Hi Peter, for my own vision, which is obviously flawed and illogical as I sit too far down the food chain to have sufficient information get any kind of insight that may be of any value, the answer is that there is no single issue that can be pinpointed as an overall, critical issue. Also, being somewhat existentialist, I cannot be bothered about what is happening maybe possibly but is not fouind in a Roadmap, I am more concerned about what I can see right now.
Most of the people I work with are much like myself, on the wrong side of 40. Unlike me, most of these people have had secure careers, little change, little drama, and have, I suggest as a result, developed some strange ideas about their importance in the world and how that world works around them. Much like computer experts and application developers, I suspect.
Our Principal changed at the start of the year and brought with her a number of ideas that are of immense value, but strangely, has a limited view of how ICT requirements can be managed, how technology should be applied. While so good in so many other areas, her views of ICT are, I feel, based in the same general lack of understanding that most people in my age range have. (To be fair, we didn't grow up with it, and most of our generation are struggling with it, and while i have some knowledge and understanding, it is still largely unknown territory.) One thing she brought with her is a knowledge of an SMS which is, I must admit, good looking, user friendly, "intuitive" and more importantly, it is a one stop tool. I have used it myself, and like the product, and have been wary of the possibilities, considering the potential impact this could have on our Moodle usage. At an Oracle training school a few weeks ago, I had a school ICT leader tell me she hated Moodle, and this new product was much easier to use - her reason, the Wiki and Blogs alone were easier to access and use.
With Moodle, there has been a learning curve, which I have found both easy and difficult to manage. Time has been the factor and time is the one thing we have less of. I cannot sit up to 3 or 4 in the morning anymore and be at work at 8:00am prepared for a really busy day - and neither can the people I work with. Much of Moodle is easy to grasp, and constant use makes it simple, but many of my colleagues are not willing to spend the time to make the repetitions needed to gain the understandings of how to use the Moodle. I suggest they have always found learning new things easy, but no longer, this is different, so they shy away from the technology, or if they use it, it is only in a superficial way. I think that is what they will do with DayMap as well, but it won't be so obvious. All they will do is the PDF/Word thing that Martin refers to frequently, and in which he is quite right. Users will post a PDF or Word assignment, their students will download it, create a Word document in response, then post it. This will be the extent of their use of the new program. They will be able to cover up their superficial use of an extensive product by their abiity to easily link to a clearly observable and understandable gradebook, which is easily accessible by both senior management, and parents.
It is a hosted solution so there are no setup and management issues, I understand. More importantly though, and I do not have sufficient knowledge of how this works but you or someone else might, when we log in for the day, an automatic link appears on the desktop that connects everyone, staff and students, to the program. Click the link and there is our own information. We do not have a separate login, it takes our system login and uses it to identify us, to assign us a Role, to put on our screens the information we need, the screens we can access, in an uncluttered and structured way that is easy to follow. With Moodle, we are required to login to our system, then login to access the Internet, then login to Moodle. Duh! At this point, any excuse not to use something is a "reason". There is the "path of least resistance" factor as well, "If DayMap is open anyway, why should I inconvenience myself and use something else"?
Apparently the system has a way of acessing the School database and can recognise users and their roles and respond accordingly. What is more, there is no need to add more databases, apparently it also accesses family information as parents are automatically assigned a role, again, I do not know how it is done. Parents can enter the system, access their child's assignments, results, reports, as well as notices, and just about any other information they require relating to their offspring - all handled within the application.
All of this can be broken down that teachers are too busy to spend time learning new things. Or that they are lazy. Or perhaps more accurately, unfamiliarity breeds fear - they do not want to be seen as being "dumb" so if they do not try it they won't fail at it. I know that has been a hurdle for me, which I am always aware of, and I really do not like to be told I am unwilling to learn new things, especially when I do not have the time to learn them. There is also the ease of use, a one stop app is of greater attraction than multiple apps. Again, as I have been decrying for years, Moodle needs to closely integrate with other PHP apps, and not waste time in trying to develop those things that are done better by them. Why have a Wiki when Wikimedia is out there, or blogs when Wordpress is better looking?
Only recently have I thought that including an SMS as part of Moodle would be a huge step forward, but I am obviously well behind the game, others have already done it and Moodle will be left behind as a result. Pity, but as someone else once said "Such is life!"