ULCC Moodle2 Upgrades: Who is driving? Senate House 30th March 2012
Outline• Focus on strategic planning• Explore operational issues• Provide key information• Case example (Newham College)• Taking control (not something being ‘done’ to you)
In The Driving SeatIn pairs (or three’s): Introduce yourself, who/where etc. Discuss What are you in control of? – Bullet points What don’t you control and need help from others? – bullet points
Case Example – Newham CollegeMoodle2.0 requires management (strategic driver is Quality, not IT).Key Issues: – Timing – Communication – Engagement – Resources
Case Example – Newham CollegeWhy Upgrade to Moodle2 = Because we have to?!Moodle2 suited learning strategy: – Social Media – Collaboration – Mobile – TabletsNew features – Conditional activities, customised themes
Activity – Key Stakeholders• Identify Key Stakeholders• Who needs to know what...?• What support is required?
Case Example – Newham CollegeIdentify and engage the key stakeholders: – Staff (Institutional = high-risk) – Students (End-users = low-risk) – Service Provider (Technical = low-risk)
Activity – Schedule For Action• What needs to happen?• Who needs to do it?• By when does it need to be done?
Case Example – Newham CollegeSchedule February - May• Training for core teams• Access to Moodle 2.0 test site• Testing new features• Understanding the new file system• Download standalone site
Case Example – Newham CollegeSchedule May - June• Staff Inset day: – New Navigation – New Terminology – New blocks – Ability to change themes
Case Example – Newham CollegeSchedule June - July• Used ‘Conversionthingy’ software to run tests• Redesign of front-page (based on feedback) – Example themes – Student Forum / Feedback – Staff Feedback – Final Design
Activity – Key Points In pairs, spend 5 minutes summarising what you consider to be the key points you’re taking away with you
Plenary – Key Points• Successful Change Management – Staff need to feel supported – Quick, effective responses (expect some complaints!) – Keep core enthusiasts on board – Students do not notice versioning but may engage with new features
Plenary – Key Points• Have clear institutional goals (Senior Manager sponsor)• Communication!• Reinforce engagement (ownership)• Don’t underestimate time needed• Plan for sufficient resources (training & support)
Plenary – Key PointsKey Lessons• Engage with stakeholders – Curriculum teams/Student focus group?• Upgrade early (before September!!) – Allow for familiarisation• Ensure resources are in place – Training/Support