Welcome to:      Hans
C-05:           de Zwart



The Future of
Moodle
and How Not
to Stop It
Let's all practice Elluminate
Please tell us in the chat
window in which country you
         are now...
Everybody click the
   "yes" button
Everybody click the
 "yes" button again
Everybody click the
    "no" button
Everybody click the
 "no" button again
Please tell us in the chat
window in one sentence
why you chose to be at
this particular session...
Did you in any way follow the
debate about the death of the
 VLE (either the ALT-C 2009
 video or any of the related
     ...
What are the main arguments
from the people that believe
      the VLE is over?
The VLE is the tool of mass-
 education (factory model)
It manages learning and
doesn't promote learning
The owner of the VLE is the
institution, the beneficiary is
          the vendor
Do you go to a VLE when you
     want/need to learn
        something?
Why would you make your
   students go there?
The VLE is a silo/walled
   garden (boooo!)

It prevents learners from
 communicating with the
      external world
It has failed to deliver on its
            promise
Martin Dougiamas
   at the Dutch
   Moodlemoot
  in May 2008:

 "Generally I have
been disappointed
 with how Moodle
  has...
One of the reasons that we
         have VLEs:

 Teachers could create their
own webpages without having
       to know HT...
There is a lot of free
technology out there that can
 be utilised to create learning
          experiences

    (Ning, Min...
This stuff feels "fresh" to use
It allows teachers to
     implement all the
 functionality they need
using best of breed tools
        that are free
It allows learners to create
       their own suite of
 applications: The Personal
Learning Environment (PLE)
In comparison, VLEs feel old,
    inflexible and clunky
Does anybody know what
year (month?) the first version
    of Moodle came out?

Just guess in the chat window
           p...
The web looked different then
Back then: No Ajax (2005), no
 Gmail (2004) or GoogleDocs
 (2005), no Facebook (2004),
 no Delicious (2003) and also
     ...
These applications have
 shaped the web (2.0)
What does this mean for the
  VLE and for our VLE?
Which open source web
    application is probably
furthest ahead of the curve in
 comparison to Moodle (think
     usage, ...
This could be a model for
Moodle in a couple of ways
First: „Community Plumbing“
Should Moodle be:
„Learning Plumbing“?
Second: It considers
  itself a platform
„Platform“ is the key word here

