Moodle is Carleton's learning management system (LMS) and be found at https://moodle.carleton.edu.
Please feel free to check Carleton's Online Moodle documentation if you have questions.
Moodle Evaluation & Needs Assessment
Recent reports and blog posts about the future of the Learning Management System (LMS) reflect the general feel towards Moodle on our own campus: Moodle is not fulfilling the curricular technology needs at a satisfactory level.
It has been a long time since we have evaluated our Moodle/LMS needs. But we are now in a good position to work with campus stakeholders to do a full needs analysis.
With the support of the Future Learning Technologies Group, we will undergo a campus-wide evaluation of the use of Moodle on our campus. Beginning at the start of spring term, we will invite students, staff and faculty to participate in an online survey to gather information. The survey will focus on assessing the satisfaction with and importance of various features currently supported by Moodle. At the same time, we will investigate analytics from the Moodle server itself to give us more information about how and how often Moodle is currently used on campus. Finally, we will conduct focus group discussions to gather more in-depth feedback.
|Mar 1 - 11||Collect data from Moodle server
Open Q&A Sessions (schedule available here)
|Mar 22||Faculty & Staff Survey|
|Mar 28||Student survey|
|April - May||Focus Groups (sign up for focus groups here)|
|Late spring term||Analyze data|
|June 2016||Finalize Analysis|
|August 2016||Product research|
|Fall term 2016||Campus discussions about report and future directions|
Call For Participation
We are hoping to have high rates of participation from amongst all areas of the campus that use Moodle. We will invite a representative sample of 900 students to participate in the survey, and as many as possible in the focus group discussions. All faculty and all staff who use Moodle will be invited to participate in both the online survey and focus group discussions. Please watch your inbox for invitations when the surveys become available!
What to do about the learning management system has been a growing buzz in instructional technology circles over recent years, and so we are seeing more and more articles on the topic. Here are a few related to our work with Moodle.
- What's Really to Blame for Failures of our Learning-Management Systems (Chronicle)
- The Odd Couple: How Ed Tech Must support Vastly Different Types of Professors (Chronicle)
- Top 10 IT Issues 2016 (Educause Review) - reference #2
- The LMS as Portal - Digital Pedagogy Lab-Cairo, by Sean Michael Morris (Slideshare)
This study is being conducted by Carly Born, Academic Technologist in Information Technology Services. If you have questions or comments, please contact Carly (cborn, x7010) any time!