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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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Responses from 100 device-led student interviews

Between January and March 2011, one hundred students were interviewed about their use of technology and places of study at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). The interviews took place at locations across MMU and, as far as possible, students were selected … Continue reading

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Widget development

Over the last few months, W2C has been laying foundations for its extensible VLE by developing web services to publish frequently-asked-for information from university systems. We are now ready to test the potential of W3C Widgets as a mechanism for … Continue reading

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Device led student interviews

During January and February the Project Team (members of Learning Research & Information Services and the Centre for Research in Library & Information Management) will be carrying out 100 short impromptu interviews with MMU students. The aim of the research … Continue reading

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Developing web-services

MMU’s initiative to Enhance Quality and Assessment for Learning ( includes a specific strand to raise “student satisfaction, engagement and success by providing a more seamless and personalised online experience of university activity” ( This strand provides the project management … Continue reading

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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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