OIT has contracted with a third-party service to transfer course materials and activities from SPARK to Moodle. Please review the information below to learn about the benefits and limitations of this service.
If you decide to request to use the SPARK to Moodle conversion service, please consider that it takes up to a month to complete a course conversion, and that courses are sent to the service only once a month.
Note: If you do not need to export an entire SPARK course, you can make an appointment to meet with Academic Computing staff and retrieve selected materials. Contact the Instructional Media Lab at (413) 545-2823 or email@example.com.
Even with this service, conversion from SPARK to Moodle will require some additional editing once a course is in Moodle, ranging from a little to a lot, depending on the course.
What will transfer well from SPARK:
- Course content organized in a single layer of folders
What will require extra work to clean up after the conversion to Moodle:
- Learning modules
- Folders within folders
- HTML pages, especially pages that include table-based formatting
NOT recommended for the conversion service:
- Courses that were migrated from WebCT to SPARK
If you decide to use the service, you can expect the following:
- Request your SPARK to Moodle conversion by completing the SPARK to Moodle Conversion Request Form.
(Optional) Request your Moodle course in SPIRE.
You can request Moodle courses the current semester, or starting at pre-registration, for the upcoming semester. If you can't yet request a Moodle course, don't worry. You can still have the SPARK course converted. We will hold the course content as a template in Moodle until you next teach the course.
The conversion will be processed:
We will make a backup of the course you tell us to use, and deliver it to the third-party service. The third-party service will take three weeks to a month to convert the course and provide us with a Moodle course template.
We will notify you when you can begin to work on your Moodle template:
You will receive an email with instructions on how to move the content from your template into a new Moodle course when you are ready.