Monash University

Catalyst delivers Monash University's legacy Moodle, supporting 75,000 active students and the migration of 10,000 courses.



Monash University is Australia’s largest university with 78,000 students and 17,500 staff. Its international footprint includes Monash University's four Australian campuses, Monash University Malaysia and centres in India, Italy and the People’s Republic of China. 

An energetic and dynamic university committed to excellence in education and research, Monash has been working to change the world for more than 60 years. 

Its researchers and alumni are tackling climate change, developing new drugs to save millions of lives, using virtual reality to treat addiction, bringing sight to the visually impaired, and so much more.


Monash first implemented their Moodle to increase student engagement and encourage collaborative learning. Moodle also helped Monash’s students to learn any time and anywhere.

Monash University wanted to improve their Moodle experience for both staff and learners. 

But, they required a platform and technical partner that was able to support up to 75,000 active students, as well as successful migration of over 10,000 active courses (over 22 Terabytes of digital content), and an average 14,000 page requests per minute and up to 9 million page views per week. Monash needed a reliable, trusted, expert partner: Catalyst. 


Catalyst Australia worked to migrate the existing Monash Moodle site to Amazon Web Services (AWS), upgrade the codebase to the latest version and provide Enterprise-level managed services (including AWS hosting).

The key success factors for this project were using an agile approach and assigning business analysts to work closely with the product owner; Catalyst managed the entire project and was responsible for delivery of Monash University’s legacy Moodle. 

Moodle has provided a platform for Monash to explore a more flexible and blended approach to through designing online content and activities for their students to experience. 

Throughout the initial migration project, Catalyst was responsible for the development, testing, project and change management. Since Go-Live, Catalyst continues to provide on-going support, and Monash University is enjoying a reliable solution alongside hosting, future development, training and support.


Catalyst's service included:

  • An enterprise-grade Cloud Moodle Solution for the Office of Learning and Teaching
  • Provision and management of all underlying AWS cloud infrastructure
  • Access for up to 75,000 active students
  • Provision and management of up to five non-production environments for testing, development and acceptance testing
  • Monitoring, backup and 24/7 availability


All of this innovation, integration and configuration was made possible by open-source technology and expertise. Monash University noted that one of the real strengths of Moodle is that it is open-source, providing members of its community an opportunity to weigh-in on and contribute to the development of the product.

Catalyst will continue to work with Monash as they innovate with Moodle to create and support a positive and sustainable educational framework. 

Get in touch with our eLearning team to build a partnership that leads to continuous support and uncapped capability.