+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 7 of 7
Virtual Learning Platforms Thread, Anyone using SWGfL Merlin in Technical; Hi all, Is anyone using the SWGfL Merlin as their VLE? I'm based in Cornwall and this is what the ...
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Cornwall
    Posts
    131
    Thank Post
    7
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    Anyone using SWGfL Merlin

    Hi all,

    Is anyone using the SWGfL Merlin as their VLE? I'm based in Cornwall and this is what the County will be offering to schools so I wondered if anybody had any experience of using it and any particularly good/bad points. I'm experimenting with Moodle at the moment and quite like it, but I'm concerned about having to train teachers to use one VLE and then re-train them 6 months later for a different VLE.

    Any opinions welcome!

  2. #2
    ghannahuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Deal
    Posts
    11
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 5 Times in 4 Posts
    Rep Power
    13

    Re: Anyone using SWGfL Merlin

    Quote Originally Posted by PrimaryTech View Post
    Hi all,

    Is anyone using the SWGfL Merlin as their VLE? I'm based in Cornwall and this is what the County will be offering to schools so I wondered if anybody had any experience of using it and any particularly good/bad points. I'm experimenting with Moodle at the moment and quite like it, but I'm concerned about having to train teachers to use one VLE and then re-train them 6 months later for a different VLE.

    Any opinions welcome!
    HI,

    Merlin, I understand, is based on the RM Kaleidos Learning Platform and VLE system. It is worth asking if any schools are using this as standard (ie not a part of Merlin). This is based on SharePoint but with the "RM Magic" and their VLE element is their own so I hope this helps you out.

    George

  3. #3

    witch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Dorset
    Posts
    11,103
    Thank Post
    1,357
    Thanked 2,316 Times in 1,629 Posts
    Rep Power
    693
    If you look under SWGfL there is a recent post about exactly the same issues with some useful answers, I think.
    Merlin
    (search next time!). Linda at SWGfL will be able to point you in the direction of schools that are using it.
    We will be using Merlin as a front end and probably will integrate Moodle behind it. I don't think that either system is difficult to use for teachers, it is getting them to even look at it that is difficult!

  4. Thanks to witch from:

    TheScarfedOne (3rd June 2009)

  5. #4
    lindylou's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Dorset
    Posts
    64
    Thank Post
    7
    Thanked 11 Times in 10 Posts
    Rep Power
    18
    I'm Linda, as mentioned by Witch in her post, but I work for Dorset LA, not SWGfL.

    Your contact for Merlin in Cornwall is Fran Carter, and there is a contact list for all member LA people for Merlin here

    Fran should be able to put you in touch with a school near you that is using Merlin or answer your questions.

    Incidentally, Merlin is provided for SWGfL by a partnership of RM and Netmedia, so we get elements from both suppliers. Many of the screens and webparts will be familiar to Kaleidos users, but we also get things like an interface for younger users from the Netmedia stable.
    Last edited by lindylou; 4th June 2009 at 10:38 AM.

  6. #5

    witch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Dorset
    Posts
    11,103
    Thank Post
    1,357
    Thanked 2,316 Times in 1,629 Posts
    Rep Power
    693
    Yes, sorry, I know you work for Dorset - what I meant was that you could indeed point people in the direction of your opposite numbers in other local authorities using Merlin.
    Trying to post in a hurry whilst doing 8 million other things!!
    Our Moodle site is up and running now - how DO we integrate it with Merlin??!!!

  7. #6
    lindylou's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Dorset
    Posts
    64
    Thank Post
    7
    Thanked 11 Times in 10 Posts
    Rep Power
    18
    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Yes, sorry, I know you work for Dorset - what I meant was that you could indeed point people in the direction of your opposite numbers in other local authorities using Merlin.
    Trying to post in a hurry whilst doing 8 million other things!!
    Our Moodle site is up and running now - how DO we integrate it with Merlin??!!!
    You're forgiven I just didn't want people to think I'd jumped ship!

    Well done with your Moodle site. I'll PM you about your query.

  8. #7
    Ian_CUP's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    10
    Thank Post
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    my understanding is that Merlin is not a VLE, - it is a portal that VLE's and LP's will sit inside (or authenticate from).

    Content providers have been encouraged to authenticate via Shibboleth from the Merlin portal (which we invested time and money into doing) but getting a response from people involved in this project is frustrating to say the least...Any schools using Merlin interested in testing the authentication and therefore Britannica content do send me a PM.

    It is correct to state that the portal was developed by RM and Netmedia, - the early years portal/VLE/whatever is really nice.

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Merlin
    By griffin in forum South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL)
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 22nd July 2010, 09:46 AM
  2. SWGfL filtering
    By Lithium in forum South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL)
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 7th July 2009, 02:58 PM
  3. RM/SWGfL EasyMail
    By localzuk in forum General Chat
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: 23rd February 2009, 02:15 PM
  4. well played SWGFL
    By mrbios in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 18th August 2007, 12:30 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •