NorQuest College has joined the University of Alberta, NAIT and Athabasca University in a major inter-institutional collaborative project that is using cloud computing to change the way schools deliver online services to students.
The college is now piloting its learning management system, Moodle, as a cloud-based system in seven courses, including math, languages, health and faculty training.
In this transformative way of providing IT services, the learning institutions are cooperating to run and manage their Moodle systems, which were previously run independently. The students at the respective institutions do not notice any difference in service, except perhaps faster access to class materials and grades. The greatest impact is instead felt in the reduction of duplicated computing infrastructure and maintenance time at each institution.
The Learning Management Cloud was developed by Cybera, Alberta's not-for-profit advanced information technology agency, to meet the demand for shared IT services that would increase efficiency in the education sector.
NorQuest College will be testing the cloud-based learning management system over the next two years, gradually ramping up to cover all classes and students. The shared service is expected to extend to more facilities this fall.
To find out how to get your educational institution using the Learning Management Cloud, please contact Cybera's program manager May Lynn Lee, or visit Alberta's Learning Management Cloud information page.