“Aula more than doubled our student engagement which made a compelling case for moving away from the traditional VLE”
In the academic year 2018/19, Coventry migrated 26 courses (comprising 1800 students) from Moodle to Aula.
The pilot set out to test Aula, a Learning Experience Platform (LXP) as a potential replacement for Moodle by evaluating the impact of Aula on key proxies for student satisfaction, sense of community, and engagement. The pilot allowed the university to directly compare the results of Aula with Moodle before making a decision that would impact over 38,000 students and staff.
On average, 33% of users spent time in Aula on any given day, double those doing the same in Moodle (18%), suggesting that users are engaging more regularly in their digital learning community via Aula than they do via Moodle.
Survey results show that 70% of students report that Aula enables them to easily access their learning whenever they need to. Students also say Aula supports them to feel easily connected (76%) and part of a community (69%). This result is approximately double the JISC benchmark.
50% of participating academic staff said Aula helped change their style of teaching and learning, crediting “better”, “immediate”, “easier” and “light” communication with students as well as increased frequency of contact.
In addition, 75% of academic staff say Aula makes them feel easily connected to students and staff, 70% say that using Aula means barriers to communication are low, and 55% say that they can easily engage their students in Aula.
Based on the pilot results, Coventry have made the decision to move away from Moodle, a traditional Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to Aula: all courses in all campuses will be delivered on Aula from September 2020. The move makes Coventry the first university of its kind, globally, to clearly commit to an approach which embraces the next era of digital learning as active, collaborative and mobile-first.
Given the current global public health crisis, the partnership is expediting the change process by transforming 100 modules to be online-ready on Aula for the start of May 2020. The project is part of a digital offer that the University is shaping for the May intake of students, including its existing portfolio of courses via Coventry University Online. Coventry University moved all of its teaching and learning online during March when face-to-face teaching was suspended.