Documentation:Learning Environment

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Learning Environment Project Page
Dedicated to enhancing TRU's online learning and teaching environment.

Improving the learning and teaching experience includes consistency in the learning environment for our students and staff. Moodle has been determined to be the potential preferred institutional fit at this point as it is open source and already used on campus. We are currently in the information gathering stage and are starting from a values perspective and drilling down to required functionality to meet those values. Please add your comments, thoughts, opinions and suggestions to these pages to help us capture all possible requirements. If you want to say something but not in a public forum, please contact Tanya, Brian or Jacquey to have the conversation.

Goals & Objectives (Draft)

To develop a learning environment students and faculty love that is alignment with the TRU Academic Plan and:

  1. Is easy to use appropriate support when required
  2. Supports learning that is:
    1. Engaging and interactive
    2. Supported (technical end user support? or...)
    3. Open
    4. Applied
    5. Flexible
    6. Research and data-driven
  3. Is cost effective, sustainable and supports continuous improvement while encouraging back end efficiencies
  4. Is implemented using a process that supports the needs of staff and faculty through appropriate process development, training and ongoing support
  5. Is compatible with existing student management systems and automated enrolment on registration can be achieved to support continuous entry

Information Gathering

High Level Discussion Questions

What Do We Know (Or Think We Know)?

What Do We Need to Find Out?

What Do We Hope For?

What Do We Fear?

Drilling Down

What Do Open Learning Faculty Want?

What do Students Want?

What Does the Curriculum Development Team Want?

What Does Campus Faculty Want?

Research Links

What are other universities and colleges finding?

Project Plan


Learning Environment Project Plan for Directors _v4 The full project plan is available via SharePoint. If you are unable to access the link, please contact to be granted access.

Phase I Plan

Information Gathering COMPLETE

Share Findings IN PROGRESS

  • Wiki updates- ongoing
  • Published version of Phase I progress – in progress
  • Campus Faculty Meeting Updates – in progress
  • Develop Moodle Spec for Phase I – in progress
  • Review IT Moodle Spec requirements with IT - complete

Campus Moodle Support & Alignment for Phase I ONGOING

  • Learning Technology Group
Upgrade Moodle
BCU theme updates
Student ID photos in grade book
Help Email

Development of Prototype of OL courses for Phase 1 IN PROGRESS

  • 3 paced courses for phase 1- complete
Three paced courses have been selected to run in Moodle for the January 2016 start date. The courses are:
  • BIOL 3701 - Human Anatomy for Health Care Professionals - Start Date January 4, 2016
  • BBUS 4681/MNGT 4751 - Leading Projects to Success - Start Date January 11, 2016
  • HLTH 4011 - Issues in Health Care - Start Date: January 11, 2016
  • Inform Associate Deans-complete
  • Develop user friendly content using approved colours in theme - complete
  • Request and test plugins - complete
  • Develop student interface - in progress
  • Develop OLFM interface - in progress

Testing of Phase I Prototype IN PROGRESS

  • Testing in development- complete
  • Testing in Production - in progress

Process Development & Documentation IN PROGRESS

  • Process for loading content for Phase I - in progress
  • Process for loading OL students for Phase I - in progress
  • Scalable content management process and workflow for Phase II - in progress
  • Support documentation for students (OL and Campus) for Phase I - in progress

OLFM Training for Phase I COMING SOON

Prepare Courses for Registration IN PROGRESS

Initial Review- Check-in of Phase I Scheduled for Feb 2016

Midway review/Check-in of Phase I Scheduled for March 2016

Final Review of Phase I Scheduled for April/May 2016

Final Analysis of Phase I Scheduled for June 2016