Monthly Archives: March 2011

Transition to MoodleRooms

After conducting a Moodle feasibility study of our own, DCCC has decided on a transition to Moodle to be complete by Fall ’12.  We will be using MoodleRooms as our host, which has provided several extra features to the Moodle platform.  Therefore, we will refer to our Moodle as MoodleRooms.

The school will offer three phases of training for faculty.
Phase One: Train and convert during Su ’11 to utilize MoodleRooms in all of their courses starting in Fall ’11.
Phase Two: Train and convert during Fall ’11 to utilize MoodleRooms in all of their courses starting in Sp ’12.
Phase Three: Train and convert during Sp ’12 to utilize MoodleRooms in all of their courses starting in Fall ’12.

 As we move forward to MoodleRooms, it will be crucial for our training to address the transition from Blackboard.  After attending the NC3ADL Eastern Regional Conference, I found a great presentation that shows the comparision between features you are familiar with in Blackboard and what they will be like in Moodle.  To see that presentation, click here.  This will show you a crosswalk between the two LMS’s (Learning Management Systems).  Another great resource is the following Moodle guide book.  To access it, click here.

As I have spoken with several other DL Admins across the state, switching LMS’s is never easy.  But we want to provide as much support as possible to help faculty with the transition.  Please feel free to share any concerns or best practices you may have during this process.

Free Web Conferencing Room

Elluminate is one of the many web conferencing softwares out there.  DCCC has purchased two virtual rooms that hold up to 50 users.  Participants can communicate through chat boxes or voice using a microphone (some computers have an internal mic) and speakers or headset.  One of those rooms have been used in one of our first ever Faculty Innovations with Technology Projects, involving online tutoring in Basic Skills.  Melanie Knier headed up that project and it was so successful we are now implementing this for curriculum courses.  Right now we are providing online tutoring for online, modular, and Davie developmental math courses.  The second room is available for use by faculty and/or staff in whatever creative ways they would like to explore.  The purchased room allows for a larger audience and recording capabilities. 

Good news!  There is also a free virtual room that Elluminate offers called a vRoom.  The only limitations for this room are capacity, which stands at 3 users at one time, and no recording.  This room can faciliate tutoring, supplemental instruction, orientation sessions, presentations, meetings, collaboration sessions, online office hours, etc.  And anyone can register and have their very own vRoom to schedule and manage.  Below is a screen shot of the room.  Click here to see more about how to get a vRoom of your own.  And contact Dori Stanfield, dLstanfi@davidsonccc.edu if you are interested in training for Elluminate or want to use the 50 person room.  If you are already using Elluminate, please share.  I’d love to know how you are using it and what your experience has been.  Feel free to leave me a comment.

 

Screenshot of the free vRoom from Elluminate.