Faculty training has become a centerpiece of the university’s switch to the open-source option Moodle.
Baker and her IT staff have scheduled a series of workshops and training sessions to show professors how they can use Moodle to manage class schedules, students’ grades, comprehensive reports detailing student participation and classroom performance, and class collaboration.
“We didn’t choose Moodle strictly because it is open source,” she said. “In these budget-constrained times, we want to look at open source and see if it is indeed one of those areas that could … incrementally all begin to add up and eventually [save money]. It just requires us to really reevaluate some of the decisions we have made and challenge ourselves again.”
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