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Moodle - an industry perspective, how to use & myths

Here is an attempt to let the beginner know what Moodle is about, how to use it and myths about the Moodle.

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Moodle - an industry perspective, how to use & myths

  1. 1. Introduction & industry perspective Presented by: Mangesh Wagh Cofounder, Director Signy IT Solutions Pvt Ltd, Pune Dt: 22-Feb-2014
  2. 2. A brief about Signy IT Solutions • Web apps & mobile apps development • Opensource platforms • Elearning • Education domain • Tech: PHP, MySQL • Platforms: Moodle, Prestashop, SugarCRM, WordPress and more 2
  3. 3. Objectives • Introduction to Moodle’s abilities…. not just Moodle • Industry perspective • Underlining myths and respective truths about Moodle • Sharing experience and ideas 3
  4. 4. A quick introduction to Moodle • Virtual learning environment • Learning management system • Online course management system 4
  5. 5. In a ‘definition’ way  • A learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalized learning environments. 5
  6. 6. Dwelling on long-form • Modular • Object Oriented • Dynamic • Learning Environment 6
  7. 7. Opensource & free • Opensource • Free • Opensource & free 7
  8. 8. One of the best browser based applications! 8
  9. 9. Technical background • PHP • MySQL • Apache • Can be deployed on LAMP or WAMP 9
  10. 10. Deployment options It is built as a browser based application and hence can be deployed as any of below: • Internet application • Intranet application • Single PC application 10
  11. 11. • Deployment architecture & hosting • Deriving and implementing the optimum configuration • Training • Support • Customization • Consulting on how to make the most of Moodle 11 Why industry looks at Moodle as business – part I
  12. 12. Moodle stats 12 Registered sites 68,352 Countries 235 Courses 7,054,520 Users 67,703,642 Teachers 1,155,563 Enrollments 85,481,139 Forum posts 117,883,780 Resources 62,847,732 Quiz questions 168,585,683
  13. 13. Moodle stats 13 Country Registrations United States 11,652 Spain 5,739 Brazil 4,661 United Kingdom 3,785 Mexico 2,839 Germany 2,445 Colombia 1,918 Italy 1,771 Portugal 1,628 Australia 1,615
  14. 14. Moodle stats 14
  15. 15. MOODLE FEATURES 15
  16. 16. 1st lets open our mind!  When we used for the 1st time: • Computer wasn’t easy • Word, excel, powerpoint weren’t easy • Email wasn’t easy • Internet banking wasn’t easy • Booking tickets and buying online wasn’t easy Nothing was easy when we did that for the first time! 16
  17. 17. Moodle features - I • Site management • User management, user policy management and authentication • Role management and permissions • Course management – course definition, course design, enrolment and more. This is the key part of your Learning Management System. 17
  18. 18. Moodle features - II • Grades management and assessment engine • Appearance management – UI, themes, design elements, branding • Other utilities like blog, calendar and more • Reporting module • Security management • Server management and backup management 18
  19. 19. RESOURCES & ACTIVITIES 19
  20. 20. Resources • File • Folder • Book • Page • Label • URL • Content package 20
  21. 21. Activities • Quiz • Assignments • Chat • Choice • Database • External tool • Feedback • Forum • Glossary • Lesson • SCORM • Survey • Wiki • Workshop 21
  22. 22. GENERAL FEATURES 22
  23. 23. Modern, easy to use interface 23
  24. 24. Personalized dashboard 24
  25. 25. Collaborative tools 25
  26. 26. All in one calendar 26
  27. 27. Easy file management 27
  28. 28. Intuitive text editor 28
  29. 29. Notifications 29
  30. 30. Progress tracking 30
  31. 31. ADMINISTRATIVE FEATURES 31
  32. 32. Customizable design 32
  33. 33. Secure authentication & enrolment methods 33
  34. 34. Multilingual ability 34
  35. 35. User role management 35
  36. 36. SCORM compliant 36
  37. 37. High interoperability 37
  38. 38. Simple add-ons and plugin management 38
  39. 39. Regular security updates 39
  40. 40. Detailed reporting and logs 40
  41. 41. COURSE DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT FEATURES 41
  42. 42. Direct learning paths 42
  43. 43. Encourage collaboration 43
  44. 44. Embed external resources 44
  45. 45. Multimedia Integration 45
  46. 46. Group management 46
  47. 47. Peer and self assessment 47
  48. 48. Integrated Badges 48
  49. 49. Outcomes 49
  50. 50. Security and privacy 50
  51. 51. Features to be noted • Conditional access • Completion tracking 51
  52. 52. BENEFITS OF MOODLE 52
