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Aztea Peaks 2006

  1. 1. A Moodle Success Story
  2. 2. My Bio <ul><li>Background in 7-12 as a teacher, technology coordinator, and administrator. </li></ul><ul><li>M.Ed. in Ed. Leadership and Educational Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Currently manage the Information Systems Technology Training Team (ISTT) for Information Technology Services at Northern Arizona University. </li></ul><ul><li>Current interests include blended learning, workforce improvement/staff development, developing learning objects, and applying principles of cognitive psychology to computer-based instruction. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Outline of Presentation <ul><li>Why Open Source? </li></ul><ul><li>Why Moodle? </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle in Mexico. </li></ul><ul><li>Setting Up Your Own Moodle. </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle Resources. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is Open Source Software? <ul><li>Open Source software is software that is released in a way that allows users to modify it according to their needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Open Source software is usually supported by a community of users who donate their time and work to a project. </li></ul><ul><li>The Open Source business model is to make money by providing support to users of the software, not off the software itself. </li></ul><ul><li>Open Source software is generally available at no charge, but being free is not a criteria of Open Source software. </li></ul><ul><li>Even when Open Source software is available at no charge, an organization should never think of it as free software. There are many hidden costs. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Examples of Successful Open Source Projects <ul><li>Linux (Fedora, Redhat, Mandriva, Ubuntu, Suse, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>The Apache Web Server </li></ul><ul><li>PHP for dynamic Web pages </li></ul><ul><li>The MySQL and Postgresql database projects </li></ul><ul><li>OpenOffice </li></ul><ul><li>The Sakai Project </li></ul><ul><li>Open Source Portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>K-12 Linux Terminal Server Project </li></ul><ul><li>And of course - Moodle! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why Open Source for Education? <ul><li>If you have the budget to hire a professional technical staff with expertise in educational technology, Open Source can save a school or district a lot of money – but significant costs will be incurred in human capital. </li></ul><ul><li>The money you save by not paying licensing fees can be used to increase staff and teacher salaries, and ultimately, increase technology options to your students. </li></ul><ul><li>Open Source is catching on in higher education. This means that K-12 can increasingly benefit from educational applications that trickle down. </li></ul>
  7. 7. So what is Moodle? <ul><li>Moodle is a “free” learning management system that enables you to create powerful, flexible, and engaging online learning experiences. - William Rice </li></ul><ul><li>It is a tool that can enhance your teaching – both online and as a supplement to the traditional classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle might be thought of as the open source competitor to Blackboard/WebCT. </li></ul><ul><li>It was created by Martin Dougiamas, an Australian doctoral student. Today Martin continues to direct the project, but it is supported and used by a large community of developers, educators, and organizations. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn more about Moodle at </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Sakai Project (a quick side note) <ul><li>If you are considering an open source learning management system, you should also be aware of the Sakai Project - </li></ul><ul><li>Sakai is an online Collaboration and Learning Environment. Many users of Sakai deploy it to support teaching and learning, ad hoc group collaboration, support for portfolios and research collaboration. </li></ul><ul><li>Sakai seems to be oriented more toward higher education and appears to require more technical expertise to run than Moodle, but it is an option. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Why I decided to work with Moodle <ul><li>It is a great system for K-12 education. </li></ul><ul><li>It is designed for the LAMP (Linux, Apache MySQL, PHP) environment, which is a common platform found in many school districts and hosting companies. </li></ul><ul><li>It is easy to learn to use and does not take a high level of technical experience to set up and administer. However administrators should have a good understanding of Web servers and Web pages if they are going to run it on their own server. </li></ul><ul><li>It is based on the PHP scripting (programming) language, which is relatively easy to learn and makes it easier to modify Moodle and understand how it works. </li></ul><ul><li>The Moodle community is thriving and very active. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Our Moodle Project <ul><li>I am currently administering a Moodle instance for the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Sonora in Hermosillo. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Hermosillo, Sonora <ul><li>Approximately 700,000 inhabitants. </li></ul><ul><li>Almost exactly a 500 mile drive from Flagstaff. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Department of Foreign Languages (DLE) <ul><li>Offers general courses in English and other foreign languages. </li></ul><ul><li>They have a very successful undergraduate program in Teaching EFL </li></ul>
  13. 13. Details of the DLE-UniSon Moodle Project <ul><li>Now in our second year. I pitched the project to DLE faculty in April of 2005 and started the project on a server hosted out of my office at NAU the following month. </li></ul><ul><li>The project was hosted by ITS at NAU the first year. I now host it for them on a private server. </li></ul><ul><li>My goal was to introduce it and support it from Flagstaff while the department slowly adopted it. I plan to completely turn it over to them by June of 2007 and move on to new projects. </li></ul><ul><li>The project currently has approximately ten active instructors, with nineteen courses, and more than 200 students. </li></ul><ul><li>The URL is </li></ul>
  14. 14. Support for the Moodle Project <ul><li>I traveled to Hermosillo once to promote the project and then conducted two, week-long workshops on site in June 2005 and 2006. Other than that, the project was supported entirely from 500 miles away. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Setting up your own instance of Moodle <ul><li>There are several ways to get started: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have the technology-support person in your district install a copy for you on the district server. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find a hosting company that offers Fantastico to easily install an instance for you. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find a commercial company that specializes in hosting Moodle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use a search engine to find a Moodle demonstration, sandbox, or play area. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Install it yourself... </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. If you decide to install it yourself... <ul><li>Download the latest version of Moodle from </li></ul><ul><li>You'll need to set up a server running Apache, MySQL, and PHP. This can be done on a computer running Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux. </li></ul><ul><li>Ubuntu Linux Server version can install a complete LAMP server in less than 20 minutes. Then install Moodle using apt-get or aptitude. “sudo apt-get install moodle” </li></ul><ul><li>Probably the easiest way to get started on your own computer is to download and install the Complete Install Packages (Moodle+Apache+MySQL+PHP) found at the bottom of the Moodle download page - . There are versions for both Mac OS X and Windows. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Moodle Resources <ul><li>The official Moodle site is always the best place to start: . </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle Documentation - </li></ul><ul><li>Sites using Moodle - </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle Statistics - </li></ul><ul><li>Comparison of Blackboard vs. Moodle - </li></ul><ul><li>Sample Chapter on Installing and Configuring Moodle - </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle news and publications from around the world - </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia on Moodle - </li></ul>
  18. 18. Books on Moodle <ul><li>Moodle E-Learning Course Development by William H. Rice IV (2006) </li></ul><ul><li>Using Moodle by Jason Cole (2005) </li></ul>
  19. 19. A Moodle Success Story