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Trying to see the wood for the trees.



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By: Andy

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 10:33:50 +0000

The UCISA report at http://www.ucisa.ac.uk/groups/ssg/~/media/groups/ssg/surveys/TEL%20survey%202010_FINAL.ashx provides a much more comprehensive picture of VLE usage in 2010. It shows that 55% of institutions use Moodle, 23% as their main VLE. BB (if you aggregate the different versions) still shades it on market share, although almost 2 years on we can't be far from a 50/50 split. I'd also question the statement that 'relatively few institutions are planning a change'. If 1 in 12 institutions is switching from BB to Moodle in a single 12-month period (presumably higher if you disregard those who aren't using BB in the first place) then it won't be long before the latter achieves market dominance.



By: Julian Beckton

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 13:25:06 +0000

Thanks Raad (and other commenters) - I'm well aware of the limitations of the data set. (I just can't resist playing with data!) In any case I suspect getting an accurate picture, especially one that reflects institutions that are using multiple VLE's and those that aren't using any specific product but combining various tools to make a de facto VLE is going to be extremely tricky. Deciding what constitutes "use" is tricky too. Here at Lincoln, while Blackboard is the institutional VLE, I know of at least one lecturer who is using a self installed version of Moodle with a handful of students (and without any institutional tech support that I know of). As we move to more open platforms, and people get more confident with the technology, I have a feeling we'll see quite a lot more of this sort of thing.



By: Raad Al-Rawi

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 13:02:09 +0000

Standing back and looking at the wider view is always an interesting exercise; but one of the dangers of doing so is that you are at the mercy of your data quality, and any conclusions drawn have to be considered carefully. If this exercise had just looked at who was using BlackBoard and Moodle in UK HE institutions, it would probably be closer to reality, but readers should be warned that the list used at the time almost certainly fell short of providing a complete picture of all UK HEIs and the distribution of their VLEs. At Cambridge, we have used Sakai since about 2005, and as a committed member of the Sakai community, we're also keen to raise it's profile where it might have been missed. As a leading research institution, we're also aware of how important good data quality is, and although Julian's exercise might not be spot on, it has led to the core data set being amended and thus (hopefully) improved, which can only be a good thing.



By: Steve Swinsburg

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 23:10:33 +0000

The source data used for this is incomplete so any stats gleaned from it are wildly inaccurate. The source claims to be a survey of UK institutions, yet at the time of writing does not include major institutions such as Cambridge and Oxford. Plus does not take into account that some institutions run several VLE's. I've amended some data but it would be good to see a complete set of data. thanks, Steve



By: Craig Ross

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 20:34:36 +0000

These stats are slightly out of date as Desire2Learn is implemented in multiple institutions in the UK.



By: Dariusz Grabka

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 20:32:35 +0000

Well, good on NTU and Cardiff for bucking status quo and going with Desire2Learn. Thanks for the data, Matt and Julian, appreciated.