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Moodle, Elgg and the e-strategy

Miles Berry
“Priority 2:
Ensure integrated personal support for
children and learners”
“Schools, colleges and universities are working
to provide learners with their own personal
online learning space and will want to develop
eventually an e-portfolio where learners can
store their work,”
“… record their achievements,”
“… and access personal course timetables,
digital resources relevant to their own study,
… and links to other learners.”
“People will then be able to take more
responsibility for their own educational
“In the future it will be more than simply a
storage place - a digital space that is
personalised, that remembers what the learner is
interested in and suggests relevant web sites, or
alerts them to courses and learning opportunities
that fit their needs. ”
“Priority 3:
Develop a collaborative approach to
personalised learning activities”
Moodle @ St Ives
“Colleges and universities are experimenting
with new blends of campus and distance
learning, and different mixes of online and face-
to-face methods”
“The familiar and effective teaching
methods of listening, reading, writing and
class discussion will of course remain
“Supportive help for literacy and numeracy
problems is valuable to all.”
“There are many people who are unable to travel
to a place of learning, who nonetheless wish to
continue their personal development”
“Using technology to streamline assessment
procedures and enable online assessment on-
demand is a long term objective.”
“We want to shift the focus from presenting
content to engaging learners in productive
learning activities.”
“Intensive user trials and rigorous testing within
the end-user environment will be needed to
ensure that products improve learners’
understanding of their subjects and their wider
practical and cognitive skills”
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“Teachers, lecturers and tutors … will want more
flexible resources they can adapt to fit their
learners’ needs”
“Flexible learning design packages would enable
teachers in all sectors to build their own
individual and collaborative learning activities
around digital resources. This would help them
engage in designing and discussing new kinds of
“Priority 4:
Provide a good quality ICT training and
support package for practitioners”
Staff need … time to experiment and refine their
practice; opportunities to share ideas and
experiences with other practitioners, and Peer collaboration,
to adapt them to their own work; and sharing ideas and practice will be
sufficient support from experts. supported through online networks.
Guided Tailored
Tailored Right
Right to
Tours Routes
Routes Roam
Sources Tools

Policy Readings
Readings Discussions

Academic Choices
Academic Video Blogs
Reflection && Video Blogs

Professional Interactive
Professional Wiki
User Activities

Professional Community
Community Podcasts
Podcasts Folksonomy
Attainment Personal-

Informal RSS
RSS Sandbox
Informal Social
Functional Requirements
Already met (v1.6 standard) On the roadmap (v1.7-v2.1 Still to come…
R1: Assessment items standard)
R2: Launch resources R5: Metadata creation Easier (eg 3rd party):
R3: Load content objects R6: Metadata import and R12: Syndicate content
R4: Load resources display R16: Lesson planning
R7: Resource creation R10: Identifiers R33: Attendance
R9: Cross device R13: Accessibility R34: Self-organisation
R11: Resource lists R19: Sequence resources
R39: AV Conferencing
R14: Assessment for learning R20: Metadata harvesting
R41: Email
R15: Customisable interface R23: Consistent learner
R21: Access off site information R43: Messaging
R22: Authentication R25: Groups and roles
R24: Data protection R27: Learner information Harder
R26: Information access export R8: Coursework
R31: Tracking R28: Learner information R17: Navigation (NC)
R32: Usage data Import R18: Personalisation (by
R35: Timetabling R29: Portfolios profile)
R36: Discussion forums R30: Scheduling
R40: Blog R37: Rights management
R42: Knowledge construction R38: Web services
R44: Other activities
R45: Resource syndication
Framework Agreements
• 5-20 participants;
• Funding from DfES, although “Local Authorities, schools
and other institutions may also wish to spend their own
devolved funding.”
• 3 Years of audited accounts.
• Dun and Bradstreet minimum Risk Indicator rating of 3
• Suppliers must also have a D&B positive net worth of 1A
(700 000 GBP to 1 499 999 GBP) or better.
• A clear history of relevant experience in successful
Learning Platforms.
• A full understanding of the Framework for ICT technical
• Product and services to be accessible to all users
• Contract management
The DfES view(s)
• “Challenge for RBCs and Local Authorities is to encourage schools
to buy-in; aggregate their purchasing power and devolved funding”
(October 2005)
• “The TCO of any … open source that you build yourself will be
one heck of a lot more than any product you get from your LA or
RBC. We are talking … tens of thousands of pounds … Any
industry supplier will tell you that.”
• “It would be an extraordinary judgement to do your own thing…
but the choice is yours”
• “If anyone mentions Moodle and primaries in the same sentence
I'll scream.” (Feb 2006)
• “the mandatory functionalities that industry providers must be able
to deliver to be included in the framework agreement do not also
serve as a list of functions that schools, procuring from the
framework, must purchase in entirety. Schools may choose any
combination of functionalities from the mandatory and/or
recommended lists to suit their needs. They might even choose
functionalities not currently listed, as part of their need or
'Statement of Requirements' (April 2006)
Taking sides…
• CLEO • LGfL:
• EMBC “‘DIY’ learning platforms are often said
to be ‘FREE’. In reality, the costs, both in
• Buckinghamshire Grid for up front technological cost and in the
Learning hidden costs after an implementation,
• West Sussex Grid for may be substantial… it is only
Learning companies who make it viable as an
easily managed and sustainable option,
• Newport Education after developing it into a fully realised
Authority product.”
• Swansea Education • Leicestershire:
Authority “Home grown systems based on 'open
• Cardiff Education Authority source software', e.g. Moodle, were not
to be preferred as they will not meet
• FourS - Surrey national requirements, they relied on
• The Digital Learning local expertise and will be incompatible
Community - East Riding of with other systems for exchanging
Yorkshire information. “
• Who personalises learning?
• Isn’t learning meant to be a social process?
• Software that shares our values
• Learning communities, not online courses
• Communication and collaboration, not consuming
• Prove TCO
• Remove the technical barriers: webservers with
Moodle, Elgg, MediaWiki, Scuttle, Gallery, etc
that just work
• Win over local authorities and headteachers
Further information
• Elgg
• Moodle
• Transformed Education
• Miles Berry