A little knowledge is a dangerous thing:Supporting staff through the transition to Moodle when they’ve already been teaching online for years Louise Drumm @louisedrumm & Anne Jamie, email@example.com Learning Technologists Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences
VLE History / Faculty Modules Most of our modules incorporate elements of online learning Many modules are heavily blended A number of fully online modules and growing WebCT Vista adopted in 2005 with additional tools such asTurnitin, Blackboard Collaborate, Respondus, WebCT portfolio Moodle 2.2 replaced WebCT in Trimester 3 2012
The task facing us in January 2012 ... 300-400 modules running each trimester Most have existing content migrated from WebCT On-going in-house development of Moodle Encouraging continued good practice in technology enhanced learning
The WebCT Legacy ... Lots and lots of content ... all displayed on the module home page The ‘learning module’ tool Staff well trained but in the wrong VLE Examples Where’s the student view tab? How can I lock a discussion?
The Plan ... Rolling programme of scheduled training sessions and dissemination events Step-by-step PDF guides and videos A bit of preliminary tidying up Advance warning given to staff of what needs to be done
The Reality ... Well attended training sessions Limited roll-out of guides due to time constraints Replicating complex activities takes a lot of support Laborious book conversions & formatting High volume of 1:1 support Staff and student enrolment problems (various reasons but not Moodle’s fault) Still a lot of content
The Saving Graces Were ... The Book plugin Staff attitudes to change Student feedback Turnitin plugin In-house support & team work Customised blocks e.g. enrolled students, random glossary, RSS feeds, library Course Overview Plus plugin And for us ... Moodle docs
A Selection of Common Queries ... Hide / reveal course to students Add or remove topics / sections Email subscription to forums Setting up groups and group activities Activating the ‘link’ button in the WYSIWYG How to rollover contents from one module to another
The Training Programme ... • Developing Your Migrated Module Level 1 • Moodle Induction (New Staff)Introduction • Compiling a Book in Moodle ... The Story So Far • Using Tracking & Reporting Tools Level 2Intermediate • Creating, Using & Managing Groups • Setting & Releasing Quizzes / Assessments Level 3Intermediate/ • Using Communication & Collaboration Tools Advanced
Other Events & Collaborative Activities • Moodle in a Flash ... Migrated Module OverviewPresentation Q&A • Moodle in a Flash ... Checking & Preparing Your Module Workshops • Midday Moodle (opportunity to share experiences andPresentations showcase good practice) & Informal Chat
Question 1: What have you found hardabout the transition from WebCT to Moodle?
Q4: A few comments from staff ... “Support from Moodle team during the transition from WebCT to Moodle has been very, very good, I dont know how I would have managed without the support of this team.
What We’ve Learned ... Best to tidy up content before it leaves old VLE or in Moodle before staff see it Encourage deleting of redundant content Show example modules / consider design & layout Have stock answers to common queries (FAQs) Identify champions and make sure they are spread throughout offices Manage expectations ... it’s never going to function exactly the same as another VLE & it’s going to take a bit of getting used to
Future Plans Moodle 2.4 Develop additional focused training sessions & events More staff help materials ePortfolio Customised bank of activity icons for embedding in content pages