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Ten years and onwards:
Moodle at the OU
Jenny Gray
Open University
Themes
● What we’ve done
● Learning & teaching tools
● Projects delivered through, or integrated with Moodle
● Range of le...
2005 - 2008
In the beginning: projects
● Presenting content through a study calendar and “resource” pages
3
First fully
on...
2005 - 2008
In the beginning: projects
● Limited integration and innovation
● Experimenting with the core tools such as fo...
2005 - 2008
In the beginning: projects
● OpenLearn launched October 2006
5
2008 - 2010
Scaling up: projects
● Online content presentation
● Structured content
● Interactives
● Standard layout guida...
2008 - 2010
Scaling up: projects
● Lots of integration and innovation
● FirstClass replaced with OU forum tool within Mood...
2008 - 2010
Scaling up: projects
● Other Moodles
8
2010 - 2012
Reflect & industrialise: projects
● Wider use of Moodle activities and personalisation features
● Theme colour...
• OU Students started and remained
iOS-centric despite changes in market
share
• Tablet usage coming to the fore from
late...
2010 - 2012
Reflect & industrialise: projects
● Other Moodles
● Dividing various content types across multiple Moodle inst...
2012 - 2014
Settling down: projects
● Syndication
● Mary Seacole style themes
● Vitalsource LTI
12
2012 - 2014
Settling down: projects
● Lots of integrations and innovation going live
● OU Annotate
● OU Live
● OU Anywhere...
2012 - 2014
Settling down: projects
● Other Moodles
● Open Science Lab
● Qualifications Online
● Vital
14
2015 – 2016 so far
Recently: projects
● Online Student Experience Programme (OSEP)
● Rationalised toolset
15
2015 – 2016 so far
Recently: projects
● Integration and Innovation
● Studio module
16
2015 – 2016 so far
Recently: projects
● Other Moodles
● Offender learning Prisons VLE
● Online exams
17
Moving from what to how
Doesn’t need a magic wand
18
19
People
With the Moodle community
• Core maintainers
• Hosted moots
• 1.7 roles & permissions
• Postgres & MSSQL support...
20
Evangelism
● You have to keep selling
● People keep having good ideas
21
Process
● Data load of users, courses and groups
● Beta releases and backporting
Develop
Acceptance
test
Live
22
Moving to Moodle 2.x
2010 - 2012
● New development approach
● No more core hacks
● Make our changes in core wherever po...
23
OU plug-ins
0
50
100
150
200
250
2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8
Number of plug-ins over time Types of plug-in
Local Report...
24
Performance
2005 - 2010
● 4 Web Servers
● 1 Postgres database (clustered)
● 1 NFS file store
Permissions
Files
CachingS...
25
Big numbers
2012 onwards
● 100k students on around 500 live course presentation websites and 3000+
historical sites.
● ...
26
What next?
Coming soon
● Direct authoring
● Next generation synchronous collaboration tool
● Pilot more core plug-ins
●...
27
What next?
Wish list
● Seamless, reliable, provision
● Search
● Single student profile
● MOOC influence
● Chat & online...
28
What next?
Process & Technology
● Due diligence: review choice of Moodle more often
● Quicker hosting
● PHP 7
● Cloud h...
Thank you!
Any questions?
