CoSN has recently published information for schools on IT Disaster recovery.

I noticed at the last conference I went to that most K12 schools seemed to be self-hosting Moodle. Do people think there is a need/market for providing off-site backup and disaster recovery services, such as putting up a temporary site if the school's server goes down or they are hit by a natural disaster and lose power for an extended period of time?

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One issue would be security and child protection. In Scotland, a government run school has technicians who would not allow a non-council server to run with children's information. There is a legal issue there, right?

If there was a natural disaster, wouldn't we just go back to using "chalk and talk" anyway? I mean, when there's a disaster... with all the coming and going that would entail, all the pastoral things which teachers would be needing to do, wouldn't we have to find our box of pencils and go back to basics? Moodle is good - but we'd just have to do without it if the pupils couldn't switch their PCs and Macs on.
Hi Duncan,

Good points, my thought on the data was to encrypt it on the local machine and then send and store it encrypted.

For disasters, I guess there are many types. If a disaster hits just the server room then the school an go back to chalk and talk or decide to allow temporary external hosting. If there is a flood/hurricane/tornado that wipes out the school for a significant period of time and dislocates many of the students then having a Moodle environment available might be helpful.



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