Monday, 10 May 2010


I have been working on a moodle course for the year 12 programming class. It has been  couple of years in development, but finally this year I developed a 148 page book full of homework, assessment tasks, interface guidelines, and incorporated some english work.
It has been developed in the school LMS as part of the trail, however it has not been smooth sailing. The issues around the setup and development has lead me to question why I am using such a resource.

The department has there own moodle server running as part of our system, the reason why we did this was that we could not wait for the LMS provider to allow us access, so we installed it and have been using it ever since.

It requires the odd update and installation of users, but we have this down to an art now. However the school one is managed through an interoperability websync, which is causing issues. I am starting to question why we even have this as it just is not working to its best. We always seem to be bug finding and finding configuration issues.

I am getting to the point where I am going to leave the schools LMS.

The latest is surrounding professional development. I sat in a PD session where people where showing off what the system could do, and heard more about what it could not do. And I was thinking the entire time, but it can do this, it can do that. It is the person running it within the school that keeps saying no it can't. They do not even know what it can do.

I would like to take all my work off it and move it to the other installation, but I think I need to carry on doing what I am doing, running the course through the current installation, but I will be backing it up and doing a restore on the department installation.

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