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ERIC Number: EJ774606
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-8756-3894
Faculty Perspectives on Moving from Blackboard to the Moodle Learning Management System
Beatty, Brian; Ulasewicz, Connie
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, v50 n4 p36-45 Aug 2006
Online teaching and learning has been in transition for its entire existence. The number of courses offered at a distance has grown rapidly. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (Waits & Lewis, 2003), in 2000-2001 more than 56% of four-year colleges and universities in the United States offered distance education degree programs. Many classroom based higher education programs, which meet in person regularly throughout a semester, use online technologies as well. In San Francisco State University (SFSU), 70% of all courses use online technologies; some of these courses are taught in a traditional face to face delivery mode. Approximately 90% of SFSU faculty who use online technologies use the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) and the rest are engaged in a scalability test of an alternative to Blackboard, using a local installation of the open source Moodle LMS which SFSU calls "ilearn." This paper presents selections of the authors' experiences using the Moodle LMS for the first time in a recent semester at SFSU. The purpose of this paper is to provide a glimpse into some of the factors that may be important considerations as more universities transition from commercial LMSs to open-source systems such as Moodle. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California