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Job offered: Request to customised Moodle Setup Package

Type: Contract
Location: anywhere

LMS REQUEST: INTRODUCTION

I need a (customised) Learning Management System (LMS) Setup package which, when used to develop websites, meets my e-Learning objectives and expectations as explained in this document. The Setup Package could be purpose-built Installer(s), or customised Module(s), Plugin(s) and, or Add-ons to complement the original Setup, or a combination of them as a complete package, all are fine by me, as long as the end result would be the LMS website I need.

I would appreciate that assumptions are not made that the length of this document is synonymous with the listing of my requests or requirements, rather, this document should be taken as containing some explanations of how the my requested customisations would fit into the general core features of an LMS logically. In order words, if I am not stating my requested customisations in isolation of he core features of a  as that would make them disjointed from where exactly they are needed within the overall LMS.

It is needless to spend much time on the basic features of a desired website as they are also tacitly expected on the LMS, such like in-built themes; different and easy creations of menu types with menu-items; supports five or more banners; has effective Contact form(s); Calendar and Events; Quick links and Footer-area hyperlinks; marquee and news flash (for news and reminders) and other recommended features, all of which are customisable and that deliver unique, attractive websites with stimulating  e-Learning environment and experiences.

Using Moodle as a reference point, the desired core features of an LMS are highlighted at http://docs.moodle.org/en/Features and under "Features Checklist" at http://www.capterra.com/learning-management-system-software/spotlight/80691/Moodle/Moodle . They include: Academic / Education; AICC / SCORM Compliant; Asynchronous Learning; Blended Learning; Built-In Course Authoring; Certification Management; Classroom Management; Corporate / Business uses; Gamification; Gradebook; Live / Video Conferencing; Mobile Learning; Skills Tracking; Social Learning; Student Portal; Synchronous Learning; Testing / Assessments; Tin Can API etc. As such, my LMS project should have those core features, and should include features like e-Commerce, K-12, Post Secondary and Employee Training. Good references include www.coursera.org and www.youngafricanleaders.state.gov and http://tutor.ng (please check to see if they still have demo or free e-Courses).

Preferably, the LMS should be based on an Open Source platform (for cost reasons, except the cost of the non-Open Source platform would be competitively, economical and a one-time setup cost, with back-to-back Support services.

Having mentioned the core features of my desired LMS, the following the customisations I am requesting which explain the functionalities expected on the LMS / VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) which I need. Please note that the customisations request have been highlighted in ways that they logically relate with the core features of an LMS / VLE, to avoid disjoints would then require you to have to ask for where such customisations should be, within the overall LMS / VLE. The highlighted areas are to further draw your attention to customisations which might not be readily available as core features of the LMS you might want to recommend.

Here are the logical descriptions of the requested requirements and customisations:

GENERAL DESCRIPTIONS OF THE LMS

1).               

(a).      The LMS should allow SEO, SEM and other internet marketing optimisation. It should allow modification for Google AdSense which can be customised to display on specific and, or all the web pages, and can actually be enabled or disable by the Admin.

(b).     The Administrator or “Admin” user should obviously have the overall rights, roles and privileges.  However, it should be able to assign and reassign roles and access-level rights to some other specific of groups of Users (also meaning that Users can be put under categories or groups, so as to perform common actions on them collectively.

(c).      Each of (or almost all of) the features and functionalities of the LMS can be activated or deactivated by Admin, and such rights can be re-assigned to other User, especially a top-level User next to Admin, like the Manager Users.

(d).     All the contents can be uploaded via user-friendly Content Management System (CMS) with text Editors that have Rich Text Format features and allow insertions of Mathematical, Scientific symbols and characters that display both within the Editors and on the developed websites.

(e).      The LMS should be compatible with most web browsers.

2).               

(a).      The LMS should allow full administration of students, profiles, usages, progress, notifications, emailing, database management and exporting to Ms Word, Excel & PDF and to email editors with RTF features;

(b).     The LMS should allow easy interactions between students and Teachers using forums, chats and other expectations of a LMS environment;

(c).      The LMS should allow easy dispensation of assignments and tests to specific students or group of students;

(d).     The LMS should allow easy uploading, installations, activation and usages of Plugins, Modules and Add-ons.

