Many people – internal and external to Royal Holloway – have asked where we are in relation to Moodle 2. While we have tried to maintain up-to-date information on Matt Lingard’s googledocs spreadsheet of HE/FE institutions and their plans to move to Moodle 2.x, we have only recently come up with a plan to move away from the soon-to-be unsupported and therefore unviable Moodle 1.9.
We are now aiming towards a September 2012 launch of Moodle 2.2, with Equella and Panopto integration. We do not yet have a sandbox or cloned copies of our existing 1.9.13 instances but these in-house installations are about to be delivered. We will be evaluating the platform in the RHUL context before Easter. With only one Learning Technologist here we are bringing in a consultant on a short-term contract, to cover shortfalls in both the IT and Educational Development services.
Given the very short time-frame, the engagement levels you might expect in a research-led institution with very low levels of support – our main challenge is ensuring we have a Moodle installation and a support framework with which senior managers, service providers, academics, administrators and students have access to and confidence in.
The next post on this will cover the many advantages Moodle 2 will bring Royal Holloway.