Hi! I am brand new to this. I used Moodle as a student (very little) and had no problems with it. Now I am being presented with the task of finding a virtual learning community for my company. We are a state-wide agency who helps small federally qualified health centers throughout our state. There are many reasons for needing a virtual community. First, we are tracking the progress as our health centers acheive Patient Centered Medical Home recognition. But that is just one piece. I see this being used also to provide training down the road to all of our health centers state wide.
Right now what we need is this:
A place where people can upload/download documents
A forum for sites to communicate with eachother and troubleshoot amongst eachother
A calendar for everyone to see upcoming shared events/webinars we are putting on
A place for us to have them "turn in" assessments to their quality improvement person.
It needs to be secure. While no protected health information will be used in this, I expect we will want to keep it as secure as possible.
So far I see no reason why Moodle would not serve these purposes. My concern is that it might be too "big." Considering at the moment, my office would only have 5 or so people involved in the "teaching" aspect and only 3-6 clinics to start out with would be accessing it- all via web browser.
We have very few resources as a non-profit working with federally qualified health centers, but we do have a contracted IT company that currently manage our tiny servers. I think I could get them involved if necessary, especially if it meant not paying for a licensed software agreement.
I know a little about computers, but when it comes to coding/development/networking I get a little shy. It sounds like the level of involvement in order to personalize Moodle is more than I initially understood from the introduction page.
From what I have read, most implementations of Moodle in healthcare have been at the hospital level- has anyone heard of it being used at a clinic-level? Do you need a designated IT person to set it up? Once it's ready to go, could I or some other mostly-tech-savvy person run it or does it require frequent tweaks at the network level?
I understand this is a lot and a microcosm example- I am new so I probably don't even have enough information about our company to give you what you need to answer. Any feedback is much appreciated!