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University Deploys Moodle On-line Course Management on "Multiplied" SLED 10 System

With a very limited budget, a student team at the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, Campus Tehuacán, was able to deploy a 7-user Moodle Course Management system using a single Pentium 4 3Ghz desktop computer.

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An increasing number of organisations are integrating e-learning and on-line course management into their environments. E-learning allows students and knowledge workers to upgrade their skills constantly, remain more competitive, extend classroom training and receive wider access to high quality content. While the acknowledged industry leader in course management and e-learning software is Blackboard, there are popular Open Source alternatives like Moodle Course Management System.

A student team from the Popular Autonomous University of the State of Puebla (UPAEP), Tehuacán Campus, Jorge Huerta and Diego Martínez, with the guidance of their thesis advisor, Nestor Pascual Tenorio Carreón, researched the Moodle Course Management System for their campus' e-learning system.

With a very limited budget, the team implemented 7-user, Moodle-based elearning systems using the Linux Desktop Multiplier and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10.

Moodle CMS on "Multiplied" SLED 10 Desktops

Jorge Huerta, Diego Martínez and Nestor Pascual Tenorio Carreón from the UPAEP, Tehuacán Campus, in Puebla.

Training session for professors on the Moodle Course Management System (CMS).

"Multiplied" SLED 10 strategy enables seven students to share a single Intel P4 3Ghz desktop with 3 GB of RAM. Exceptional performance.

Screenshot of the UPAEP's E-Learning System based on Open Source Moodle Course Management System.
SOURCE:  Photos courtesy of Jorge Huerta, UPAEP.

The Challenges

"While Moodle is a free Open Source course management system, the hardware you need to run it on is not," says Jorge Huerta. "Our campus still faced the significant hardware, maintenance, desktop management and backup costs of running Moodle on traditional workstations."

"What we really needed was a Linux desktop solution that would reduce our hardware costs, increase scalability and still deliver exceptional performance."

The Solution

"At LinuxWorld Mexico, we discovered Omni and the Linux Desktop Multiplier. What got us excited is how the Linux Desktop Multiplier software allows up to 10 students to work at the same time on a single, shared SLED 10 desktop computer. Each user has his or her own monitor, keyboard and mouse and logs in to a fully independent desktop session running Moodle, a web browser, email and other applications."

"To connect the additional monitors, we installed three standard ATI Radeon 9250 dual-head video cards (two monitors are connected to each card). To connect the USB keyboards and mice, we added two powered USB hubs. The Linux Desktop Multiplier wizard screen allowed us to assign each keyboard and mouse to their respective monitor."

"We sure appreciate Omni's help in getting us up and running – we had a pretty tight deadline to meet before we were scheduled to start training professors and students. We repurposed an existing computer for our "Multiplied" E-Learning System pilot."

"I would certainly recommend the Linux Desktop Multiplier for universities, K-12 schools and companies that want to deploy Moodle Course Management System in their computer labs."

The Results

With a very limited budget, the student team at UPAEP was able to deploy 7-user Moodle Course Management systems using a standard Pentium 4 3Ghz desktop computers running SLED 10 and the Linux Desktop Multiplier.

Since Moodle is an Open Source course management system, it saves the University 100% of the elearning and course management software costs. SLED 10 and the Linux Desktop Multiplier eliminated 80% of the hardware and desktop costs, making the Moodle CMS deployment a great deal more scalable and much less expensive than a traditional single-user desktop environment.

Seventy percent of the students at the UPAEP Tehuacán Campus now take at least one course on the "Multiplied" Moodle Course Management Systems. Fifteen subjects are available in total. Monthly exams are also administered using the elearning system.

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