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2-3-98: Moodle Soup: Many Uses for Many Tastes


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2-3-98: Moodle Soup: Many Uses for Many Tastes

  1. 1. Moodle Soup: Many Uses for Many Tastes Clark Shah-Nelson, Coordinator of Online Education SUNY Delhi College of Technology Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike: Clark Shah-Nelson, 2008.
  2. 2. Appetizer: Something Fried <ul><li>First found Moodle: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some accidental stumble upon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>After years of using a commercial LMS and having NONE of my requested enhancements come to fruition… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hey! An LMS that I can install on my own computer? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hey! An LMS that I can install multiple instances of very easily on a $5.00 a month shared hosting site??? </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Hey! Second Appetizer: Escargots <ul><li>An LMS user community that I can share with, learn from, and grow and develop with? </li></ul><ul><li>I can report bugs, suggest changes, vote on enhancements, and even edit the code to suit my needs? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Salad: Tabouli Design/Layout <ul><li>Customizable themes? </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to follow chronological sequence through learning events </li></ul><ul><li>3rd party blocks for added functionality - browse, download and install from </li></ul><ul><li>AJAX for moving and dragging items </li></ul>
  5. 5. Soup: Gaspacho Features <ul><li>Types of resources and activities </li></ul><ul><li>Number and type of blocks for funtionality </li></ul><ul><li>High level of customizability in administration </li></ul><ul><li>Easily embed media from other sites and incorporate other sites into courses </li></ul>
  6. 6. Main Course <ul><li>Uses: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Test, demo site for prospective students, committees, discussion groups, faculty exchange, replace email lists with courses that go beyond email lists </li></ul></ul><ul><li>TCO or TAC - bottom line: least expensive, most feature-rich, easy-to-use LMS </li></ul>
  7. 7. Dessert: Mousse Open vs. Enterprise <ul><li>Rich community of user forums, tutorials, resources, bug tracker </li></ul><ul><li>Less Cost - at all levels </li></ul><ul><li>Luminis Message Broker Digester - $0 </li></ul><ul><li>WebCTimport tool - $0 </li></ul><ul><li>Just as stable and more feature-rich </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More social networking capability, Web 2.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quicker to gain new features </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More customizable </li></ul><ul><li>Did I mention cost? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Aperitif: Faculty Members <ul><li>Concerned about training: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Took much less time than WebCT to learn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More features </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exciting new possibilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>iPod training program </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Concerned about converting courses: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We do that for them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Webctimport plugin from </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Turkish Coffee: Students <ul><li>Love the new system: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier to navigate than WebCT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Like having images of fellow students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier to follow discussions </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Nap Time: Coordinator <ul><li>Faculty are more self-sufficient </li></ul><ul><li>More fun to administer </li></ul><ul><li>More focus on training </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted in expert environment </li></ul><ul><li>High level of customization </li></ul><ul><li>More funds for faculty development </li></ul>
  11. 11. Rapid Eye Movement: Staff <ul><li>More interested in using the LMS for training and staff development </li></ul><ul><li>See LMS as a way to reach students </li></ul><ul><li>Involved with Moodle Orientation for students </li></ul><ul><li>No noticable difference for registration, enrollments, etc. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Sweet Dreams: Administration <ul><li>Left research and decision in our hands </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciate “international-ness” </li></ul><ul><li>Bottom line: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Furthering educational mission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$$$: The Pot of Gold </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. The End <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clark Shah-Nelson </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>