The Saga of Moodle
Additional reading during the presentation:
1.16 min - Moodle and Google+
As you probably understood from our little storytelling, we think that Moodle can be improved. To outweigh its weaknesses and strengthen its qualities we came up with the idea to implement several Google+ characteristics.
Moodle obviously has its flaws. Every one of us keeps using it, in order to check modules, grades or lecture notes. But that's it. Even though there are much more features to use, almost everyone keeps the utility of this web 2 tool to its minimum. Or have you ever made use of the calendar? Or did you use the live-chat to communicate with your fellow colleagues? Exactly. We neither. Thus we saw Moodle's potential, but realized that it is not used to full capacity.
To change this, we especially focused on Google+ Circles. This allows you to divide your contacts into groups and selectively share information with specific people, rather than sharing with all your social connections at once. It helps you to categorize your network by mutual interests, likes or work.
Additionally there is Sparks and Google+ Pages, which are both kind of a newsfeed that allows users to receive constant updates by subscribing to certain circles.
Huddle Messenger is another function of Google+ that enables you to have a group chat. It's a group messaging experience that let's everyone inside the circle know what's going on, right this second.
4.18 - Final Product: Moogle
By adding these Google+ concepts, you would belong to different circles such as for you degree, this module, a society etc. We would have the possibility to create for example Coursework Groups within Moodle, which facilitates the communication between team members. With the Sparks, everyone is aware of individual posts, new documents, recommended articles and see any updates regarding the coursework progress. Huddle Messenger could be used to discuss something online, such as when to meet up. When meeting times are set, you can update this on your calendar, and instantly everyone else in that Circle will have this event scheduled in their own calendars.
Professors and course directors could easily communicate with their students via Module Circles, where all questions, documents, deadlines and relevant information can be exchanged. Through sparks, everyone will know if there are new forum posts that are relevant to them, and more people will start using the forums.
All these implementations would definitely reduce Cass Business School's dependency on its E-Mail system, it would enhance staff/student communication and emphasise the importance of universities’ knowledge sharing between students.