Avoiding Rollover Fever
ZOE BOGNER | FLINDERS UNIVERSITY
The subject of rollovers - transitioning a course from one teaching period into the next - is a hot subject in the Moodle administration space. At Moodlemoot IE/UK 2018, 'archiving and roll over tools' was the fifth most popular item on the Features Wishlist (https://twitter.com/moodler/status/978564818713169920/photo/1).
Flinders University undertake a comprehensive rollover process twice a year. During 'Rollover Season', eLearning staff contact every topic coordinator, collect their configuration requirements, and perform the arduous task of repeatedly importing, adding, cleaning up, and configuring content - and we try to complete every course in a brief window of about 10 days.
The repetitive and mentally strenuous task leads to a condition I've dubbed 'Rollover Fever'. To reduce cognitive overload, create built-in efficiency, and increase consistency across the University's courses, we built our own Rollover Tool.
In this talk, I will discuss:
- How we use Web Services to automate manual processes, and apply boilerplate artefacts across all of our topics consistently.
- Communicating the rollover process with topic coordinators. Our current tools, and future plans.
- Integrating with external data. How we currently use data feeds from other University systems to pre-populate user input, and my future vision to bring together other pre-teaching tasks into a one-stop-shop tool.