Note: This is a follow up on questions that came up during Classroom 2.0 LIVE! I’ve organized them into broad categories/themes, and responding to them over time. I encourage those of you who are knowledgeable (or have an opinion/angle) to speak up in the comments. In this entry, I respond to some of the issues mentioned in the MOODLE ADMIN AND FEATURES theme. Thanks to the Classroom 2.0 LIVE Folks!

MOODLE ADMINISTRATION AND FEATURES/MODULES

  1. kas: is moodle a district subscription type site or can one teacher subscribe
    Response: Moodle isn’t a district subscription type site, although you can certainly go through a 3rd party hosting provider that will setup the Moodle for you and then help you get going. You can find some of them here…be aware that there are usually costs for doing this. I would encourage you to work through channels in your District and setup a server and get it installed. Moodle is an international effort and I’m sure you can find assistance in your area…if not, build your personal learning network.
  2. griffbuddy: Can I transfer all that I have done in Blackboard to Moodle? I’ve heard that I can.
    Response: Yes, you definitely can transfer content from Blackboard to Moodle. I encourage you to read this paper (this one, too) on the subject for starters. Not having had to endure this transfer, I have no more to offer on the subject. Perhaps others will speak up.
  3. Donelle: are there blogs within moodle?
    Response: Yes, there are blogs within Moodle. They don’t work as well as some would like, so I would encourage you to add the OUBlog Module to Moodle. Modules expand the functionality of Moodle, enabling it to work more as we would like it to. I’ve written about the OUBlog Module here...it’s a starting point for you, I hope.
  4. jeffmason: Can students read each other ‘s blogs?
    Response: Not in the standard Moodle blog, but with OUBlog Module installed, yes.
  5. Bonnie Dilling: can we bring dim dim inti moodle
    Response: Yes, definitely…it is a Module you can install in Moodle. Get it here.
  6. sarahsutter: I’m interested in the Google/Moodle connection with one login for Moodle and Google Apps next year.
    Response: While others have done more work on this than I, here is what I can offer to the conversation. Note the comments on the blog post.
  7. Bonnie Dilling: do I need to have class ID numbers for each of my moodle classes that are set up; I’m the moodle admin
    Response: You do not need to have Class ID numbers. Moodle will assign a course ID and that will be used to identify the course and distinguish it from others.
  8. Bonnie Dilling: I’m setting up all the categories but allowing the teachers to create the courses – is this the wrong direction to go?
    Response: Not at all. However, you may encounter student user account management. Without knowing more about your situation, I can’t offer too much more besides the suggestion that you read this and this.
  9. helen -bc, canada: there are many mentions that Moodle is free – a distinction: it is OPEN SOURCE, that means that you can download and use the program but there are costs involved in keeping the program running, support and servers to host it
    Response: The word “free” does not mean “no cost” but refers to the ethic of free software. The distinction you are looking for is that while this is Free, Open Source Software (FOSS), there is cost in implementing the solution as measured by capital outlay (e.g. server(s) to host it), technical support personnel, etc.
  10. Hui-Wen: If a college instructior wants to create a course on Moodle, do we need to have own server?
    Response: You need to have a server, whether it is on your institution’s computers or a hosted solution. Here are some hosted solutions…it is simply a list of providers, not a list of providers I recommend or endorse. If hosting your own Moodle on your server, this may be helpful reading.


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