(e).      The LMS should be compatible with Modules, Plugins And Add-ons of OpenCart, WordPress and Joomla and some other CMS platforms.

(f).        The LMS should have Blog, effective Chat Agent, Social Media and some useful have features or integrations.

(g).      The LMS should be able to develop responsive, websites and with easy of loading and displaying slow networks.

heart.     Desirably, the LMS should have and allow animated images like gifs, flash, etc.

 

 

 

e-LEARNING, COURSES AND SUBJECTS

3).          

(a).      The e-Learning Portal would have a general Demo (i.e. how to use it). Viewing access to this Demo can be set by the Admin to be viewed by:

(i).            Visitors (i.e. anyone that wants to); or

(ii).          Registered Students only; or

(iii).       Registered Students but after making payment for a Course (via either e-Payment or login in with Course ID (see below) .

(b).     The e-Learning on the LMS should consist of Courses (say, “Computer Science Course”).

(c).      Each Course should have Subjects under it (say, Algorithms, Logic, Programming, etc).

4).          

(a).      The LMS should allow easy contents authoring and creations of Courses, Subjects and items relevant to them. For Courses and Subjects, the LMS should allow effortless uploading and uses of unlimited contents like:

(i).             Audio files of most popular formats (e.g. mp3, wav, wma, etc).;

(ii).          Video files of most popular formats (e.g. mp4, 3gp, etc).;

(iii).       Documents types (e.g. pdfs, pptx, docx, xlsx, jpg, jpeg, png, etc).

5).          

(a).      The LMS should allow Courses to have unlimited number of Subjects under them.

(b).      Each Course should consist of Introductions, Texts; FAQs; Teacher's profile; Audio; Video; Course Duration; Course Difficulty (i.e. Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced); Forum, Reviews and award of Certificates for success at Exams.

(c).       Each Course should have the Teachers' profiles has Teachers' names and pictures, with "more" or "less" toggle button which can be clicked to show / hide more profile details. More details allows RTF contents, for stating other info about the Teacher. Each Course and Subject will have a Forum and Reviews and Editor's highlighted comments/excerpts.

(d).      Each Subject should consist of Subject’s preview (brief intro); Texts; FAQs; Audio; Videos; Images, PDF, Excel formats, Module duration; Module difficulty (i.e. Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced); Forum, Reviews and Teacher's profile (in case this is different from the Course Teacher).

6).               

(a).      Subjects’ e-Learning are delivered via RTF texts, Audio, Videos and all files types (i.e. pdfs, pptx, docx, xlsx, jpg, jpeg, png, etc).

(b).      The LMS should allow Admin to set if the audio or video to be played should be in sync with Slides (which, of course could contain the contents that PowerPoint can handle).

 

 

REGISTRATIONS and ACCESS (STUDENTS)

7).          

(a).      The LMS should allow unlimited registrations of Users including Students and Teachers;

(b).      Registrations are done with conventional authentications like captcha, email verifications, disallowing registration with same email, etc. The data fields should have automated options to choose from (e.g. calendar for dates; drop-down; combo, radio, check boxes for addresses, gender, address, etc).

(c).      Student registers TWO passwords which can always be reset by student and Admin: Password-1 is used with Student-ID code (SID) to login to the Students Area;
Password-2 is used with CID  to access Courses (both are explained below).

(i).             Student registers and gets a unique, auto-generated SID.
Student can access the Student Area by logging in with SID and Password-1 to the Students Area to check status, profile, Course(s)/Subjects purchased, taken/passed/failed with dates & times; subscriptions statuses; forums, posts, emails and replies portal to specific school email addresses and specific Teachers; etc. The lifespan of the access to the Students Area is preset by Admin to be based on “Subscription and Access” (below).

(ii).          Student’s access to each Courses is with Course-ID (CID) and Password-2.
Students can access each course and its Course Area with access lifespan preset by Admin to be based on “Subscription and Access” (below).

(iii).        The LMS either generates unique CID for per-student per-Course registered for (but if the LMS / VLE prefers to use a single CID unique to each student, then the LMS / VLE should be able to tell which Course(s) the student would have access to, what type of access and which also means the duration of such access based on Subscription status (see Subscription and Access” below).