A couple of Yes/No questions:
Do you have an iPhone?
Are you on Facebook?
Do you have a Kindle?
Have you bought music on
        iTunes?
Are you on Twitter?
Is your organisation actively
  working with Sharepoint?
All of these systems are
 essentially platforms
Let's look at Moodle, how can
the "walls be brought down"?
Moodle was always relatively
        modular...
But it required Moodle centric
  programming + an install
        from a sysadmin
Moodle will have a couple of
new features that could make
 it the „plumber“ for learning
Repository API, Portfolio API,
 RSS magic, Comments API
  and a Webservices API
The repository API especially
    has a lot of potential
Do you know what the
  repository API is?
A couple of things need to be
       taken care of:
The list of available
 repositories should have an
   online connection and it
    should be possible to
download and inst...
We need to have a way to add
 dynamic (RSS-based, e.g. a
 blog) content to the course
   using the repository API
Some social features need to
 be implemented. How do we
know which plugins are good?
Moodle needs an „app-store“
Finally... What if Moodle could
 become an appstore for rich
       learning content?
The core technical
infrastructure is there...
It would be a matter of
streamlining the experience
and making sure it is not just
resources but also activities
       th...
Just imagine...
Questions? Comments?
Discussion? Criticism?
The Future of Moodle and How Not to Stop It
The Future of Moodle and How Not to Stop It
The Future of Moodle and How Not to Stop It
The Future of Moodle and How Not to Stop It
The Future of Moodle and How Not to Stop It
The Future of Moodle and How Not to Stop It
The Future of Moodle and How Not to Stop It
The Future of Moodle and How Not to Stop It
The Future of Moodle and How Not to Stop It
The Future of Moodle and How Not to Stop It
The Future of Moodle and How Not to Stop It
The Future of Moodle and How Not to Stop It
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  1. 1. Welcome to: Hans C-05: de Zwart The Future of Moodle and How Not to Stop It
  2. 2. Let's all practice Elluminate
  3. 3. Please tell us in the chat window in which country you are now...
  4. 4. Everybody click the "yes" button
  5. 5. Everybody click the "yes" button again
  6. 6. Everybody click the "no" button
  7. 7. Everybody click the "no" button again
  8. 8. Please tell us in the chat window in one sentence why you chose to be at this particular session...
  9. 9. Did you in any way follow the debate about the death of the VLE (either the ALT-C 2009 video or any of the related blog posts)?
  10. 10. What are the main arguments from the people that believe the VLE is over?
  11. 11. The VLE is the tool of mass- education (factory model)
  12. 12. It manages learning and doesn't promote learning
  13. 13. The owner of the VLE is the institution, the beneficiary is the vendor
  14. 14. Do you go to a VLE when you want/need to learn something?
  15. 15. Why would you make your students go there?
  16. 16. The VLE is a silo/walled garden (boooo!) It prevents learners from communicating with the external world
  17. 17. It has failed to deliver on its promise
  18. 18. Martin Dougiamas at the Dutch Moodlemoot in May 2008: "Generally I have been disappointed with how Moodle has been used"
  19. 19. One of the reasons that we have VLEs: Teachers could create their own webpages without having to know HTML That raison d'etre is gone
  20. 20. There is a lot of free technology out there that can be utilised to create learning experiences (Ning, MindMeister, Wikispaces, Wordpress, etc.)
  21. 21. This stuff feels "fresh" to use
  22. 22. It allows teachers to implement all the functionality they need using best of breed tools that are free
  23. 23. It allows learners to create their own suite of applications: The Personal Learning Environment (PLE)
  24. 24. In comparison, VLEs feel old, inflexible and clunky
  25. 25. Does anybody know what year (month?) the first version of Moodle came out? Just guess in the chat window please...
  26. 26. The web looked different then
  27. 27. Back then: No Ajax (2005), no Gmail (2004) or GoogleDocs (2005), no Facebook (2004), no Delicious (2003) and also no Flickr (2004) Blogger was 3 years old, Wikipedia just one year and RSS about 3 years old too
  28. 28. These applications have shaped the web (2.0)
  29. 29. What does this mean for the VLE and for our VLE?
  30. 30. Which open source web application is probably furthest ahead of the curve in comparison to Moodle (think usage, conceptually, architecturally)? In the chat...
  31. 31. This could be a model for Moodle in a couple of ways
  32. 32. First: „Community Plumbing“
  33. 33. Should Moodle be: „Learning Plumbing“?
  34. 34. Second: It considers itself a platform
  35. 35. „Platform“ is the key word here A couple of Yes/No questions:
  36. 36. Do you have an iPhone?
  37. 37. Are you on Facebook?
  38. 38. Do you have a Kindle?
  39. 39. Have you bought music on iTunes?
  40. 40. Are you on Twitter?
  41. 41. Is your organisation actively working with Sharepoint?
  42. 42. All of these systems are essentially platforms
  43. 43. Let's look at Moodle, how can the "walls be brought down"?
  44. 44. Moodle was always relatively modular...
  45. 45. But it required Moodle centric programming + an install from a sysadmin
  46. 46. Moodle will have a couple of new features that could make it the „plumber“ for learning
  47. 47. Repository API, Portfolio API, RSS magic, Comments API and a Webservices API
  48. 48. The repository API especially has a lot of potential
  49. 49. Do you know what the repository API is?
  50. 50. A couple of things need to be taken care of:
  51. 51. The list of available repositories should have an online connection and it should be possible to download and install a plugin from the webinterface (think of how you can browse apps on your iPhone)
  52. 52. We need to have a way to add dynamic (RSS-based, e.g. a blog) content to the course using the repository API
  53. 53. Some social features need to be implemented. How do we know which plugins are good?
  54. 54. Moodle needs an „app-store“
  55. 55. Finally... What if Moodle could become an appstore for rich learning content?
  56. 56. The core technical infrastructure is there...
  57. 57. It would be a matter of streamlining the experience and making sure it is not just resources but also activities that get shared
  58. 58. Just imagine...
  59. 59. Questions? Comments? Discussion? Criticism?
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