iMoot was a three day e-conference broken into three streams. Registration provided you with access to all recorded Elluminate sessions which is great because you can only ever be in one place at once and you always find two sessions you're interested in that are scheduled for the same time!
My Panel Presentation covered how the University of Waikato manage user and course administration processes in Moodle, I encouraged discussion so participants could share how their organisations managed these processes. Waikato use several custom-written process to automatically create course shells and import teacher access and enrolments; we also have a custom authentication method which relies of a browser cookie. Many others in the session use LDAP with the odd csv upload. There was discussion about how long students should be able to access their courses. Like Waikato, most other institutions hide their courses or alter the student's role to read only after a set time, however, there were a few of us that believe students should have access for longer.
I also had time to share how we manage upgrades and the installation of 3rd party modules which was of interest to much of the audience. The testing life of a module has several stages at Waikato before it sees the production site. A module will start by getting installed on a development site and fully tested. If this goes well (which it usually does!) the code is pushed in a git repository and another developer will pull the code to their development site for testing too. After this peer approval the code will be pulled to the full test site which is a weekly duplicate of the production server. Testing continues to ensure it plays well with the other modules on a duplicate environment to the real thing etc. When we are happy we pull the code to our training site. The training site is a production site used for staff training material and is the last step of testing before the code is pulled to eLearn, our production teaching environment. Quite an ordeal for a new module but it's better to be safe than sorry eh?
All in all a great session and useful to share our different experiences within the community.