Moodlemoot AU 2010

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Melbourne, July 2010

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Moodlemoot AU 2010

  1. 1. Moodlemoot AU 10 Melbourne July 11-14 2010
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Who was there </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on web 2.0 and education </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle news and development </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle 2.0 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Who was there <ul><li>450+ Moodle users, teachers, techies, administrators and developers </li></ul><ul><li>Tertiary, k-12 and RTO sectors </li></ul><ul><li>People who share a passion for education and the possibilities of Web 2.0 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Who was there Martin Dougiamas Original developer of Moodle Curtis Bonk (His real name) Moodle evangelist <ul><li>Julian Ridden (Moodleman) </li></ul><ul><li>Michelle Moore (Kansas) </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Dreschler (Adelaide) </li></ul><ul><li>David Parkin (AFL coaching hero) </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers who use Moodle to teach German to Japanese </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers who use Moodle to teach Italian to Opera singers </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers who … Moodle </li></ul>
  5. 5. Web 2.0 and education <ul><li>For teachers, using Web 2.0 tools is not a luxury or an optional extra, it is essential . </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle is a web 2.0 tool. It is about enabling teachers and students to collaborate and publish their work. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Web 2.0 and education <ul><li>Everything Shakespeare, Darwin and Pepys wrote is available free on the web. We know more about these people than they did! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Web 2.0 and education <ul><li>There are very few questions that cannot be answered within five minutes. What does this mean for teaching today? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Moodle and more <ul><li>A Moodle that is just a collection of .pdf files with a few weblinks and maybe a quiz or two is not really a Moodle. It is a web 1.0 website. </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle can do much more than just deliver content to students. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Moodle and more <ul><li>The quiz function in Moodle allows for multimedia questions, options and distractors. </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle gradebook could save teachers a lot of time, and it allows for continuous assessment. </li></ul><ul><li>Every Moodle should have a forum and some ‘fun stuff’. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Moodle and more <ul><li>You can use Moodle on an iPad but some editing functions are limited. </li></ul><ul><li>There are at least two teams of people working on apps for Moodle on iPhones and other small portable devices. </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle works better on Firefox than it does on Internet Explorer </li></ul>
  11. 11. Moodle and more <ul><li>Moodle integrates with Mahara with a single login. An exciting open source portfolio management tool - ideal for PLP. </li></ul><ul><li>Many schools, Universities and training organisations are moving to Moodle. This means that there is a growing demand for people with skills in developing Moodle and teaching with Moodle. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Moodle 2.0 <ul><li>Due to be released in a couple of weeks, but don’t hold your breath </li></ul><ul><li>Much simpler management of files </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Files will move with the objects they are attached to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You can use a central repository, or a range of them, to link files into Moodle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You can link to files from storage in sites like Flickr, Google Docs, … </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Moodle 2.0
  14. 14. Moodle 2.0 <ul><li>The progress bar (not widely used in Moodle 1) will be replaced by a standard feature that enables students and/or teachers to ‘tick off’ each stage in a course before the student moves on to the next stage </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle 2.0 facilitates peer assessment, and grades it with minimal teacher input </li></ul>
  15. 15. Moodle 2.0 <ul><li>No need for meta- courses in Moodle 2.0 because bulk enrolment and grouping of students and cohorts of students will be simple. </li></ul><ul><li>Bad news (for some): Themes for Moodle 1.9 will not work on 2.0. Good news: Developing themes in 2.0 will be simpler than it is now. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Want to find out more? <ul><li>Twitter #mootau10 </li></ul><ul><li>http://delicious.com/nbm1/moodlemoot </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle 2.0 test site: http://qa.moodle.net/ </li></ul><ul><li>Link to this file and other files on Google docs: http://tinyurl.com/mootau10 </li></ul>

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