|November 15, 2007
From: Laura Harris, Director of Media Relations
(318) 342-5447, firstname.lastname@example.org
Moodle calls ULM a ‘leading institution’; university saves $100,000 annually
Moodlerooms, the largest global provider of learning management systems and services for Moodle, recently announced the University of Louisiana at Monroe will convert its online learning system from Blackboard to Moodle. ULM plans to move all courses from Blackboard to Moodle by June 30, 2008.
The transition to Moodle will save ULM approximately $100,000 per year. The switch to open source software is consistent with technology trends in higher education, said Eric Pani, associate provost for Academic Affairs. “Open source software has become quite robust and Moodle offers more flexibility than commercial packages.”
Martin Knott, CEO of Moodlerooms, said, “ULM provides a great example of the way in which a leading institution can take full advantage of the online environment. We’re very excited to work with Paula (Thornhill) and the entire university for the benefit of students and faculty.”
Moodle will meet the changing needs of students and faculty, said Paula Thornhill, ULM’s Electronic Learning Facilitator.
“Moodle is a powerful content management system that empowers faculty with the ability to create an environment in which students can interact with content,” she said. “ULM students are technologically savvy and are comfortable navigating within the Moodle environment,” she said. “Students expect access to information ‘anytime, anywhere’ and ULM faculty are taking advantage of the opportunity to engage students as they extend the face-to-face classroom into an online experience.”
Moodlerooms, the largest provider of the free and open-source Moodle course management software services in the world, helps educators and corporate trainers create quality online courses in a way that is affordable, effective and accessible.
For more information, call Thornhill at (318) 342-1032 or e-mail her at email@example.com