The drive in education today is to lower the cost to the student, and technology tools are evolving in support of this mission. Blended classroom experiences with online learning are providing the greatest impact. The challenge in such scenarios is connecting the data. Two different systems that are not connected require multiple data entry that is cumbersome and subject to errors. In addition, the cost of administering separate systems can double IT costs.
STARS Campus Solutions marries the SMS with the LMS using open source Moodle® applications to create online classrooms. STARS eliminates the double data entry by working with one student database and one grades and attendance database. Automating all record-keeping in one system, no IT hassle is involved!
For the student experience, a common student portal is the gateway to attend online courses and view grades from both classroom and online courses in one place. The same portal supports student payment and transcript requests. It also serves as a bulletin board for announcements and upcoming events. It is accessible anywhere, anytime on any device, even mobile.
With the involvement of STARS clients wishing to connect their LMS to STARS SMS, the Moodle choice was the most popular, cost effective option. It was easily integrated in the STARS into the secure and fast enterprise level IBM Power7 computer platform. For information on Moodle https://moodle.org/