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But has Moodle helped?• All six said yes, Moodle had helped educators in their University improve their teaching practice.• One did say „yes and no‟.
What part has Moodle played insupporting positive transformation?
Supporting collaboration“… allows them to do more of what they want to do, particularly with respect to community building & collaboration…”“… involving students more in doing the work (wiki, forum, database) rather than the lecturer providing more…”
Power tools“… the database tool has been a huge bonus…”“… some tools such as databases & wikis have been invaluable (in a small number of cases) to inspiring collaboration & engagement…”
“… flexibility in role and permissionshandling…”“… profile feature has encouraged andengaged students (and thus lecturers) insocial networking…”
What were the biggest challenges in moving to Moodle?Image cc via http://flickr.com/photos/craigallenphotography/4104550682/
“…we saw a number of staff attempting to implement Blackboard like interfaces to their courses in Moodle…”Image cc via http://www.flickr.com/photos/epublicist/3546059144/
“Workload!” “…time and effort to actively engage with your course, site and content can be a significant effort…” “…shortage of time…”Image cc via http://www.flickr.com/photos/zoutedrop/2317065892/
“… IT department had little to noappreciation of the teachingacademics context and tried toimplement Moodle in the same waythey would any other IT system…”
“… challenge is how to use thefunctionality appropriately for the bestpedagogic outcome.”
“… working withor (effectively)againsttopics/weeksstructure…”
“„Fixing‟ something that you‟ve beenusing for years… can be confronting”
What Moodle things were „big winners‟ with academic staff?Image cc via http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexcreative/4564218323/
Databases……as a formative student group peerreview tool.…as a student viewable videosubmission tool.…as an exhibition tool.
Blogs in Moodle (BIM)• Plugin developed by David Jones of CQU - blog aggregator/assessor• Now being used in other Universities – great example of collaboration in the developer community!
Meta Courses“…allows students to be aggregatedinto program basedcommunities…”
Subject A Subject B Subject CMoodle Course Moodle Course Moodle Course Enrolments automatically flow into… Metacourse: - Collaboration - Announcements - Support
One telling comment: “… requires less work to do the minimum”Image cc via http://www.flickr.com/photos/spackletoe/90811910/
Summing up?Moodle will not be a magic wand forimproving teaching practice withoutsuitable resourcing for support and goodchange management in place
Over time, many will experience:- Initial shock – why!?- Replication – how do I…?- Extension – maybe I could…?- Collaboration – why don‟t we…?
If part of a broader change strategythen Moodle has appeared to:• Lower the work for simple courses; and• Provide more flexible tools for advanced teaching requirements.