Moodle LMS Overview

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Top tips on using Moodle with case studies

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Moodle LMS Overview

  1. 1. Putting Moodle to Work Steve Rayson, Partner Mark Aberdour, Chief Executive
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>What is Moodle and who uses it? </li></ul><ul><li>What you get with Moodle - and what you don't </li></ul><ul><li>How you can use Moodle - Example implementations </li></ul><ul><li>Licence free but investment you need to make </li></ul><ul><li>5 top tips and 5 key mistakes to avoid </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle community support </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Moodle? <ul><li>Open Source LMS/VLE </li></ul><ul><li>Linux/Windows/Mac </li></ul><ul><li>Used by Open University </li></ul><ul><li>Widely used </li></ul>Poll 2
  4. 4. Medium & Small Companies E-learning Guild Research – April 2007
  5. 5. <ul><li>10% of surveyed companies use Moodle in the US </li></ul>
  6. 6. Moodle Growth
  7. 7. <ul><li>How many active Moodle developers are there? </li></ul><ul><li>How many community users are active answering questions each month on the Moodle forum? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it available in different languages? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Moodle Some Facts Development team size 130+ active developers Customer base 47,600+ registered sites serving 22m users 293 registered sites with over 10,000 users Open University: 3590 courses and 452,000 users Localisation 75+ language packs available Popularity 70,000+ downloads per month Nearly 500,000 registered community users Community growing at 850 users per day 30,000 active on the community site each month
  9. 9. The Open Source advantage <ul><li>No licence costs </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid vendor lock-in </li></ul><ul><li>Mitigation of vendor collapse or product discontinuation </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced reliability </li></ul><ul><li>Fixes and patches get to market more quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Ease of customisation </li></ul><ul><li>Did you know that 24% of commercial LMS buyers want to change platforms? </li></ul><ul><li>They cited a number of key problem areas: </li></ul><ul><li>out of the box functionality </li></ul><ul><li>management reporting </li></ul><ul><li>ease of customisation </li></ul><ul><li>inflexible data models and architectures </li></ul><ul><li>rapid return on investment </li></ul><ul><li>vendor service and support </li></ul><ul><li>(Bersin, 2007) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Why do companies use Moodle?
  11. 11. How companies use Moodle
  12. 12. Four Key Moodle Uses <ul><li>E-learning launching and tracking </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitating learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion forums </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chat rooms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Supporting classroom courses </li></ul><ul><li>Online performance support centre </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sales academy </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. What you get <ul><li>Fully featured VLE/LMS </li></ul><ul><li>Robust </li></ul><ul><li>Scalable </li></ul><ul><li>Customisable </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>Supported – free and paid </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>What features does Moodle provide? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Features <ul><li>Upload range of content </li></ul><ul><li>e-learning packages </li></ul><ul><li>word documents </li></ul><ul><li>pdf documents </li></ul><ul><li>audio </li></ul><ul><li>video </li></ul><ul><li>web links </li></ul><ul><li>Functionality includes </li></ul><ul><li>full tracking </li></ul><ul><li>calendar </li></ul><ul><li>discussion forums </li></ul><ul><li>chat rooms </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>blogs </li></ul><ul><li>wikis </li></ul><ul><li>groups </li></ul>
  16. 16. Ease of Use <ul><li>Moodle modular with many components </li></ul><ul><li>Simply turn them on and off as needed </li></ul><ul><li>Create side blocks for news, promotions, links etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Move side blocks with click of a button </li></ul><ul><li>Change look easily </li></ul><ul><li>Add resources easily </li></ul>
  17. 18. Case Studies
  18. 26. What do you need to spend money on?
  19. 27. Moodle Investment <ul><li>Hosting & back up </li></ul><ul><li>Customise look and feel </li></ul><ul><li>Reporting </li></ul><ul><li>Course set up </li></ul><ul><li>Admin and tutor training </li></ul><ul><li>Bespoke modules </li></ul>
  20. 28. Top Tips <ul><li>Start small eg sales academy </li></ul><ul><li>Customise look and feel </li></ul><ul><li>Use variety of media </li></ul><ul><li>Let tutors run their courses/areas </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate other tools eg </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Slideshare </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youtube </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Surveymonkey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>News feeds </li></ul></ul>
  21. 29. Community Support <ul><li>Moodle is a community project </li></ul><ul><li>Great support from the Moodle community </li></ul><ul><li>www.moodle.org </li></ul>
  22. 30. Resources www.kineo.com
  23. 31. Try It www.kineoopensource.com

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