VLE Options... particularly online quizzing
I have to say after 3 years of having a Virtual Learning Environment within our school it hasn't really taken off in the way we had hoped with only a couple of departments using it regularly. With students having alternative access to files remotely (with no additional work required for staff) and limited interest in staff quizzing students remotely we are fighting a losing battle to get staff interested in using the VLE (and to some extent I can see their point). Our renewal is coming up in a few months and I have been asked by our head to investigate other options that may be suitable. So far I have looked into the following, with the final option being what we are considering strongly at present.
- Continuing with our current VLE provider and paying the annual fee for very little use
- Using Google Apps (something we are currently investigating anyway) in conjunction with sites to allow students remote access to files and quizzing using forms. Although on the service this seems like a great idea - saw a great example of it in use at BETT - from what I can tell the group sharing facility and forms testing has some really severe functionality missing at present (such as being unable to push files and collections into users areas based on groups) which rules it out as a standalone replacement at present.
- Setting up a locally hosted moodle server (we have the hardware capacity) and provide staff who want to continue using the VLE with training to move over to the new system.
- My favoured solution: Using our current remote access system for access of files from home, in conjunction with a standalone testing and quizzing platform. Ideally this will be easy to use, will integrate with AD and allow staff to quickly and easily setup tests which can be issued to groups of students. I suppose my main question is does such a system exist?
Is anyone else thinking of (or has) ditched their VLE and what was your decision making process like?
Thanks for any help in advance,