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					  Moodle @ Purchase



         Keith Landa
       Purchase College
http://www.slideshare.net/keith.landa
Focus on teaching & learning                           Integration
- Robust set of activities & resources                 - Other systems
- Add-on modules from the community                    - Web 2.0 world
- Moodle development pathway




                             Why Moodle
                             @ Purchase?
                                                                Costs
Flexible open architecture
                                                                - No licensing costs
                                                                - Similar support costs


                                Risk management
                                - Risks of open source
                                - Commercial products have different risks
Background – Purchase – 2008

                                 Liberal Arts and Sciences
                                 plus Arts Conservatories

                                 ~4200 FTE




                               ERes electronic reserves




        Web enhancement of F2F courses
              LMS review @ Purchase
Context: faculty dissatisfaction with Blackboard; superficial use of LMS; escalating
costs

Fall 2008: faculty task force established; faculty survey; discussion of selection criteria
(functionality, technical requirements, costs)

Spring 2009: Moodle production system established; pilot Moodle courses (~20);
student survey (key driver); ongoing communication; development of general sense
among faculty that ‘we’re going with Moodle’….

Summer 2009: summer faculty workshop series (new); course conversion and course
prep; consolidation of electronic reserves into Moodle courses

Fall 2009/Spring 2010: transition year; immediate termination of ERes; one more year
of Blackboard; faculty assisted to move courses to Moodle; ongoing Moodle
workshops; termination of Blackboard at end of year
     Faculty Blackboard
                                                            LMS desired features
            uses
  Course documents                                          1.    Distribute materials
            Syllabus
                                                            2.    Library services
        Assignments
    Announcements                                           3.    Integration with SIS
         Course info
                                                            4.    Course communications
       Grade center
       External links                                       5.    Links to external web sites
    Discussion board                                        6.    One stop shopping for students
         Send email
   Staff information                                        7.    Discussion forum
    Course statistics                                       8.    Gradebook
     Digital dropbox
    Course calendar                                         9.    New media (blogs, wikis, podcasts)
       Test manager                                         10.   Drop boxes
             Groups
Early warning system                                        11.   Student collaboration tools
       Collaboration                                        12.   Course reports
          Messages
               Tasks
                                                            13.   Self-directed lessons
    Survey manager                                          14.   Online quizzing
          Safeassign
   Glossary manager
                                                            15.   Real-time tools (chat, etc)
                        0%   20%   40%   60%   80%   100%   16.   Clickers

                                     No “killer app” tying us to Blackboard
                                    Accessing resources                                     Assignments
                           70%                                                70%


Student Survey Responses
                           60%                                                60%
                           50%                                                50%
                           40%                                   Moodle       40%                                       Moodle
                           30%                                   Equal        30%                                       Equal
                           20%                                                20%
                                                                 Blackboard                                             Blackboard
                           10%                                                10%
                            0%                                                 0%
                                 Ease of use   Better function                      Ease of use       Better function

                                 Course communications                               Keeping track of grades
                           70%                                                70%
                           60%                                                60%
                           50%                                                50%
                           40%                                   Moodle       40%                                       Moodle
                           30%                                   Equal        30%                                       Equal
                           20%                                                20%
                                                                 Blackboard                                             Blackboard
                           10%                                                10%
                            0%                                                 0%
                                 Ease of use   Better function                      Ease of use       Better function

                                      Schedule tracking                             Which system preferred?
                           70%                                                70%
                           60%                                                60%
                           50%                                                50%
                           40%                                   Moodle                                                 Moodle
                                                                              40%
                           30%                                   Equal        30%                                       Equal
                           20%                                                20%
                                                                 Blackboard                                             Blackboard
                           10%
                                                                              10%
                            0%
                                                                              0%
                                 Ease of use   Better function                                    1
Implementation – course migration
• Blackboard - ~1000 courses; ERes – substantially
  more
• ERes – document download, upload to Moodle
• Blackboard – Moodle can import Blackboard course
  archives (zip files), but…. (problems with the Bb
  archives)
• Temp services staff - ~300 hours from May to Aug
  2009, primarily ERes migration
• Bb course migration on request during 2009/2010
  year
Implementation – faculty development
• Spring 2009 workshops: hour long sessions,
  various topics; early adopters; 28 faculty
• 2009 Summer Faculty Workshop Series: new
  programming, not just Moodle; half- and full-
  day workshops; stipends; 36 faculty at Moodle
  sessions
• Fall 2009: Moodle Kickoff workshops; Getting
  Started, Gradebook, Learning Activity; 98
  faculty
    Implementation – server config
• Virtual servers for production and for test/dev
    – More control over test environment
•   Windows Server 2008 x64
•   4 CPUs
•   4 GB RAM
•   30 GB C: drive; 100 GB E: drive
•   MS SQL and PHP
                      Cost comparisons
                           Blackboard                   Moodle
Licensing                  $40K                         $0K
Server                     VM                           VM
Staff                      Fraction FTE server admin    Fraction FTE server admin
                           1 FTE instructional tech     1 FTE instructional tech
Course migration           NA                           $3K onetime (ERes, mostly)
Faculty development        ??                           $3.6K summer 2009


