Hosted Moodle..how to setup with Courses etc.
After deciding on a VLE - Moodle.
Then deciding we want it hosted externally as it will mainly be used for homework etc as an extension to the school. (Rather than using the VLE to manage all lessons in school).
I am now a bit stuck as to how to move forward.
I've installed Moodle on a workstation on my desk so I can have a play.
I've discovered the following:
The CLEO MIS upload tool will allow you to upload your SIMS classes and users so when creating courses you can easily pick the students to populate them.
The CLEO MIS upload tool won't allow me to choose SIMS username as the username style.
The CLEO MIS upload tool does nt auto create any courses.
There is a an upload user feature in Moodle that allows me to create a CSV file and create all my users in one go.
The upload user feature will ONLY add users to existing courses and NOT auto create courses that do not exist. The same is true for groups within courses.
I've found a uploadcourse.php which seems to work and allows the batch creation of courses.
There is no guarantee this uploadcourse.php will suddenly fail/fall over if I move to future versions of Moodle.
Is anyone else trying to work out the best way to setup a hosted Moodle so that all categories/courses/groups/users are created/populated with as little work required by either the teachers or IT staff as possible?
...and then comes the question of who and how do you administer a set change when little johnny is moved from one group/course to another?