This project is adopting and developing open source elearning software for deployment throughout New Zealands education sector. The project team (with 38 members) reviewed existing LMS strengths and points of interest and decided that Moodle has the closest alignment with what the NZ Open Source VLE project is trying to achieve - "Establishing a flexible technical architecture appropriate for a dynamic environment, in which individual application components use open standards and are independent, modular and extendable."
Again, there is some terrific discussion and highly recommended to anyone interested in alternative approaches to proprietary systems.
source : http://www.webcite.com.au/webcontent32.htm
I believe you hit the mark with the opinion leaders statement !
We moodlers love to see confirmation (from opinion leaders) that Moodle, the VLE, CMS, (whatever they term it ), we have chosen to work with , is the best we can possibly use , for the benefit of our learners. I know from my own viewpoint, I cant wait, to post a positive review on Moodle that I may have stumbled across ,to our community as does everyone else ! , because, perhaps it confirms that I boarded the right train , the guard told me so ! (please excuse my anology)
I am doing some work on Diffusion of Innovation at present (using Moodle as a case study) , and its soooo interesting , only an assignment at the moment.
Ger, thought you might appreciate this excerpt.
The tipping point is marked by opinion leader adoption. Well-informed opinion leaders communicate their approval or disapproval of an innovation, based on the innovators experiences, to the rest of the social system. The majority responds by rapidly adopting. This analysis suggests that the spread of an innovation hinges on a surprisingly small point: namely, whether or not opinion leaders vouch for it.
Diffusion of Innovations, by Everett Rogers (1995
(emphasis added )
The Opinion Leaders are indeed shaping the future for education, especially OS , very refreshing, because IMHO that will assist in breaking down the digital divide, and allow more resources to be allocated to teaching. Not forgetting the most important variable in the equation , the Innovators ! without whom , no change would be possible. Thanks Martin for your vision, and to you and your team for making it happen !
Moodle on !
I'm the Project Manager of the NZ Open Source VLE Project - I thought i'd provide a quick update. The momentum for adopting Moodle is building strongly throughout the higher education sector in New Zealand. I've recently been managing the deployment of the Online Campus at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. With 6500 courses and over 30,000 students we believe this is possibly the largest Moodle deployment to date. There are at least 8 other higher education organisations migrating to Moodle here and we're looking at widespread deployments across the school sectors.
As well as deployments we've been quite active contributing code and will be for the foreseeable future You will see Martin Langhoff and Penny Leach about in the forums - they are the part of the core development team for the NZOSVLE project.
Yes there are a number of migrations from Blackboard currently being planned. I know of two gap analysis studies underway currently. Also, I'm involved with a migration from a heavily customised early version of Blackboard (CourseInfo 4). Of course life would be much easier if all the content complied to standards like SCORM.
What I found when migrating the Open Polytechnic from their homegrown system to Moodle, was that there is the functionality gap analysis and then the actual stakeholder user requirements. Therein were some significant differences!
I'll have a dig around our partners as I'd be interested in this documentation myself. What's your timeframe?
No worries if you can't turn up something, as I'm just fishing around for additional info to make my perspective broader and with greater depth.
That's too quick for me - flat out. Have you seen the www.edutools.info comparison tool. I've selected Moodle 1.4 and Blackboard 6.0 and you can compare the results from this link:
Also, but sort of off topic a bit, we did a technical evaluation of 3 open source LMSs - that may be of interest.
all the best
information on large installations is always needed for those of us seeking acceptance for Moodle by our (large) institutions/schools; thank you!
I've got two questions:
- I checked the Academic Profile of the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand - according to that page, the school is offering "over 1,500 courses". Please, could you comment on the difference between this figure and the 6,500 courses mentioned in your post?
- Could you tell us what database this Moodle installation is using and give us some information on the hardware part?
Sorry for such a late reply Daniel. The 6500+ courses relates to course instances in Moodle. That is due to what we call 'unit standards' in New Zealand. In essence, they're modules that collectively comprise a course or programme. The other cause of the apparent discrepancy is that our Moodle install has separate course 'occurrances' for the same course - being a self-paced distance learning provider we often have multiple separate instances of a course running concurrently.
I hope this helps and once again sorry for the late reply, I stopped tracking the thread.