REGISTRATIONS and ACCESS (TEACHERS)

8).               

(a).      The LMS should allow unlimited registrations of Users including Students and Teachers;

(b).     Registrations are done with conventional authentications like captcha, email verifications, disallowing registration with same email, etc. The data fields should have automated options to choose from (e.g. calendar for dates; drop-down; combo, radio, check boxes for addresses, gender, address, etc).

(c).      Teacher registers TWO passwords which can always be reset by Teacher and Admin: Password-1: used with Teacher-Status-ID (TSID) to access the Teacher Status Area;
Password-2 is used with Teacher-Admin-ID (TAID) to access the Teacher Admin Area.
Teacher registers and gets a unique, auto-generated TSID and TAID.

(d).     The LMS either generates unique TSID and TAID for each Teacher and each gives  access to the Teachers-Status Area and the Teachers-Admin Area based on Subscription status (see Subscription and Access” below).

(i).               Teacher can access the Teachers-Status Area by logging in with TSID and Password-1 to the Teacher Status Area.
The  Teachers-Status Area contains their own Status subscription status; check and edit status, profile; view the list of Course(s)/Subjects they currently teach, view the number of students who currently have access to their Course(s)/Subjects; emails features to/fro ONLY school email addresses and other basic access features.
The lifespan of the access to the Teacher-Status Area is preset by Admin to be based on “Subscription and Access” (below).

(ii).          Teacher can access another place called the Teacher-Admin Area by logging in with TAID and Password-2.
 Teacher-Admin Area contains their Admin Area subscription status; the profiles of Students in the past or currently have taken their Courses with dates & times; see Students who have subscribed to take, taken, passed and failed associated Tests and Exams; forums; posts; emails features to/fro BOTH school email addresses and specific Students taking their Courses / Subjects; etc.
The lifespan of the access to the Teacher-Admin Area is preset by Admin to be based on “Subscription and Access” (below).

SUBSCRIPTIONS and ACCESS

9).          

(a).      Admin can set that the Teachers Area, Student Area and the Courses Area can be accessed (by students and Teachers accordingly) through any of these types of access:

(i).            FREE for each Course;

(ii).          TIMED for each Course (within specified DURATION of days and, or with months); OR

(iii).       SUBSCRIBED i.e. after successful e-Payment for subscriptions for specific Course(s) and for specific DURATION(s).

(b).     Student can register for and pay for one or more Courses. To gain or renew subscriptions, Students are directed to pick from the Payment options, and successful operations on such gives further access for the period subscribed for.

(c).      For each payment for a particular Course, the LMS generates a unique CID and gives access to all the contents in that Course for the Duration Set by the Admin, which is in months and days (also see “Course Identity (CID) Codes” below).

(d).     The lifespan can be set by Admin, similar to what is obtainable in a public cybercafé. After any such duration or subscription expires, the student, Teacher or the affected groups are advised to renew their subscriptions to enjoy further access, which, when done, allows them to continue from where their learning usage(s) was/were before the access (Timed or Subscribed usage) expired.

10).     

(a).      The LMS should allow Admin to be able to do settings for all unregistered, registered and specific Users (i.e. Students and Teachers) or specific group of Users (i.e. Users can be grouped / categorized in order to perform common administrative operations on them).

(b).     Request to wipe off leaning or usage history can be done by Admin.

e-COMMERCE

11).     

(a).      The LMS should have e-Commerce functionalities which allow physical and downloadable items to be purchased via payment options.

(b).     Purchases could be done by Guests or registered users (just like e-Commerce websites operate).

(c).      Users are directed to pick from Payment Options (below).

(d).     Successful payments allow the requested items to be downloaded or will be sent via courier by us to the buyer.

(e).      Notices of successful and unsuccessful payments are sent to the Admin’s designated emails addresses and designated staff-users within the LMS and that of the (intending) buyers.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

12).          

(a).      Operations needing payment explicitly provide Payments Options. Payments options are the conventional options on e-Commerce platforms, like OpenCart and WooCommerce.

