Moodle End of Year/New Year Start
I know this is alittle late in the season for the term “end of year” but I was wondering what are some of your Moodle “end of year” clean up procedures. We are running into an issue this year where we need to clean up courses and change course names. Our goal I think would be to backup all courses and then restore necessary ones for the new year. We are looking to also import courses from Blackbaud Education Edge. Are any other schools doing this or do any of you have unique clean up procedures? What naming schemas/conventions are you using for courses? Here is what our current setup looks like:
Full Name: Geometry 423-1
Short Name: Geometry 423-1
Course ID number: 423-1
Our courses use the first 3 numbers to identify the course and the last number after the – is used for section/class. The issue we are running into this year looks like this:
School year 2009-2010:
Teacher A teaches Geometry 423-1, Geometry 423-4, Geometry 423- 7
Teacher B teaches Geometry 423-2, Geometry 423-3, Geometry 423-5, Geometry 423-6
School Year 2010-2011:
Teacher A teaches Geometry 423-1, Geometry 423-3, Geometry 423-6
Teacher B teacher Geometry 423-2, Geometry 423-4, Geometry 423-5, Geometry 423-7
Each teacher’s materials haven’t changed and their courses on Moodle are already developed. We are running into the issue of name overlap. This is simple to manage when there is a handful of teachers but we are expanding our system out to 70-80 teachers with 5-6 courses each. You can see how this can become cumbersome. Many of the teachers want their courses backed up from last year and imported into their new classes. Any thoughts on automation, etc.? Very interested to hear how you are handling clean up and new year starts with Moodle. Any automation techniques you are using. We currently are using LDAP authentication, so user creation is automated and has single sign on with AD.
Do you preserve previous years work anywhere?
Forgive me in advance if I sound like a babbling mad man with trying to describe this…