It is a little bit over 50 days left until MoodleMoot UK & Ireland 2018 hits Glasgow and Moodlers from around the UK, Ireland and beyond get together to share their knowledge, ideas and network in an open and supportive space.
One of the highlights of our #MootIEUK18 is meeting our Moodle Partners and supporters, like Titus Learning, who will be on site to show you how they’re innovating and providing creative solutions with Moodle.
Let’s get to know Titus Learning more with Co-founder and Director, Seb Francis.
Moodle HQ: Seb, for those unfamiliar with Titus Learning’s work and services as a Certified Moodle Partner, would you be able to please provide a bit of a background?
Seb: It’s been nearly six months since we were awarded Certified Moodle Partner status for the UK and Hong Kong – although the time seems to have flown by! Since Mike and I founded Titus Learning, that’s been the main goal we’ve worked towards and it’s amazing to have finally achieved it.
Titus Learning has been going since 2013, and in that time we’ve focused on the usability side of Moodle. Alongside what you might call the “classic” suite of Moodle services – design, hosting, training, support, etc – we specialise in bespoke development and integration with other software.
We’ve worked on a host of projects to add new features to Moodle and further extend its functionality, including:
- A custom shopfront and integrated payment system
- A bespoke customer relationship management system
- A standards based assessment tool
- An augmented media gallery plugin
- An online event management tool
- A custom visual dashboard
- A content tagging and streaming interface
- A media driven social sharing environment
More important still is the implementation – ensuring that teaching staff, students and parents are comfortable with the new Moodle, and motivated to use it on a daily basis. A key part of our service is the creation of an implementation plan which runs from the development of the platform, through to the launch and beyond.
From the promotion of the new VLE to stakeholders, training staff and students, and notifying users of ongoing developments, we advise clients closely on each aspect of building an engaged and active e-learning community.
Once a new site is up and running, we’ll keep an eye on the usage of the platform, and check in with the client periodically to review how well their Moodle is performing, and respond to any issues or feedback from users.
Ultimately we’re always trying to push the boundaries of what’s possible with Moodle, and contribute as much as we can back to the Moodle community.
Moodle HQ: What can Moodlers expect or look forward to from Titus Learning’s presence at the upcoming MoodleMoot UK & Ireland 2018 in Glasgow?
Seb: We’re really pleased to be involved with the MoodleMoot – although various members of the team have taken part in previous Moots, it’ll be our first one since gaining certified Moodle Partner status, so it feels like a milestone.
Marcus Green, our senior Moodle developer, will be presenting on a couple of topics at the Moot. Moodlers may know him as the brains behind one of the most popular Moodle question types (Gapfill), and of course, he’s worked directly for Moodle HQ in the past.
He’ll be speaking on automated and peer assessment – essentially looking at how we can harness the power of Moodle to reduce the administrative workload on teachers while building learner engagement.
He’ll also be giving a case study on our work with Nord Anglia Education, which was an exciting recent project involving a lot of bespoke development. It’s a large Moodle installation with a user base in the tens of thousands across multiple countries, I won’t give too much of Marcus’s presentation away now but there are some exciting social elements which we’ve incorporated into the platform, alongside a cutting edge theme design.
Obviously we’re not just there to broadcast – what we’re most looking forward to is the opportunity to meet like minded Moodlers to share and discuss ideas about the future of Moodle.
Moodle HQ: What has been one of the best and memorable Moodle projects that Titus Learning has worked on and supported?
Seb: It’s hard to pick just one! The most memorable projects for me are always the ones that take us a little bit out of our comfort zone and give us the opportunity to do something innovative or disruptive with Moodle.
Aside from Nord Anglia Education which I mentioned, another recent example which comes to mind is Dulwich College International – one of the most prestigious international school groups worldwide.
Initially this was a single site project which has expanded to cover six of their schools in East Asia. This involved creating a tailor made Moodle theme, customisation of various plugins, integration between Moodle and SIMS, bespoke training programmes for administrators and teachers and a personalised dashboard showing vital user info.
There are a few exciting ones in the pipeline too – we’re currently working with British Weightlifting, Oxbridge Home Learning and Chrysalis Courses on a variety of bespoke projects around learning and professional development.
We upload regular case studies to our blog (see below), so look out for past, current and future projects there.
Moodle HQ: How can Moodlers stay in touch with news from Titus Learning or find out more about your services?
Seb: We’re very active on Twitter, and also blog regularly on our own site. We also have a regular newsletter with industry news, tips, tricks and resources – which you can opt in to at our blog page.
We’re a friendly bunch who are always keen to hear from anyone who shares our passion for Moodle, so get in touch by email or phone, or drop by the office if you’re ever in Saltaire.
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