Once the standard in learning management systems, WebCT has been provisioned to Queen's through ITServices since 1999, with more than 2500 courses developed. However, with the sale of WebCT to Blackboard in 2005, and an end-of-life date of 2011 for WebCT 4.1, Queen’s will be discontinuing WebCT in August 2011.
In its place is Moodle, an open-source learning management system that was rolled out by ITServices as a full-fledged service in Fall 2010. With over 1,000 courses created and more than 300,000 logins by 14,000 unique users, Moodle has enjoyed an extensive uptake since its launch.
|January 2011||Last term for WebCT courses|
|May 1, 2011||All new online courses requested will be created in Moodle|
|May – August 2011
||Course owners who haven’t already done so will migrate WebCT content to Moodle|
|August 31, 2011
ITServices offers a number of demonstration and drop-in sessions to familiarize new users with Moodle. To see a complete list of the available training opportunities, please visit the ITServices Workshop Registration page.
As well, there is a repository of Queen’s-built Moodle documentation available for faculty, staff, teaching fellows and graduate students at: https://wiki.queensu.ca/display/itsd/Moodle+Documentation
ITServices will once again be running its Summer Student Web Resource Program in 2011. If you are interested in hiring a student trained by ITServices to migrate course content from WebCT to Moodle, please see the article on the Summer Student Web Resource Program for more information.
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