A pedagogical evaluation of moodle extensions

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

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Abstract

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
Pages1-11
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

Other

OtherAnnual conference of the Australian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2012
CountryNew Zealand
CityWellington
Period25/11/1228/11/12

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    McNeill, M., Bower, M., Curtis, K., & Hedberg, J. (2012). A pedagogical evaluation of moodle extensions. In M. Brown, M. Hartnett, & T. Stewart (Eds.), ASCILITE 2012 - Annual conference of the Australian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education (pp. 1-11). Palmerston North, New Zealand: Massey University.