My consultancy is working with a client to develop a free online course offering and I'd like to find out whether Moodle 2.0 would provide the appropriate infrastructure for the delivery of our course materials online.
Right now, in our initial stage of strategy and development for the initiative, we're imagining an offering something like I've outlined below. As a vision and strategy consultancy, we’re new to the education space, so we have a lot to get our heads around. Please forgive my ignorance if many of these requirements are common to LMS solutions in general.
• Most importantly, we need a solution that can be focused around a single, publicly accessible course offering (as opposed to a collection of different courses). So, anyone can enroll in the online public course and the course is freely available to all. In addition, teachers should have the ability to establish instances of the master course which they can customize for their own classes. Teachers should be provided with a course code for their instanced courses to provide to students for enrollment. The main public course will not be tied to a particular term, so will not expire. The instanced courses, on the other hand, will be targeted to specific classes, so should expire at the end of a term.
• The platform solution should provide loose coupling of visual presentation and data access. We need a highly customizable platform that can incorporate HTML5 content and imposes few constraints on visual presentation. Perhaps we should be considering ways to add selected LMS features to a more traditional content management solution?
• The course will provide A 26 unit syllabus with rich HTML5-based course content for each unit, including video and interactive learning objects, assessments with hints and immediate feedback.
• Instanced courses should provide an integrated gradebook to allow tracking of student assessments and progress through the course.
• We would like to provide tools for ensuring Common Core standards compliance.
• Course tools for all students will provide feedback on the learners overall progress against assessments.
• Course tools for students enrolled in teacher-lead course instances may provide support for social and collaborative tools, like messaging, discussion groups and collaborative projects.
• In the long-term, we would like to support IMS LTI compliance so that our course content is modular and re-usable in many different contexts outside of the main online delivery solution.
• We would like to support Facebook/OpenSocial integration points.
Is Moodle the right platform to meet our needs, or are their other directions that seem better suited?
Thanks for your help!