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Title: The Learning Management System Upgrade Project

The Learning Management System Upgrade Project
  • Distance Learning Committee Recommendation

The Learning Management System Upgrade Project
  • Milestone A Recommendation
  • Decision-making Process
  • Participants in the process
  • What this means for the college
  • Next Steps
  • QA

Learning Management System (LMS)
  • A LMS is a tool that enables instructors to teach
    through the Internet. It enables instructors to
  • Share documents and multimedia files,
  • Communicate with students and organize text-based
  • Give assignments and tests,
  • Manage and report grades, and
  • Complete other instructional tasks with a class.

Learning Management System
  • After extensive research into Blackboard Version
    9 and Moodle, the DLC recommends changing the LMS
    to a product called Moodle

Learning Management System
  • Seven of the nine faculty members on the DLC
    affirmed that they feel Moodle is the best option
    for the college and support adopting Moodle as
    our LMS.
  • Dozens of faculty members and staff participated
    in the process as well

DLC Process - Selection Criteria
  • The key word in Learning Management System is
  • The committees highest priority ensure the
    system can provide high-quality instructional
    delivery through the web

Instructional Effectiveness of Moodle Pilot
  • Initial Moodle Pilot Project four courses the
    Winter 09 and six courses in Spring 09
  • Expanded Moodle Pilot thirteen courses in Fall

Moodle Pilot Participants
  • Journalism J-21 - Melissa Jones
  • Business BA-205 Kathy Christensen BA-118
    Sharon Parker BA-103 Len Eaton
  • Criminal Justice CJA-130 Ida Flippo CJA-110
    Ida Flippo
  • CJA-170 Ida Flippo
  • English ENG-217 Trevor Dodge ENG-170 Trevor
    Dodge ENG-121 David Mount
  • History HST-201 Jackie Flowers
  • Horticulture HOR-235 Renee Harber
  • Library LIB-101 Karen Halliday
  • Math MTH-243 Carrie Kyser
  • Writing WR-122 Amanda Coffey WR-122 Carol
    Burnell WR-222 David Mount WR-090 David


DLC Process - Events
  • During the fall term, the DLC met seven times to
    discuss and debate the merits of both systems.
  • Fourteen events, including product
    demonstrations, hands-on workshops, focus groups,
    and panel discussions, were held for stakeholders
    to learn about and explore Blackboard Version 9
    and Moodle.
  • Accounts, empty course shells, training, and
    support were made available to any faculty who
    wanted to explore either or both systems.

Student input
  • Student input was gathered through surveys
    offered through all of the Moodle pilot courses
  • Students participated in a Moodle Focus Group

Instructional Effectiveness
  • Moodle meets Instructor and Student needs for
    high quality instructional delivery.
  • Moodle is comparable in instructional
    effectiveness to Blackboard Release 9.

Selection Criteria Cost effectiveness
  • There is significant cost savings with Moodle.
  • The DLS has determined that Moodle is
    cost-effective and a good value
  • Moodle is a better value than Blackboard

Systems Integration
  • Systems Integration is characterized by the
    linking together of computerized systems so that
    they can share data and operate together.
  • The DLCs exploration of systems integration was
    limited, but it is proven that systems
    integration between Moodle and the MyClackamas
    portal is possible with offerings currently on
    the market.

Next Steps
  • Decision-making Network
  • Considerations for Implementation

Considerations for Implementation
  • Migration Process Moving from one system to
  • Hardware/Software
  • Faculty Training / Support
  • Student Training / Support
  • Course Conversion Converting courses from
    Blackboard to Moodle

Course Conversion Facts at a Glance
  • 165 unique online courses
  • 83 unique hybrids
  • We teach approx 125 online course a term (about
    60 in the summer)

Course Conversion Plan
  • Through the next five terms, all courses would be
  • About 40 online and 20 hybrid courses would need
    to be converted each term in order to meet
    scheduling needs.
  • There would be two terms lead time for design
    review and troubleshooting
  • In Winter, we would convert summer courses
  • In Spring, we would convert fall courses
  • In Summer, we would convert winter courses
  • In Fall, we would convert spring courses
  • In Winter 2011, any remaining courses would be

Course Conversion Plan Timeline Diagram
For more information on DLC activities, visit our
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