  53. 53. Benefits of using Moodle - I Comprehensive & cost-effective • Moodle engine is built with a comprehensive set of elearning features. One doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel by incurring high costs on custom development. 53
  54. 54. Benefits of using Moodle - II Quick turn-around time • Your elearning portal can be ready in a few days. Considering long custom development cycles, this can be looked at as the biggest benefit. 54
  55. 55. Benefits of using Moodle - III Truly opensource • Moodle is a truly opensource platform – source code is available, no licensing costs, no commercial product versions (commercial product versions generally translates into sub- optimal free versions). • Always up-to-date 55
  56. 56. Benefits of using Moodle - IV Non-technical persons can administer • No need of skilled technical resources for managing Moodle site. • One time implementation, configuration and training enables non-technical users manage a Moodle site without hassle. 56
  57. 57. Benefits of using Moodle - V Comprehensive by default, strengthened by plug-ins • Default features and functionality of Moodle are capable enough to stand as a quality elearning portal. • Apart from those default features there are a number of plug- ins available which can be integrated with Moodle to make the portal even more comprehensive – plug-ins can be of small utility nature or serious functionality. 57
  58. 58. Benefits of using Moodle - VI Customizable • Moodle code can be customized to match the business processes. • New features can be developed and integrated either as plug- ins or by customizing the core code. • Small blocks can be developed to enhance user engagement and add useful functionality or enhance visual appeal. • Look and feel can also be customized. 58
  59. 59. GENERAL COMPARISON WITH OTHER LMS PRODUCTS/TOOLS 59
  60. 60. How Moodle compares with other LMS products - I • It is an open source learning platform, which is utilized by millions of people worldwide. • This open source nature allows anybody to tinker with its code or add new things. • Users can share changes with the Moodle community for others to use for free. • All this leads to the extension and reformation of the software. 60
  61. 61. How Moodle compares with other LMS products - II • It makes use of simple technologies, as a result of which its developers are easy to find. • It is built on some of the most reliable technologies, such as PHP, MySQL, Apache. – Like Facebook, Google, ebay 61
  62. 62. How Moodle compares with other LMS products - III • It has a fully cooperative development model which offers constant scope for improvement by allowing many high quality contributions to acquire new modules, features and enhancements. 62
  63. 63. How Moodle compares with other LMS products - IV • It makes use of the more advanced programming approach, the object-oriented programming which makes its functionality all the more efficient and allows users to proceed at their own pace, as well as customize it according to their needs. 63
  64. 64. How Moodle compares with other LMS products - V • It focuses on making the learning and teaching experience constructivist. • This process encourages the involvement of learners in the learning process, rather than letting them receive knowledge passively. • The learning environment becomes more democratic with interactive and student-centered activities. 64
  65. 65. How Moodle compares with other LMS products - VI • It is convenient for educational institutions and organizations for learning and course management. • It can be quickly deployed in your organization, without the requirement of any extra efforts. 65
  66. 66. How Moodle compares with other LMS products - VII • It is highly cost-effective, since it has a low risk startup and a low initial investment. • It provides you with fast and reliable updates of information. 66
  67. 67. How Moodle compares with other LMS products - IX • It provides you with regular support, all the time you use it. Its support feature is active twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and addresses to its developers, members and users. 67
  68. 68. Quick recap of key points about Moodle • Proven and trusted worldwide • Designed to support both teaching and learning • Easy to use • Free with no licensing fees • Always up-to-date • Moodle in your language • All-in-one learning platform • Highly flexible and fully customizable • Scalable to any size • Robust, secure and private • Use anytime, anywhere, on any device • Extensive resources available • Backed by a strong community 68
  69. 69. Why industry looks at Moodle as business – part II • Customization – To fit in organizational processes – Visual preferences • Integrating with other tools, applications 69
