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Open Source Projects e.g. Moodle. June 1, 2005. Barron Koralesky Macalester College. Barry Bandstra Hope College. Outline . Open source solutions What is Moodle, why use it? Institutional case studies Hope College Macalester College MITC, open source, & collaboration Discussion.

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open source projects e g moodle

Open Source Projects e.g. Moodle

June 1, 2005

Barron Koralesky

Macalester College

Barry Bandstra

Hope College

outline
Outline
  • Open source solutions
  • What is Moodle, why use it?
  • Institutional case studies
    • Hope College
    • Macalester College
  • MITC, open source, & collaboration
  • Discussion
open source learning management systems lms
Open Source Learning Management Systems (LMS)

What is open source & what is an LMS?

  • How does it differ from commercial models?
    • Cost
    • Control
  • What are examples of open source LMS systems?
  • Why open source for higher education?
why use an lms
Why use an LMS?
  • Promotes active learning
  • Accessibility (reserve readings)
  • Reusability
  • Extend the course outside of the classroom
  • Because millennial students want/expect it
  • Incoming faculty expect a LMS
  • Reduce photocopy and duplicating costs
  • Because everyone's doing it?
what is moodle
What is Moodle?
  • Name - Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment
    • Moodle - v. to lazily meander through something
  • Developer - Martin Dougiamas
  • Appeared August 2002
  • Guiding philosophy - Social constructivism
why consider the moodle open source lms
Why consider the Moodle open source LMS?
  • Advantages
    • Cost (no licensing restrictions)
    • Linux/Win/Mac, Apache, mySQL, PHP
    • Configurability
    • Very active developer community
      • Driven by educators
    • Very active user (help) community
why consider an open source lms
Why consider an open source LMS?
  • Potential challenges?
    • Institutional buy-in
      • Faculty
      • IT
    • Credibility
    • Installation
    • Faculty training
    • Operational support and help desk
    • Integrating LMS with other campus data systems
functionality use
Functionality & Use
  • Syllabus tools (calendaring) – fluid syllabus
  • Communication tools (mailing lists, discussion forums, journals, course notices, file/link dispersal) – enhanced connection to students
  • Assessment and evaluation tools (quizzes, surveys, grade book, polls)
    • Formative & evaluative assessments
    • Enable student self-assessment
  • Assignments
  • Glossaries
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Functionality & Use
  • Syllabus tools (calendaring) – fluid syllabus
functionality use2
Functionality & Use
  • Communication tools
functionality use3
Functionality & Use
  • Assessment and evaluation tools
case study hope college
Case Study – Hope College
  • Inception
    • Needed a platform for teaching Hebrew, but Hope had no LMS, and no plans to get one
  • Gestation
    • MITC-ITLAC symposium was the opportunity to hear about CMS and institutional experiences (primarily no CMS, some Blackboard & WebCT)
  • Experimentation
    • Searched the web, found possibilities
    • Hope's computing department allowed me to "play with" a number of open source projects
    • Piloted Moodle in religion courses (Spring 2003).
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Case Study – Hope College
  • Campus pilot project (Fall 2003)
  • All-campus resource (Spring 2004) and why it has been so well received
  • Will be the delivery platform for summer 2006 online courses
case study macalester
Case Study – Macalester
  • Macalester had no LMS (2003-2004)
  • Instructional technologists saw need
  • Heard about Moodle from MITC colleagues & MITC itself
  • Free software, desktop hardware, allowed instructional techs to run pilot (2004-05)
  • Pilot pedagogically-focused faculty workshops with faculty development center and early adopter faculty

B.K.

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Case Study – Macalester
  • First semester
    • 25 faculty, 400 students, 35 courses
  • Second semester
    • 80 faculty, 1,200 students, 90 courses
    • Macalester ~1,800 FTE
  • Full support starting fall 2005
    • Central IT server administration
    • Accounts linked to central systems
    • Courses/enrollment linked to registrar data
mitc open source collaborations
MITC, Open Source, & Collaborations
  • MITC collaborations
    • Liaison meetings
    • ITLAC symposia
  • Helps overcome our natural isolation & limited resources
  • MITC hosted projects
    • LMSs
      • Moodle, CHEF
    • Digital Asset Management
      • ContentDM
1 3 mitc colleges using moodle
1/3 MITC Colleges using Moodle
  • Albion
  • Beloit
  • Earlham
  • Hope
  • Lake Forest
  • Lawrence University
  • Macalester
  • St. Olaf
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MITC, Open Source, & Collaborations
  • MITC provides informal Moodle support
    • CMS mailing list
      • Moodle users chimed in
      • Discussions of campus adoption of CMS
      • Discussions about some issues, i.e. FERPA compliance
    • Call for collaboration
      • Improving use
      • Extending functionality
collaboration case study
Collaboration Case Study
  • Mac helped Beloit with server choice & configuration
    • Heard of us and others through MITC
    • Existing relationships with colleagues
    • MITC server + local server
  • Macalester took workshop to Beloit
    • Macalester workshop in development
    • MITC funded travel expenses
    • MITC staff attended & assisted
  • Beloit expanding Moodle campus wide
questions comments discussion
Questions? Comments?Discussion?

Barry Bandstra

bandstra@hope.edu

Barron Koralesky

koralesky@macalester.edu