(b).     The LMS allows Modules, Plugins And Add-ons to be effortlessly uploaded, installed and activated.

(c).      The LMS should be compatible with Modules, Plugins And Add-ons of OpenCart, WordPress and Joomla e-Payment Processors because those are the most common platforms that Developers with preferred or recommended plugins, modules or Add-ons develop such for.

TESTS and EXAMS

13).     

(a).      Admin uploads multiple options type of Questions and indicate the answers for each, i.e., each Question has options.

(b).      The LMS should allow unlimited, different, named Sets of Questions and their  Answers for Tests and Exams.

(c).       The LMS allow Admin to set that timed Tests and Exams can be taken are taken for each Course and for each Subject, therefore, a student can take Tests and, or Exams generally on the Course as a whole, or specifically under each Subject, and can also be set to “None”.

(d).      Admin can set COURSE and, or the EXAMS SET MODE to be SPECIFIC or RANDOM from SETS of Questions POOLS that are for the Tests or Exams,  e.g. student can take Test or Exams of SPECIFIC Set 1, Set 9, etc, or the systems chooses a Set at RANDOM for the Student from the pools of Sets of Tests or Exams depending on whether Test or Exam is being taken.

(e).      Whether the Course and, or the Exams Set Mode were set to Specific or Random, Admin can also set the QUESTIONS APPEARING MODE of the Questions will be to be RANDOMLY (from the Specified or Randomly-chosen Set), or AS LISTED (top to down).

(f).        The LMS allows that each Question of the Test and Exams can allow uploads of different documents types (i.e. pdfs, pptx, docx, xlsx, jpg, jpeg, png, etc) and clips of audio and video.

14).     

(a).      The LMS allows Courses, Subjects, Tests and Exams to have Untimed and Timed Durations.

(b).     The LMS allows students to choose that Tests are Untimed or Timed Durations.

(c).      The LMS allow Admin  to set that Teachers or specified staff-users can see the status of the Tests and the Exams taken by each Student – Questions gotten right and wrong, paused Tests, etc.

(d).     Exams allows chosen Questions to be submitted as theories using RTF text editors with Scientific, Mathematical and other common symbols and special characters to be inserted and displayed accurately.

(e).      LMS allows Admin to set the systems to set ELAPSE DURATION WARNING to Off or On. When On, the warning settings are at:

(i).             EXACT MINUTE LEFT (which warns at exactly the set minute and stops the warning);

(ii).          INTERVALS (which warns at specified space of timing e.g. at every 1, 2... 10 minutes left);

(f).        COUNT-DOWN (warns from specified time till 0 seconds left e.g. from 10, 9... 1 min left). After Duration elapses, Exams are automatically submitted but Test can be reviewed by the Student.

15).          

(a).      Tests can be paused to continue later, but Exams cannot. The bottom or side of the screen has buttons which can be used to show the following at the end of the each Test:

(i).            Result (score and pass/ failed).

(ii).          Questions & Answers.

(iii).       Wrongly answered Questions and Answers only.

(iv).        Rightly answered Questions only.

(v).          All Questions and their correct Answers checked among the options.

 

(b).      LMS allows Admin to set that the number of times each Specific or Random Test can be taken, after which the Student is disallowed from retaking such Test.

(c).       All other expectations of Tests and Exams administrations are expected to be the capabilities of the LMS, like marking of Student’s chosen Answers (relative to Admin’s indicated correct Answers; displaying of correct Answers after Tests, Skipped Questions for later review but as part of the Tests and Exams sessions; Wrong Questions indications for later reviews after auto-Grading, etc.

(d).      All of number of times, durations and whether to show those buttons below the screen or not can be altered as desired by the Admin.

(e).      Each Course should have an Exam. Admin can set whether an Exam can be taken whenever the Student is ready, or if it has to be AFTER taking all tests in the Subjects.

(f).        LMS allows Admin to set the pass mark for each exam and options of befitting reporting system which are conventionally applicable to academic environment is desired.

(g).       LMS allows Admin to set whether Exams results are shown at the end of each Exam’s Duration or not.

heart.      LMS allow Admin to set whether Exams are paid for before being taken or free.

