*nudge nudge* I speak php + more
Edu-MIS project anyone
*nudge nudge* I speak php + more
Edu-MIS project anyone
I'm currently stripping the application and database down to barebones in preparation for an early alpha developer release - system is feature incomplete, but in production use (think second death star in ROTJ )
I would be interested to see how many people familiar with php, mysql (codeigniter a +) might be interested in actual code contribution, security auditing, bug hunting etc, as well as those interested in testing, feature input etc.
My roadmap for Academis MLE is to go beyond basic MIS, to also provide VLE functionality incuding SCORM package handling as I think that moodle is not so well suited to schools in terms of usability.
Application is targeted at Primary and Secondary UK Schools.
Theres a flash demo link on the site above, though I warn you it's not a marketing piece and for those not interested in the content is a real sleep inducer!
i think you should avoid trying to re-invent the wheel but trying to replace moodle.
We have been able to fully integrate moodle with sims and active directory.
So when a user logs in to moodle is pulls their course membership from sims.
we can help replicate this with your system.
Also i would be best to release the whole of Academis open source include sub modules and use the support stream as the revenue stream.
Just look at the commercial offerings - they deliver a simple and instantly understandable feature set.
I'm not looking to reinvent the wheel, but to solve a different problem than the one moodle is suited to. I would like to see Academis able to export and integrate well with other systems such as moodle for those that require or want a more comprehensive system. There will always be overlap of features - moodle has forums for example, but not at the level of vbulletin (or
I have decided to release all of Academis together. Although content is more appealing to me than support as a potential revenue stream down the line ie: test and scorm elearning packages etc.
If you read some of the threads I've posted on the academis forums, production of elements is quite modular - so anyone wanting to contribute to the system can work away at a discrete unit / feature that interests them.
EDIT: The problem with Active Directory Integration you describe is when you're running moodle / academis on a remote linux webserver and your AD domain is on your LAN.
Last edited by kesomir; 5th June 2008 at 12:58 PM.
I agree with the point about integration - I'm all in favour of choice.
I just needed to clarify that my vision for VLE functionality within Academis is just that - a basic, "featureless VLE"
As this wouldn't meet everyone's needs and writing a moodle clone is a waste of resources - I fully agree that integration is the best solution.
It's moot anyway - I'm sure that someone will write integration code with moodle. I already have the ability to export year groups in a csv format that moodle can import, although any such integration should/needs to be fully automated as described by penfold.
If the lan is connected to the internet via adsl say - and the connection goes down there, wouldn't that result in a failure of remote auth on the remote moodle server?
it makes no difference in this scenario because Academis would be running next to moodle on the remote server regardless.
One thing I do want to tackle is separating sensitive data - webserver is the most vulnerable place to put sensitive material. I had thought of a two part system whereby live has only the data it needs for reporting / interaction pushed to it and whatever else going the other way pulled from it periodically so that sensitive info remains more safely on the LAN.
Anyhoo - gone off on a tangent there.
Umm 98% of East Sussex schools are with the County preferred Learning Platform provider. Seems to me like there is an awful lot of energy being spent on something that isn't going to catch on. Also seems to me that anyone hooking a patch into SIMS is asking for trouble. All it would take is someone to breach the system and a whole load of personal data is out there in the public domain. I certainly wouldnt like to be the tech who set that up. CHoice is a good thing, and competition in the market place does no one any harm, but freeware or open source software is just what it says on the tin. I wonder if many head teachers would sanction its use?
Besides Moodle has a larger user/install/coder base than most of the commercial VLE's, so chances are that the code is of better quality - even HT's realise that.
webman (18th July 2008)
I work in the independent sector, so the time I spend developing such tools is not impacted at all by what a number of LEAs may at any particular time choose to promote.
That said, this thread is about a SIMS replacement - not something to hook into sims and act as a VLE - moodle is already out there for that.
I'm still on track for making a preliminary release of my system this summer as posted on the website - there's just an awful lot of code to work through.
In reference to the security point, I imagine that sensitive data on these systems (even web based applications) will be protected by more than just the system itself - There's no real need to allow external access to many functions so will be sitting nicely behind a bunch of firewalls on a secured network.
We all know how good government institutions are at looking after sensitive data though, so perhaps we should take a leaf out of their book?
Software should be looked at on its merits, not on whether it is free or not. Linux is a more stable OS, more actively developed OS, cheaper OS, than Windows. BSD is even more stable. Why should that be discounted simply because the source is available?
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