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Site purpose and policies

Purpose and policies relating to the use of The learning on the Loop website - a site based on the Moodle Learning Management System.

Site: Learning on the Loop
Course: Learning on the Loop
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Date: Monday, 10 December 2018, 10:24 PM

The Purpose of this Web Site

The primary purpose of this site is to allow schools in The Loop catchment (Nelson/Tasman /Marlborough) to experiment with using an online Learning Management System and provide a venue for cross-school and regional education interest group discussions.

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) is administering the site, providing initial training and support for schools within the Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough regions.

There is no financial commitment required from any teacher or school administrator to use this site for experimental purposes or participation in collaborative education-related projects. Neither do you need to be a "Loop" school. If your school has no other access arrangements on this site, simply fill in the account request form and an account and course will be created within 2 working days.

If a school decides to develop their own Moodle site they can easily export their courses from here and restore them on their own site. If a school decides they would prefer to expand their use of this site beyond 10 courses, they can sign a service agreement with NMIT which includes a small monthly charge to cover the costs of hosting and servicing the site. This charge is simply a cost sharing exercise, there is no profit motive behind NMIT's provision of this service.

Moodle is an Open Source Learning Management System that includes a wide range of online tools that can be used to support class-based activities as well as fully online courses. The software is free to install, meaning you can concentrate your expenditure on your own specific technical support and staff training requirements in utilising the software to support your teaching and learning goals. Moodle.org has a very active international community of users that anyone can join - you can see some of the Primary/Secondary school discussions happening here.

Moodle is one of the Learning Management Systems included in the NZ Ministry of Education Managed Learning Environment project - http://groups.google.co.nz/group/mle-reference-group?hl=en & http://paulseiler.wordpress.com/.

Site Objectives

  1. To create a "sand-box" play area for any teacher in a school across the top of the south island wanting to explore using an online toolset to support teaching and learning in their classes. Teachers can request a course site to be created, have access to support as they add content and activities and then allow students to view materials and participate in online activities (see our Moodle Support area for more details).
  2. The site can also operate as a central communication/collaboration site for any school or education related interest groups or projects. Teachers from subscribing schools should discuss ideas with their local school Moodle support contact. Teachers from other schools can complete the Create a new login account and/or the Create a new course form.
  3. To develop a regional support network for teachers using Moodle and other ICT tools. Regular or on-demand workshops will be run on aspects of using Moodle for representatives from each school. See our Moodle Support area for further details.
  4. If more than one teacher from a school is interested in using the site NMIT can set up a separate category for the school, under which they will be able to create their own sub-sites for classes or interest groups. Schools may create courses and provide access to students up to a maximum of 10 courses. Beyond this the school must decide to host their own Moodle site or sign a service agreement with NMIT.
  5. The Moodle site will be run out of Wellington on the server cluster maintained by Catalyst IT. This cluster is on the WIX and will shortly be on the KAREN network. This will serve as a practical exploration for providing a centrally hosted web service via The Loop technical infrastructure - for those connected to The Loop :-).
  6. Schools with their own Moodle sites may choose to run some courses or have their students participate in courses hosted on this website. Waimea College already has their own local Moodle site and will continue to develop this separately to the site described here. However they will contribute to the group discussions and share their experiences with the wider educational community. Moodle has the ability to build "network links" between separate Moodle sites to allow users to move seamless between them. Contact the site administrator to discuss possibilities for linking with this site OR to another Moodle site.
  7. Moodle is an approved Learning Management System with the Ministry of Education Managed Learning Environment project. As the MLE project progresses the ability to transfer data between a school student management system and this site will improve, along with options to support school-specific authentication mechanisms.
"NMIT have benefited greatly from participating in the OSVLE project, the Moodle.org community and using Moodle to support teaching and learning. We look forward to working with anyone in our region interested in exploring how Moodle can support their teaching and learning."
David Sturrock, Flexible Learning Team Leader, NMIT

Learning on the Loop site policies

The primary purpose of this site is to allow schools in The Loop catchment (Nelson/Tasman /Marlborough) to experiment with using an online Learning Management System and provide a venue for cross-school and regional education interest group discussions.

Membership

Users of this site will be drawn from

  • Primary, Intermediate or Secondary Schools in the Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough regions
  • Organisations directly associated with The Loop or other regional education projects
  • Other organisations or individuals as approved by the site administrator

Some sites hosted on this service will be open for public viewing at the discretion of the individual site facilitators/owners.

Approved sites

Any school, class or special interest group site hosted on this service must have an explicit purpose related to primary, intermediate, secondary or tertiary education and facilitated by a member of The Learning on The Loop community.

One person from each school will be identified as a primary contact person for this site - known as the local school Moodle contact. Requests for school interest group sites or class sites will require approval by the relevant school Moodle contact person.

Requests for cross-school or regional special interest group sites are welcome provided they have a clear connection with education in the Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough regions. The site administrator has the final decision where there is any doubt.Teachers from subscribing schools should discuss their request with their local school Moodle contact. Teachers from non-subscribing schools should use the Request a new course form.

Any schools within Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough regions are able to request accounts and courses to be created in order to explore Moodle functionality for a limited number of users. If a school decides they would prefer to expand their use of this site, beyond 10 course or class areas, they can sign a service agreement with NMIT which includes a small monthly charge to cover the costs of hosting and servicing the site. This charge is simply a cost sharing exercise, there is no profit motive behind NMIT's provision of this service.

Inappropriate content & behaviour

The standard code of conduct for acceptable behaviour or posting of inappropriate content applies across this site. The conduct of individuals is subject to the relevant policies within their own schools and organisations. Unacceptable behaviour may result in membership of the Learning on the Loop site being suspended or removed completely. Further disciplinary action may also be taken by the individual school or organisation.

Complaints about behaviour or content should initially be directed to the teacher/facilitator of the relevant site, then to the local school Moodle contact or finally to the Learning on the Loop site administrator. Complaints about behaviour or content on school sites will be referred to the relevant school pastoral manager. Complaints about behaviour or content on non-school sites will be referred to the Learning on the Loop site administrator.

Privacy

Personal information used on this site may be sourced from a number of systems within The Loop or subscribing schools subject to the approval of the individual schools or organisations. Personal information stored on this site will not be shared with any other party.

The site administrator is the only user able to view personal information and contributions across all sites and discussion areas. All other users are restricted to viewing personal information and contributions of users within the sites on which they are members. The individual user controls the information they choose to display or contribute within each site.

Questions or appeals

Any queries should be directed to the site administrator who will forward information to the relevant parties. Any appeals to decisions should be directed to the site administrator.

Dated: 24 March 2009

Login Account and Course Creation

Teachers and students from subscribing schools

Your account and course creation processes are managed by your local school Moodle contact. Discuss your requirements with them.

Teachers from non-subscribing schools

Teacher accounts - first time visitor and your school isn't a subscribing member of this site? Then complete the Create a new login account form. The site administrator will create a user account and an empty course area for you to "Play with". Please allow 2 working days for this process.

Course creation - if you require additional courses to be created, complete the Create a new course form.

Student accounts - refer to the account creation page for options and then contact the site administrator as necessary.

Students from non-subscribing schools

Students from non-subscribing member schools wishing to use this site need to discuss their requirements with a teacher at their school.