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    Are any schools in Durham sticking with the DLG and if not who are people going with?

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    We're currently DLG, but are looking at possible alternatives - and DLG know that too.

    Moodle is our tool of choice so far - if you want to know anything just drop me a PM.

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    Our plans are to use Moodle in conjunction with Mahara.

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    are schools able to opt out of DLG

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlygeek View Post
    are schools able to opt out of DLG
    Of course.

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    I am sure you can choose to opt out, but I would imagine there is a x months notice you need to give before you can pull out, therefore I would think you may have missed the boat to pull out in the 09/10 financial year.

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    If Sylv3r is right, then the other option you have is to run with it for a year whilst you research/implement a different solution, ready for next year.

    It even gives you time to get staff training out the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    If Sylv3r is right, then the other option you have is to run with it for a year whilst you research/implement a different solution, ready for next year.

    It even gives you time to get staff training out the way.
    I think you need to be careful with that approach. If you train them all on Sharepoint for example and then move to Frog much of the training becomes irrelevant. I know some of it is still useful but the mechanics of using the VLE will be different.

    I know from our Federation of schools how unpopular those sort of changes can be!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcollings View Post
    I think you need to be careful with that approach. If you train them all on Sharepoint for example and then move to Frog much of the training becomes irrelevant. I know some of it is still useful but the mechanics of using the VLE will be different.

    I know from our Federation of schools how unpopular those sort of changes can be!
    The thing is, DLG does not take much training because it doesn't do much - and definately nothing interactive - it's all navigation, that's all.

    Where as training for Moodle (or other) will take some doing because it does things that a VLE should be doing. That's why if you start the training as soon as possible, and tell staff we have a year to get used to this before we switch the old one off, things should run pretty smoothly.

    I know it's hard to make such a big step, but if you can get the SMT and a few good teachers on board (who can demo how good their courses look and work) then other staff will follow suit. You're always gonna have a handful of people trailing behind - this can't be helped.

    The message that you have to get across is that you're doing this to help them, not to make things harder, and with a little effort on their part they will benefit greatly.

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