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Wednesday, April 25 • 16:55 - 17:20
Implementing Online Education with Open Source Software

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Moodle is a very well known learning management system that has been used by educational institutes of all levels world wide. Built using open source software, Moodle provides very abundant tools for the users. There are many freely available extension packages developed by experienced professionals that are meant to enhance the system, however, these packages often need to be checked or modified in order to work with current system. Although the Moodle system is free, depending on the scale of implementation, it may require full-time manager and system engineer to execute various tasks such as software installation, daily management, system backup, upgrades, and security updates. Aiming to reduce the costs of system operations and maintenance, a consortium consisting of 12 universities in Taiwan was formed to share experiences and develop software packages that can be distributed among the members. Based on Moodle version 3.1, the consortium had released the first version of Moodleset in September 2017, which was a result of a series of discussions and numerous communications for decisions on software development priorities proposed by the members. This paper presents a case study of using Moodleset to implement a learning management system for open and online education. Particularly, we demonstrate how open source software can be used to support online education, including courses management, learning records analysis, visualization of statistical analysis, reporting utilities, exam questions banks, and interactive response system. We also show changes of course design and teaching approaches that adapt to online education. The results show that through collaboration we can build a better learning management system with lower costs, and most importantly we can connect with various worlds of open technology and increase our impacts, which are not only beneficial to the teachers and schools, but also may open new opportunities for the students.


Yu-Hui Chen

National Chengchi University

Jihn-Fa Andy Jan

Associate Professor, National Chengchi University

Wednesday April 25, 2018 16:55 - 17:20 CEST