September 10, 2012

Update on Moodle/Mahara project

Welcome back.  It's the start of a new academic year and a good time to provide an update on Moodle/Mahara project. 

Course Migration  

Over the summer the course conversion subteam has been building a conversion tool that will migrate ANGEL course content into the MoodleRooms platform, with the ultimate goal of reducing the number of  broken links and manual fixes. The development phase is drawing to a close and during September the team will begin an iterative process to evaluate the conversion of 30+ representative courses based on the input of staff who support the course development process across the college. The full migration process for all courses will begin during the month of December and continue in January 2013.

Training  

As part of the MoodleRooms contract, the project team now has access to an impressive collection of training materials that include handouts, workshops, and  tutorials. These resources are being evaluated as the core of a college-wide training plan that will  feature multiple modes of training ranging from face-to-face and webinar sessions, just-in-time "self-serve" video tutorials, and downloadable PDF handouts.  The collegewide training sub-team will resume its work in October and will release a formal college-wide training plan by the end of the year. 

Integration with Other Online Services 

A number of new services will be integrated with the MoodleRooms platform when the system goes live. Work is underway to integrate Mahara into the Moodle system.  This will allow users to build e-portfolios and easily  transfer materials between the two systems.  Users of Blackboard Elluminate and the new Collaborate synchronous meeting spaces will have these same tools available in the new platform. This fall, work will begin to evaluate the integration of the Google Apps for Education plug-in, in connection with the work already underway in the Google Apps Summer work group (log-in required).

Moodle Advisory Team

Regular meetings of this team will resume in early October.  Agenda items to be covered include a review of the implementation and training plans.  

Key Project Dates

  • Core and implementation team training: Last week September 2012
  • Mass course conversion into MoodleRooms: December/January 2013
  • Start opening system to additional groups: February 2013
  • Start of training for faculty and staff: March 2013
  • Start of student training: July 2013
  • MoodleRooms go-live: August 14, 2013   
  • Start of fall term: September 9, 2013

For ongoing updates, visit the Moodle @ ESC website.