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Moodle at Scale: Growth Doesn’t Have to Be Painful


  • Presentation phase
    • Each presenter will have 10 minutes and give a summary of
      • Themself and their background with Moodle
      • Their original Moodle installation
      • The growing pains they have since experienced
      • Any changes to Moodle install (share diagrams?)
      • Things left to improve
  • Audience Participation phase
    • Desired Improvements and possible recommendations
    • Q & A time

Presented by...

Matt Rice, Jason Simms, Jeffrey Kerzner & Martin Langhoff
Web Technologies Programmer, Academic Computing Manager, Software Developer and VP of Special Projects
Mid Michigan Community College, Wesleyan University, University of Minnesota and Remote Learner

Matt Rice

Matt Rice is the Web Technologies Programmer at Mid Michigan Community College, based in rural central Michigan. He has a B.S. in Mathematics/Computer Science and has been programming professionally for over 10 years. Working as the Moodle administrator for MMCC, Matt has coordinated everything from servers to students, including performing the first ever institutional upgrade to Moodle from v1.9 to v2.6 (and now v2.8).

"I like to think that the small size of my institution encourages creative solutions to problems, as throwing funding at an issue is rarely a palatable solution."

Jason Simms

Jason Simms is Academic Computing Manager for the Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Programs at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.  He has a B.A. in Classics from the University of Tennessee, an M.A. in Anthropology, an M.P.H. in Environmental Health, and a Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology, all from the University of South Florida.  His primary role at Wesleyan is working with faculty to integrate technology into their teaching, research, and scholarship, and he also is the functional Moodle manager.

Jeffrey Kerzner

Jeff Kerzner is a software developer at the University of Minnesota.  His interests include digital humanities and computing culture, as well as software.

Martin Langhoff

Martin is VP of Special Projects at Remote-Learner, covering architecture and engineering of new products. Martin brings over a decade’s experience in the dark arts of tuning and refactoring Moodle for scalability and performance. Through his contributions to Moodle, git, Fedora, Sugar and other open-source projects, Martin’s influence is unmistakable. Prior to coming onboard with Remote-Learner, Martin served as Chief Technical Officer with One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), responsible for software architecture and hardware development.


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Last modified Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 6:10 PM
Presentation slides: PDF document Growth at Scale.pdf
Slides visiblity: Make my slides public
Your educational sector: College/University
Roles in which you usually use Moodle: Moodle Administrator
T-shirt: Mens - L
Type of presentation: Panel discussion (30, 45, 60 or 90 min)
Relevant to audience from which sectors: K-12
Workplace (Corporate, Govt.)
Armed Forces
Relevant to audience in which roles: Moodle Administrator
Systems Engineer
Course needed: Yes
Permission: I give permission for my photo, slides and recording to be published in relation to this presentation.
Committment: Should my proposed presentation be accepted, I commit to attend the MoodleMoot to present it.
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