Originally, Moodle was a middle school innovation that became extremely useful during the H1N1 crisis in Ukraine when the school was closed for about 3 weeks. Prior to the epidemic, Moodle usage was low. During the week before the H1N1 crisis, less than 2000 logs were recorded on the Moodle. Once the schools were ordered to close because of the fluenza, the weekly log on November 16, 2009 peaked at 100,697. Mr.Snyder was the actual mind behind the idea of introducing KIS to the Moodle system. Other schools adopted the system due to the H1N1 crisis.
Here is a graph of how tough it was for KIS to adopt the Moodle system at first tries:
Right now, all of the schools have access to a virtual learning environment based on Moodle. It is called the QSI GOLD (Global Online Learning Delivery) System. The IT team in Kyiv continues to help support its maintenance and upgrades. We have also started a full online school (my job) that offers students online classes in all QSI schools. Eventually, I want to build an online portal where teachers across QSI can share lesson plans, assessment ideas, etc. for all of the units and incorporate that into GOLD.
Mr. Ron Snyder, Director of QSI Global Online Learning
KIS is continually taking steps to improve, and technology is another step forward.
By Anastasiya Zamula