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Using Moodle for OpenLearn

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Using Moodle for OpenLearn

  1. 1. Jenny Gray, Leading Technical Developer open learn, The Open University 7 May 2010
  2. 2. Using Moodle <ul><li>VLE integration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>single code base </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>shared functionality </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open content, open source philosophy </li></ul><ul><li>Good initial product </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to set up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple content display </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to extend </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good basic tool set for learners </li></ul></ul>
  3. 5. What’s core? <ul><li>Core </li></ul><ul><ul><li>myLearningSpace (myMoodle) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activities: quiz,glossary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Contrib </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Activities: questionnaire, blog, forum, wiki </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>YUI course menu block </li></ul></ul>
  4. 6. Key setup changes <ul><ul><li>Authentication plug-in choice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manual self-enrolment onto courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open to Google </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guest and authenticated user permissions </li></ul></ul>
  5. 7. What’s not core? <ul><li>Content discovery </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extra course metadata </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full-text search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Related resources block </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course ratings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course tagging </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Search engine optimisation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Site map </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Themes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language changes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OU systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>XML publishing and display </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authentication </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Supporting learners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FlashMeeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compendium </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activity reports </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Supporting teachers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative formats block </li></ul></ul>
  6. 8. Extra RSS feeds <ul><li>Feed of all visible courses in the site </li></ul><ul><li>Feed of all courses in a category </li></ul>
  7. 9. Course tagging <ul><li>Tag this course </li></ul><ul><li>Tag cloud at top level and on each course home page </li></ul>
  8. 10. Related Educational Resources <ul><li>3 groups of links </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 controlled by us </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>OU links </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>OpenLearn links </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 user-generated </li></ul></ul>
  9. 11. Extra course metadata <ul><li>Extra fields in the course table </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Duration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Level </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Displayed on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Course and category index pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course search results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course home page </li></ul></ul>
  10. 12. Course rating <ul><li>Rate any course </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5 * rating </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Averaged for users </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Link to course questionnaire </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Displayed on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Category index pages </li></ul></ul>
  11. 13. Search Engine Optimisation <ul><li>Open to more than just Google </li></ul><ul><li>Altered <title> tag structure in our themes </li></ul><ul><li>Unit tags and descriptions in <meta> in our themes </li></ul><ul><li>New URLs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/Plate tectonics/S279_1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>XML Site map pushed to Google weekly </li></ul></ul>
  12. 14. What’s reusable? <ul><li>Moodle 2.? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course tagging </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Contrib </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FlashMeeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compendium </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Related resources block (maybe) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course ratings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Advice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Extra course metadata </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activity reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full-text search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative formats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Themes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Site map </li></ul></ul>
  13. 15. Lessons learned – the good <ul><li>Good framework to build on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plug-in infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roles and permissions flexibility </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Good community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plenty of support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>developments coming “for free” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>availability of lead developers to discuss plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>success in contributing back to core product </li></ul></ul>
  14. 16. Lessons learned – the bad <ul><li>Time consuming to keep up-to-date </li></ul><ul><li>Poor core code quality </li></ul><ul><li>Plug-in framework doesn’t always go far enough </li></ul><ul><li>Principles of openness not embedded </li></ul>

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