LEO's LMS component is the open-source software called Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment). A growing number of Australian (and overseas) universities use Moodle, largely because of the communication and collaboration it enables and the variety of learning styles and pedagogies it supports. The browser interface is simple and easy to navigate and it is flexible, allowing tools and activities to be 'switched on' or hidden to suit the needs of lecturers (and faculties) needs.
The tools and activities within the LEO LMS include:
- Content delivery, for example unit outlines, lecture notes and presentations, readings, topic packages/modules, case studies, videos, podcasts
- Discussion Forums, Blogs, Wikis, Chats, Messaging, RSS feeds
- News and Announcements, Calendars and Events
- Assessments and assignments, self-review (formative) quizzes, Question/Item Bank, grade reports, Gradebook
- Surveys, Polling and Activity Reporting
LEO's Content Manger is built on the Learning Content Management System (LCMS), EQUELLA, developed by Tasmanian educational software specialist The Learning Edge. Content Manager is designed for the production, management, collaboration, sharing and storage of digital learning content which can be published via LEO or other web-based platforms.
Content Manager supports ACU's commitment to quality and continuous improvement in delivery of learning content for students. It allows for collaboration and sharing of information between faculty staff and storage and production of learning content in a variety of formats, including rich-media and content packages/modules with built-in navigation. Content Manager enables version control, customisable workflows and metadata tagging useful for search and retrieval.
In 2014 the library migrated its copyright database to EQUELLA so that it can better manage its copyright reporting obligations.
EQUELLA-CAL was selected as the tool to replace the old copyright database chiefly because it enables accurate record creation through the harvesting of metadata from the library catalogue (ALEPH), this metadata allows limits imposed by Section VB of the Copyright Act to be calculated automatically. EQUELLA-CAL also integrates with ACUís online learning environment, LEO, enabling links to be created while LEO pages are being created or edited. The implementation of EQUELLA-CAL is a way to manage risk as far as copyright compliance is concerned, for the university.