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Moodle (and other open source tools) - Sites at Lafayette

at Lafayette

and other open source tools

PA Summer Summit • July 31, 2009

Friday, August 14, 2009


Our Timeline

obviously not to scale

March

2006

July

2006

October

2006

December

2006

February

2007

June

2007

May

2008

July

2008

May

2009

July

2009

Drupal

goes live

Move to

Network ID

Bb license

renewal

Install

Moodle 1.6

Campus

LMS Survey

Faculty

breakfast

Pilot launch

with 1.7

Formal Moodle

announcement

& 1.8 upgrade

hack/doc I

at Lafayette

Moodle

Showcase

Zimbra

goes live

1.9 upgrade &

Bb retirement

party

Upgrade

to 1.9.5+

Moodle

Showcase

WP Mu

goes live

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Open Source

Moodle, Drupal & WordPress are open source

products

- There are no licensing fees (free -- like a puppy)

- Not public domain

- Licensed under the GNU Public License


Source code can be downloaded, read, modified and

re-distributed by the user

• Supported by the community and third-party

vendors

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Drupal

soapbox.lafayette.edu

• Individual and Class

‣ blogging

‣ Photo sharing



Departmental Website(s) - ITS, Library

Teachable moments with RSS

• Limitations:

‣ lack of personalized theming

‣ enrollments for groups

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Zimbra

• Email & Collaboration Suite

• Calendar sharing

• Smartphone integration

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WordPress multi-user

sites.lafayette.edu

depts.lafayette.edu

• Light-weight content management system

‣ Web site creation & maintenance

‣ Blogging (individual and class sites)

• Individualized sites

‣ themes, user permissions

• More teachable moments with RSS

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How we use Moodle

• Courses created and enrollments added

- every course, every term (months prior)

- enrollments (two weeks prior + daily drop/add)

• Departments, Committees, Advising, etc creation

and enrollment manual

• Placement testing (math, chemistry)

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Active Courses

approximate

Fall

Spring

500

375

250

125

0

2007-08 2008-09

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What does Moodle

mean

• Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning

Environment

‣ process of lazily meandering through

something

‣ doing things as it occurs to you to do them

‣ an enjoyable tinkering that often leads to

insight and creativity

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Where did Moodle come

from, and who owns it

• Development was started by Martin Dougiamas

who continues to lead the project

Moodle.org & tracker.moodle.org

- central point for information, discussion and

collaboration among Moodle users

- download open-source code

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Social Constructivist

Pedagogy

• Constructivism: people actively construct new

knowledge as they interact with their environment


Constructionism: learning is particularly effective

when constructing something for others to

experience

• Social Constructivism: extends these ideas to

groups collaboratively creating a small culture of

shared artifacts

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How Moodle supports

this philosophy

• Roles grant permissions within a course

• User profiles

• Course page is highly customizable

- layout by week, topic or social only

- add modules, resources and activities that help

students meet learning objectives


Activity types encourage collaboration and

interaction

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Activity types

• Forums (email alerts for activity)

• Glossaries

- Teacher defined, Learner defined, Common terms

• Assignments

- file upload, online text, offline

• Chat

• Wiki

• Lesson

• Workshops (peer assessment activity)

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Resource types

• Text page





Web page

Web link – new window, framed

Directory (folder of uploaded content)

Links to uploaded files

‣ Image, mp3, Flash, Windows media

‣ Office files, PDF


Embed Web 2.0 content:

‣ YouTube, Google Maps, VoiceThread, etc

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Side blocks/modules

• Messages

• Calendar

• HTML (text)

• RSS feeds (current events, podcast, etc)

• Recent activity

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What a Moodle course

looks like

• Blocks in three columns



Course content column in the center

Course content organized by:

- Week

- Topic *most widely adopted

- Social forums

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Moodle advantages

• Works with authentication systems

• Fewer clicks

• Multiple language support

• Group and role support

• Drag and drop interface


Online Users / Internal Messaging (mixed reviews)

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On the 2.0 Roadmap

• Calendar subscription (both directions)

• Conditional activities

• Wiki 2.0

• Better File management

• Usability improvements

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Increasing Adoption

• Workshops -- Quickstart, Developing Your Course,

Gradebook, What’s new

• Word of mouth

- students tell faculty

- faculty tell other faculty

- faculty use Moodle for department or committee

Moodle Showcase

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Running Moodle

• Cross-platform installation support:

- Linux, Mac, Windows

• Key technologies:

- Apache, PHP, MySQL

• Hosting

- Under your desk

- Enterprise server at institution

- Vendor hosting through third-party

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Supporting Moodle

Moodle is like a time-consuming goldfish

• The good news is you can fix bugs

• The bad news is ... you can fix bugs


Extending Moodle requires PHP/MySQL knowledge

- in house

- third-party

• Building a network of similarly-situated schools

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CLAMP-IT.org

• Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project

- 16 schools committed

- Hack/Doc meetings

- Liberal Arts edition

- Documentation, Usability testing

• About the project


Mellon Grant proposal

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