Overview

Description

Moodle is a VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) platform available to use at University of Edinburgh for postgraduate courses that are taught completely online for distance students.

At present the courses are created and students are added via manual processes, these can be completed either via Moodle Interface or by import of a CSV file. This creates a staff overhead that will be difficult to sustain in the medium to long term if the service is to be expanded to accommodate new and successful Online Distance Learning (ODL) courses.

This project fits in with the University's strategy as it will improve the student experience and deliver excellence in education as it will be quicker and more seamless process for students to give them access to their online teaching environment. For ODL students, this is the equivalent to having access to the University campus itself.

It will also make more efficient use of available infrastructure and people resources by automating tasks that are time consuming and manual.

The University needs a scalable technology enhanced learning capability which is well integrated with University processes, lowering barriers to increased usage and supporting a quality student experience.

Objectives

To automate creation of courses and the ability to populate students to these course in Moodle

Dependencies and Constraints

The project should be implemented before July 2016 however it would be beneficial for the Moodle Course Enrolment Management to be developed, tested and deployed against the current version of Moodle v2.8 as upgraded via TEL022 project. This will give the Learning,Teaching and Web team a baseline to test against for the next Moodle Upgrade project expected to commence in January 2016.

The expectation is for development to be ready for Semester 2 starting in January 2016. The project will re-estimate development effort and timescales following delivery of Architecture Design document and System Design document.

Legislative Impact

No impacts have been advised to the project team.