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Moodle 2 Transition: Faculty Information

MOODLE TRANSITION Q & A:  Below is a running list of questions and answers concerning this transition.  Please take the time to review it in its entirety as it will provide you with important information about your courses and the upcoming transition schedule.  If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us at online@sbcc.edu

Why are we moving to Moodle 2?

Our current version, Moodle 1, is no longer supported, no longer patched for bug fixes, and is vulnerable to security issues and breeches.  Additionally, we have moved to a different Moodle hosting company, which only supports Moodle 2.

When are we moving to Moodle 2?

The Moodle 2 system will be available during the first week of June 2014.  The transition will be ongoing through summer and fall 2014.  By January 2015, ALL users and courses will be on Moodle 2.

When do I get access to my courses in Moodle 2?

During the first week of June 2014.  Visit and/or subscribe to the Moodle Timeline Calendar for all the important dates.  http://sbcc.edu/sts/academictechtimeline.php

How do I get to Moodle 2?

In Pipeline, at the same area.  During the transition, there will be two links, one to the old Moodle 1 system and one to the new system, named “Login to Moodle 2”

How will my students know which system to use?

We’ll put up messages in Pipeline’s Moodle channel, informing users about both systems, but it’s really up to you to let your students know which system you will be using.  We suggest to either hide the unused courses or put a short message on the courses you will NOT be using informing your students to go to the other site.  

Where can I find out about the new features of Moodle 2?

Contact the Faculty Resource Center (FRC) and setup a training session, ask a question, or browse their website for more information.
Email: frc-group@pipeline.sbcc.edu
Phone: (805) 965-0581 x2860
Website: http://sbcc.edu/frc

Can I still use the current Moodle 1 system?

Yes.  The current system will continue to be up during the summer and fall 2014 semesters.  HOWEVER, if you choose to teach in Moodle 1 during those semesters, the courses will be NOT be copied over to the new system.  NO courses or content will be copied to the new Moodle 2 system beyond May 23, 2014.   So we encourage you to move during the summer and before fall 2014.

What will happen to my Moodle 1 courses and content?

All Moodle 1 courses and content from Fall 2012 up through May 23, 2014 have been copied over to the new Moodle 2 system.  Courses taught in Moodle 1 during Summer and Fall 2014 will NOT be transferred to the new Moodle 2 system, so it’s best to move over before the fall.

Additionally, some features, tools, and activities cannot be transferred over.  Below is a list of known items:
-All Moodle 1 course themes
-Journal assignment tool
-Hot Potatoes Quizzes
-Weekly and Topics COLLAPSED course formats
-Library chat block (links moved to main menu for all courses)
-Student Services block (links moved to main menu for all courses)
-iMail (replaced by jMail)
-Course Nicknaming

What is the last semester I can still use the old Moodle 1 system?

Fall 2014 semester.  On January 1st, 2015 all users will be on the new Moodle 2 system and the old Moodle 1 system will be taken down.  We STRONGLY advise you move over this summer and before fall 2014 to avoid complications or being rushed into learning and using a new system.

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