Advantages of an Open LMS: Tying the World To Moodle

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Presentation 24 May 2011 to the SUNY Delihi MoodleMoot 2011

We haven't tied the whole world to Moodle (except through the Map activity that we've added to bring in Google Maps functionality), but the ability of Moodle to be a central platform that we can integrate other functions into is an important part of our development efforts. This talk will present our experiences and lessons learned in integrating a variety of applications into our Moodle system, including: library support for classes; senior project submissions; streaming media services (Kaltura); e-portfolios (Mahara); and live classroom environments (Big Blue Button).

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  • Moodle is our learning management system platform. We switched from Blackboard to Moodle over the course of the 2009/2010 academic year.
  • Moodle is our learning management system platform. We switched from Blackboard to Moodle over the course of the 2009/2010 academic year.
  • Moodle is our learning management system platform. We switched from Blackboard to Moodle over the course of the 2009/2010 academic year.
  • Moodle is our learning management system platform. We switched from Blackboard to Moodle over the course of the 2009/2010 academic year.
  • Moodle is our learning management system platform. We switched from Blackboard to Moodle over the course of the 2009/2010 academic year.
  • Moodle is our learning management system platform. We switched from Blackboard to Moodle over the course of the 2009/2010 academic year.
  • Moodle is our learning management system platform. We switched from Blackboard to Moodle over the course of the 2009/2010 academic year.
  • Moodle is our learning management system platform. We switched from Blackboard to Moodle over the course of the 2009/2010 academic year.
  • Moodle is our learning management system platform. We switched from Blackboard to Moodle over the course of the 2009/2010 academic year.
  • Advantages of an Open LMS: Tying the World To Moodle

    1. 1. Advantages of an Open LMS: Tying the World to Moodle Keith Landa MoodleMoot @ SUNY Delhi 23 May 2011 http://purchase.academia.edu/KeithLanda http://www.slideshare.net/keith.landa
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Purchase College </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle & open source at Purchase </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E-portfolios </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of video </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library integrations </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Background Liberal Arts and Sciences plus Arts Conservatories ~4200 FTE Web enhancement of F2F courses Development of online programming
    4. 4. Focus on teaching & learning - Robust set of activities & resources - Add-on modules from the community - Moodle development pathway Costs - No licensing costs - Similar support costs Integration - Other systems - Web 2.0 world Flexible open architecture Why @ Purchase? Risk management - Risks of open source - Commercial products have different risks
    5. 5. Moodle & open source @ Purchase <ul><li>Not first app </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle decision & campus climate </li></ul><ul><li>Open source decisions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-host v. vendor hosting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plain vanilla v. customization (community, hacks) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumer v. producer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Moodle core for Purchase suite </li></ul>
    6. 6. Student Information System Library Information Systems Academic Analytics Campus Repository The View from 30,000 Feet Live Classroom
    7. 7. E-portfolios
    8. 8. <ul><li>“ Mahoodle” </li></ul><ul><li>Single sign-on </li></ul><ul><li>Mahara assignment in Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>Adoption process for Mahara </li></ul><ul><li>Why e-portfolios? </li></ul><ul><li>Tool to showcase student/faculty work? </li></ul><ul><li>Tool to support student learning? </li></ul><ul><li>Tool to collect institutional data? </li></ul>http:// mahara.org
    9. 9. Mahara overview <ul><li>“ Collect, select, reflect” and share (access control) </li></ul>Resume building Social networking
    10. 11. Campus lessons - Mahara <ul><li>Adoption slower than with Moodle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Less faculty interest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stealth adoption </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planned work with Career Services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stronger tie to Moodle 2.0 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Repositories </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Focus on tool for student learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Constraints on student showcase uses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Constraints on harvesting institutional data </li></ul></ul>
    11. 12. Student Information System Library Information Systems Academic Analytics Campus Repository Live Classroom
    12. 13. Video @ Purchase
    13. 15. Faculty use of video in Moodle <ul><li>YouTube resources very popular </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Moodle multimedia filter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embedding other video sites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Web video not sufficient </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Privacy, copyright needs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Video uploads to Moodle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>150 MB limit per file </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course backups in the multi-GB range </li></ul></ul>
    14. 16. <ul><li>Commercial/community hybrid </li></ul><ul><li>http://corp.kaltura.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.kaltura.org/ </li></ul>
    15. 18. Kaltura-Moodle integration <ul><li>Video resource </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Media added to Kaltura through Moodle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upload bypasses Moodle (file size issues) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Playback controls </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Video assignment type </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student submitted videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video sequencing tools: content bank, timeline, transitions </li></ul></ul>
    16. 19. Streaming video rights <ul><li>Librarian role in obtaining streaming rights </li></ul><ul><li>Direct access to Kaltura publisher dashboard </li></ul><ul><li>Upload & transcode video </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule availability </li></ul><ul><li>Provide embed code for Moodle courses </li></ul>
    17. 23. Campus lessons - Kaltura <ul><li>Good feature set </li></ul><ul><li>Developer/support community </li></ul>
    18. 24. VoiceThread http://voicethread.com/
    19. 25. VoiceThread – Moodle integrations <ul><li>Company developed </li></ul><ul><li>Basic level: VoiceThread filter for Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>Site-wide level </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SSO between Moodle & VoiceThread </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VoiceThread resource type </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VoiceThread assignment type </li></ul></ul>
    20. 26. Student Information System Library Information Systems Academic Analytics Campus Repository Live Classroom
    21. 27. Student Information System Library Information Systems Academic Analytics Campus Repository Moodle enrollments Librarian roles Course reserves Senior projects
    22. 30. Library reserves <ul><li>Moodle block to mediate interaction between faculty, library and students in course </li></ul><ul><li>Request reserve materials </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty and librarian dashboard </li></ul>
    23. 35. Student Information System Library Information Systems Academic Analytics Campus Repository Moodle enrollments Librarian roles Course reserves Senior projects
    24. 36. Student Information System Library Information Systems Academic Analytics Campus Repository Live Classroom
    25. 37. Questions? Keith Landa [email_address] http://openscholar.purchase.edu/keith_landa

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