  70. 70. What colleges can do with Moodle • Distance learning courses • Complimentary or supplementary learning aid • Online exam portal • Run co-curricular courses or even extra-curricular • Campus placement preparation tool 70
  71. 71. Interesting examples • Study material as homework before classroom session • Official place for important circulars, notices • Internal communication; no emails • Internship projects submissions and assessments 71
  72. 72. How industry uses Moodle • Recruitment tests • Induction programs • Knowledge forums • Internal LMS – skill building and assessments 72
  73. 73. Usage patterns Obvious ones • Study material & notes • Preparation tests, mock tests • Assignments • Forums Non obvious ones • Projects • Workshops • Quizzing through games • Glossary • Database • Feedback (survey) • Poll • SCORM 73
  74. 74. MYTHS ABOUT MOODLE 74
  75. 75. Myth • Once Moodle is stable, it will be put under license. If it were any good, they’d already be charging for it. • Moodle is free and therefore can't really be as good as something produced by a large company which earns millions in license fees every year. 75
  76. 76. Myth • You need to be an expert and tech savvy to use Moodle 76
  77. 77. Myth • Moodle needs a full time, php developer on your staff- or at least a lot of technical support to run it in house. 77
  78. 78. Myth • Moodle won’t be compatible with our other systems/software 78
  79. 79. Myth • Moodle just doesn’t have the commercial experience we’re looking for; not professional 79
  80. 80. Myth • You can’t just use Moodle out of the box – the basic Moodle install just isn’t that sophisticated 80
  81. 81. Myth • There’s no documentation, training or technical support available – you’re on your own. 81
  82. 82. Myth • The TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) is actually higher for Moodle than it would be with a wholly commercial platform. 82
  83. 83. Myth • Moodle is just no good for an institution as large as mine. 83
  84. 84. Myth • Moodle is just not designed to cope with my specific group of learners or customers. 84
  85. 85. Myth • We have all our stuff on *******, it’s just not worth the hassle of switching to Moodle. 85
  86. 86. Myth • With Moodle, you need to be on computers all the time. 86
  87. 87. Myth • Students will love Moodle because it is online and in 'their world‘. And also, • Students will not enjoy the interaction that a class environment provides. 87
  88. 88. Myth • Moodle won't scale 88
  89. 89. Myth • Moodle is difficult / time consuming to install / administer / use. 89
  90. 90. Myth • Moodle is a security risk. 90
  91. 91. Myth • Moodle won't interface with an MIS. 91
  92. 92. Myth • Proper support is not available with open source software. 92
  93. 93. Myth • It puts the teaching profession at risk. 93
  94. 94. Myth • There is no way to measure true learning. 94
  95. 95. Myth • eLearning is for people who are too lazy to go the traditional route. 95
  96. 96. Myth • There’s no way to judge the quality of the eLearning program. 96
  97. 97. Myth • There's nobody to blame if it all goes wrong.  97
  98. 98. WHY WOULD MOODLE IMPLEMENTATION FAIL: EXPERIENCES 98
  99. 99. What is expected from teachers, colleges • Willingness to administer and explore • Dropping process adamancy • Dropping insecurity about content & methodology • Keep Moodle away from internal politics • Readiness to give a long stint to Moodle • Readiness to understand that Moodle is just a tool; people need to make things happen 99
  100. 100. What is expected from consultants & technology companies • Proper guidance and recommendations on hosting architecture • Clear work out on enabling & disabling features • Focus on how creatively colleges can use Moodle • Most important: help colleges understand full potential of Moodle and then help them utilize it phase wise 100
  101. 101. How to make Moodle interesting - I • Using it regularly and to its potential; this itself is really interesting • Make use of forums, glossary, database, wiki – Glossary as final revision tool – Database as formulae storage – Wiki as concept explanation place • Make use of badges • Games 101
  102. 102. How to make Moodle interesting - II • See if you can buy multimedia content; if not get it made for you – Check whether you can get interns from media or design field • Make students participate – Let them run some courses of their interest • Experimentation and continuous evaluation of what works what doesn’t 102
  103. 103. A minute on opensource & free tools 103
  104. 104. Sincere thanks! Mangesh Wagh Signy IT Solutions Pvt Ltd, Pune www.signyit.com Email: mangesh@signyit.com Mob: +91 9561096003 104

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