Evaluating extensions for a university course management system

Matt Bower*, Margot McNeil, John Hedberg

*Corresponding author for this work

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    This chapter reports on a pedagogically grounded approach to evaluating course management system extensions. Like many course management systems, Moodle has a range of plugins that can be used to enhance its functionality. Educational institutions are challenged with how to best select and evaluate extensions for potential inclusion within their online learning and teaching platforms. Drawing upon prior course management system and evaluation literature, an evaluation process is presented that incorporates the learning and teaching context, the pedagogical applicability, usability, and overarching considerations as a part of expert review. Applying the evaluation process at Macquarie University resulted in 10 extensions being short-listed from the 749 extensions on the Moodle Community website. The extensions from established educational providers that rated high on pedagogical applicability were deemed the most suitable for adoption. The community building that emerged from the university-wide consultation process was at least as valuable as the evaluation results.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationResearch on course management systems in higher education
    EditorsAngela D. Benson, Andrew Whitworth
    Place of PublicationCharlotte, NC
    PublisherInformation Age Publishing
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Electronic)9781623966034
    ISBN (Print)9781623966010
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Publication series

    NamePerspectives in Instructional Technology and Distance Education
    PublisherInformation Age Publishing Inc


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