25th October 2011
The eLU was pleased to welcome José over lunchtime for an informal chat and exchange of ideas. José wanted to understand the work of our team and how learning technology is facilitated and utilised across the University of Liverpool. In turn we were extremely interested to learn about José’s role in maintaining Moodle as the basis of the Universidad Internacional de Andalucia (UNIA) VLE across their multiple sites and over a wide geographical area in Andalucia and internationally.
José was over in the UK on a staff Erasmus Scheme visit, primarily based in the University of Salford. Thanks to our contacts with Salford José was keen to visit the eLearning Unit to get another perspective on UK HE learning technology. (José was also delighted to be in the home of Liverpool FC, until recently the home of a phalanx of Spanish footballing talent!) UNIA is an interesting body in that it offers graduate and postgraduate-level programmes, and CPD and professional qualification programmes in variety of contexts. They have a very strong international set-up, encompassing Morocco and South America, and they develop and run programmes within a network of Latin American universities.
José works at the Malaga Technology Campus of UNIA (above) and it was useful to hear that whilst the decision to use a free, open-source VLE (Moodle) was a financial one, the system has run relatively hassle-free for them out of the box, and has been very easy to configure and adapt for the range of needs they have at UNIA. We look forward to further exchanges with José in the future. José kindly extended an invitation to the eLearning Unit to go and visit him in Malaga, which we are somewhat eager to take up…