RE: Is anyone involved in training? Ever used Moodle?

Subject: RE: Is anyone involved in training? Ever used Moodle?
From: "Sharon Burton" <sharon -at- anthrobytes -dot- com>
To: "'David Neeley'" <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com>, "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 06:30:15 -0700

I used Moodle at UCR and liked it a lot. Our particular configuration didn't
allow for secure use of some of the features, like multiple choice testing,
so we used another totally separate product for that. But overall, I did
like it and the students seemed to like it as well. For an instructor, it's
basically intuitive after about 4 hours in it. I still use it at UCR
Extension and when I teach for STC.

UCR has since moved to Blackboard and I only rather like it. There are
features we don't have because our IT people don't have the U at the latest
rev - we're back about 3 levels of dot release. Most of those missing
features are the reasons I don't like our particular version. However, we
are working with the BB team and they are very excited to see how team
teaching works at the U level and what our use cases are. But I don't find
BB to be as intuitive.


Sharon Burton
Product Evangelist, Author-it
IM: sharonvburton -at- yahoo -dot- com
Twitter: sharonburton

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Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2011 1:44 AM
Subject: Is anyone involved in training? Ever used Moodle?

I know that techwriters often become involved in many other areas of
corporate communications. Some may have products that require specific
training for users; others may even offer or consider offering
certifications of one sort or another. Still others might have internal
requirements to make sure that your own company employees have some
basic level of knowledge about products, tools, technologies, or whatnot.

Ever used Moodle? Moodle is an open source LMS (learning management
system) designed to support various kinds of coursework through the Web.
>From what I've seen so far, it appears to be a very flexible and
powerful remote learning platform. I can see how it could be
incorporated in many scenarios to reduce the cost of training while also
being potentially more effective than many on-site training methods for
some kinds of materials.

For example, large corporations often have specific orientation
requirements. If they work with classified material, there is a need for
ongoing training in requirements for how information is handled. I'm
sure with little thought you can realize many other opportunities that
would work quite well with this kind of tool.

During my more active techwriting years, on several occasions I was
called on to re-write training coursework. I'd have been very pleased to
have had a tool like this available then, but unfortunately I did not.



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