A Need for Change
In 2009, Monash University's Education Committee endorsed the formation of a working group dedicated to exploring new Learning Management System solutions and developing a strategic plan concerning a primary Learning Management System provision and support at Monash. From 2009-2010, the working group completed an assessment which identified Moodle 2.0 as best aligning with the University’s strategic educational objectives. Primarily considerations included but were not limited to alignment with educational strengths and priorities, usability, accessibility, interoperability with other key systems, flexibility, performance, disaster recovery, security and privacy.
Upon completion of the assessment the working group determined that Moodle best aligned with the University's strategic educational objectives. Moodle stacked right up against the other leading Learning Management Systems in terms of functionality and will come with the added bonus of increased control of features and lower cost.
What is Moodle
Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is an open source learning platform developed in Perth, Australia by an Australia educator with the goal of creating online courses with a focus on interaction and collaborative construction of content. Over 35 million people in 210 countries are currently using Moodle, and Moodle is the most widely-used learning management system in the Victorian secondary school system.
Check out a pod cast
created by our friends in the Library that provides a sneak preview into Moodle 2.0.
What the Change Means for You
The first group of Monash Moodle 2 users will migrate to Moodle for teaching in Semester 2 2011. The remainder of the University will transition in 2012. In the meantime, staff and students will continue to use their current Learning Management System (Blackboard, Moodle 1.9, Interlearn).
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