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It did little extra that moodle can't do - and had no grade book!
I just thought I would share a few thoughts on the extra bits it could do.
- On user login, the homepage is customised, with important dates, all the assignments and their due dates and any work that a teacher has set.
- There are also plans for a more formative assesment module (to include a grade-book), so when an assignment on say graph work is set, it is marked and targets set for the next piece of graphwork. When the student carries out this piece of work, up pops a little window which says - hey don't forget the targets from last time - cool!
- The technology for allocating groups seemed a little more advanced, a student had a list of all the groups he is a member of in a module down the side, and on. Staff also had a similar list - I guess this would be quite easy to do.
- There was also staff training built in, as when the salesman realised that I knew a little about VLEs, he started essentially sarying that Hampshire Local Education Authority had advised its schools to move to Moodle, then switched to Uniservity as Moodle came with no training. I am not sure how true this is.
- Is it possible for Moodle to have a more user 'friendly' front page? If I knew a bit about php I would have a go, so that on login, a user gets a list of stuff relevant to him/her?
- Is this due to Uniservity being easier than moodle (even if the name is silly).
- Does giving something a price tag encourage use of VLEs? There is no doubt that I am struggling to get staff to use moodle - probably because I have not had ring fenced INSET time.
He also spent some time saying that moodle was run by a couple of guys in Australia and what would happen if they decided to give up? He clearly has no idea of the concept of Public Licence. The chances are they are more likely to be taken over by M$ and become part of the system known as 'Classroom Server'.