N. Chafiq and M. Talbi (2018) “Design and Implementation of a Risk Management Tool: A Case Study of the Moodle Platform“, (IJACSA) International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications, Vol. 9, No. 8
An introduction to the principles of risk management for professional or industrial applications links the concepts of risk with finance as well as with probability. This perspective does not need to deviate too much to consider the implications of analyzing risk on educational and learning scenarios: From a financial, cost/benefit analysis standpoint, even the most humanistic pedagogies need to prove themselves sustainable and useful. Advances in the understanding behind budgeting, forecasting and the point of equilibrium of a project have been essential in making the decision to invest in education across the world, especially in the underserved regions.
From a mathematical perspective, risk is a numbers game. It starts with understanding a problem. The more data that becomes available, the more clear the risks become, which increases its ability to manage them. The introduction of technology not only facilitates and lowers the costs during parts of the process, but also have the potential to generate data that reinforces better practices in a virtuous loop.
As Nadia Chafiq and Mohammed Talbi, from the University of Hassan II Casablanca, argue in a recent paper published in the International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications (IJACSA), both the cost/benefit and the data capture aspects of Moodle make the LMS an excellent Risk Management technology, particularly in developing countries.
Morocco has not been immune to the excitement and fast adoption of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs), but their growing interest, which also encompasses Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs, Moodle included) is deserving of much welcomed scrutiny. With Chafiq and Talbi’s research, Moodle not only becomes a “sandbox” in which different educational approaches can be properly appraised, but Moodle itself becomes the subject of risk analysis across the board: Technical, Economic, Financial and even Environmental.
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