         Switch to Moodle saves us over $50K each year
                      (Blackboard and ERes licensing costs)




            Risk management: self-host vs vendor host
                      http://goo.gl/tQ5uX
Community contributed modules

                                   Lightbox Gallery resource




    Map activity




         Community Modules and Plugins page
     http://moodle.org/mod/data/view.php?id=6009
Bringing the cloud into the course
  Open advantages
    Enrollment automation




  Student
Information
  System


Academic         Library
Analytics     Information
                Systems
                              Campus      Library integration
                             Repository   -Reserve requests
                                          -Electronic resources
                   Senior projects
  Focus on teaching & learning                     Integration
  - Robust set of activities & resources           - Other systems
  - Add-on modules from the community              - Web 2.0 world
  - Moodle development pathway



                          Why
                          @ Purchase?
                                                      Flexible open architecture
Costs
- No licensing costs
- Similar support costs


      Risk management
      - Risks of open source
      - Commercial products have different risks
      Campus lessons - Moodle
• LMS focus should be learning
  – Faculty AND student perspectives
• Change is hard, and exhilarating
• Choose the risk you’re comfortable with
• Importance of community critical mass for
  open source apps
• Clear roadmap for product development
  Student
Information
  System


Academic         Library
Analytics     Information
                Systems


                        Campus
                       Repository

               The View from 30,000 Feet
Community of Inquiry model
               Student
                 engagement
               • with content
               • with instructor
               • with each other




                http://communitiesofinquiry.com/
     7 Principles of Good Practice
1. Encourages contact between students and
   faculty
2. Develops reciprocity and cooperation among
   students.
3. Encourages active learning.
4. Gives prompt feedback.
5. Emphasizes time on task.
6. Communicates high expectations.
7. Respects diverse talents and ways of learning.
             LMS orientations
• Example Blackboard course
• Example Moodle course
  – Main page sections
  – Blocks
  – Moodle navigation
  – Course page mirrors class, integrated resources
    and learning activities
  – “Scroll of death”
    Setting up a learning module
• Defining the module
  – Using the section summary
• Module learning objectives
  – Add a resource -> Compose a web page
  – Name and Full text fields
  – Window options
• Creating organization: use of Labels
  Student engagement w/ content
• Context & student engagement w/ the content
• Files: your private staging area
  –   Linking to specific files
  –   Displaying a directory (folder) / image gallery
  –   File links in Moodle text
  –   Media filters
• Linking to web sites
• Integrating with Web 2.0 resources
  – Repositories in Moodle 2.0
  – YouTube, Vimeo, VoiceThread, Google Docs
            Discussion forums
• Student engagement with peers & instructor
• Student-faculty contact; feedback; active
  learning
• 4 forum types in Moodle (now 5 in 2.0)
  – Ex: single topic format; YouTube discussion
  – Q&A forum; reading reflection example
• Rating discussion forums
         Student collaboration
• Reciprocity and active learning
• Wiki activity
  – Configuration and use
  – Pedagogical considerations: combined use of
    group forum and wiki project
• Database activity
  – Structured contributions; activity configuration
  – Commenting and rating
  – Glossary activity
         Communication tools
• Course announcements (News Forum)
  – Tie to Latest News block
  – Forum archive and email to class members
• Moodle messaging
  – IM functionality within Moodle
  – Email notices
  – Permanent archive
• Chat activity (eg, office hours)
• Calendar and Upcoming Events
       Assignments in Moodle
• Feedback; student/faculty
  engagement/contact
• Assignment types; configuration
• Student and faculty views
• Grading and providing feedback
        Quizzes / Assessments
• Question bank
  – Question types
  – Organizing questions
  – Question import
• Configuring quizzes
  – Formative vs summative
  – Question selection
  – Feedback options
               Course reports
•   Course logs
•   Participation reports
•   Activity reports
•   Student activity reports
•   Connection between reports and messaging
                   Questions?


Keith Landa
Purchase College SUNY
914-251-6450
keith.landa@purchase.edu

				
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