Do you ever feel as though Moodle has become an integral part of your life? Sometimes the library staff does! Augustana’s push to maintain awareness of how much paper we are using led the Circulation staff, who assist the faculty with placing items on Moodle, to review our statistics. The results were astonishing!
To conduct the comparison, we took statistics from Fall 2004 – Spring 2008. During the 2004/05 and 2005/06 academic years, we were operating a home-grown web-based electronic reserve format. In the 2006/07 academic year, we converted the entire format to Moodle. This allowed greater access to documents as well as the enrollment key feature, which helps the college to maintain our copyright compliance.
We assessed the number of classes with items on electronic reserve/Moodle, the number of items on reserve, and the number of times those items were viewed. It is important to note that these numbers reflect only the items the library assisted in placing on electronic reserve or Moodle — not items which faculty members placed into public folders or Moodle themselves.
The specific numbers are as follows:
|Term||Classes with Items on Electronic Reserve/Moodle||Number of Items||Visits (in ER) / Viewings (in Moodle)|
|Total for 2004-05||163||1190||31101|
|Total for 2005-06||185||1588||31008|
|In 2006, we switched from our home-grown Electronic Reserve to Moodle. Statistics below reflect solely items the library put on Moodle.|
|Total for 2006-07||148||1307||50763|
|Total for 2007-08||205||4049||84063|
So I guess the numbers bear us out. It’s a Moodle world. We just live in it!