Our school plans to have about 75 students enrolled in online courses starting in August.
We will have about 10 faculty.
Worst (or best?) case scenario, we will have 85 users online at the same time, using mostly the discussion forums, but we could have, say, 5 chats going on at once.
We will have 3 cohorts of about 25 students each. We have 8 courses per year in our program. 2 of those cohorts will probably share courses, using Moodle's group feature to separate them where necessary. This means 16-24 courses annually.
Probably 16 courses per year.
We are a graduate program, and students attach lots of documents (PowerPoints, PDFs, Excel, etc) in forum discussions, and as assignments. I am guessing about 15 gigs of diskspace usage per year. Do you think that's reasonable? (1.2 megs per week per user per course, times 4 courses, times 36 academic weeks, times 85 users.)
What do you recommend in terms of hosting? Shared or dedicated servers? We are not rich -- we're a start-up non-profit school, and still struggling to break even. However, we want our transitioning to Moodle to be as smooth as possible. We are going from BlackBoard (hosted by a major institution and it was given to us for free basically) to Moodle, and buying our own hosting. We want to make the right choice for hosting in terms of a balance of speed, cost, and disk space.
I have been telling our students that Moodle will be faster than Blackboard. Help me live up to that claim