1. Yes we do. We're using Ubuntu LTS on a Fujitsu RX220 1u server.
4. Yes one of the junior techs does this.
5. Yes. My boss (who's an ex-teacher) does this role.
Thats fantastic news. I was previously led to believe that there were no moodle hosts who would provide SIMS integration.
I always assumed the problems were because you'd need to expose your MIS server to the rest of the world, and it would need extra complications like secure vpns etc.
Define integration... it usually means a bulk upload of students from SIMS into Moodle and that's it.
We need live integration as we we have students enrolling throughout the year, makes it much more "interesting"
That's what we're aiming for with our install but with a different MIS system - must make a huge difference with live updates
is it correct then that if you get someone else to host it then although you can have SIMS integration it will not be live and any changes HAVE to be via manual csv upload - or is it automatic - but just live - ie nightly updates such as how Uniservity work....?
3. I do - got a cron to do the mysql dump - not yet sorted out rsync - help!
4. Me again.. though the theme was downloaded from moodle.org (knowledge-library I think its called)
5. Me - general moodle/VLE Manager, Dep HT is also eLearning Co-ordinator
Worth it in the end - pupils, and staff, can now see their timetables within Moodle.. One handy feature is that it also pulls over their courses from SIMS and auto-enrols them (eg creates a course called 8x/It1 - and adds all the year 8 pupils in that class!)
- export pupil UPNs from SIMS
- export users (by year [OU]) from AD
- Match AD users to correct UPN (excel for this - but didnt have any fancy formulae for it which is my next task!!)
- Enable the employeeID field in AD
- Import UPNs to AD - easy with the Dovestone software
- configure Moodle to talk to AD - fairly easy
- decipher SIMS instructions for creating course and installing the SIMS.net timetable and courses!
we do host our own moodle, but I do concede that it is possible to have a live update with an externally hosted solution. I doubt many companies would be willing to provide this because most schools networks are not identical, and it could end up being rather complex to implement. AFAIK I've not seen any webparts/moodle integration - because SIMS is ASP (which won't run in linux/apache). The overnight integration of uniservity is simply because their product is sh*t and they don't know what they are doing. Once they've fleeced a few million of our schools they'll probably be able to afford to introduce live integration.
@CyberNerd - There is a Block/Mod available from Moodle.org: open-source community-based tools for learning for integrating SIMS Timetables which is what I used above - If using Linux, you need to have FreeTDS and php-mssql installed on it to allow PHP to connect to the SQL Server
The process involves creating about 3 Views on the SQL Server which are then referenced by Moodle..
You can also buy - at a hefty price IIRC - a webpart for Sharepoint from The SIMS Learning Gateway (SLG) (i think! - either that or they are 2 seperate products)
CyberNerd (15th January 2009)
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