MTC blended  an experience John Allan
overview <ul><li>MTC? </li></ul><ul><li>proposition </li></ul><ul><li>Institution  </li></ul><ul><li>blended method proces...
What is the MTC? <ul><li>Moodle Teacher Certification </li></ul><ul><li>a means of bench-marking staff skills </li></ul><u...
What is the MTC? <ul><li>three parts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>practical course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>narrative (reflecti...
Proposition <ul><li>The MTC is suited to a blended delivery mode at a large institution embarking on Moodle LMS venture wi...
Institution <ul><li>North American College in the Arabic Gulf </li></ul><ul><li>international students – majority local </...
Process <ul><li>Moodle partner selection </li></ul><ul><li>general Moodle awareness sessions </li></ul><ul><li>call for ca...
Partner Selection <ul><li>Haidee Foxwell & Stuart Mealor expertise  </li></ul>
Awareness sessions <ul><li>college wide  VLC  team sponsored </li></ul><ul><li>open sessions for all disciplines </li></ul...
Candidate selection  <ul><li>Open call  for competition via email </li></ul><ul><li>Rubric based on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Candidate selection
Candidate selection  <ul><li>8 selected from 18  </li></ul>
Orientation <ul><li>Modes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>face-to-face (2 hour session)‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>binder (all reso...
MTC Guide
Ensure candidates understand Appendix 1 <ul><li>explain that they are not ideal candidates </li></ul>
Guide Skills Sets for Project
On line resources <ul><li>moodle.org courses (Moodle Features)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle Docs </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle-a-D...
<ul><li>Moodle-A-daY  </li></ul>
Spreadsheet w/ evidence column
MTC course at Moodle.org
scheduling <ul><li>two groups of four </li></ul><ul><li>diverse workloads </li></ul><ul><li>two hours per week for 10 week...
Project <ul><li>parameters established </li></ul><ul><li>topic of each course defined </li></ul><ul><li>email to candidate...
narrative <ul><li>questions discussed as a group in two hour sessions </li></ul><ul><li>faster narrative </li></ul>
Final quiz
Evidence - documents <ul><li>Candidate rubric  </li></ul><ul><li>MTC certificates </li></ul><ul><li>Spreadsheets </li></ul...
Evidence - interviews <ul><li>informal interviews during and after the MTC </li></ul><ul><li>recent request pending </li><...
Evidence - Direct observation <ul><li>face-to-face meetings office hours </li></ul><ul><li>weekly workshops </li></ul>
Evidence – Participant feedback <ul><li>survey </li></ul><ul><li>recent request pending </li></ul>
LO file naming standards discussion
Establishment of Moodle settings for our college
Moodle 3 stage training
Room for Improvement  <ul><li>“ Get members of the group to visit the Moodle site before each class to visit the key areas...
Room for Improvement  <ul><li>“ Tell students to write questions they have as they work through each section.”  </li></ul>
Room for Improvement  <ul><li>“ Pair class members so that each pair has at least one computer-savvy partner or provide cl...
Room for Improvement  <ul><li>“ Ensure people touch base with their mentor early to establish a connection to ensure good ...
Room for Improvement  <ul><li>“ Provide clear written instructions for people to follow, rather than just providing verbal...
Room for Improvement  <ul><li>“ The politics made this experience more difficult than it had to be...” </li></ul>
Comments on Room for Improvement  <ul><li>weaker candidates became too reliant on the facilitator and the team </li></ul><...
Accomodations <ul><li>Moodle-a-daY  </li></ul><ul><li>revised spreadsheets (evidence column)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>user binde...
Results <ul><li>six passed of eight </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>D Rieb </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul...
Pleasant surprises <ul><li>Internal 3 stage training model </li></ul><ul><li>Departmental adoption (120 teachers)‏ </li></...
Proposition - conclusion <ul><li>Blended approach works but can work better if....... </li></ul><ul><li>candidates have so...
