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Windows Thread, VLEs in Technical; Just a quick straw poll really The school is looking into VLEs and MLEs. I'm being pushed every which way ...
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    VLEs

    Just a quick straw poll really

    The school is looking into VLEs and MLEs. I'm being pushed every which way but loose into finding solutions and I've been pricing up the Microsoft one today (£30000! Wow!)

    We've had pitches from Digital Brain (£4000 pa at least) and Capita (£7000 pa) and are going to get salesmen from RM pitching Kaliedos (I've already made my thoughts known on that one :P) and a company who will do us a Moodle solution soon (e4education probably).

    I'm wondering what people use and how they're find it.

    Cheers,

    Norphy

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    Re: VLEs

    Dont think we are using one [didnt see that option so chosen Other ]

    Cheers
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    Re: VLEs

    I've always wanted to use Moodle as our VLE but people at the top who listen to sales spiel want to go with something that will cost lots of money and provide little functionality. The latest is Frog Teacher; but their website was down for about 5 hours yesterday

    The school is/was also looking at Kaleidos, "because it integrates with SIMS" And some Microsoft thing "because it all integrates".

    I'll not complete the poll yet as we could end up using anything

    Yes, that's right.. they changed my role to VLE manager 4 months ago yet we still don't have one. Figure that one out if you can :x

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    Re: VLEs

    Homebrewed Moodle on LAMP. Setup with internet access via the CLEO reverse proxy. Not live yet, we're in the process of getting the data moved from our previous moodle system (hosted by CLEO).

    Total cost: about 6 hours of my time and £900 of Dell server hardware.

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    Re: VLEs

    At the moment we are using nothing and as far as I know there are no plans but then as they don't bother to tell me anything how knows:?

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    Re: VLEs

    Quote Originally Posted by tarquel
    Dont think we are using one [didnt see that option so chosen Other ]

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    Heh, didn't occur to me to put that. According to my boss every school in the country is going to have something implemented by 2008 :|

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    Re: VLEs

    Presently Using FirstClass version 8 ... have also got a moodle setup as well (in development) but also looking at learning gateway for certain things.

    Previously using Bodington too ... nice but a bit clunky to administer.

    Depending on pricing we may go for the new add-on for FirstClass ... surprisingly called FirstClass ED ... makes the administration of if a whole heap easier ... but costs that little bit more.

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    Re: VLEs

    Ours is a simple Portal setup giving access to shared areas and home directories plus a couple of other utilities.

    SMT seem happy with that for now so plans for a moodle type setup have been shelved for the time being.

    I looked at e4educations moodle solution, by setting it up yourself, you could save a packet.

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    Re: VLEs

    I know that but its not just about money, its about the time needed to implement the thing well, the design skills to make it look good and quite frankly the expertise. I'm a perfectly competant network administrator but my web design skills aren't all that.

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    While we've been using Moodle here I found once you have the basic theme sorted (cue art department...) its content thats important. While the technical side of setting the thing didn't take long, training all the teachers so they were comfortable actually using it (and thus generating that all important content) took many man-days. We still haven't finished this process.

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    Re: VLEs

    Quote Originally Posted by Norphy
    Quote Originally Posted by tarquel
    Dont think we are using one [didnt see that option so chosen Other ]

    Cheers
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    Heh, didn't occur to me to put that. According to my boss every school in the country is going to have something implemented by 2008 :|
    Is country meaning England or UK tho?

    I dont get paid enough to worry about it tho lol so i wont hehe

    All good fun init?

    [made this post about 2-3 hrs ago but got called away as per usual hehe]

    Nath

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    UK from what I understand but most likely every school in England and Wales. It was just a comment in passing so I don't know much about it.

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    Re: VLEs

    gotcha *thumbs up*


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    Re: VLEs

    It is meant to be every school connected to the National Education Network should have the facilities to access a virtual learning environment and a portfolio storage area for each student.

    Some of this is being delivered by RBCs, and some by either individual schools or consortia of schools.

    There is information on the Becta website about this ... somewhere ... you'd have to use google to find it ;-)

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    Re: VLEs

    We use iPupil - a homegrown solution. It is always available, flexible enough to do what teachers actually want it to do and cuts out the useless - as well as being fully integrated with user accounts (i.e. no additional logon). We started well ahead of the game in our area but because its home grown our VLE has kept pace with the market without the cost of commericial stuff

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