Characteristics Impacting Plan

Each school in the district is equipped with numerous computer labs which will facilitate the incorporation of a more advanced LMS; however, most of the classrooms have traditional desks without any computers whatsoever. This allows for a standard chalk-and-talk style of learning, but disallows a more connected, online focused, type of coursework. The integration of Moodle into the school district is going to be complete and absolute. While these schools have been constructed with the future in mind, they are lacking some amenities available in today's connected classroom. These facets will need to be addressed before the complete and total integration of Moodle as the district's primary Learning Management System. Additionally, most of the teachers in the district have never used a LMS like this before. A comprehensive training program will need to be instituted before a successful roll out can take place.

Technology Standards

This plan will adhere to all local, state, and national standards as outlined by the Ohio Department of Education:  http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Ohios-Learning-Standards/Technology.

Success Factors

  • The creation of a solid strategic plan which all aspects of the project will be built upon.
  • Successful utilization of 21st Century technologies to enhance learning and instruction.
  • The acceptance of this plan by those who are responsible for green-lighting the project.
  • Gaining budget approval to purchase any required equipment (see Budget section).
  • Proper implementation of all proposed changes.
  • Train all faculty and staff in the proper utilization of all new systems/software.

Considerations

All students in today's day-and-age must take more responsibility for their own learning. Moodle is a tool and must not be confused for a system which will reduce a student's commitment to education, or be something which will promote laziness in regards to learning. The proper implementation of Moodle, and all associated systems, should enhance the educational process. Training teachers on how to utilize this new tool is a must. You wouldn't hand someone a guitar and expect them to know how to play, and the same goes for a LMS like Moodle. 

All learning should also adhere to the ISTE Standards for Students as outlined here: http://www.iste.org/standards/iste-standards/standards-for-students.

The key aspects of the ISTE Standards for Students are summarized below:

  1. Creativity and innovation (fostering new ideas through original work and expression).
  2. Communication and collaboration (learn to work in teams, and communicate ideas effectively and efficiently).
  3. Research and information fluency (organize and analyze data to discover trends and create reports).
  4. Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making (make informed decisions on how to solve problems and develop solutions).
  5. Digital citizenship (exhibit a positive, and ethical, attitude toward the proper use of technology in 21st century learning).
  6. Technology operations and concepts (develop the technical skills necessary to be successful in today's digital world).

Problems and opportunities

  1. Lack of a centralized LMS: The school district currently does not have any form of Learning Management System. This has severely reduced the effectiveness of certain aspects of instruction. The distribution of materials/grades is also severely outdated. These are issues that the introduction of Moodle in the district will surely address.
  2. Separation of students based on physical location: All students (depending on grade level) are spread out across all four schools. The ability to interact with each other, and learn from their peers, will be something Moodle will surely assist with. It will also provide a level of collaboration which can permit older students to assist their younger peers, and provide them with more insight about what lies ahead of them.
  3. Distance learning opportunities: Currently the district doesn't provide students with any distance learning courses. Moodle will undoubtedly offer students this ability, and allow teachers to build and distribute coursework in both asynchronous and synchronous modes of instruction.
  4. Limited access to computers in the classroom: Not all classrooms in the district are equipped with computer hardware. This limits the ability to integrate Moodle into everyday learning and activities. This plan will also deal with the introduction of Chromebooks into the environment so every student will have access to Moodle throughout the day.

Primary Players

Title Roles & Responsibilities
Director of Information Technology Handles the overall planning, organizing, and execution of all IT functions for the school district. This includes directing all IT operations to meet ISTE standards, as well as the support and maintenance of existing applications and the development of new technical solutions.
Superintendent As the chief executive officer of a school district, the superintendent is usually tasked with general management responsibilities, including the final approval of all plans for the deployment of Moodle as a LMS.
Building Principals Responsible for managing the policies, regulations, and procedures to ensure that all students are supervised in a safe learning environment that meets the approved curricula and mission statement of the school. The various school principals will all offer input as to the proper deployment methods for any new technological systems.
Network Administration Staff The network administrators will serve as the primary resource for all technical details pertaining to the deployment of Moodle. This includes network infrastructure modifications, server setup, and system configuration.
Faculty/Staff The faculty will be responsible for ensuring this new system meets the needs of their students. This involves creating lesson plans, building curriculum, and teaching. Additionally, they will be responsible for suggesting improvements to Moodle based on student feedback and performance.
Students As the primary users of Moodle, the students are responsible for exploring its various features and making sure the system provides them with the best learning experience possible. They will also provide feedback to their teachers on ways the system could be improved in the future.