Management Systemin contrast to... Virtual Learning Environment / Course Management System
  • 24. What is ? Competency Based Learning Team/Cohort Management Staff / Hierarchy Management
  • 25. What is ? Organisation/Department Management Booking Management Excellent Reporting & Progress tracking Pathway specific training programmes  Programme Management
  • 26. Competency Based Learning Competency Hierarchy Import  e.g. IT User & ICT Professional Qualifications = 6000+ standards/competencies Import from Register Ofqual Database Learners evidence competence against given standards
  • 27. Team / Cohort Management Manager – Manages team of staff= Trainer / Assessor – Manages cohort of learners
  • 28. Classroom Booking Management Face-to-Face Session booking. Calendared events tailored to learners individual plans
  • 29. Pathway Programmes = Totara Positions Assign learners to a pathway Automatically retrieve relevant competencies to Individual Development Plan Set aspirational position/pathway – Learner Engaging
  • 30. Individual Learning Plans (ILP) If assigned a Position, the learner receives the relevant competencies in their ILP Competencies – Gathered from:  Learner Pathway (Position)  Organisation Courses – linked to competencies  Automatically drawn in with the competencies
  • 31. Totara Reporting & Progress Tracking Totara Report Builder  We built a set of reports for specific roles − Learners see the stats they need to see − Trainers see the stats they want to see − Assessors... − IV & EV etc
  • 32. How do Mahara and Totara mix? Wyre Academy Totara = Structured Learning Delivery:  Online Courses  Tracking + Reporting  Workshop Booking  Webinar Booking
  • 33. How do Mahara and Totara mix? Wyre Academy Mahara = Personalised Learning  Professional Learning Community  Reflective Journals  Evidence gathering  Evidence showcasing  Assessment submission to Totara
  • 34. Learner Journey In Totara/Mahara Learner Registration & Interview Diagnostics Assessments Successful employment placement Induction training: Totara & Mahara Totara Position setting
  • 35. Learner Journey In Totara/Mahara Individual Learning Plan creation  Auto assigned relevant competencies  Auto enrolled on relevant courses  Objectives setup with Assessor  Timescales and due dates added to competencies
  • 36. Learner Journey In Totara/Mahara Learner gathers evidence in Mahara Learners constructs their views/pages in Mahara: − Screencasting − Videos − Audio − Product evidence − Witness testimonies
  • 37. Learner Journey In Totara/Mahara Formative Assessment:  Assessor Feedback attached to views − Video/audio feedback Final submission & competency completion
  • 38. Plans for the future.. “Mahara Evidence – Totara Competency” Mapping “Mahara Assessor Overlay”:  Point and click on Mahara blocks to grade/assess in Totara/MoodleGet involved! If these sound interesting, contact us about joining resources to fast-track its development
  • 39. References Mahara 1.2: A Beginners Guide book