In 2007 our University initiated a project to deploy Moodle across the campus so we could provide an internationally recognised and robust eLearning environment for our teachers and learners. At the same time the Waikato Centre for eLearning (WCEL) was created and tasked with supporting and developing the use of eLearning across the institution.
The Moodle project had several outputs, one of which was a report on the current use of eLearning in the University. There were several messages from this report, one of which was that staff can be very unaware of what is happening elsewhere in the University in terms of eLearning. This includes across Schools, within Schools and even within departments. To begin to address this, we decided to organise WCELfest08, a one day conference to share some of the practice happening here at our own University.