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LMS Leadership at Butler

The Butler University Learning Management System (LMS) team is divided into two work groups. Together, this team with its two components promotes the effectiveness of the operations, implementation, development, and steering of the Butler University LMS, Moodle.

Moodle Development and Steering Work Group (MDS)

The MDS work group, consisting of faculty, Center for Academic Technology (CAT) staff, Academic Program Development and Innovation (APDI) staff and IT staff, is committed to prioritizing and making informed decisions for improvements and enhancements to the LMS. These decisions are guided by best practices in:

  • accessibility,
  • instructional design,
  • visual literacy,
  • user experience and feedback.
Moodle Operations and Implementation Work Group (MOI)

The MOI work group is committed to the continual technical evaluation and improvement of the LMS’s functionality and user experience. This includes enhancing overall functionality through exploration, implementation, and ongoing maintenance, including:

  • enduring Moodle is up-to-date with patches and hotfixes, 
  • maintaining security
  • supporting infrastructure (i.e. servers; PeopleSoft connection, etc.).

The MOI team consists, primarily, of technical staff from IT and CAT and acts upon recommendations made by MDS.

What faculty are currently serving on MDS?

The current Faculty MDS members include:
  • Amanda Starkel (Library, Information Commons Librarian)
  • Sam Gurevitz (COPHS, Physician's Assistant) - '16-18
  • Lisa Farley (COE, Human Movement & Health Science Education) - '16-18
  • Nick Johnson (JCA, Music) - '16-18
  • Hessam Sarooghi (LSB, Marketing & Management) - '18-20
  • Carrie Rector (CCOM, Creative Media and Entertainment) - '18-20
  • Michelle Stigter (LAS, Modern Languages) - '18-20
Special thanks to faculty who served in the past:
  • James McGrath (LAS, Religion & Philosophy) - '16-17
  • Karen Holmes (LAS, Mathematics & Actuarial Science) - '16-17
  • Armando Pellerano (CCOM, Strategic Communications) - '16-17

What is the structure of MDS?

Faculty serve a two-year term, from January to December. In the inaugural year, three faculty served an initial one-year term to establish a stagger. All members of MDS have an equal voice in voting on LMS issues.

MDS members meet in person two times annually. Members are expected to participate in discussions and voting pertaining to Moodle decision making within the MDS Moodle site up to two times per month.

How are MDS faculty chosen?

Each year, CAT reaches out to the Associate Deans to recommend new members to the MDS team and strives to represent all colleges on this team.

What has MDS/MOI accomplished?

The MDS team made the following decisions, implemented by the MOI team:

 

2017 Decisions Result

Should Forum Tracking be Turned on by default?

Yes

Should Auto-linking be turned off in Moodle? 

No

Should the Graphical Activity Chooser be made the default setting in Moodle?

Yes

Should hidden sections be hidden to students not merely grayed out?

Yes

Should Butler develop an Academic & Tech support block element for Moodle?

Yes

Should Butler enable Moodle Mobile for fall 2017?

Yes

Should Plagiarism Plug-in be enabled?

Yes

Should Snippet Plugin be added and, if so, how configured?

Yes

What side of Moodle should Follett Discover appear?

Right*

*Due to system limitations, this decision could not be implemented as voted.