(i).        Admin also sets whether each failed examinations can be re-taken Free (and set to how many times can it be taken Free) or paid for in (full or discounted) via e-Commerce payment options.

16).     

(a).      The reward system for those who have completed and passed the Course will be certificates, which can be printed, emailed and exported as PDF and, or JPG by all Categories of Users.

(b).     A Student re-confirms exactly how the his or her names should appear (options are the registered names or newly-specified names) on the digital certificate to be emailed to him or her.




 

USERS and CATEGORIES

17).     

(a). The LMS should allow Users to be categorised.

(b). Users are like on Ms Windows, on Facebook Page Roles at:

https://m.facebook.com/help/289207354498410?refid=69&ref=m-search

and in Moodle at http://docs.moodle.org/30/en/Roles_and_permissions and others.

(c).  As usual, the User known as “Administrator” or “Admin” has the overall privileges.

(d). Admin can re-assign roles or some of its administrative privileges one (or more) category(s) of Users, (except of course, to the Guest/Visitors, Students, but some relevant roles could be assigned to Teachers).

COURSE IDENTITY (CID) CODES

18).          

(a).      CIDs are random, alphanumeric strings (like random passwords). The suffix of the CIDs generated after successful online payment (e.g. EPAY-D2T5D) looks different from those that generated by Admin (e.g. AUTO-KD5B).

(b).      Admin can generate unique CIDs. These can be generated in batches, tracked, blocked, printed and can be exported (into PDF/Word/Excel).

(c).       Each CID is unique (cannot be generated twice) and can be generated ahead, saved, printed, emailed and, or exported. Generated CID are counted and the report is available for administrative and accounting purposes.

(d).      Admin sets the expiry period of CIDs (default is 3 months).

REPORTING and REPORTS

19).          

(a).      Reports and statistics in relevant forms (texts, graphs, charts, etc) can be re-generated, re-viewed, exported (as JPG, PDF, Excel and, or Word formats), printable or emailed.

(b).     The reports include:

(i).            Online Users and status (taking what Tests, Exams).

(ii).          Query which Students have passed and have failed what Courses.

(iii).       Query which Students have passed and failed which Subjects.

(iv).        Query which Courses are mostly passed and mostly failed.

(v).          Query which Subjects are mostly passed and mostly.

(vi).        Query which Subjects are mostly passed and mostly failed.

(vii).     Query specific Students (e.g. by locations completed Subjects, completed Courses, etc).

(viii).   Query specific payments used (card, deposits, etc).

(ix).        Other relevant reports useful for taking business / management decisions.

CONCLUSIONS

As I noted earlier, most of the needed features are embedded within the core features of Moodle and its competitors, so, most of what were explained above could be taken as information to guide the type of exact type of the LMS to be recommended.

Nevertheless, what are critical are that the LMS should have the customisations highlighted above, which could be scripted all as a single LMS installer, or with complementary modules, plugins or add-ons.

Going forward, I would appreciate that you urgently send the following via email:

·           The exact Open Source LMS you are going to customise for me;

·           Cost of the Installer(s) that will meet the requirements and achieve my expectations;

·           Duration to send the effective, efficient and error-free Installer(s), themes and plugins;

·           Cost of similar LMS platforms as alternative(s) and the pros and cons;

·           Statements regarding Support services

·           Free Value Added Services, including those on updates and upgrade;

·           Any other suggested features and capabilities;

·           Similar projects handled before (or currently handling) with login details to test-run;

·           Recommended websites where resources like Modules, Plugins, Add-ons, tips, etc can be gotten, for additional or enhanced features, functionalities and, or capabilities of the LMS.

·           Recommended hosting plans types, features and recommended Hosts;

·           Other important information for us to make progress together.

As I earlier said, please note that, whether it be purpose-built Installer(s), or customised Module(s), Plugin(s) and, or Add-ons (to complement the original Setup File(s)), or a combination of them as a Setup Package, I do not mind, so long as the end result would be the LMS / VLE which meets the requirements stated above and the expectations I need.

 

Sincerely,

Diamondwares Systems


Entry added by Fletcher James A. - Saturday, April 2, 2016, 7:19 PM
Last updated - Monday, April 4, 2016, 2:08 PM