Using Moodle for Student-Centered Learning

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With around 50,000 installations in 207 countries, Moodle is quickly gaining the attention of educators around the globe. It’s highly flexible nature allows Moodle to fit the needs of nearly every classroom.

This session will explore some of the best practices for implementing student-centered learning within the context of Moodle. The presenter will deconstruct the approaches taken in the Child-Centered Classroom Methodologies (CCCM) project at Sultan Qaboos University and expand on them by stepping through many of Moodle\'s features and discussing the roles they can play in learner-centered instruction.

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Using Moodle for Student-Centered Learning

  1. 1. Using Moodle for Student-Centered Learning<br />Matt Finholt-Daniel<br />Director of Technology<br />Seward Incorporated<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />Principles of Learner-Centered Instruction<br />Overview of Moodle<br />CCCM Project<br />Background<br />Learner-centered features of the Moodle site<br />Additional Moodle Features<br />
  3. 3. 1. Principles of Learner-Centered Instruction<br />Focus on the learners<br />Enable students to own their learning experience<br />Make learning engaging, active, social, and contextual<br />Promote deep understanding<br />Provide time for reflection<br />Use a variety of assessment methods<br />
  4. 4. 2. Overview of<br /><ul><li>Open source platform for building and delivering online courses
  5. 5. Martin Dougiamas
  6. 6. Version 1.0 Launched in 2002</li></li></ul><li>Social-Constructionist Pedagogy<br />Collaboration<br />Activities<br />Critical Reflection<br />Nearly 50,000 registered installations in 206 countries<br />
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  8. 8. 3. Child-Centered Classroom Methodologies Project<br />CCCM Methods of Teaching English<br />Designed as a hybrid course<br />Classroom component<br />Online component that utilizes Moodle<br />
  9. 9. CCCM & Moodle<br />Wiki<br />Provides time for reflection<br />Engages the learner in social learning<br />Forums<br />Engages the learner through discussion<br />Promotes independent thinking<br />
  10. 10. CCCM & Moodle<br />Hot-Potatoes Quizzes<br />Engages the learner<br />Enables them to own their learning experience<br />Assess knowledge<br />Quiz<br />Enables them to own their learning experience<br />Assess knowledge<br />
  11. 11. 4. Additional Moodle Features<br />Journal<br />Provide time for reflection<br />Questionnaire<br />Vehicle for discussion<br />Promotes self-reflection<br />Workshop<br />Promotes a deep understanding of the material<br />Makes learning engaging and social<br />
  12. 12. Review<br />Principles of Learner-Centered Instruction<br />Overview of Moodle<br />CCCM Project<br />Additional Moodle Features<br />
  13. 13. Questions?<br />

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