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1 Surry Online (powered by Moodle): Moving to Moodle: One College’s ApproachDr. Candace Ring Helen DollyhiteDistance Surry Community College
2 …a bit of historyIn 1998, Surry Community College adopted Blackboard 4 as its official course management system (CMS).Many faculty are happy with Blackboard, but found that information got lost due to having to “drill down” to find information.Aug. 2006: In conjunction with NCCCS, Surry participates in the Moodle pilot project, ncmug.net, for UNC and NC community colleges provided by Bill Randall of the NCCCS.
3 …a bit of historySpring 2008: 40 faculty members attend “hands-on” workshop opportunities. Surry contracts with Remote-Learner for hosted Moodle instance, branded ‘Surry Online.’Summer 2008: 10 faculty participate in pilot project , committing to teach a course in Moodle in Summer Early Childhood courses phased over to Moodle.Fall 2008: Surry Online offers 20 courses on Moodle, with 65 in Blackboard 7.3. Training/migration continues.Spring 2009: 50 active courses with 1000 active users. Training/migration continues.Fall 2010: Migration is complete. All courses converted and taught on Moodle.
4 …(perceived) pros and cons CommercialOpen SourceStable(ish)ScalableSupported/”someone to sue”Documentation/TrainingPerception of “safety & stability”Turn-key solutionsLack of customizationMandated patches/upgradesProprietary contentProhibitive costCustomizableUpgrade/Versioning autonomyFaster integration of new technologiesOpen standardsIntegration with other servicesNCCCS/corporate/homeschool tie-inSubstantial cost savingsLoss of some functionalityFears of instability & scalabilityLack of support/”someone to blame”Hidden costs – hosting, support, new hires?Requires developers, programmers
5 …expectations management Facing the fears:Loss of functionality (esp. gradebook, selective release)Migration (“…you mean I have to start over?!?)Training & SupportIntegrationGetting “Buy In” From FacultyBrought in people who had migrated to Moodle to conduct initial training.Faculty has positive attitude toward changeFaculty like flexibility of featuresFaculty like student reporting and data features
6 Key to Success: Support Faculty & Students …training & supportKey to Success: Support Faculty & StudentsCandace Ring and Helen Dollyhite conduct workshops, provide training materials and technical support to facultyProvide technical support to studentsIn the process of creating online training option for faculty and student orientationDeveloping technical support website
7 …training & supportSurry now conducts monthly workshops for full and part time facultyIncludes one-on-one optionDivisional sessionsCampus-wide sessionsDay & evening training optionsOpen source downside: No one else to call. No one else to blame.Hosting services like MoodleRooms, Optimized Learning, and Remote-Learner can help ease the transition and provide admin support.
8 …integrationWorking on integration with Datatel through Open Source CollaborativeThe “community model” saves the day!Similar solutions in place for Datatel (CPCC) freely gives Datatel integration scripts to colleges who askGuildford Technical CC has auditing reportSouth Piedmont CC has “block student” authenticationThe moodle.org forums host a vibrant community of users/ admins/developers, all of whom believe in the open source model
9 …timeline Moodle 16 live courses Complete migration & training Moodle “official” CMSBlackboard no longer availableMoodle 16 live courses16 faculty/ 320 usersBring Con Ed aboard -10 coursesBlackboard support continuesBlackboard training as requestedSpring08/Summer Fall Spring 09 /Fall Fall 2010Continue migration & training50 courses/1500 usersAdd 4 more Con Ed coursesBlackboard support continuesDevelop training materialConduct workshop seriesTeach Moodle 10 coursesBlackboard support continues
10 …migration Faculty migration needs are diverse Migration tools “I just want my files.”“I have 2800 questions in a database, and 25 quizzes.”“Can’t you just move my entire course? All I’ve posted is a syllabus.”Migration toolsZip/UnzipbFreeRespondus IMS_QTI personalityLSU’s Blackboard Moodle Conversion Tool
11 Blackboard Moodle Resources Assignments Quizzes Glossary mapping Blackboard to MoodleBlackboardCourse DocumentsCourse InformationAssignmentsDiscussion BoardTestsGlossaryAnnouncementsMoodleResourcesAssignmentsQuizzesGlossaryLabel or Forum
12 …administration LAMP experience is good Tools LinuxApacheMySQLPHP (in this case)ToolscPanelphpMyAdmindir layout is logical, if you like SSH and command lineHas required some professional development on our partsLearning new skills = always a good thingHaving to solve the problem yourself = always a strong motivatorLarger community = more shared solutionsA “we can make this work” attitude = indispensable
13 Questions? Dr. Candace Ring Surry Community College Phone:Helen DollyhitePhone: