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The State University of
New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
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SUNY Fredonia is Transitioning to Moodle
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OVERVIEW
SUNY Fredonia has selected a new learning management system (LMS) for campus-wide deployment. The selection follows an extensive 2-year review and pilot program. We are pleased to announce the selection of Moodle to replace ANGEL as SUNY Fredonia's new learning management system. Members of the school's faculty began using the open source system in a small pilot Fall 2013. Additional pilot courses will be added in the Fall of 2014 with the full roll out to be completed by Summer 2015. Faculty will have the opportunity to login and view Moodle with their own test course in Summer 2014.

According to Moodle.org, Moodle is a global open-source e-learning platform whose name is an acronym for "Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment." As of June 2013, it had a user base of 83,008 registered and verified sites, serving 70,696,570 users in 7.5+ million courses with 1.2+ million teachers.

BACKGROUND
The selection process began in the Spring of 2011, following the announcement from ANGEL Learning and Blackboard that ANGEL software will be discontinued. A software selection committee consisting of faculty, students and staff was formed. This committee developed selection criteria which resulted in an extensive review of three LMS platforms: Desire2Learn, Blackboard and Moodle. The evaluation included the development of test courses in "sandbox" environments for additional testing and a technical review. Final selection was made following a pilot program that ran during the Fall 2013 semester.

"SUNY Fredonia will be transitioning from the ANGEL Learning Management System (LMS) to Moodle, based on a recommendation from the LMS Evaluation Team and endorsed by both the Information Technology Advisory Board (ITAB) and Cabinet.  The evaluation was a collaborative and transparent process, led by Lisa Melohusky and Janet Mayer, who were joined by a number of faculty, students and ITS staff.  The Moodle pilot currently underway is informing configuration of the platform for our use, and as faculty and students become familiar with Moodle I think they will be pleased with the opportunities this software offers for student learning and engagement." ~ Karen Klose

PROJECT
The project team began meeting in Fall 2013 to develop a Project Charter and to organize the larger project into smaller, manageable Work Packages. This team meets weekly and works closely with the pilot faculty.

Fall   2013

Campus chooses Moodle

Spring   2014 - Fall 2014

Project team configures Moodle, develops training and support services

Summer   2014

Faculty will have the opportunity to request a test course space in Moodle and get a first look at the new LMS software

Fall   2014 - Jterm 2015

Project team expands pilot participant group and refines support services.

Spring   2015

Last   semester to use ANGEL for SUNY Fredonia courses. Moodle training and ANGEL course conversion commences.

Summer   2015

All courses run Moodle. Training and conversion help offered all summer long

Fall 2015

ANGEL is decommissioned

GET UPDATES
A Google Group was created so members of the campus community can join and receive more information about this project and the transition from ANGEL to Moodle. To join this email group:

  1. Login to SUNY Fredonia's Google Gmail via a web browser.
  2. Find the group named "Moodle Project" or click this link:
    https://groups.google.com/a/fredonia.edu/forum/#!forum/moodle-project-grp
  3. Click the blue button labeled "Join group to post"

    You can find more directions on how to join a Google Group on Google's help page here:
    https://support.google.com/groups/answer/1067205?hl=en

    Or email Janet.Mayer@Fredonia.edu and ask to be added directly to this group.

 


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