Faboodle technology framework for accessing moodle through facebook


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Discusses the faboodle application which acts as the bridge between moodle learning managements system and facebook. faboodle allows students to interact on moodle 1.8 LMS through facebook. The presentation also discusses the rationale for using facebook over moodle LMS.

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Faboodle technology framework for accessing moodle through facebook

  1. 1. faboodle Technology Framework forAccessing Moodle through FacebookGuest Lecture24th and 27th June 2013Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, ThailandIshan AbeywardenaMSc, MSc (Brunel), BSc (Bangalore), MIEEE, MBCS, MIET, MTASenior Lecturer, School of Science and TechnologyWawasan Open UniversityPenang, Malaysia
  2. 2. AcknowledgementI express my gratitude to:– Assoc. Prof Dr. Chailerd Pichitpornchai forextending me this kind invitation;– Ms. Rattip Phukkeson and all other colleagues atSTOU for having me here.
  3. 3. Main ReferenceAbeywardena, I.S. (2011). Developmentof faboodle to Interact on moodlethrough facebook. Proceedings of the 24thInternational Council for DistanceEducation World Conference, Indonesia.Available at:https://www.researchgate.net/publication/236170465_Development_of_faboodle_to_Interact_on_moodle_through_facebook?ev=prf_pub
  4. 4. Talking Points• Student interaction on LMS• Why Facebook?• faboodle Technology and Architecture andInterface• Key features• Advantages• Limitations• Implementation
  5. 5. Delivery of ODL atWawasan Open University (WOU)Self-directed CourseMaterialFace-to-face TutorialsLMS: moodle v1.8(WawasanLearn)
  6. 6. Student interaction on the LMS• Student interaction on the moodle V1.8 basedLMS (WawasanLearn) in both the undergraduateand postgraduate levels is low and furtherreduces as the semester progresses.• The lack of participation and interaction in onlineLMS is not a problem faced only by WOU.• A study was conducted to find out if Facebookimproves the interaction on the LMS(Abeywardena & Tham, 2012).Abeywardena, I.S., & Tham, C.Y. (2012). Implementation of Facebook Study Groups as Supplements for Learning Management Systems (LMS) inAdult ODL Environments. Asian Association of Open Universities Journal, 7(1), 1-11.
  7. 7. Is the LMS enough?• A survey was conducted online as well asoffline in all the WOU regional offices*.• 542 responses were collected fromundergraduate students from variousdisciplines distributed across Malaysia in WOUregional learning centers.* WOU Regional Offices: Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, Johor Bharu
  8. 8. Why Facebook?83% of the adult ODL students whoparticipated in the survey subscribe toFacebookFrequency of logins onto facebook Frequency of logins onto the LMS byfacebook subscribers
  9. 9. LMS Vs. FacebookA better userinterface• User friendly/easy to navigate interface• Ability to view the profiles of friends and colleagues• Ability to follow the research progress offriends/colleaguesMore qualitydiscussions• Ability to share resources easily and receive feedbackon them• Ability to interact in a virtual space• The ease of organizing eventsKey attractions of FacebookDesiredfeaturesontheLMS
  10. 10. LMS Vs. FacebookKey attractions of FacebookDesiredfeaturesontheLMSFasterresponse time• Instant updates via e-mails and SMS with respect torelated activitiesA proactiveapproach todiscussions• The ability to send out messages to an individual or agroup from within Facebook• The ability to see who is online and instantly chat withthem
  11. 11. Setup of Facebook study groups:The Pilot Project• 114 students• 7 IT related courses• 2 semesters
  12. 12. Implementation and FeedbackA follow-up survey was conducted among the pilotproject participants to gather their feedback.– Majority indicated that they would want to join facebookstudy groups in the future.– They found it inefficient to switch between the twosystems, namely the LMS and Facebook, to keep up-to-date on the latest information regarding their coursemodules.– They further indicated that they preferred to use onlyfacebook to extract information directly available on theLMS.
  13. 13. faboodle Technology and Architecture No backend integration with moodle Can be used for any moodle based LMS
  14. 14. Key features of faboodleCourse listProvides a dynamic and easily navigable list ofcourse modules the user is enrolled in.Forum listDynamically generates a list of the forumsavailable to a user under a given course.Discussion threadsA real-time breakdown of the discussions takingplace in a particular forum. It also indicates thenumber of “unread” threads. The user has theability to view the complete discussion undereach discussion thread.Mark read The user is able to mark individual threads as“read”.
  15. 15. Key features of faboodleSecure accessProvides secure access to moodle based LMS viafacebook.moodleauthenticationUses the same authentication process of themoodle based LMS.moodle sessionand user privilegemanagementHarnesses the moodle session managementmechanism to protect the integrity of theinformation.Information ondemandThe user is in charge of what information needsto be requested from the LMS. This reduces thebandwidth required to retrieve the information.
  16. 16. faboodle InterfaceThreadsMark readCourses, Forums , Threadsmoodle login LoadButtons
  17. 17. The faboodle Advantage• Easy access to the LMS from within the facebookprofile;• The ability to engage in related academic discussionsmore often;• The ability to continue discussions which were initiatedon the LMS inside the facebook study groups;• The flexibility of checking updates on the LMS on thego using mobile devices;• The convenience of using a single platform for allteaching and learning needs with respect to support.
  18. 18. Limitations• faboodle version 1.1 hasn’t progressed beyond theprototype stage.• It has only been tested on moodle 1.8.• The current version is its inability to provide users withaccess to files such as images, documents as presentationswhich are uploaded onto the moodle forums as part of adiscussion• The users are forced to login to the LMS directly to view theattachments. Alternatively, the attachments need to beplaced inside the facebook group pages which lead toduplication
  19. 19. Implementation• Hasn’t progressed beyond the prototype stage.• Students and academics will be introduced to theuse of faboodle through the facebook studygroups.• The key stakeholders will also be briefed on thelimitations of using the facebook app and will betrained on how to facilitate discussions on theLMS which are faboodle friendly
  20. 20. Conclusion• Easy access to the LMS facebook profile;• Academic discussions more often;• Continue discussions inside the facebook;• Check updates on the LMS on the go;• A single platform for all teaching and learningneeds with respect to support;
  21. 21. Questions
  22. 22. About…Ishan AbeywardenaSenior Lecturer, School of Science and Technology, Wawasan Open University, Penang, Malaysia• MSc in Wireless Enterprise Business Systems, Brunel University, UK.• MSc in Engineering Management, Brunel University, UK.• BSc in Computer Science, Bangalore University, India.• PhD Candidate in Computer Science, University Malaya, Malaysia. Areas of specialisation: text mining,metadata, faceted searchProfessional Member of– Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (MIEEE)– British Computer Society (MBCS)– Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET)– Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)Official Profile: http://www.wou.edu.my/IshanAbeywardena.htmlProfessional Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/ishansaResearch Profile: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ishan_Abeywardena/Tech Blog: http://www.ishantalks.comE-mail: ishansa@wou.edu.my