It is fair to say January pulled a fast one; it only seemed like yesterday when most of us returned and settled in at work after the festive break. Since then we have spend some time going through our notes from the Christmas MUG meeting, made the Coursework plugin videos available on our YouTube channel (and also embedded them below) and put together a short survey on the future of the user group.
Meeting Notes & Actions
Moodle User Group: Summary, Slides & Recording
Earlier this week we’ve held the last ULCC Moodle user group meeting of the calendar year. Thank you for the great turnout on the day, those of you who joined us remotely and Dave Matthews for his presentation on the Rose Bruford Single-Sign-On project.
Rose Bruford College is a small, specialist HEI delivering training in all aspects of theatre making and performance. Our relationship with ULCC is longstanding and, over the past five years, this has involved hosting our instances of Moodle and Mahara. The College provides two pure online (‘distance learning’, although we have abandoned this nomenclature) courses, a blended post graduate certificate in teaching and learning for HE; and all of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes have a VLE presence and employ online learning to some degree.
Over the past twelve months we have sought to establish single sign-on (SSO) between our ULCC-hosted Moodle and other College services, for a number of reasons:
- as a response to the growing maturity and embedded-ness of Moodle in our culture of teaching and learning,
- to mitigate password fatigue for staff and students,
- and as an enhancement in light of a recent Higher Education Review and our application for taught degree awarding powers (TDAP).
This was also – to put it simply – something that we have wanted to accomplish for a number of years!
As many of you may know, ULCC has come a long way since we signed our first Hosted Moodle customer – Hackney Community College – back in 2006. Although Further Education has been the starting ground for our VLE service in its early days, changes in funding and growing interest from HEIs in 2010/11 – MMU being one the first and biggest implementations we delivered – meant we had to look at how we grew our offering from a ‘cottage industry’ approach to a more professional service offering.
Some of you will have noticed a guest presentation from Peter Hopwood, UK Country Manager at Altis Consulting on the agenda of our upcoming Moodle User Group. You’ll probably wonder who he is and what Altis does, so I thought it would be useful to sit down with Peter and recap the ULCC/Altis relationship, project persistence [internal working title] and what it means for you, our customers.
The spring Moodle User Group meeting took place on Thursday 12th March in Senate House, London. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who made the meeting, both virtually and face-to-face. A special thank you to Alistair Spark (RVC) and Caroline Westgarth (Turnitin) for presenting to the group.
Below is a list of actions we have noted down during both the user group meeting which took place on Tuesday 9th December.
Save The Date
We are happy to announce that the next ULCC Moodle User Group meeting for both FE & HE will take place on Tuesday 9th December 2014 at Senate House.
We are currently in talks with both chairs about the agenda.
More details will follow soon.
In preparation for our November 2.6 updates we are now offering to install Turnitin Direct V2 for customers wishing to trial the new functionality that the plugin set offers
Turnitin have advised that V2 can be run in parallel with V1 and it advisable that in the first instance you should look to trial the new integration before making the decision to use V2 as your main tool.
It has been six months since we first started communicating about changes to our e-Learning services in this post. That post outlined the reasons behind the changes and provided early drafts of the key Service Level Agreements that would underpin the revised service. You may well ask what exactly has happened in the six months since then. Well, quite a lot. We have taken on feedback from a number of User Group discussions and consequently shifted focus towards answering some of the key practical questions, such as:
- When will this change impact my institution?
- Will we have to pay more?
- How much choice will we have?