Welcome to W2C: extending the VLE through Widgets, Web- and Cloud-services

MMU has recently (and publicly) reviewed its learning technologies and will be making significant investment in a new integrated VLE and Repository. The W2C project plans to enhance and extend this investment by opening up new development paths and will share with the sector the experience of pursuing them on an institutional scale.

The W2C project will demonstrate in particular the potential of Widgets, institutional Web-services and Cloud-sourced services for delivering an institutional vision of convenient, integrated and extensible learning systems. Continue reading

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Sharing at the JISC DVLE brownbag session

As projects in the JISC’s Distributed VLE programme draw to a close, JISC-CETIS has been facilitating events to share lessons learned with the wider community. On Friday, January 13 (yes really!), we’ll be joining colleagues from the SLEP project in … Continue reading

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Evaluation and reflection

The W2C project set out in July 2010 to demonstrate the potential of Widgets, Web-services and Cloud-sourced services for delivering an institutional vision of convenient, integrated and extensible learning systems. We hoped this work would: enhance the capability of our … Continue reading

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Sharing at the UCISA Future is Mobile event

To support the communications strategy for our W2C project we agreed to present with our Moodle partner, ULCC, at UCISA’s Future is Mobile event. After my 6am start, you’ll see from the tweets I’ve repeated below that the day didn’t … Continue reading

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Mobile device ownership

Between October and December 2010, W2C ran an online survey via the MMU student portal asking students to help the university shape its mobile development priorities by answering questions about devices owned, usage of those devices and priorities for mobile … Continue reading

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Web class lists

Soon after the launch of the web timetables we were asked by the timetabling project team to investigate the possibility of a self-service feature for staff to produce class lists on demand, as central production and distribution of these was … Continue reading

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Web timetables

As regular readers will be aware, MMU’s move to Moodle is part of a larger initiative designed to make a step change improvement in the student experience. The initiative, known as EQAL – Enhancing the Quality of Assessment for Learning, … Continue reading

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Our Moodle mega mashup: part 2

In a previous post we described the background and rationale for creating a mega mashup web service that would aggregate relevant information at unit or programme level for the authenticated user and present it in a custom Moodle block. For … Continue reading

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Our new Moodle theme

We entered our hosting agreement for Moodle in late summer 2010 and initially asked our hosting partner, ULCC, for a neutral 1.9 theme as our intention was to give the Moodle user interface a more substantial re-working in the run-up … Continue reading

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Our Moodle mega mashup: part 1

In our learning technologies review we developed a vision of a core VLE integrated with our corporate systems, ideally available to students to use with the devices and services of their choosing, and extended through tools that the institution arranges, … Continue reading

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Working with partners: Talis Aspire and Equella

A distinguishing feature of our distributed VLE is integration of a range of complementary learning technologies: Moodle, Equella, Talis Aspire, campusM, etc, based on: web services; and consistent naming of data within different systems. In consultation with library colleagues we … Continue reading

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