For the first time, Centre College hosted the bi-annual Hack/Doc event that occurs every January and June at a participating campus of the Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project (CLAMP).
CLAMP is made up of 32 colleges and universities that collaborate to develop and support Moodle, with an eye toward issues unique to a liberal arts environment. Moodle is an open source course management system that Centre began using in 2010. According to Academic Technology Specialist Kristi Burch, the organization was originally funded by the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) Instructional Innovation Fund several years ago and, over the years, has developed into what it is now.
Burch said this event allows developers, instructional technologists and others who are interested in Moodle to come together for three days of intense conversation, problem solving and experimentation with the learning management system.
“The purpose of the event is to experiment with and test new features in upcoming or current releases of Moodle, discuss and test best pedagogical approaches and how to best implement them for our respective schools, and identify and fix bugs in Moodle to make improvements to code and functionality,” she added.
“This group of schools and people has helped shape the learning environment through collaborative testing and documentation of various processes to improve both students and faculty experiences in Moodle,” she concluded.
by Kerry Steinhofer
January 16, 2017