We are just introducing Moodle at my school (I'm one of the drivers), our Head of Physics (my line manager) and myself having been discussing how best to thing about courses. I have previous run a situation were I had one course to contain all the general material and mutliple child courses for each class. I have already decided to move to a system where we have one course with multiple groups (to save having multiple copies of interactive activities). This would mean that Year 9 Physics might have one course or perhaps even an IGCSE Physics course that follows them through the three years. My Head of Physics wants to produce a different course for each section of the IGCSE, a Year 9 student would then have two courses (one for each of the sections we teach in Year 9).
I'm particularly concerned about the large difference in the number of courses this would mean for a student (at the moment I am working only with Physics and Biology, but I intend pushing Moodle wider). You would want the students to be able to access the Year 9 material at the end of Year 11 for them to revise from, so you couldn't unenrol them from the course from Year 9.
His concern is that it makes it more difficult to change the teaching order of the courses.
I'm seeking opinions from other schools as to how they have approached this kind of situation and how they have arranged course for pupils. It would be even better if a couple of schools would let us have a guest access to see what they have done.
Thanks in anticpation of your comments and advice.