Moodle 2.0 became available to the University of Minnesota on August 15, 2011. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is pleased to support this open-source tool that enables web-enhanced course delivery, group forums, internal training, sharing of resources, and more. The Moodle 2.0 roll-out is the culmination of more than a year's effort. Implementation work began after the May 2010 announcement that the University would move away from supporting two Course Management Systems (CMS), WebVista and Moodle 1.9, and provide a single CMS, Moodle 2.0.
As of August 22, a total of 2,460 academic course sites had already been requested for fall 2011. Based on historical data, we expect to see 4,100 to 4,400 total sites by the end of fall 2011. Below is the current breakdown, which represents about 60% of the expected total course sites.
- Moodle 1.9: 2,159 (87%)
- WebVista: 181 (8%)
- Moodle 2.0: 120 (5%) (+70 non-academic and development sites)
What to Do This Fall
For Fall Semester 2011, we recommend that faculty and instructors continue to teach in their current WebVista or Moodle 1.9 courses. In addition, we strongly encourage faculty and instructors to request Moodle 2.0 course sites in order to explore what the tool has to offer and to begin to transition course content from WebVista to Moodle 2.0 or upgrade course sites from Moodle 1.9 to 2.0. Request a Moodle 2.0 course site.
The CMS Implementation Timeline
The CMS Implementation timeline allows one year, from August 2011 to August 2012, to move to Moodle 2.0. To ensure that you are on schedule for your transition or upgrade, contact your local IT or Academic Technology support units. WebVista and Moodle 1.9 will become unavailable after August 31, 2012. To see a visual representation of the CMS Implementation timeline, visit the Moodle Transition website.
Get Help and Support
When seeking help for your transition or upgrade, or to learn more about Moodle 2.0, contact your local IT support services first; they know you best and can direct you to additional help and support services when needed. Review additional OIT support options including collegiate and departmental planning, technical help, consultations, and learning opportunities on our websites:
- For current WebVista users - Transition from WebVista to Moodle 2.0
- For current Moodle 1.9 users - Upgrade from Moodle 1.9 to 2.0