Following student adoption of Google Apps for personal use on an opt-in basis, The Open University, UK [OU] is keen to add the Google toolset into the mix of activities available in its Learning Systems. More recent personalisation opportunities have also been delivered through a related project developing gadgets for use in iGoogle, including study planners.
In addition to curriculum usage of Google Apps 'out-of-the-box', the OU has completed a number of developments to embed and synchronise with Google Apps from within our Moodle-based VLE/LMS. Google Apps are also seen as a key component in delivering ePortfolio provision for the large proportion of our use cases.
This session will cover the drivers and outputs of our moves to integrate Google Docs and Sites further, along with some of the detail resulting from managing this at scale. At present we have around 24K students using Google Apps on a personal basis, incorporating around 4K on our popular ‘TU100: My Digital Life’ Technology module.
Rhodri Thomas - Google Apps & Mobile Projects Manager, The Open University
Personal research [mostly mobile]: http://oro.open.ac.uk/view/person/rt536.html
OU Google Apps: http://www.open.ac.uk/googleapps
DOULS project gadgets: http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/douls/
TU100 module: http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/course/tu100.htm