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    Re: Which VLE Moodle, Digital Brain, Oracle, Fronter, SIMS L

    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd

    The following is a VBS script that automatically creats users in AD from CMIS.
    It should be possible to modify this for SIMS. I can't really awnser vbs questions about this as I didn't write it. I'll start another thread on this anyhow.
    Good work on that CN. I've replied to your other thread with some stuff that might be interesting to people from the SIMS side of the Force.

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    Re: Which VLE Moodle, Digital Brain, Oracle, Fronter, SIMS L

    Quote Originally Posted by fastlane
    Teachers can create their own SCORM resources with this.

    eXe (eLearning XHTML Editor Project)

    From Eduforge:

    eXe (eLearning XHTML Editor Project)

    (But probably not in my lifetime)
    I tried that about a year ago. I hope it's a lot more user friendly nowadays because I couldn't for the life of me compile any kind of SCORM resource with the damn thing. If I'd showed it to a teacher in that state I think they'd have had an aneurysm!

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    Re: Which VLE Moodle, Digital Brain, Oracle, Fronter, SIMS LG

    there is a docbook to scorm convertor (Openoffice saves to docbook)
    http://www.pyxx.org/DocBook2SCORM/overview.html
    An ODF to SCORM convertor is in the pipeline - sept (sorry I can't find the link now, but I saw it a couple of days ago)
    there is already an expensiveplugin for MSOffice that converts to scorm
    https://www.hunterstone.com/

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    Re: Which VLE Moodle, Digital Brain, Oracle, Fronter, SIMS LG

    i was looking at moodle as a project but as our LEA have purcahased licences for sims learning gateway, looks like i will have to bypass the project!

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    Re: Which VLE Moodle, Digital Brain, Oracle, Fronter, SIMS L

    Quote Originally Posted by projector1
    i was looking at moodle as a project but as our LEA have purcahased licences for sims learning gateway, looks like i will have to bypass the project!
    Why? Set up Moodle on an machine and play. You will soon see which works better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mighty.grey.eagle View Post
    There is only one answer: Moodle. All of the rest cost money and support from a commercial company costs money so they cut corners by responding slowly. With Moodle the forum support is second to none. Most of the problems are solved within the hour (and they tend to be caused by me not reading the help properly). Quite often it is the writer of the module that gives an answer - can you imagine M$ doing that! Think about how quickly Firefox is updated when there is a problem - compare that with Internet Explorer.

    Secondly. Our school tried a Blackboard demo system last year. Some staff put a lot of work into it then, when the demo ended, they lost all of their materials. Whatever VLE system is adopted you need control of it.

    Thirdly. Moodle may not be the "best" system (although that is open to argument) but it easily can be. The more people using it the better it will become. Moodle 1.6 will be out in beta towards the middle of this month and, from all accounts, it is very impressive.

    Lastly, in education we are forever re-inventing the wheel. Even within departments we go our different ways - often creating very similar worksheets. Now is the time to share and the technology helps. As my gesture towards this goal I offer notes on the AQA Advanced Computing (CPT1,2,3,4,5 and 6) together with a KS4 ICT Revision course. All released under the creative commons blurb. Not brilliant but I am sure that someone can improve on it and then offer it back. Contact me through my account details if you are interested or you can pick them up from E-subjects.co.uk - e subjects Resources and Information.This website is for sale!
    Moodle is time consuming and you need to be a technical wizz to get it set up on servers at your site..

    Where as Fronter is free for the first year if you are in the LGFL plus it is hosted on thier site and intergrates with SIMS for upload all the users, timetables and creates rooms..

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    What people need to remember is just becouse you can download a piece of software for free does not mean that there is no cost associated with it.

    Hardware
    Install Effort
    Maintenance

    are all cost factors.

    I would disagree with Grommit that moodle is hard to get running, I am in no way a *nix expert but in the last year have setup 6 instances of moodle and the last one I setup i now have full SIMS integration with timetables and auto creation of courses based on the timetable in SIMS so it's not that hard you just need to take it slow and plan everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Moodle. Lets face it, when O'Reilly release a book on a product you know its big (and free to boot!).
    Using Moodle: Teaching with the Popular Open Source Course Management System Community Press: Amazon.co.uk: Jason Cole: Books
    Which can be downloaded for free here - Using Moodle book - MoodleDocs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake View Post
    Moodle here , cost for one, and secondly for popularity really. With more and more folks using moodle, its garnering a decent community, which is handy for modding and troubleshooting
    Moodle here:

    Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr Moodle

    in face Moodle all across Swansea as the LEA put it in place:-)

    GJE

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    Quote Originally Posted by wesleyw View Post
    Our LEA is pushing Teknical's VLE anyone ever used this and would like to comment?

    Thanks

    Wes



    no dont do it, its horrid!

    go for frog on moodle

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    From the IT Technical side VLE has never really come our way asking for recommendations and implementations. This is in the hands of our systems manager who will deal with purchasing the system

    We did have a coordinator for all of this but times are hard and he has now returned back to the classroom as a Teacher. He did manage to setup Moodle and does keep it ticking over though i don't think he has the time.

    The feedback from staff was its confusing, and not everyone is like IT teachers and technical staff, and if it does not have pretty pictures and simple non cluttered 18 size fonts then the battle is already lost.

    We are searching for a new VLE but our local LEA has told us to sit tight for a few months.

    We also have access to http://www.ramesys.co.uk/docs/Assimilate%20brochure.pdf which is Free as part of our LEA though its classed as a VLP


    I have just registed for this and currently looking at its possiblities, and might be ideal for our primary schools in our federation. FREE

    edu 2.0: the free, easy way to teach and learn online


    I was talking to somone a few days ago and they suggested using joomla as a VLE, i had used this for websites and love it to bits the amount of templates and modules is great but still not convinced its idea but in searching for other schools using Joomla i stumbled on this.


    Joomla! Schools - Websites for Schools


    and sending you around in circles this post
    Joomla & VLEs

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    SharePoint hosted on site

    One option is to look at hosting your own SharePoint. We have done quite a bit of work on this and write a little bit about it.

    Take a look at www.sharepointineducation.com

    and our site www.twynhamschool.com/supportinglearning

    For me the key to SharePoint is it is flexible and works straight out of the box. There is a new VLE component around the corner which looks great and users find it so easy to use.

    You might also want to take a look at a presentation which overviews what we do with SharePoint:

    Twynham School SharePoint presentation

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    Attendance upload from SIMS

    Does anyone know if pupil attendance\register will be automatically uploaded from SIMS.net to Fronter or any other platform? Hope I'm posting this in the right place!

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul-Carter-SBS View Post
    Does anyone know if pupil attendance\register will be automatically uploaded from SIMS.net to Fronter or any other platform? Hope I'm posting this in the right place!

    Thanks
    Taken from the Fronter website:

    MIS Integration (7) Included for: Capita SIMS, Serco CMIS, Pearson Phoenix, RM Integris

    There are a lot of other VLE's that will pull data from SIMS:

    Frog
    SIMS Learning Gateway
    and I believe theres a module to carry this out via Moodle.

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