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NC State to Use Moodle

NC State plans to move its online classes to software built on Moodle, a free, open-source learning management system.

The change comes after a two-year evaluation process that involved a one-year pilot of Moodle, said Dr. Thomas K. Miller III, vice provost of Distance Technology and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA).

NC State will transition from the two current learning management systems, Blackboard Vista and WolfWare, to a rewritten version of WolfWare based on Moodle.

Miller said the move to open source software is a strategic decision. “In 2006, the UNC President Erskine Bowles commissioned the President’s Advisory Committee on Efficiency and Effectiveness, which asked the campuses to consider open source learning management systems for university needs. Considering our infrastructure and resources, our campus decided that Moodle was a promising fit.”

Faculty will be able to use Moodle for classes this fall as part of the continuing pilot. DELTA’s faculty development and support team will provide workshops on migrating courses to Moodle. For more information, contact Miller at 919-513-5006 or tkm@ncsu.edu.

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