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Laura Widger, Cathal O'Riordan - Waterford Institute of Technology

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Workshop presentation by Laura Widger and Cathal O'Riordan from Waterford Institute of Technology at MoodleMoot UK 2010

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Laura Widger, Cathal O'Riordan - Waterford Institute of Technology

  1. 1. Moving to Moodle Experiences of an academic institution<br />Laura Widger, CathalO’Riordan,<br />lwidger@wit.ie, coriordan@wit.ie<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />
  3. 3. Agenda<br />
  4. 4. Agenda<br />Background<br />Will we move?<br />Planning the move<br />Where, when, what and how? <br />Getting the movers in<br />Making the move<br />The new location<br />Looking back<br />
  5. 5. Background<br />
  6. 6. Background<br />
  7. 7. Background<br /> 2008<br />
  8. 8. Will we move?<br />
  9. 9. Will we move?<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/clagnut/252185030/<br />
  10. 10. Planning the move<br />
  11. 11. Planning the move<br /><ul><li>Where?
  12. 12. When?
  13. 13. What?
  14. 14. How?</li></li></ul><li>Planning the move – Where?<br /><ul><li>Evaluated alternative VLE’s
  15. 15. Open Source versus Proprietary
  16. 16. gained “buy in” from users through staff consultation & information seminars
  17. 17. obtained commitment from senior management
  18. 18. piloted Moodle</li></li></ul><li>Planning the move – When?<br /><ul><li>WebCT license due to expire May 2009
  19. 19. Joint systems run in parallelSept 2009</li></li></ul><li>Planning the move – What?<br /><ul><li>What to Move?
  20. 20. 3 years of module content in WebCT
  21. 21. Over 60,000 module spaces in WebCT
  22. 22. Module data on servers in WIT computer services
  23. 23. Servers
  24. 24. Support
  25. 25. Data/module structure
  26. 26. Module content – needed to filter the data
  27. 27. Users</li></li></ul><li>Planning the move – How?<br /><ul><li>Servers –HEANet: charity run by the Higher Education Authority
  28. 28. Support - ?????
  29. 29. Data/module structure - automate the process of moving data
  30. 30. Module content – staff requested to have data moved
  31. 31. Users – hold hands</li></li></ul><li>Getting the movers in<br />
  32. 32. Getting the movers in<br /><ul><li>eLearning Coordinator
  33. 33. Phase 1: Summer 2008:
  34. 34. 4th year computing student
  35. 35. Phase 2 : March 2009:
  36. 36. eLearning Support Officer
  37. 37. eLearning Development Officer</li></li></ul><li>Making the move<br />
  38. 38. Making the move: Phase 1 2008<br /><ul><li>Set up Moodle running in parallel with WebCT,
  39. 39. Opt in: launched with 2 schools
  40. 40. Integrated with LDAP & registration system</li></li></ul><li>Making the Move: Phase 2 2009<br /><ul><li>Servers –
  41. 41. HEANet: charity run by the Higher Education Authority
  42. 42. Support – new team in place
  43. 43. Developed and delivered Moodle training
  44. 44. Partnered with official Moodle partner
  45. 45. Data/module structure - refining based on Phase 1
  46. 46. Module content – staff requested data to be moved
  47. 47. Users – opt in so some already migrated</li></li></ul><li>Making the Move: Phase 2 2009<br />
  48. 48. Making the Move: What really happened?<br /><ul><li>8.5 GB data moved on over 500 modules
  49. 49. Some wanted fresh start – not all data moved
  50. 50. The LDAP issue!!!!!!!!
  51. 51. Positive reaction
  52. 52. Not as stressful as we thought it would be!</li></li></ul><li>The new location<br />
  53. 53. The new location<br />
  54. 54. The new location<br />
  55. 55. The new location<br /><ul><li>tightly integrated Moodle with internal systems to reduce administrative work
  56. 56. Internal student registration system for generation of student user accounts and course areas in Moodle,
  57. 57. internal servers for authentication & login
  58. 58. incorporated open source solutions (Redmine & RT) to build a support framework to track and manage project team activities, and manage user support queries</li></li></ul><li>The new location<br /><ul><li>customized development of stand alone Moodle instances,
  59. 59. increase flexibility in content delivery, innovative course development,
  60. 60. provision of “living prospectus” for programme advertisement and marketing</li></li></ul><li>The new location<br />
  61. 61. Looking back<br /><ul><li>Not as stressful as we thought it would be
  62. 62. The more you do, the more you realise you have to do…
  63. 63. Attitude is a small thing that makes a big difference…. the right team</li></li></ul><li>Waterford Institute of Technology<br />Laura Widger, Cathal O’Riordan,<br />lwidger@wit.ie, coriordan@wit.ie<br />Questions<br />

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