Published on October 24, 2012 | by Dan Brown

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Getting UAL lecturers in the Moodle

Moodle logo

Moodle’s logo [from Moodle’s official website)

A three-day workshop has been organised to help University of the Arts London teachers become accustomed to Moodle, the replacement for Blackboard.

The workshop, which starts on October 30,  will include lessons on how best to create an online course through adding content and customisation that will be tailored to the course’s specific needs.

 “It allows and encourages a lot of customisation, individuality and ease of use.” 

Jack Johnson

Following a university review, it was decided that the functionality and fit of Moodle was better for the institution.

In a statement by John Jackson at the Digital Integration into Arts Learning Project (DIAL), he explained: “Moodle is an open source platform which has been much improved in its current version.

“It allows and encourages a lot of customisation, individuality and ease of use.”

In comparison to Blackboard, Moodle offers an improved user experience with a variety of customisation options available. The new system also has a lot of tools designed to aid learning and teaching processes.

Loss of information

The University’s choice to switch to Moodle is also economically advantageous, as there will be significant financial savings for UAL.

However, courses that have a well-established use of the current system will lose a considerable amount of information and will have to start again from scratch.

This is due to the fact that there is no automatic method to transfer content between the two, as well as there being a completely alternate structure of content on the two programs.

The transition to Moodle from Blackboard will be undertaken in phases, with courses starting in January 2013 being the first to benefit from the new website.

It is expected that all courses will be using the service from the beginning of the 2013/14 academic year.

 

 

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