A pedagogical evaluation of moodle extensions

Margot McNeill*, Matt Bower, Kathleen Curtis, John Hedberg

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    There has been a shift by the Australasian tertiary education sector towards open source Learning Management Systems (LMSs), in part due to the potential for extending and tailoring the systems using community sourced plugins. This paper reports on a comprehensive and systematic evaluation of Moodle extensions based on a six-month cross-faculty project conducted at Macquarie University. Findings included that despite over several hundred plugins and patches being uploaded to the Moodle Community website, the reference group only deemed nine of these as suitable for extending the functionality of the University LMS. The paper also describes the process and instruments that were utilised to evaluate the extensions themselves, which could be of interest to others making decisions about how best to balance the flexibility afforded by open source environment with extensibility within the constraints of complex and diverse institutional needs.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationASCILITE 2012 - Annual conference of the Australian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education
    EditorsM. Brown, M. Hartnett, T. Stewart
    Place of PublicationPalmerston North, New Zealand
    PublisherMassey University
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Electronic)9780473229894
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventAnnual conference of the Australian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2012 - Wellington, New Zealand
    Duration: 25 Nov 201228 Nov 2012


    OtherAnnual conference of the Australian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2012
    CountryNew Zealand

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