Online Teaching And Learning In Transition: Faculty Perspectives On Moving From Blackboard To The Moodle Learning Management System Abstract:
This paper presents the perspectives of two faculty members who began using an open source Learning Management System (LMS) to support teaching and learning in classroom-based courses. For one faculty member, this was the first time online tools were used to support teaching and learning. For the other faculty member, using this new online LMS solution, Moodle, presented a switch from using the Blackboard LMS solution. In this paper, each faculty member presents four significant aspects of using the Moodle LMS for the first time in the context of providing online tools as part of teaching a classroom-based course. For each aspect, one faculty member comments upon the reported experiences and reflections of the other faculty member. This reflective commentary suggests that faculty with different past experiences with online tools will bring different considerations and present different support challenges to a university considering a change in LMS solutions.