How big are our current VLE course areas?

When thinking about new technologies it is useful to look back at how we’ve used those we have already. A quick check on the average amount of space used by course areas created in our Blackboard/WebCT Vista VLE for the 2009/10 academic year reveals:

  • Top 10% of course areas average 439.1MB and have 116 users enrolled
  • Next 10% of course areas average 90.4MB and have 94 users enrolled
  • Next 10% of course areas average 48MB and have 120 users enrolled
  • Next 10% of course areas average 28.3MB and have 312 users enrolled
  • Next 10% of course areas average 18.1MB and have 99 users enrolled
  • Next 10% of course areas average 11.4MB and have 99 users enrolled
  • Next 10% of course areas average 6.7MB and have 131 users enrolled
  • Next 10% of course areas average 3.7MB and have 133 users enrolled
  • Next 10% of course areas average 1.6MB and have 106 users enrolled
  • Remaining 10% of course areas average 0.3MB and have 62 users enrolled

Growth in diskspace has been as follows:

  • 2006/07 course areas totalled 15GB
  • 2007/08 course areas totalled 62GB
  • 2008/09 course areas totalled 105GB
  • 2009/10 course areas so far total over 120GB

These figures exclude personal development areas and university-wide course areas

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