Moodle is a traditional, open-source, course management system first available at Colby in 2008. It is popular with small liberal arts colleges, among others. About three-quarters of the members of the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges use Moodle. It is one of several web platform options available to faculty at Colby.
Around 45%-50% of all Spring 2012 courses at Colby made Moodle sites available to students. The sites were used mostly to distribute course resources like readings, syllabi, images, and links to web sites to enrolled students. A total of 6,791 resources were added for an average of 32.5 resources per active course site. A few course sites used the Moodle quizzing tool. Notable of courses in which the quizzing tool was used, there was a minimum of 35 students enrolled and usually more. About 29% of active Moodle course sites used assignment activities (activities that require students to complete or submit an assignment in Moodle). Assignment activities are required to use Moodle’s gradebook. Of those course sites that could use the gradebook because of the presence of assignment activities, 43% opted to do so which calculates to 14% overall. About 21% of activated course sites included an instructor-created online discussion forum.
OVERALL MOODLE USE BY ACADEMIC DIVISION
There were 209 active Moodle course sites during the Spring 2012 semester managed by 130 unique instructors. Of the 209 course sites, here is the breakdown by academic division:
ONLINE DISCUSSION FORUMS
There were 514 forums created in total, including 1 News forum added by default to each of the 209 courses made available to students.
125 of the News forums created by default were never used, 84 were used by instructors to send course information to students.
In addition to News forums, instructors created an additional 305 forums in 44 unique courses.
Following is a chart by division of the forums created by instructor (does not include auto-generated News forums):
There are 60 unique courses that created a total of 469 assignment activities. The following chart shows course sites using assignments by division:
Course sites must include assignment activities they can use the Moodle gradebook. Of the 60 unique courses that included assignment activities, 30 or 43% used the Moodle gradebook. The following chart shows use of gradebook use by division:
PowerPoint is a popular in-class presentation tool. Instructors sometimes opt to upload their PowerPoint slides to Moodle for students to reference. Of the 209 courses made available to students, 70 courses posted PowerPoint files. Here is a look by division:
The Database Module was used in 1 Moodle course.
The Choice Module was used in 21 unique courses a total of 37 times.
The Chat Module was used by 1 instructor in one course 2 times.
The Glossary Module was used in 1 Moodle courses.
85 quiz activities were created in 7 courses. Each course that used quiz activities had a minimum of 35 students enrolled. All 7 courses using quiz activities were 100 or 200 level.
Moodle resources include descriptive labels, a text file, a web page, a link to a file, web site or directory of files. There were 6,791 Resources added to 209 Moodle courses.
LIGHTBOX GALLERY RESOURCE
7 unique courses created 54 Lightbox Galleries.
18 courses were open to guest access.
12 courses had 2 user accounts assigned to the teacher role and 10 courses had more than 2 accounts assigned the teacher role. 1 course had a librarian assigned the teacher role.
There were 7 courses that displayed only directories.
MOODLE YEAR TO YEAR
The total unique courses for each year are:
Spring 2010 – 184
Spring 2011 – 185
Spring 2012 – 209
The following table compares use of various Moodle features in Spring 2010, Spring 2011 and Spring 2012.
Data for this report compiled by Ellen Freeman