Piloting LMS
 environments in the
 Higher Education sector
  Mark Drechsler
  Professional Services Manager
  NetSpot Pty ...
Today’s Presentation

                 • A bit about NetSpot
                 • Open Source pilot experiences in
         ...
About NetSpot


© 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
Sakai Commercial Affiliate

                         Mahara Partner

                         Moodle Partner

            ...
Pilot experiences
      in 2009


© 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
2009: Increased interest in piloting Open
  Source learning technologies.




© 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
What do we classify as a „Pilot‟?

   “...small scale preliminary study conducted
    before the main research in order to...
Different kinds of pilots

  Evaluation focus
  •            to support LMS selection process


  Pre-implementation focus...
Integration



                    Functional                                      Content
                    evaluation ...
Common trade off
                         Increased:
                         • Scope
                         • Stakehold...
Open Source vs Proprietary:

                         The flexibility of Open Source
                         means that f...
A note on Sakai

  In our experience, some
  technical configuration
  effort is required to
  showcase its true potential...
The value of partnering
  Partnering with an experienced services
  provider can:
  •            Reduce implementation tim...
Supporting the case for
      change


© 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
An Open Source LMS can lead to...

  ... a re-think of teaching practice




© 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
An Open Source LMS can lead to...

  ... the use of the LMS for more than just
  teaching and learning

  •            Res...
An Open Source LMS can lead to...

  ... an alignment of
  institutional culture to a
  community-driven product




© 200...
Critical success factors


© 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
1. Clear governance

  Including
  •            a Business Owner
  •            a project definition
  •            clearl...
2. Sound evaluation framework
  Consider
  •            Pedagogical
  •            Support
  •            Integration
  • ...
3. Stakeholder representation

  Including
  •            Teaching and learning
  •            Technology
  •            S...
The biggest challenge?
                            Simple pilot that
                              focuses on key
   Compl...
Questions?




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Reflections on experiences in managing the piloting and evaluation phase of open source learning environments within the tertiary sector

  1. 1. Piloting LMS environments in the Higher Education sector Mark Drechsler Professional Services Manager NetSpot Pty Ltd © 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
  2. 2. Today’s Presentation • A bit about NetSpot • Open Source pilot experiences in the last year • Supporting the case for change • Critical success factors for LMS pilots © 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
  3. 3. About NetSpot © 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
  4. 4. Sakai Commercial Affiliate Mahara Partner Moodle Partner Wimba Authorised Reseller Partner © 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
  5. 5. Pilot experiences in 2009 © 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
  6. 6. 2009: Increased interest in piloting Open Source learning technologies. © 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
  7. 7. What do we classify as a „Pilot‟? “...small scale preliminary study conducted before the main research in order to check the feasibility or to improve the design of the research” - Wikipedia © 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
  8. 8. Different kinds of pilots Evaluation focus • to support LMS selection process Pre-implementation focus • to help plan production deployment © 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
  9. 9. Integration Functional Content evaluation migration Pilot considerations Technical Support evaluation Hosting Stakeholders © 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd environment
  10. 10. Common trade off Increased: • Scope • Stakeholder participation • Integration • Configuration • t, $ • Evaluation data © 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
  11. 11. Open Source vs Proprietary: The flexibility of Open Source means that far more options are available for a pilot © 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
  12. 12. A note on Sakai In our experience, some technical configuration effort is required to showcase its true potential © 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
  13. 13. The value of partnering Partnering with an experienced services provider can: • Reduce implementation time • Avoid common mistakes • Utilise existing knowledge • Assist evaluation of partner services such as managed hosting and technical support © 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
  14. 14. Supporting the case for change © 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
  15. 15. An Open Source LMS can lead to... ... a re-think of teaching practice © 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
  16. 16. An Open Source LMS can lead to... ... the use of the LMS for more than just teaching and learning • Research • Collaboration • Networking © 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
  17. 17. An Open Source LMS can lead to... ... an alignment of institutional culture to a community-driven product © 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
  18. 18. Critical success factors © 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
  19. 19. 1. Clear governance Including • a Business Owner • a project definition • clearly defined roles and responsibilities • Executive buy-in © 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
  20. 20. 2. Sound evaluation framework Consider • Pedagogical • Support • Integration • Financial • Strategic Instruments such as surveys, observations, interviews, feature lists, TCO estimates © 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
  21. 21. 3. Stakeholder representation Including • Teaching and learning • Technology • Support staff • Administrative staff © 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
  22. 22. The biggest challenge? Simple pilot that focuses on key Complex pilot that aspects, but that closely resembles may leave gaps in the production the evaluation environment, but process that takes longer and costs more © 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd
  23. 23. Questions? © 2009 NetSpot Pty Ltd

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