WebCT to be phased out at Queen's by August
ITServices will move exclusively to Moodle from WebCT 4.1 for its online learning management system in August.
“When compared to current technologies, WebCT 4.1 is not as feature-rich. More and more faculty members were asking for functionality not available in WebCT 4.1,” says Nancy Owen, Teaching and Learning Support, ITServices.
ITServices began the transition to a newer system when it became known that Blackboard, the WebCT 4.1 vendor, was going to discontinue all development, maintenance and support for the product. As a result, WebCT 4.1 will become an unreliable and potentially unsafe application because there will no longer be any updates, security patches or bug fixes.
Moodle has enjoyed an extensive uptake since ITServices launched it 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 offers more options and settings for multimedia, tests and assignments, and discussion forums,” says Ms Owen.
Moodle can also be less complicated to use than WebCT 4.1. For example, in Moodle, the integration of multimedia content is more convenient and streamlined, and film clips can be streamed without additional software.
ITServices offers a number of demonstration and drop-in sessions to familiarize new users with Moodle. For a complete listing of available sessions, please visit the ITServices workshop registration page.
As well, 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 4.1 to Moodle, please read about the program for more information.
ITServices’ current newsletter lists key dates for the decommissioning timeline. The spring 2010 newsletter provides additional information on Queen’s Moodle pilot projects and its selection as the replacement for WebCT 4.1.