Moodle Demo at NJIT

NJIT is hosting a Learning Management System Demonstration on Moodle today.NJEDge.Net had previously sponsored one that was hosted by Rutgers that demonstrated their Sakai use, and as interest in both systems seems high right now as schools continue to feel dissatisfied with the support they are receiving from commercial products, they asked us to do one on Moodle. Rutgers College "decommissioned" their WebCT this summer.

NJIT has been using Moodle as an alternative to WebCT for faculty and groups since 2006, but continues to offer many courses online using WebCT CE4.

Today's event schedule includes:

  • An introduction to Moodle for those who have never used it.

  • Moodle at NJIT & at other schools

  • Overview of the tools and features

  • WebCT vs Moodle

  • System admin basics

  • Demos in Moodle from NJIT courses

  • Migration from WebCT

  • Moodle use by groups on campus

  • Features up close (Quiz tool, backup/restore, gradebook...)

I'll be presenting on Moodle use in courses, and we'll have two system admins, including Serenedipity35 brother Tim Kellers, on hand to answer the IT questions.

Moodle Use in K-12

Tim wrote about Moodle being used here in New Jersey in a school that partnered with NJIT and there is significant use of Moodle in the K-12 community. It seems to be a good fit as far as the cost (open source) and customization, but not in that it requires a commitment to the all-important support side in money and especially in staffing. I'm talking both kinds of IT - the usual information type and the instructional technology, of which I'm more interested.

Might colleges expect in the next few years to have students entering who are familiar with Moodle from their high school classes?

Well, it's not being used widely enough now that I would consider it that significant, any more than the current nominal use of products like Blackboard in K-12. But I do think that in a few years the chances of your college freshman having used Moodle in high school will be better than expecting them to be familiar with Blackboard.

Some Higher Education Moodle User Sites


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