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1 Surry Online (powered by Moodle): Moving to Moodle: One Colleges Approach Dr. Candace Ring Helen Dollyhite Distance Surry Community College

2 …a bit of history In 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,, for UNC and NC community colleges provided by Bill Randall of the NCCCS.

3 Spring 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. …a bit of history

4 Open SourceCommercial …(perceived) pros and cons Stable(ish) Scalable Supported/someone to sue Documentation/Training Perception of safety & stability Turn-key solutions Lack of customization Mandated patches/upgrades Proprietary content Prohibitive cost Customizable Upgrade/Versioning autonomy Faster integration of new technologies Open standards Integration with other services NCCCS/corporate/homeschool tie-in Substantial cost savings Loss of some functionality Fears of instability & scalability Lack of support/someone to blame Hidden costs – hosting, support, new hires? Requires developers, programmers …(perceived) pros and cons

5 …expectations management Facing the fears: – Loss of functionality (esp. gradebook, selective release) – Migration (…you mean I have to start over?!?) – Training & Support – Integration Getting Buy In From Faculty – Brought in people who had migrated to Moodle to conduct initial training. – Faculty has positive attitude toward change – Faculty like flexibility of features – Faculty like student reporting and data features

6 …training & support Key to Success: Support Faculty & Students – Candace Ring and Helen Dollyhite conduct workshops, provide training materials and technical support to faculty – Provide technical support to students – In the process of creating online training option for faculty and student orientation – Developing technical support website

7 …training & support – Surry now conducts monthly workshops for full and part time faculty Includes one-on-one option Divisional sessions Campus-wide sessions Day & evening training options – Open 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 …integration – Working on integration with Datatel through Open Source Collaborative – The community model saves the day! Similar solutions in place for Datatel (CPCC) freely gives Datatel integration scripts to colleges who ask Guildford Technical CC has auditing report South Piedmont CC has block student authentication The forums host a vibrant community of users/ admins/developers, all of whom believe in the open source model

9 …timeline Develop training material Conduct workshop series Teach Moodle 10 courses Blackboard support continues Continue migration & training 50 courses/1500 users Add 4 more Con Ed courses Blackboard support continues Moodle 16 live courses 16 faculty/ 320 users Bring Con Ed aboard -10 courses Blackboard support continues Blackboard training as requested Complete migration & training Moodle official CMS Blackboard no longer available Spring08/Summer 08 Fall 08 Spring 09 /Fall 2009 Fall 2010

10 …migration Faculty migration needs are diverse – I just want my files. – I have 2800 questions in a database, and 25 quizzes. – Cant you just move my entire course? All Ive posted is a syllabus. Migration tools – Zip/Unzip – bFree – Respondus IMS_QTI personality – LSUs Blackboard Moodle Conversion Tool

11 Blackboard – Course Documents – Course Information – Assignments – Discussion Board – Tests – Glossary – Announcements mapping Blackboard to Moodle Moodle –Resources –Assignments –Quizzes –Glossary –Label or Forum

12 …administration LAMP experience is good – Linux – Apache – MySQL – PHP (in this case) Tools – cPanel – phpMyAdmin – dir layout is logical, if you like SSH and command line Has required some professional development on our parts – Learning new skills = always a good thing – Having to solve the problem yourself = always a strong motivator – Larger community = more shared solutions – A we can make this work attitude = indispensable

13 Questions? Dr. Candace Ring Surry Community College Phone: Helen Dollyhite Surry Community College Phone:

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