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Moving the OU to Moodle 2.0


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Presentation at MoodleMoot UK 2011. Talking about progress in moving to Moodle 2 at the UK Open University

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Moving the OU to Moodle 2.0

  1. 1. Moving the Open University to Moodle 2.0 Ross Mackenzie The Open University
  2. 2. This time last year <ul><li>Moodle 1.9 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Huge number of core customisations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>35,000 – 50,000 users per day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peaking at c.700,000 transactions per day (*) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contemplating Moodle 2.0 </li></ul></ul>
  3. 4. Then what happened? <ul><li>Traffic kept on growing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>user counts up by 35% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>transaction counts up by 100% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The challenge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>add new stuff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>do it all sooner </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Average Transaction Count
  5. 6. Forum postings
  6. 7. The Challenge <ul><li>Accelerate development activities – adding lots of new features in 12 rather than 24 months. </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle 1.9 or Moodle 2.0 or Something Else? (*) </li></ul>
  7. 8. The Challenge <ul><li>Accelerate development activities – adding lots of new features in 12 rather than 24 months. </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle 2.0 </li></ul>
  8. 9. Redeveloping for Moodle 2 <ul><li>Fewer core customisations </li></ul><ul><li>OU requirements addressed via separate modules that run inside a (close to) standard Moodle environment </li></ul>
  9. 10. Migration <ul><li>Reimplement / enhance OUforum, OUblog, OUwiki, authoring tools, dataplus, study planner </li></ul><ul><li>Sort out Quiz (version issue: 1.9 meets 2.0 meets 2.1) </li></ul><ul><li>Reimplement data integration / Elluminate integration </li></ul><ul><li>Revisit groups / roles / permissions </li></ul>
  10. 11. New features <ul><li>Integrate Moodle with GoogleApps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Still have accessibility concerns re GoogleApps </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Improve mobile support </li></ul><ul><li>Improve personalisation of learning experience </li></ul><ul><li>Add/improve User Generated Content tools </li></ul>
  11. 12. Migration Strategy <ul><li>The OU never sleeps </li></ul><ul><li>No obvious conversion time </li></ul>
  12. 13. Migration Strategy <ul><li>Lots of course running to their own pattern </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Usage peaks in February, May and November </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lots over 9 months, more 6 months long </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Migrate progressively at end of course </li></ul><ul><li>Run Moodle 1.9 and Moodle 2.x installations in parallel </li></ul>
  13. 14. New Design <ul><li>Implementing new set of themes for M2 </li></ul><ul><li>Wanted visual distinction between old and new platforms </li></ul><ul><li>Building on experience with M1.9 themes </li></ul>
  14. 19. Mobile Matters <ul><li>Seeing increasing mobile device traffic to VLE </li></ul><ul><li>Latest numbers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>c. 2M pages last month (to 13,000 users) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>60% Apple / 22% Android / 7% Blackberry </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Apps vs Mobile Web </li></ul>
  15. 21. Annotation Tool <ul><li>Reinventing the highlighter pen and post-it notes </li></ul><ul><li>Make/manage annotations on any website </li></ul><ul><li>Share annotations with other users (groups/OU/World) </li></ul><ul><li>Follow other users </li></ul>
  16. 24. Timetable <ul><li>Hope to have first limited groups of OU students using VLE2 in July 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Gradual ramp based on how good VLE2 is under load </li></ul><ul><li>How will VLE2 cope with November load-peak </li></ul>
  17. 25. Issues – Moodle 2.0 <ul><li>Do still have concerns about performance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently in the middle of load testing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bottlenecks, Where? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will make decision about ability to carry load in May </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do still have concerns re accessibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Are resolving some locally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Escalated others back to Perth </li></ul></ul>
  18. 26. Talking about Moodle 2 in UK HE <ul><li>20 th June 2011, Milton Keynes </li></ul><ul><li>Talk about what your institution is doing about evaluating, developing or rolling out Moodle 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed at staff with a strategic interest in Moodle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(hopefully also of interest to the more technically inclined too) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Any interest in forming a Moodle UK HE user’s group? </li></ul><ul><li>More info at </li></ul>
  19. 27. Other Presentations from OU <ul><li>Anthony Forth - our recent work in supporting mobile users of Moodle:   &quot;Mobile, Moodle and the Open University&quot; . </li></ul><ul><li>Sam Marshall - how we've been working with Martin and his team:  &quot;How to change Moodle: working with Moodle HQ&quot; . </li></ul><ul><li>Tim Hunt - latest quiz related developments: &quot;Introducing the new Moodle question engine&quot; . </li></ul>
  20. 28. Any Questions? <ul><li>Ross Mackenzie </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>