Saturday, March 07, 2009

BOOK: MOODLE Course Conversion

MOODLE is becoming very popular and probably more so in this economy because it is open source and more robust than ever.  So far, I've enjoyed learning about all the geeky details of how moodle works.  I've installed it a few times and worked with administration functions as well as adding content and testing methods of delivery.  Its a powerful framework that I've enjoyed over the years with very few headaches along the way.

MOODLE Course Conversion is a great book focused on converting existing courses, as the title states.  This is critical because many instructors have no desire to learn how to install and administer a complete Moodle framework.  So basically, we start with an existing course within an existing curriculum that is currently being taught old-school...and our goal is to get up and running within a 21st century online schooling model.
"By the end of Chapter 3, you will already have a Moodle course that contains your learning resources in a presentable way. But the book doesn't end there… you will also see how to use Moodle to accept and assess coursework submissions, discuss work with students, and deliver quizzes, tests, and videos."
Packt Publishing offers a free chapter for you to "try before you buy." 

If you are a technology integrator in a school or part of the IT department tasked with setting up a MOODLE system, you may consider buying this book for each of your instructors.  It may end up saving you many, many hours of support calls.  Just reviewing the book and looking over one of my old moodle installs has got me excited about digging in again.   

If you are new to Moodle you may want to check out The eLearning Guild's research report on LMS.  Moodle is a surprisingly strong player and the data could be exactly what you need to get buyin from your business group...or adminstration.  There will also be a few experienced Moodlers at AG|09 this week in Florida.  I'm looking forward to hearing from them about their moodle experiences and what to expect in the future.


Anna said...

Moodle is a great system for educators, but there are also other learning management systems options that meet both educational and company training needs.

For example, Coggno is a growing e-learning platform that shares some characteristics with Moodle.

Coggno's tools (which include video, text, question bank, template tool, assessment tool, quiz, and SCORM publisher) allow for flexibly web-based training and learning, while meeting planning and procedural needs.

Sustainable, scalable LMS functions are integral to the development of an organization.

Implementing a learning management system forces you to carefully analyze your approach to training. You might find that you need to redefine some of your business processes, or even redesign your course delivery methods.

The important thing is that these systems are flexible and scalable. Many organizations implement a learning management system that works for a while, but as the organization grows, the LMS no longer meets its needs.

An LMS should help you grow, so be sure to select an LMS that will grow with you.

dan r said...

@Anna, did you cut and paste that from the sales brochure or can you recite it from memory?

Archie said...

Yeah, that Cogno sounds great... think we should ditch Moodle and all of the work that has gone into it for some closed source option which I have never heard of.

Mark said...

UVCMS Moodle Solutions provides professional course conversions from all standard commercial and open source LMS platforms into Moodle: