Wednesday, August 8, 2012

New Moodle innovations supportd by Netspot (repost)

NetSpot Innovation Fund has been set up to provide longevity and a viable distribution and support model for emerging eLearning innovations which have demonstrated relevance and acceptance within the Tertiary Education sector.

In recent years, various funding sources have stimulated the creation of many innovative services or products in the eLearning space. In the university setting, most funding for these eLearning initiatives is project based and in the vast majority of cases, innovations are not sustained when the funding is removed. There are clear benefits to framing these activities within existing systems such as Moodle which can provide a degree of commercial scaffolding such as product distribution, professional services and ongoing development frameworks.

The funding program is supported by the involvement of key professional bodies including Australasian Computers for Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite), Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA), Australasian Council on Open, Distance and E- Learning (ACODE), Council of Australian Directors of Academic Development (CADAD).

2011 Selected Projects

Four projects have been selected as the winners of the inaugural NetSpot Innovation Fund. Many impressive applications were received, the judging panel selected the winning projects that demonstrated the biggest potential in further strengthening Moodle's relevance in the tertiary education sector.

Electronic Assessment Management Project - Flinders University

Aim: to implement improvements and develop additional functionality in order to support and manage assessment practices based on accepted assessment guidelines.

Analytics block to identify students at risk of disengaging - Monash University

Aim: to implement a block that teachers can add to their Moodle course that will provide them with a quick graphical snapshot of which students are at risk of disengaging, in the form of a "early warning system" dashboard for lecturers.

A Moodle plugin to detect computer programming code similarities for use in an educative context - Monash University

Aim: a plugin that will assess the degree of program code similarity in submitted programming assignments, produce a detailed report giving feedback to the students and enable them to respond to comments and resubmit.

Lightwork Online - Massey University (NZ)

Aim: a project that will provide assignment management and marking functionality for users of Moodle 2.x. The functionality will be fully integrated into Moodle without requiring a separate application.

For more information or to apply for next year visit


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