Clackamas and Southeast Community Colleges Adopt Intelligent Learning Platform

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Community Colleges Achieve True Integration between Critical Campus Systems with Turnkey Solution from Datatel and Moodlerooms

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The CHANGE You Want e-Learning to Be

“It’s excellent to see all the systems work so well together so our faculty can really focus on teaching and learning. We’ve gotten a lot of positive anecdotal evidence from students and especially faculty, commending us on the work we're doing.

Moodlerooms, provider of enterprise Moodle-based e-Learning solutions, is pleased to announce that Clackamas Community College (CCC) in Oregon and Southeast Community College (SCC) in Nebraska have chosen Moodlerooms’ enterprise e-Learning platform, joule®. For both community colleges, the ability for a new e-Learning solution to seamlessly integrate with the Datatel Colleague system was a deciding factor in their selection of Moodlerooms’ joule. Both colleges rely heavily on Datatel’s popular Colleague system for their student information system, finances, human resources and more; both colleges now benefit from choosing an e-Learning solution designed to work well with it.

Datatel, Inc., provider of innovative technology products and services for higher education, and Moodlerooms, understood the benefits that true integration between administrative and e-Learning systems would offer any institution. By establishing a trusted partnership in 2009, Datatel and Moodlerooms collaborated to create the Intelligent Learning Platform (ILP), a solution integrating the Datatel Colleague enterprise resource planning system (ERP) and Portal with Moodlerooms’, joule. The ILP offers a student-friendly design enabling single sign-on with the ability to batch load courses and student enrollments and, pass add/drop data in real time between systems.

“At the time we were making the decision, Datatel and Moodlerooms really came through with delivering what they promised and did a really great job,” says Steve Beining, Chair of CCC’s Distance Learning Department and Instructional Designer. “It’s excellent to see all the systems work so well together so our faculty can really focus on teaching and learning. We’ve gotten a lot of positive anecdotal evidence from students and especially faculty, commending us on the work we're doing. There's goodwill about the project all around.”

With over 8,000 FTE students enrolled in over 700 courses, CCC began its migration to the ILP in early 2010 to enable single sign-on and tight integration between its existing Datatel administrative systems and its newly adopted Moodlerooms’ solution, joule, creating a more intuitive and feature-rich teaching and learning experience for students and faculty that costs 50% less than a similar solution with its previous LMS provider, Blackboard, would have cost. CCC will complete its full migration at the end of its Spring term, in June 2011.

Southeast Community College has experienced similar success. With three campuses and 10,000 students each term -- 3,000 of them online – SCC has begun implementing the ILP by moving its course content into Moodlerooms joule and connecting the two systems. The first 10 to 15 courses are being moved into Moodlerooms as a pilot project in March 2011. The goal: to create a more streamlined and feature-rich teaching and learning “hub” that provides a centralized point for collaboration, learning and record-keeping that will save time and effort for IT, faculty, and students. SCC expects to have all faculty members trained and all courses throughout the college converted by May 2012.

“Since SCC’s first online learning programs in 1998, it’s been our effort to put the most capable systems in place. When we entered our most recent selection process, we needed to find a system that gave us what we needed and came from a company that’d be around for the long term,” says Robert Morgan, SCC Campus Director and Dean of Virtual Learning. “It’s an exciting time for our college, but it’s also a busy one. Once the ILP is in place, we’ll have a system that can grow with us over time.”

Steve Beining and Robert Morgan recently participated in a live webcast in conjunction with Campus Technology Magazine, entitled, “CHANGE: Migrating from Legacy LMS to an Open-Source Moodle Platform.” To view on-demand, visit Moodlerooms' website.

About Clackamas Community College:
Serving over 27,000 students across three campuses throughout Clackamas County, Oregon, Clackamas Community College (CCC) offers a wide variety of career technical, college transfer and continuing education degrees and certificate programs in over 70 different areas of study.

About Southeast Community College:
Southeast Community College (SCC) is a two-year institution of higher education governed by an 11 member Board of Governors. The College’s primary service area is comprised of 15 counties. The college operates on the quarter system and has campuses in Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford, NE. SCC offers more than 50 Programs of Study, most of which are technical in nature. Job placement is what makes SCC such a good choice. More than 90 percent of graduates continue to find employment or continue their education.

About Datatel, Inc:
Datatel is a provider of innovative technology products, services, and insight to higher education. Colleges, universities, and technical schools across North America partner with Datatel to build Strategic Academic Enterprises dedicated to achieving student success. The company has focused on higher education since 1979.

About Moodlerooms:
Moodlerooms provides educators and learners across the globe with proven e-learning solutions that are flexible, scalable, reliable and affordable. By combining Dell Cloud Hosting, Managed Open-Source, and Software-as-a-Service delivery, Moodlerooms’ customers receive the benefits of open-source Moodle with the comfort and assurance that come from enterprise-level deployment, implementation, value added support, and consulting services. With an unwavering commitment to creating a more effective and engaging education community, Moodlerooms is the CHANGE you want e-learning to be.

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