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Lessons Learned Upgrading the Largest Moodle in the Southern Hemisphere.

After delivering a stand out talk last year (“Performing Brain Surgery on the Beating Heart of Moodle”), Cameron Ball, Catalyst IT Australia’s Senior Developer, was back at the Moodle Moot Global 2023 with yet another impressive presentation – Lessons Learned Upgrading the Largest Moodle in the Southern Hemisphere.

Catalyst Wins Global Partner of the Year and LMS Contributor of the Year 2023 at the annual Moodle Partner Awards.

The global Catalyst team are very proud to have received these very special recognitions at the 2023 Moodle Partner Awards last night - Global Partner of the Year and LMS Contributor of the Year 2023! It's great to see that the hard work and dedication to the service we provide for our clients, as well as out contributions to the worldwide Moodle community, never go unnoticed!

How secure is Moodle?

Universities are an attractive target for hackers because they handle vast amounts of personally identifiable information (of staff and students). There are a number of things you can do to protect your organisation. Click below to learn more.

Strategies for Successful Compliance Training in the Workplace.

Let’s face it, compliance training is not always the funnest of tasks, whether you are on the trainer or the trainee side of the fence. Believe it or not there are many companies out there that, with a good use of the right technologies, are able to turn compliance training on it’s head; delivering engaging, easy to consume content via their workplace LMS. Click below to learn more.

Moodle Activities You Should be Using for Better Engagement and Course Experience.

In Moodle, we find many people stick to the tried and true – a page, a file, a quiz or an assignment – simply because that is what they know and are familiar with. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with all the above, they are great tools to use for educators but let’s have a look at a few more which are often forgotten but that are proving to be useful to many teachers around the world...

Your Digital Strategy on a Page – for education providers and learning organisations.

Having contributed to many education providers’ digital transformations over the last 25 years, we have pulled together a basic ‘digital strategy on a page’ checklist which you can download here, and have linked numerous useful blogs within the text that will help you kick start your digital excellence. Click below to start.

Long-Term Support (LTS) Software: why choose it?

LTS releases are often favoured by larger organisations for their stability, security, and reduced change management. In this blog, we unpack the benefits and drawbacks of long term support software, and LTS to LTS upgrade considerations.

Protect Your Enterprise Moodle with 24/7 Support from Catalyst.

2023 marks seven years since the launch of the Catalyst 24/7 Support Model – Follow the Sun. Having been involved in High Availability application design and architecture for many years prior, it was a natural progression to share the lessons we’ve learned with our clients and to develop a standardised, reliable 24/7 support offer. Click below to learn more.

Moodle Analytics and Reporting: what you should be measuring to improve student success.

If you’re an education provider and your learners’ success is one of your key goals, we don’t need to tell you that you cannot do without quality data practices. Getting the right data, making sense of it and acting upon it is key to the continuous improvement of your practices and your students’ success. There are several ways to track student progress in Moodle and beyond. Click below to learn more.

Data analytics and Moodle, getting access to your data.

One of the many advantages of using an open source product like Moodle with a company like Catalyst, is we believe that your LMS data is yours. Over the years, we have had several clients come to us asking for copies of their LMS data in different formats. It often comes as a surprise that we are able to facilitate this at all, and we suspect that some don’t ask at all for what they need thinking its impossible.
Alex Lawn

Are you paying enough attention to your AWS spend? A few tips on how you could save thousands of dollars.

Previously, we shared with you some of the strategies we have used to cut our AWS spend in half. Since then, we have identified some of the other areas in the cloud that save us and our clients time and money, and we’d like to share some of them with you today.