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(Excerpts from a very informative article by one of the top names in Moodle courseware development:)
“In my experience, the old methods of determining how long it takes to develop courseware were never very accurate. With the variety of tools available to us today, the many different situations, and the many different expectations from learners and stakeholders, those old recommendations are even more inaccurate.
I no longer ask, “How long will this take me to develop?” Instead I ask, “How long before the client needs it?” And then I determine what I can do between now and then. It sounds to me like you have a few hours a week to spend on developing an online course, between now and June. That’s not much time. So instead of dwelling upon how long it will take, let’s talk about how to maximize your output in the time that you do have.
First, try to get out of installing Moodle yourself. If you can use an outside hosting service, find one that has a one-click install for Moodle. If you must use your organization’s web server, try to get the web admin to install it for you. When Moodle installs without trouble, the installation goes quickly. When it gives trouble, you can spend hours tracking down the problem. If you pay a few dollars a month for a hosting service that will install Moodle for you, I advise it.
Second, resolve to stay within Moodle’s built-in capabilities. Some of the add-on modules add great functionality. But for a project working against time constraints, I advise you stick with Moodle’s built-in functionality and not get bogged down in trying to get add-ons to work.”