29
Jenny.Gray@open.ac.uk
@jennymgray
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Ten years and onwards

  1. 1. Ten years and onwards: Moodle at the OU Jenny Gray Open University
  2. 2. Themes ● What we’ve done ● Learning & teaching tools ● Projects delivered through, or integrated with Moodle ● Range of learning systems for different purposes ● What we’ve learned ● How our thinking has evolved 2 What? How? ● How we’ve done it ● Working with the Moodle community ● Technologies and approaches to operation ● Where we’re going next
  3. 3. 2005 - 2008 In the beginning: projects ● Presenting content through a study calendar and “resource” pages 3 First fully online courses delivered 2008
  4. 4. 2005 - 2008 In the beginning: projects ● Limited integration and innovation ● Experimenting with the core tools such as forum, blog and wiki ● OpenMark ● My Stuff 4
  5. 5. 2005 - 2008 In the beginning: projects ● OpenLearn launched October 2006 5
  6. 6. 2008 - 2010 Scaling up: projects ● Online content presentation ● Structured content ● Interactives ● Standard layout guidance ● Activity reports 6
  7. 7. 2008 - 2010 Scaling up: projects ● Lots of integration and innovation ● FirstClass replaced with OU forum tool within Moodle ● Homegrown audio/video conferencing tool replaced with Elluminate ● Second Life pilot ● Online presence and chat through MSG ● Versioned editing in LabSpace ● Audio recording tool ● Shared activities 7
  8. 8. 2008 - 2010 Scaling up: projects ● Other Moodles 8
  9. 9. 2010 - 2012 Reflect & industrialise: projects ● Wider use of Moodle activities and personalisation features ● Theme colour & image picker ● Subpage module ● Activity completion ● In-calendar notes tool ● First mobile theme 9
  10. 10. • OU Students started and remained iOS-centric despite changes in market share • Tablet usage coming to the fore from late-2012, decreasing markedly more recently • Steady-state approached around mid- 2013 • Transactional mode of delivery leading to continued prevalence of ‘handheld’ mobile use Evolution of device use
  11. 11. 2010 - 2012 Reflect & industrialise: projects ● Other Moodles ● Dividing various content types across multiple Moodle installations ● OpenLearn Drupal hybrid ● OpenLearn Works rebrand & simplify 11
  12. 12. 2012 - 2014 Settling down: projects ● Syndication ● Mary Seacole style themes ● Vitalsource LTI 12
  13. 13. 2012 - 2014 Settling down: projects ● Lots of integrations and innovation going live ● OU Annotate ● OU Live ● OU Anywhere ● Stack ● Open Badges ● itunesU 13
  14. 14. 2012 - 2014 Settling down: projects ● Other Moodles ● Open Science Lab ● Qualifications Online ● Vital 14
  15. 15. 2015 – 2016 so far Recently: projects ● Online Student Experience Programme (OSEP) ● Rationalised toolset 15
  16. 16. 2015 – 2016 so far Recently: projects ● Integration and Innovation ● Studio module 16
  17. 17. 2015 – 2016 so far Recently: projects ● Other Moodles ● Offender learning Prisons VLE ● Online exams 17
  18. 18. Moving from what to how Doesn’t need a magic wand 18
  19. 19. 19 People With the Moodle community • Core maintainers • Hosted moots • 1.7 roles & permissions • Postgres & MSSQL support • Accessibility OU developers OU testers OU Online Services
  20. 20. 20 Evangelism ● You have to keep selling ● People keep having good ideas
  21. 21. 21 Process ● Data load of users, courses and groups ● Beta releases and backporting Develop Acceptance test Live
  22. 22. 22 Moving to Moodle 2.x 2010 - 2012 ● New development approach ● No more core hacks ● Make our changes in core wherever possible ● Extend Moodle with additional plug-in types, and use them ● Contractors & outsourcing ● Rigorous hand-over process more rigorous ● Improving our development testing Develop Functional test Acceptance test Upgrade test Live OU developers Continuous Integration
  23. 23. 23 OU plug-ins 0 50 100 150 200 250 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Number of plug-ins over time Types of plug-in Local Report Module Block Question Theme Admin Filter Enrolment Authentication Course format Other
  24. 24. 24 Performance 2005 - 2010 ● 4 Web Servers ● 1 Postgres database (clustered) ● 1 NFS file store Permissions Files CachingSessions Etc.
  25. 25. 25 Big numbers 2012 onwards ● 100k students on around 500 live course presentation websites and 3000+ historical sites. ● Average 30k students visit per day. ● Over 1 million transactions per day. Peaked to 2.3 million on 5th October 2015 ● Unique users per day averaging 40,000. Peaked at 52,425 on 5th October 2015 ● Forum views per day averaging 175,000. Peaked at 260,000 on 14th January 2014.
  26. 26. 26 What next? Coming soon ● Direct authoring ● Next generation synchronous collaboration tool ● Pilot more core plug-ins ● Improved media player
  27. 27. 27 What next? Wish list ● Seamless, reliable, provision ● Search ● Single student profile ● MOOC influence ● Chat & online presence ● In-page discussions ● Analytics ● Progress indicators ● Further syndication ● Consuming content in other OU systems ● VLE in a box ● Student archive
  28. 28. 28 What next? Process & Technology ● Due diligence: review choice of Moodle more often ● Quicker hosting ● PHP 7 ● Cloud hosting ● Content delivery networks ● Continuous deployment ● Better integration ● Moodle spine ● Web services integrations
  29. 29. Thank you! Any questions? 29 Jenny.Gray@open.ac.uk @jennymgray

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