Projects

P02 The New VLE (from Blackboard to Moodle)

Project synopsis

The key aim of this project is to facilitate wider and deeper penetration of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and associated digital tools/media to enhance the student experience.

The project objective is to deliver an open-source architecture VLE (Moodle) for 2012/13 in support of a step-change in the student experience of technologically-enhanced learning across the University and the development of a distinctive student experience. This will include

  • Increased 'breadth' and depth' of engagement with the VLE, among both staff and students, as a result of a more user-friendly and flexible interface which enhances and encourages effective individual and collaborative learning.
  • A more adaptive, personalised VLE which enables our students to shape their own learning environment and interactions, to meet changing learner expectations
  • Increased flexibility thus enabling a VLE developed around our own communities and curricula, integrated with relevant contemporary learning technologies and tools
  • Enhanced sharing of high quality, interactive learning materials, and dissemination of good practice, via the consolidation of RADAR as the underlying repository for digital learning assets.
  • Increased opportunities for 'any time , anywhere' access to the University, via the development of VLE services for mobile devices
  • Enhanced opportunities for the delivery of high quality and cost-effective flexible learning solutions to all students: on campus, distance learning and those attending programmes at collaborative partners (in the UK and overseas).

Key project milestones

  • Early moves to Moodle pilot commences (28 January 2012)
  • Main integration requirements completed (31 March 2012)
  • VLE Road Shows for staff completed (May 2012)
  • VLE workshops for staff commence roll out (April 2012)
  • New VLE launched to students (September 2012)
  • VLE support for students roll out (10 September 2012)
  • Module Guide Template Implemented (1 October 2012)
  • Module Feedback System to be Integrated (November 2012)
  • Programme and Faculty Level Architecture to be completed (April 2013)
  • Project Interim Evaluation (February 2013)

WHO TO CONTACT

Project Sponsor Tracy Panther, Associate Dean Student Experience, Faculty of Business

With support from

Richard Francis, Head of e-learning & Media Workshop

Greg Crichton, IT Project Manager (OBIS)

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