Moodle – the Official Learning Environment at HAMK
E-learning environments, their use and limitations at HAMK
- Moodle is the official online learning environment at HAMK, planned and selected according to the official procurement and commissioning process.
- It is easier for students if/when all learning activities take place in the same e-learning environment.
- Following HAMK’s archiving plan, HAMK must keep the material on which the assessment is based for one year (according to the Universities of Applied Sciences Act for six months). Moodle stores content backups for 18 months, so the required retention periods are met. There is no backup procedure in Teams.
- The next Moodle version (update in summer 2021) allows you to collaborate on OneDrive and Moodle.
- Moodle’s information on the student’s activities can be used as a part of student guidance, as the information is individual. The same information can also be viewed as group and workspace-specific reports and analytics charts. Teams analytics only provide group-specific analytics data – the only personal data is on assignment submissions.
- There is an integration between Peppi and Moodle to create courses and connect teachers and approved students to Moodle courses.
- Moodle also enables confidential data processing, such as verbal assessments and submissions from the data management perspective. Teams is currently not suitable for processing confidential information following HAMK data classification table principles.
- Teams can be used, for example, to collaborate on learning tasks during the module. Final assignments are always submitted to Moodle to retain the assessment’s information following the regulations.
- You must always mark all assessment of courses in Peppi.
Comparison of Moodle and Teams: functions and limitations
|Student guidance / learning analytics||precise personal information available||general information only, no student-specific log data|
|View and structure of courses||order freely customizable, multiple layout options available||channel labels forced alphabetized. Content and tabs on channels|
|Communication||one general discussion area in every course, others can be added||a general discussion area forced on each channel|
|Applications||wide range of standard applications||by default, only task and quiz|
|Additional applications, e.g. Thinglink||anything can be embedded with HTML code||a generous selection of add-ons can cause chaos in the student view|
|Accessibility / Screenreader||ReadSpeaker add-on enabled||The advanced reading programme is available to the student in tasks and contents. How does it read the channel list?|
|Mobile use||responsive + mobile app, the responsive version also works on your phone||a mobile app, phone screen too small for browser use|
|Assessment and grading||accumulates in the grade book||accumulates on the Grades page|
|Storage of material related to the assessment||regular backups, stored for at least 18 months||no backup, passive teams removed after six months|
|Recycle bin||Six months, the teacher can restore||Three months, the teacher can restore|
|Confidential material, the location and environmental maintenance||HAMK Data Center in Hämeenlinna, maintained by HAMK and Finnish company Mediamaisteri Oy||Microsoft Cloud Service operates (as a rule) in the EU|
|Processing of confidential material||allowed||not allowed|
|Student enrolments||students approved in Peppi are automatically enrolled into Moodle course||fully manual|
|Interactive work||requires working in another service||meetings and real-time conversations|
Urkund / Ouriginal service enabled
|can be integrated, would require the acquisition of the Turnitin service (parallel service for Urkund / Ouriginal)|