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Lifecycle management of your Moodle Instances.


I will discuss the multiple strategies we've deployed at UCSB over the last 10 years in managing upgrades, installations and archived instances of Moodle.  This is a non-trivial issue and most sites have their own strategy on how to do this.   I will cover the pros and cons of different strategies and provide links to scripts we use to create the archived instances.    We had a successful upgrade from Moodle 2.5 to 2.8 on June 19, 2015 and have come up with a clever strategy which we will share.  Questions concerning how to support imports/restores, carry forward Moodle settings and user preferences, hiding course sites from teachers but making them available for the import process are just some of the issues that will be discussed.  This session is probably most applicable to Moodle instances with 100s to 1000s of course sites.  We will discuss some of the costs and support issues of maintaining archived instances. 

A hopeful outcome of this talk might be a white paper discussing the multiple strategies and pros and cons of different methods of handling the life cycle management of Moodle instances. 

Presented by...

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Steve Miley
Director of Instructional Technology Services
University of California, Santa Barbara

Steve Miley has been working with Moodle since 2006. He has lead the effort to evolve and enhance the Moodle instance (GauchoSpace) at UCSB over the last nine years.  GauchoSpace is used by more than 80% of all courses and has over 45,000 logins a day. He fills many roles from Project Manager, software architect, software engineer, system and database administrator. 

Steve has worked in the computer industry since 1983 when he was a student working as a mainframe operator.   He has worked in private industry (Wavefront Technologies, Deckers Outdoor Corp, Occam Networks); At UCSB he has worked as an IT director in research computing institutes, managed campus wide networks (installing the first residential network at UCSB), Managed a NASA earth science research project; and enhanced and grew centralized computer lab services.


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Presentation slides: Powerpoint presentation lifecyclemanagementmoodleinstance.pptx
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Your educational sector: College/University
Roles in which you usually use Moodle: Moodle Administrator
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Type of presentation: Demonstration / How-to (30 or 45 min)
Relevant to audience from which sectors: K-12
Relevant to audience in which roles: Moodle Administrator
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