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We are Blackboard’s Open Source Division

Open source advantages

Moodlerooms enhances Moodle’s open source technology and builds on its capabilities to create a better learning experience.

Blackboard is the largest Moodle partner in the world

We have over 1,400 clients and 4 million active users.

Seamlessly integrated with Blackboard solutions

The Moodlerooms experience is unique and compatible with predictive analytics (X-Ray Learning Analytics), videoconferencing (Collaborate), open source (Blackboard Open Content), user management (Genius) and services as Office 365 portfolio, among other tools.

Snap: Modern, streamlined, and easy to use.

  • Content is key: Snap provides you with better navigation and an intuitive interface that fully complies with accessibility parameters.

  • New user profile: Reduce the number of clicks needed to complete common tasks.

  • Easier searching: The new search feature allows users to go to courses, topics, activities, or specific resources to finish pending requests.

All your service expectations come true

  • Support services in case of technical problems and incidents.
  • Support and guidance during the implementation and maintenance of the platform.

  • Consultancy about solutions that will work better according to the type of organization.

  • Training programs for administrators.

  • Tutorials for end-users.

Quick and easy for migration from Moodle to Moodlerooms SaaS service.

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Open source technologies have a positive impact on the teaching and learning processes or functions they support. Moodlerooms enhances these with:

  • Continuous and fast improvement: The amount of Moodle Community users and developers is massive. Thousands of people propose and implement improvements based on their daily needs and provide prototypes by implementing them in thousands of institutions. Besides the code produced by the community.
  • Moodlerooms reviews quality: Moodlerooms extends Moodle functionality and works on key integrations for its educational and corporate environments.
  • Flexibility: Flexibility consists of the ability to modify and extend software to comply with specific requirements. This is possible because the source code is available, along with the development standards of modifications, which allows compatibility among versions and guarantees the correct application of these changes which does not affect other parts of the software or service.

Provider’s Independency

Ideally, an LMS provider’s technologies should meet an organization’s expectations. But, what happens when this is not the case? It’s possible to be satisfied with the technology, but not necessarily with the provider.

Moodle and Moodlerooms integrate most of the content standards, activity records, and data exchanges within the industry. Due to its open and inclusive nature, open source technology leads these initiatives and actively participates in their definition and implementation.

Blackboard supports Moodle, the world’s most popular open source LMS

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Since 2012, Blackboard has helped other institutions to successfully manage their Moodle LMS thanks to its Moodlerooms open source division, which supports the extension of open source products and services.

  • Only Blackboard can support hosting Moodle in the cloud with stability of 99.9%, thanks to Blackboard Managed Hosting and the infrastructure of Amazon Web Services (AWS).
  • Thanks to the partnership with Moodle, Blackboard contributes even more to the Moodle open source community and develops fully available improvements.
  • Through exclusive Blackboard integrations, Moodlerooms customers will benefit from the ongoing sharing of knowledge and the development of tools between Blackboard and Moodle.
  • Blackboard makes significant financial contributions to Moodle and is a leading host of community meetings through Moodlemoots.

 

We’re always listening, learning and improving.

Blackboard’s Support guarantees a great Moodleroooms experience

  • Blackboard Inc. is the world’s leading company in the field of online education technology since 1997.
  • 7 data centers in North America, Europe, and Pacific Asia.
  • Over 30 million end users.
  • 19,000 clients in over 100 cities around the world already use the Blackboard’s service and tools portfolio.
  • Blackboard has offices in 29 cities around the world with a growing presence in Latin America.
  • Blackboard has increased the opening of its own systems and policies by means of its open source division and now is an active leader in supporting open source standards through the IMS Global Learning Consortium.

 

 

Our compatible Moodle integrations allow endless possibilities

  • Blackboard Open Content: A tool that allows the use of the learning materials and content in several LMS environments and uploading them to the cloud.

  • Blackboard Collaborate: The most powerful videoconferencing tool on the market.

  • Conduit: A powerful tool that automates the user and course management process.

  • X-Ray Learning Analytics: Predictive analytics technology that goes way beyond statistics.

  • Office 365: An integration combining productivity and improvements of Office 365 with the customizable platform of Moodlerooms.

  • Ellucian: Moodlerooms’ partnership with Ellucian provides a versatile higher education ERP. Colleague® by Ellucian unites your entire institution to keep students, faculty, and staff productive and engaged.

User Experience in Moodlerooms

 

What is the Moodlerooms experience?

It’s oriented towards fulfilling and satisfying actual teaching and learning needs at all levels. Moodlerooms uses Moodle LMS as the basic platform and adds improvements at the level of functionalities, integrations, extensions, course format, types of reports, subjects to strengthen the capacities of the platform.

Snap:

Snap was made based on how users think.

Snap is the clean and intuitive graphic theme developed by Moodlerooms. Snap makes it easy to navigate, improves the browser, adapts to all mobile devices (responsive), has a simple block organization, provides an easier search function, allows customizable images, and has many offline features.

Additionally, the professional and neutral look of the interface provides more flexibility to work with different brand guidelines. Snap is the open-code theme of Moodle created by Moodlerooms with the support of the Moodle community.

