We were delighted to be given an opportunity to work for Guild Hall School on a Moodle Implementation, and Hosting project and we are pleased with the results within our collaboration timeframe. Come by and check it out! 

Established 1880


Digital library, e-resources, music index, IPA Source, electric journals, orchestral and instrumental excerpts, and 

online information 


Practitioners & Teachers  

London, UK  



Higher education studentsundergraduate, taught postgraduate, from over 70 countries, worldwide. 


Employees and PhD researchers  


Students in Junior Guildhall and the Centre for Young Musicians.  

Solutions at a glance

To address and resolve Moodle LMS and hosting issues faced by GSMD. The previous Moodle instance, hosted by another company, suffered from unresponsive support, leading to complications during plugin integration. 

To overcome challenges associated with hosting migrations, such as migration downtime, data breaches, and data loss, in order to ensure a smooth transition for GSMD institute. 

To achieve a seamless integration of GSMD Institute's Moodle LMS with Mahara ePortfolio, allowing students to utilize it for educational resources and assignments, all while preventing server downtime during the commencement of a new academic year or summer class. 

 GSMD aims to maximize the efficiency of its Moodle LMS. Overt offers responsive technical support, ensuring that GSMD's issues are promptly resolved. With Overt's 24/7 support, GSMD can expect immediate assistance in resolving any challenges related to their Moodle platform and hosting.

GSMD has effectively navigated hosting migrations, including those of varying size and complexity, without experiencing data loss. They have achieved improved LMS performance while preventing unnecessary downtime that could result in inaccessibility. 

The integration of Moodle LMS and Mahara ePortfolio, facilitated by Mahoodle, was successfully achieved. GSMD Institute maintained the stability and functionality of its Moodle LMS and Mahara ePortfolio with minimal downtime. This was accomplished through upgrades, integration efforts, and technical support, tailored to meet the specific requirements of GSMD Institute. 

The Challange

As digital technology continues to play a larger role in schools and learning environments, the need for technical support services has grown significantly. 

In schools, teachers are increasingly using various devices and educational tools to help students learn. 

When used effectively, these tools encourage students to get involved in their lessons, work together, and participate actively. 

Evan Dickerson, a Learning Technologist at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, faced a challenge. They wanted to make it easier for students and teachers to use two software systems, Moodle and Mahara, for their learning and assignments. To do this, they needed to integrate the two systems. But they had trouble with their old Moodle hosting provider. They did not respond to requests for help, and they could not get the software to work properly. 

Teachers often have to deal with problems like these, including issues with software, technology, and getting everything to connect properly. However, not everyone knows how to solve these issues. 

In the case of Guildhall School of Music and Drama, they initially had their Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) hosted by a third-party provider. Also, for a very long time, Guildhall School of Music and Drama needed a solution to integrate their Moodle LMS with Mahara ePortfolio software. The institute’s educators and students have adapted to using both software for learning resources or assignments. Everything was fine at first, but as their learning institute grows, managing their Moodle is starting to be very challenging for the institute when issues arise. The customer support was not responsive when they encountered technical issues and needed assistance to ”allow” integrating plugins. 

The Solution

Recognising the need for a change, Guildhall School of Music & Drama turned to Overt. In their discussions, Overt deeply understood the institution's unique needs. They assured Guildhall that they could meet their rapidly changing requirements and proposed a more cost-effective solution. 

Evan and his team experienced tangible improvements as they transitioned to working with Overt. They successfully maintained a stable and fully updated Mahoodle platform, resulting in minimal downtime. Overt's support extended beyond routine maintenance, encompassing technical assistance for critical tasks like restoring corrupted module instances, facilitating plugin installations, and accommodating custom modifications. 

One of the institution's significant challenges was managing multimedia content within Moodle, which was essential for student reference and assignment submissions. During the summer of 2022, Guildhall faced a storage capacity shortage. In response, Overt efficiently upgraded its storage and smoothly migrated the instance to a faster server, ensuring a seamless transition for the start of the new academic year. 

Evan Dickerson pointed out that, without Overt's assistance, Guildhall School of Music & Drama would have struggled to uphold its commitment to digital learning due to limited in-house resources. This journey illustrates the transformative impact of a dependable partner in enhancing educational technology integration, ultimately ensuring a robust and effective Mahoodle platform for the institution. 

The Benefits

Working closely with Overt has yielded several significant outcomes for Guildhall School of Music & Drama. These results demonstrate the advantages of professional technical services in the educational context.  

Improved User Experience:  

  • Collaboration with Overt led to a marked improvement in the user experience for educators and students. The challenge of integrating Moodle LMS and Mahara ePortfolio was addressed, enhancing engagement and usability. 

Long-Term Solutions & Stress-Free Maintenance:   

  • Overt's professional experts conducted a comprehensive health check on Guildhall School of Music & Drama's existing systems. This process identified potential vulnerabilities and provided valuable technical insights. Consequently, tailored solutions and the implementation of Mahoodle were recommended.  In addition, The partnership with Overt ensured that the institute had access to immediate technical support. This proactive approach enabled swift resolution of any issues or troubleshooting, allowing the institution to focus on its core activities without undue interruptions. 

Swift Issue Resolution:   

  • The availability of immediate technical support allowed for quick issue resolution, reducing downtime and enabling the institution to concentrate on its core educational activities. 

In summary, the collaboration with Overt delivered tangible benefits, enhancing the technical infrastructure and user experience at Guildhall School of Music & Drama while ensuring that potential issues were promptly addressed and mitigated. 

"My experience working with Overt is one of the very best service supplier relationships I have had - and I have worked with many suppliers in my 30 year higher education career."

Evan Dickerson

Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Learning Technologist

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