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Moodle at Ballarat



Steve Pallett, Flexible Learning Technologies Officer and ...

Steve Pallett, Flexible Learning Technologies Officer and
Adam Barbary, Systems Analyst/Trainer, Ballarat University
The University of Ballarat is in the middle of a transition to Moodle from Blackboard CE8. The transition to Moodle is taking place over 2010 with Blackboard to be switched off at the end of Semester 2, 2010. We are running two Moodel production instances, one for TAFE and one for Higher Education. It has been a ‘smell of an oily rag’ project with all the challenges that entails.
Steve will speak about the LMS evaluation process, selection of a system and the early implementation issues. Adam will talk about the integration of our Moodle instances with Campus Solutions (HE Students Systems) and APTUS (TAFE Student System) and the training program being delivered to teaching staff.



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Moodle at Ballarat Moodle at Ballarat Presentation Transcript

  • Moodle at the University of Ballarat
  • Background – pre 2009
    • WebCT Blackboard legacy
    • Technical and usability issues
    • Early Moodle adoption
  • Background – pre 2009
    • WebCT Blackboard legacy
    • Technical and usability issues
    • Early Moodle adoption
  • Evaluation and Moodle trial - early 2009
    • Considered Sakai, D2L, Blackboard, Moodle
    • Formal Moodle trial
    • Blackboard Learn?
    • Consultation
      • Forums
      • Surveys
  • 3 words to describe the ideal LMS (staff)
  • 3 words to describe the ideal LMS (students)
  • Evaluation conclusions – late 2009
    • Green paper and final report to VCST
    • VCST approve Moodle from 2011
    • Hosting and support decisions
      • Service levels
      • Cost
      • Infrastructure
  • LMS transition - 2010
    • Technical – content migration - training
    • Consultation with Moodle partner
    • Early performance issues
    • Communication
    • Blackboard decommission Dec 2010
  • Integration – IMS Enterprise XML
    • Why IMS Enterprise?
      • Legacy support
      • Concurrent Systems
      • Rapid Integration
      • Flexibility
  • A Two Pronged Approach
    • Two Campus Management tools
    • Differing School Requirements
    • No licensing
    • Two Customised Moodle Installs
  • Campus Solutions (HE) APTUS (TAFE) Moodle UBOnline Moodle UBTAFE School Program Course 1 Course 2 Unit 1 Unit 2 Campus Management LMS/VLE School/Course/Program Structure
  • Some Issues
    • Data Snapshots
    • Moodle's IMS implementation
      • No native update support
      • Overlapping crons
      • Default course settings
  • Training
    • Focus on Online Delivery
      • Not a user manual
    • Non-linear Package Approach
      • Introduction
      • Communication
      • Assessment
      • Content expansion
      • Groups (specialist training)