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Yesterday I blogged over on the Brightcookie.com blog
about a consortium of universities who took the time to look at how their staff used Moodle and what Moodle 2.01 had to offer. They decided, for a list of very rational, objective reasons that Moodle 2 needs a few more versions to come right and their favourite plug-ins need time to catch up. They aren’t going for the early adopters achieve on this one.
I posted the link in various places and heard from some people who are bemoaning the fact that their institutions are pushing ahead with an upgrade to Moodle 2 without this sort of consultation and analysis and with no reported plans for training and support. This really shocked me.
How are educators going to learn to do wonderful things with e-learning if they have to stumble around a new system? And what sorts of experiences are students going to have online with those reluctant, undertrained and unsupported educators? What impact is this going to have on the business?
The business costs from software implemented without consultation and support can be measured in the lack of productivity, the volume of help desk requests, the loss of confidence people feel when they use unfamiliar systems — and in dollars going out the door from students who are unsatisfied with their learning experience and dropping out. I did this myself after a negative experience with online learning.
So ICT coordinators/administrators out there: are concerns about being left behind technologically by a matter of months or trying to time things to the school calendar really worth the cost?