Moving forward with Moodle

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  • 1. Movingforwardwith MoodleMark DrechslerSenior Consultant, NetSpot Pty Ltd
  • 2. Why this presentation?Anecdotally – most Moodle courses useonly a fraction of the available features. Why?
  • 3. Method• Series of questions given to six unis• Five using Moodle at an enterprise level• One using Moodle for a trial of around ¼ of its students
  • 4. Caveats• Not intended as a rigorous analysis• Small attempt to gain perspectives from those who have already made the move to Moodle
  • 5. Moodle usage?How many Moodle courses in your Universitywould be classified as little more than document repositories and drop box holders? Image cc from http://www.flickr.com/photos/piet_musterd/
  • 6. Responses … probably 70% - 80% A majority of courses… Less than 50% …most of our sites... About 10% - if that.
  • 7. Why so… high?“…staff adopt LMS features along acontinuum beginning with … contentdissemination and … moving towards …discussion…”
  • 8. Why so… low?“… because the pilot participants self-selected based on their course teachingrequirements”
  • 9. Why so… low?“…we introduced a set of minimumstandards…” Image cc via http://www.flickr.com/photos/iliahi/408971482/
  • 10. What things have helpedsupport the change?
  • 11. “… strong culture of academicsupport for pedagogicimprovement”
  • 12. … teaching staff wereforced to redesign theironline courses and tookthe opportunity todevelop newapproaches… Image cc via http://www.flickr.com/photos/fivesilver/134085696/
  • 13. “… reasons are not related to theproduct but the training andprocess changes associated withthe move…”
  • 14. “introductionof peer review of courses…”
  • 15. “…the passion and drive of thecentral/local Moodle support teamsmeans that attention is paid to currentresearch, methods and best-practice.”
  • 16. “… possible it was the change itself,not necessarily the change to Moodlespecifically that was responsible…” (forimprovements)
  • 17. “…vast community at moodle.org…”
  • 18. 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‟.
  • 19. What part has Moodle played insupporting positive transformation?
  • 20. 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…”
  • 21. 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…”
  • 22. “… flexibility in role and permissionshandling…”“… profile feature has encouraged andengaged students (and thus lecturers) insocial networking…”
  • 23. What were the biggest challenges in moving to Moodle?Image cc via http://flickr.com/photos/craigallenphotography/4104550682/
  • 24. “…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/
  • 25. “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/
  • 26. “… IT department had little to noappreciation of the teachingacademics context and tried toimplement Moodle in the same waythey would any other IT system…”
  • 27. “… challenge is how to use thefunctionality appropriately for the bestpedagogic outcome.”
  • 28. “… working withor (effectively)againsttopics/weeksstructure…”
  • 29. “„Fixing‟ something that you‟ve beenusing for years… can be confronting”
  • 30. What Moodle things were „big winners‟ with academic staff?Image cc via http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexcreative/4564218323/
  • 31. Databases……as a formative student group peerreview tool.…as a student viewable videosubmission tool.…as an exhibition tool.
  • 32. 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!
  • 33. Meta Courses“…allows students to be aggregatedinto program basedcommunities…”
  • 34. Subject A Subject B Subject CMoodle Course Moodle Course Moodle Course Enrolments automatically flow into… Metacourse: - Collaboration - Announcements - Support
  • 35. One telling comment: “… requires less work to do the minimum”Image cc via http://www.flickr.com/photos/spackletoe/90811910/
  • 36. Summing up?Moodle will not be a magic wand forimproving teaching practice withoutsuitable resourcing for support and goodchange management in place
  • 37. Over time, many will experience:- Initial shock – why!?- Replication – how do I…?- Extension – maybe I could…?- Collaboration – why don‟t we…?
  • 38. 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.