Today, we hear from Geoffrey Cirullo at Cal State Sonoma. Geoff is the Deputy CIO.
What areas of responsibility do you have particularly around the LMS?
I manage the team that supports the LMS. In the Faculty Center we have an instructional design team that supports faculty daily on their Moodle use as it pertains to their class. Also, I have one Moodle Administrator and a System Administrator working behind the scenes to ensure that we stay current and that the system is available.
To whom do you report? What is the general structure for managing the LMS and other Academic Technology?
I report to the CIO with a dual reporting structure to the Vice Provost/Chief Research Officer. The instructional design team sits in the Faculty Center. This enables them to a first point of contact for LMS and LMS related issues. Also, this is place where ideas and new technologies can be experimented with. Our Moodle administrator sits in the Web Office as Moodle is in many ways similar to a Content Management System.
What LMS does your campus currently use?
We have a campus hosted installation of Moodle 2.8.
What do you think are the strengths of your LMS?
Reliability, supportability, ease of use and administration, integration with tools such as Turnitin, settings/options available for tools, integration with enrollments, accessibility, and LTI integration. When it comes down to it, it is available for people to use when they want to use it and it gets the job done.
Do you know approximately what percentage of your faculty use the LMS?
70% of faculty use the LMS.
Are faculty and students happy with the current LMS?
Yes. Nobody really wants to change. They’ve invested in learning this one. However, faculty are curious about other options. Probably the largest area for improvement is with integration to other applications.
Where do you think the LMS will be in the next 3 to 5 years?
Highly integrated with discipline specific applications; more tied to Learning vs. the Management. More Adaptive Learning options; learning outcome tracking options; and learner analytics options. The functionality LMS will still be here, although it’s name may change. Syllabus will still exist. Homework/assignments aren’t going away. Grading will continue.
What are the features that your faculty like the most?
Faculty like the ability to keep everything in one place; the accessibility from anywhere, and communication options.
What do students think about your LMS?
Students like Moodle’s ease of use, ability to see everything that’s due in one spot, viewing up to date grades
Do your students and faculty use your LMS on their mobile device?
Yes. Almost 25% of our LMS traffic is on mobile or tablet.
What are the next set of trends or features that your campus would like to see in the next version of the LMS?
Adaptive Learning, ease of Plugin management and creation and integration; easy backup, restore, and archiving regardless of course size; more online test proctoring options; limitless course size; easier and faster quiz creation options; accessibility improvements, especially with any integrated (e.g., LTI) tools. Safe, upgrades in place with little to no downtime.