Open University Moodle Case Study

Jenny Gray recently posted a deck to Slideshare that I found facinating, inspiring and energizing. Jenny is the Head of Centre of Excellence (Technical), IT Architecture at Open University and her deck captures the past decade that OU has been using Moodle, and how they have evolved with the technology.

Check out the deck below:

She covers four main topics in her presentation:

  • A review of what OU has done with Moodle technology – courses, projects and a host of other learning and teaching tools;
  • How OU has operationalized Moodle, looking at their interaction with the Moodle community and their own internal approaches;
  • What OU has learned over the past 10 years; and
  • Where OU expects to go next with Moodle.

Here’s why you should list to someone like Jenny – check out these stats for OU:


 

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How has your school or business evolved with Moodle? Tell us in the comments below!

Stephen Ladek

Plugins created and maintained by the Open University.

As of Moodle 3.0, this question type is part of the standard Moodle release. That is why there is no plugin from Moodle 3.x. You don't need one!
Latest release: Monday, May 11, 2015, 2:39 PM
A drag and drop question type where missing words have to be dragged into gaps in a paragraph of text.
Latest release: Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 11:23 PM
A Moodle question type which allows questions to be built up from parts that are other simpler question types (requires you to have these question types installed)
Latest release: Thursday, June 15, 2017, 1:44 AM
Allows a short response of one or a few sentences that is graded by comparing against various model answers, which are described using the OU's pattern match syntax.
Latest release: Thursday, August 4, 2016, 11:06 PM
This question type allows students to complete a paragraph of text by selecting the missing words using drop-down menus.
Latest release: Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 11:21 PM
This 'report' is actually a tool to let you edit all the dates in a course on one page.
Latest release: Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 10:48 PM
Alternative blog. Can be used as a course activity.
Latest release: Friday, January 19, 2018, 11:49 PM
The main difference from the standard Moodle multiple choice question type is in the way that grading works. When creating the question, the teacher just indicates which choices are correct. If there are n correct choices, then the student scores 1/n for each correct choice, and loses 1/n for each incorrect choice.
Latest release: Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 9:55 PM
This block provides an Amazon-style 5 star rating system for courses. Users each give a rating and the total is displayed in the block.
Latest release: Friday, February 13, 2015, 10:25 PM
This 'report' is actually a tool to let you edit all the groups in a course on one page.
Latest release: Sunday, May 10, 2015, 10:12 PM
A calculated numeric question type with variable and expression evaluation. Random values are generated for each student attempting the quiz.
Latest release: Thursday, November 13, 2014, 1:37 AM
Alternative wiki. Simple wiki designed for teaching and learning.
Latest release: Friday, January 19, 2018, 11:46 PM
A question type where the user enters their response using the JavaScript Molecular Editor, and the response is then graded using the OU's pattern-match algorithm.
Latest release: Thursday, August 4, 2016, 2:35 AM
A calculated numeric question type with variable and expression evaluation. All values are precalculated although a question can have several variants with different variable values for each variant.
Latest release: Sunday, May 10, 2015, 11:07 PM
This question type can have randomly selected numbers, and the student's answer must include the correct unit. Unit grading is done using the pmatch algorithm.
Latest release: Thursday, November 13, 2014, 1:39 AM
This 'report' is actually a tool to let you edit all the idnumbers in a course on one page.
Latest release: Thursday, November 13, 2014, 4:17 AM
This block offers three different recommendation services: popular activities on this course; popular courses on this site; and shared bookmarks. Each can be enabled and configured separately.
Latest release: Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 10:19 PM
DataPlus is a Moodle module that enables the production of customisable, portable, standalone SQLite3 databases for teaching and learning. It's features are similar to the Data module, but it allows easier export and search as well as improved performance for larger databases.
Latest release: Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 6:40 PM
This question type uses web services to connect to other question engines like OpenMark or ounit, so that their questions can be used in a Moodle quiz.
Latest release: Thursday, November 13, 2014, 2:00 AM
Provides an indexed full-text search backend for OU activity modules.
Released: Friday, September 9, 2011, 7:11 PM
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