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									Online Learning in an Open
Source Environment


        D. Verne Morland
          Managing Partner
        ROI Learning Services


             4 March 2004


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Objectives
1. Explain the Open Source SW movement
2. Summarize the Moodle design and features
3. Discuss social constructivist learning theory
4. Examine how Moodle works for:
       Students
       Instructors
       Administrators
5. Facilitate an open dialogue on commercial and
   open system learning environments

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Who Am I?
Verne Morland
   Managing partner, ROI Learning
    Services
   Corporate university designer for NCR
   Business analyst and marketing director
   Software designer and systems engineer
   BSEE (Princeton) and MSEd. (U Dayton)


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What is ROI Learning Services?

  Training outsource company
  Network of skilled practitioners:
      Business and training needs analysis
      Instructional design
      Technical design and support
      Online and blended course development
      Classroom and virtual course delivery
      Learning and business impact assessment

  Your potential partner!
   (www.roi-learning.com)

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Getting to Know You
Have you:

   Taken an online course?
     Independent, self-paced, self-study?
     Collaborative, facilitated,
      synchronized?
   Did you learn anything?
   Did you enjoy the experience?

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Getting to Know You
Have you:

   Designed an online course?
   Facilitated an online course?
   Customized an online learning
    environment?
   Built an online learning environment?


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What Is Open Source Software?


 Free!
  Locally extensible
  Globally supported
  Platform independent


 Details at http://www.opensource.org/docs/definition.php

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Advantages of Open Source
Open Source … means that because the
source is available for all to see,
developers are building on the work of
others, rather than constantly re-inventing
the wheel, and being recognized for their
effort. Bugs are found and fixed more
rapidly than in proprietary software, and a
spirit of honest and open collaboration
prevails.
                  - Visualising a Better Way
                    by J. Ul-Haque and R. Whittaker

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Disadvantages of Open Source

 No single, responsible supplier
 No committed development schedule




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Leading Open Source Products

  LINUX             - Operating System
  Apache            - Web server
  Perl, PHP         - Scripting languages
  MySQL             - Database system




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Moodle Is…

         Modular,
         Object-
         Oriented,
         Dynamic
         Learning
         Environment
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Moodle Is…
 A course management system for developing and
  delivering Internet-based courses
 Based on social constructionist learning theory
 Available in 33 languages
 A free alternative to commercial software such as WebCT
  or Blackboard
 Written in PHP
 Runs on Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, and Netware 6
 Used by a growing number of universities, schools, and
  corporations. (Currently 927 sites in 70 countries are
  registered on Moodle.org/sites.)

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Moodle Offers…

    Forums,
    Chats,
    Resources,  Learning materials
    Journals,
    Quizzes and tests,
    Surveys,
    Workshops, and
    Assignments.

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Social Constructivism

Social constructivists view learning as a
social process. It does not take place only
internally, nor is it a passive development
of behaviors that are shaped by external
forces. Meaningful learning occurs when
individuals are engaged in social activities.

                   - Social Constructivism
                     By Beaumie Kim (2001)


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Moodle Is Versatile
 Moodle can be…
   A complete online learning environment
   A focal point for online collaboration
   A repository of self-study courses and
    materials

 Moodle can contain…
   Collaborative, synchronous courses
   Independent, self-paced courses

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Plain Vanilla Moodle




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Corporate Moodle




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Training Company Moodle




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The Student’s View of Moodle


   1. Short video tour
   2. Discussion using slides
   3. Live, online demonstration




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Logging In to the OLC



                  Your Username




  Your Password




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Center Home Page

                                             Welcome message




          Link to first HH online course




         Discussion forums for new
       communities of practice (CoP)
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Course Home Page
                                                             Recent activity




   Participant profiles




                                                      Instructions for taking the
                                                     course and using the forums
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Course Topics                              Topic description




                                        Instructional articles



   Unit quiz


                              Student journal




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Navigating Through the Course
                        Lesson 1      Lesson 2   Lesson 3
           Learning
          Objectives

 Intro
                                                            Quiz


 Unit 1




 Unit 2   • Each unit begins with “What You Will Learn”
          • Navigation flows from lesson to lesson
          • Each unit ends with a Quiz


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 Student Journals                                           Quick navigation




     Journal instructions




Your personal entries




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Case Study                                Quick navigation




                                         Engagement question


                                            Answer choices




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Retail CoP Forum                         Quick navigation




                                                   Forum charter




                     Click to start a new discussion




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Forum Posting                                  Quick navigation




     Subject


                                                   Message




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User Demo



  Harte-Hanks Online Learning Center




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The Instructor’s View of Moodle


   1. Discussion using slides
   2. Live, online demonstration




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Course Content Control
                                              Adding new
                                              components


      Admin
      areas




                                                 Editing and
                                                 positioning




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Instructor Demo



  Harte-Hanks Online Learning Center




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The Administrator’s View of Moodle


   1. Discussion using slides
   2. Live, online demonstration




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Admin Controls                                   How things look
                                                   and work




Who has access




Course control




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Grade Book


          Assessments




       Student              Grades




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  Site Logs




Date and time   Student                             Moodle object




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Special Reports

                                                   Student progress

 Photographs




               Student




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Administrator Demo



  Harte-Hanks Online Learning Center




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Key Take-Aways
 Open Source is FREE
 Open Source is extensible
 Moodle will be to online learning what LINUX is
  to operating systems
 Moodle is flexible      (based on social constructivism but
   fully amenable to independent learning)

 Moodle is easy to use for students, instructors,
  and administrators
 Contact ROI Learning if you need help… 

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Thank You




   Discussion / Questions?




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