Professors and instructional designers can use this theme to create courses that motivate and attract students. Snap is built on Bootstrap 3, which facilitates site navigation and guarantees the adaptable features (responsive) of the courses on any mobile device.

Snap benefits:

1. Makes Moodle easier to use

Snap makes browsing within a course simple and easy in a few ways:

  • A consistent browsing section and menu to see the courses in which the user is registered
  • Elimination of the browsing block and the blocks of the page of the course
  • Addition of the administration block in the heading bar
  • Differentiation of the contents in attached files
  • Users can search specific courses, subject matters, activities or resources
  • The new user profile groups all the important user information (courses, messages, alerts, etc.) into one place.

With Snap, a student can recognize which file he/she must download and locate it on a program to read it. This is especially useful for users on a mobile device since in case of not having the application that they need installed in their device, they may download it from the application store.

2. Allows the user to focus on content

To help the user focus on the course content, Snap eliminates all the typical “mess” and distractions that are not helping the students learn and gives students relevant content that can be used in a timely fashion. Essentially, Snap improves the user experience of the professor and students in Moodle attracting the user to the important content of the page.

 

3. Users focus on one section at a time

All courses should have consistent content, with a section that is shown at the same time, considering accessibility issues. In this manner, readers focus on the content and not on the number of available links.

 

4. Provides information to the users when they need it

Information must be useful and relevant. The information should help the user understand something that they’re required complete within the course.

Snap displays course progress information, as well as which activities or subjects  students must study while they are connected to the platform.

Features:

A modern approach to the user interface.

 

The Snap interface facilitates browsing and use of Moodle through an easy to use, sleek, and modern interface.

The typical mobile experience with Moodle is very different from the experience on the web. This is an area addressed by Snap. Based on the receptive theme engine of Moodle 2.6 Bootstrap 3, Snap offers a consistent user experience on any device (smart phones, tablets, and computers) and operational system.

Who’s it for?

Students

Students have a 3 column menu to help them make decisions about how to spend their time:

  • Deadlines of the activities in all courses of the next seven days. This helps students identify  which courses they must focus on.
  • Recent comment/feedback from the presentations, homework or exams. This information helps determine what information to improve on.
  • Messages or comments sent to them which  contributes to identifying if there are conversations that they must have before starting their work.

Instructors

Instructors also have a 3 column menu:

  • The first contains the deadlines of all their courses during the next seven days. This helps the teacher determine  what courses they need to focus on and which courses they could register students.
  • Shows teachers all activities sent to them and which ones are not graded.
  • Instructors receive the same messages and notifications as students.

 

Why choose Snap?

The development of the Snap theme marked the difference in the experiences with Moodle. Snap is oriented towards presenting an interface that allows a more intuitive browsing in the blocks, in visualization of courses and presentation of the content.

One of the most important points to be highlighted and that also marks the difference with respect to the other Moodle themes is that due to its design and its code building, Snap is an entirely responsive theme and can be adapted to any mobile device.

Moodlerooms SaaS for a better experience

 

How does it work?

Moodlerooms operates under the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) modality and provides the following:

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Moodlerooms offers more than other SaaS providers

Moodlerooms, apart from being the open source division largest Moodle Partner, is supported by the cloud infrastructure of Amazon Web Services (AWS), as well as Blackboard’s datacenters around the world.

The Moodlerooms SaaS modality uses large-scale technologies such as cloud computing, and very high operating and security standards in order to comply with the availability levels and features. Moodlerooms also relies on a dedicated, certified staff that specializes in managing, operating, maintaining, and supporting the platform (global support in different languages).

The Hosting service of the platform will rely on the size and geographic location of each client.

Additionally, the Moodlerooms’ team has incident documentation allowing classification by emergency category. The customer is then informed of an approximate response time. Moodlerooms’ reliability and experience as a provider results in agility and efficiency of processes. Lastly, the global teams in all regions of the world provide support in order to meet the customers’ requirements at different levels and through different communication channels.

Support

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Platform support can be provided in three ways:

  • Administrator support: Site administrators can log in to the Moodlerooms support portal to submit support tickets anytime, anywhere.
  • End-user support: Users have access to video tutorials and documentation provided by Moodlerooms. For further questions, users can contact the institution’s site administrator to receive a support ticket.
  • Community support: With more than 70 million Moodle users worldwide, Moodlerooms’ users can find answers from the Moodle Community support forums, where solutions to problems faced by the community are generally provided.

 

Services and Benefits

  • Dedicated Client Engagement Team: A dedicated team listening and watching over the customer’s interests, as well as clarifying doubts and taking clients throughout the entire implementation process. In addition, the team provides consulting services on the best solutions depending on the type of organization.
  • Training: The Moodlerooms team helps clients during the whole training process with a thorough training plan for functionality and scope of the platform.
  • Customization: In order to fully meet your platform needs, Moodlerooms can create customizations regarding feature functionality and extensions, for the purpose of offering a broader portfolio of teaching and learning capabilities.

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