December 2008 Archives

Upgrading WOU Online / Moodle

Just a quick note to let you know that we're using the break between terms to upgrade Moodle to the latest version, which fixes many little issues and also makes some improvements. A few of the features may look slightly different. The biggest fix is that the "course backup" feature now works. In addition, when you use the "Restore" tool, you also have the option of restoring the course to a new course shell rather than copying over the old one (as long as you have course creator access). For those of you who want different course shells when you teach a course again, this is a nice feature.

You can also delete courses now. On the WOU Online homepage, you should have a "Courses" link under Site Administration. If you click that, you will see a listing of all the courses. Any course you have created, you have the ability to delete by clicking the "X" next to it.

We're having a few issues with things displaying properly in Firefox, but we're working on that, and should have it resolved quickly. Internet Explorer seems fine so far.

You can go on working on your courses as usual. If you notice anything amiss, please contact me. I'll be off-campus from December 22 - January 1, but I will be checking my email daily.

WebCT and Moodle Update

Three quick things:

1. Cleaning out old WebCT courses.

On Monday, December 15, I'll be clearing out all students from all courses in Spring 08 and earlier in WebCT. We have a 3200 student seat license, which means we can only keep the students in the course shells for the previous two terms. All the courses have been backed up, however, so contact me should you need the data. You can, of course, also back up the courses yourself, which is explained here:

2. Are we going to keep WebCT?

This is a question I've been getting a lot lately, and I wanted to reiterate what I've said all along: there is no immediate plan to get rid of WebCT. If that decision was ever made, you would have at least a year lead time to move any courses off of it. But if I were you, I'd suggest moving to Moodle at some point in the near future. Pretty much universally, everyone's who's switched from WebCT to Moodle has been very happy with the results. WebCT is expensive (we pay a five figure license fee every year), and Blackboard (which now owns WebCT) appears determined to phase out our version of it. The next step up with WebCT is a lot more expensive and requires a dedicated server, so it's unlikely we'd go that route.

If you want any help with Moodle, let me know. I'd be happy to set you up with a course shell, or schedule a one-on-one session to walk you through it.

3. The TRC is closed December 22-January 1.

We will be open the Friday before the term begins (Jan 2), but otherwise, the lab will be closed from December 22 until Winter term. If you'd like me to set you up with a new WebCT course before January, please let me know by Friday, December 19.

Have a great holiday!


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