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Moodle - An Open Source Tool, but what does it really cost? Eric Clarke Lecturer in Informatics Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland HEAnet National Networking.

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1 Moodle - An Open Source Tool, but what does it really cost? Eric Clarke Lecturer in Informatics Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland HEAnet National Networking Conference 15th - 16th of November 2007 Lyrath Estate Hotel Kilkenny

2 Overview What is Moodle? Actual costs Hidden costs (The Moodle effect, parts 1, 2, 3……) Future costs

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4 BlackboardBiggest booth Angel LearningWere kind of the upstarts Desire2LearnTouting an oxygen bar at their booth Desire2Learn skirmishing with Blackboard in the exhibit hall, with lawyers seeking to collect evidence that the bigger company may be engaging in unfair competitive practices My VLE is bigger than your VLE. My open source platform has more potential than yours. I am really tired of the rhetoric and really ready for collaborative learning platforms. Dispatches From the Course-Management Wars EDUCAUSE, Seattle, October 07 - Josh Fischman

5 Moodle.org –Sites: 35,143 –Users: 14,920,616 –Community members: 335,971 Size matters? (BRNO University, CZ) –Courses: 19,223 –Users: 41,305 Sakai Vs Moodle –Louisiana State University and UCLA Major market share?

6 Law Society Of Ireland

7 500 users 750 users 5200 users 1000 Users Since October 2005

8 Whats going on? Content Academic (Basic and enhanced) Admin information Communication Assessment (Formative and summative) 300 MCQs live now Group assessments Wikis Assignments (Clinical case uploads) 30,000 since Jan 07

9 Social uses 20,000 IMs per month

10 Support costs Third party support 100k 4 Moodle sites –1 site pending Providing… Knowledge base Disaster recovery Developments (SMS) Code fixes

11 Costs HEAnet Services55k pa Server/back up 30k User support ?

12 We took a terrifying step…….. We asked the students what they thought! The Moodle effect part 1

13 Maybe its required action that scared us! We need 24/7 support technical support Moodle is ugly Too much dependence on Moodle Its a dumping ground for information Becoming a valid excuse for students who should be spending time on wards

14 How much space is there in a medical students head? What is the cost to the student if we try to overfill their head? I feel like I am Married to Moodle

15 Peripheral hospitals To ensure proper use of Moodle and online resources students need consistent and reliable internet access on all RCSI sites. We need reliable connections!

16 Teaching hospitals - WiFi Waterford Navan Drogheda Mullingar Kilkenny Cavan Holles St Coombe Rotunda JCMH Beaumont 30k

17 Laptop ownership scheme Before Moodle laptop use was optional Heavy reliance on Moodle in clinical years –Clinical case uploads, MCQs –Elective sign ups –Video grand rounds/lectures My four year old laptop is not up to the job

18 Laptop ownership scheme Review of laptop scheme 700K –Standard PC on entry –Tablet PCyear 3 to 4 Can I have it in Red?

19 Moodle effect - Part 2 Research (Funding) Dedicated departmental staff and time? All staff taking ownership of content? Moodle administration Dedicated Moodle development team

20 Moodle effect - Part 3 Higher production values and costs Tools/training for staff –Camtasia –Audacity –Online assessment techniques Group based learning –eModerating skills Move away from traditional teaching techniques –Pre-clinical online courses

21 Student Management System Curriculum Mapping ePortfolio New ventures Competency Tracking Quality Assurance Future costs

22 TANSTAAFL What does Moodle really cost? There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch Robert A. Heinlein

23 He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all. Sir William Osler Thank you for your time and attention Any questions?


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