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The dog that didn’t bark: ‘total Moodle’ at a research-led institution
Last year UCL (University College London) embarked on an ambitious quest , and one some said was impossible in a research-led university, to ensure all of our 4500 modules have an associated Moodle presence by September 2011. As the deadline approaches how are we doing? And what will we do afterwards?
The ‘total Moodle’ project, led by a fairly small central learning technology team, has uncovered surprising changes in the way the VLE is now perceived and supported in the College which has forced us to re-think our own support strategy. The predicted academic resistance did not materialise and instead we have seen institutional adaptation of new technologies with astonishing enthusiasm, staff adapting in unexpected ways to Moodle, the emergence of a new and enthusiastic cadre of VLE supporters and all this in the framework of growing student expectations and demands.
We are now considering how we promote Moodle when (if?) we reach totality, what comes next in a technical and pedagogical sense and what new models of support and consultancy we should offer in the future.