Arup is an independent firm of
13000 designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists
offering a broad range of professional services. Our projects include the Sydney
Opera House, the London Aquatics Centre, and the Shard to name but a few. In
2009 Arup University was formed as a strategic tool designed to help the firm
achieve its goals by fostering individual and organizational learning.
Arup University has developed
our Moodle platform to be the front door to all our learning, whether that is
internal or external, classroom based, e-learning, an informal lunchtime talk,
or even just a video. This presentation will explore our Moodle journey, including
how we have personalised a single Moodle platform for 5 regions, integrated
with other systems, and extended / developed new solutions e.g. Learning
Bursts, Learning Events and Online Appraisal.
The presentation aims to give
an overview of how we have developed Moodle to meet Arup’s needs as a
collaborative organisation with a strong knowledge sharing ethos.
- Learning Events -
customisation of the Moodle calendar to support lunchtime talks, including
registrations and attendance tracking
- Online Appraisal
- a new local plugin written to deliver our firm’s annual performance and
- Integration – our
Moodle platform integrates with Oracle for enrolment workflow and learning
histories, Kaltura for video, Adobe Connect for virtual classrooms, and most
recently we have enabled LTI for Lynda.com
- Learning Bursts -
a customisation of the one page format to allow our technical experts to design
and build "very rapid" informal learning content and track within
Global Learning Technologies Lead
Chris Gibbons is an Associate at Arup and currently the Global Learning Technologies Lead for Arup University. He started his career as a structural engineer before moving into design and project management roles. He joined Arup in 2005, advising various private healthcare organisations on NHS information management and technology systems specifically around information governance. Over the last 4-5 years he has created and led the vision for a global learning platform in Arup which now has 13000 users and 500+ courses. Most recently he has rolled out, in Moodle, a new appraisal tool for the Australasia region and is currently working to expand this globally. In his spare time he advises schools on ICT strategy.