Where are they now? <ul><li>4 on the LMS D2L implementation team </li></ul><ul><li>CALL team chair </li></ul><ul><li>LOS s...
thanks <ul><li>Haidee Foxwell </li></ul><ul><li>Stuart Mealor </li></ul><ul><li>Learning AC New Zealand </li></ul>
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This was a presentation given at the Moodle Majilis in Oman in 2008. It was a description of an attempt to use Moodle in a blended mode to speed up the MTC process.

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  1. 1. MTC blended an experience John Allan
  2. 2. overview <ul><li>MTC? </li></ul><ul><li>proposition </li></ul><ul><li>Institution </li></ul><ul><li>blended method process </li></ul><ul><li>sample group – selection </li></ul><ul><li>evidence </li></ul><ul><li>results </li></ul><ul><li>thanks </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is the MTC? <ul><li>Moodle Teacher Certification </li></ul><ul><li>a means of bench-marking staff skills </li></ul><ul><li>basics of teaching using Moodle </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is the MTC? <ul><li>three parts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>practical course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>narrative (reflective statements)‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>on line test </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stuart Mealor's MTC Presentation Sunday at 2:15 p.m. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Proposition <ul><li>The MTC is suited to a blended delivery mode at a large institution embarking on Moodle LMS venture with novice Moodle users. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Institution <ul><li>North American College in the Arabic Gulf </li></ul><ul><li>international students – majority local </li></ul><ul><li>350+ instructors </li></ul><ul><li>5 th year of start up </li></ul><ul><li>state-of-the-art facilities </li></ul><ul><li>state-of-the-art-technology </li></ul><ul><li>planned abandonment of WebCT </li></ul><ul><li>LMS field open </li></ul>
  7. 7. Process <ul><li>Moodle partner selection </li></ul><ul><li>general Moodle awareness sessions </li></ul><ul><li>call for candidates </li></ul><ul><li>candidate selection </li></ul><ul><li>orientation session (MTC Guide, ...)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>scheduling 10 - 2 hour sessions </li></ul><ul><li>certification completion </li></ul><ul><li>roles defined for MTC holders </li></ul>
  8. 8. Partner Selection <ul><li>Haidee Foxwell & Stuart Mealor expertise </li></ul>
  9. 9. Awareness sessions <ul><li>college wide VLC team sponsored </li></ul><ul><li>open sessions for all disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>flexible scheduling </li></ul><ul><li>at both campuses </li></ul><ul><li>academic managers and coordinators </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Learning Committee </li></ul>
  10. 10. Candidate selection <ul><li>Open call for competition via email </li></ul><ul><li>Rubric based on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional development given </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On line courses taken </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On line courses developed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational technology experience </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Candidate selection
  12. 12. Candidate selection <ul><li>8 selected from 18 </li></ul>
  13. 13. Orientation <ul><li>Modes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>face-to-face (2 hour session)‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>binder (all resources in print)‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>emails (as required)‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>moodle.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MTC guide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>on line resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spreadsheet with evidence column </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MTC course (register)‏ </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. MTC Guide
  15. 15. Ensure candidates understand Appendix 1 <ul><li>explain that they are not ideal candidates </li></ul>
  16. 16. Guide Skills Sets for Project
  17. 17. On line resources <ul><li>moodle.org courses (Moodle Features)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle Docs </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle-a-Day (local course) </li></ul><ul><li>MTC practice quiz </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle PDF book: </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Moodle-A-daY </li></ul>
  19. 19. Spreadsheet w/ evidence column
  20. 20. MTC course at Moodle.org
  21. 21. scheduling <ul><li>two groups of four </li></ul><ul><li>diverse workloads </li></ul><ul><li>two hours per week for 10 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>office hours for in house mentor </li></ul>
  22. 22. Project <ul><li>parameters established </li></ul><ul><li>topic of each course defined </li></ul><ul><li>email to candidates – applicable resources </li></ul><ul><li>preparation for candidates </li></ul><ul><li>weekly face-to-face sessions, consolidate skills </li></ul><ul><li>weekly monitoring of courses </li></ul><ul><li>weekly grading of skills sets </li></ul><ul><li>weekly demonstration of relevant skills </li></ul><ul><li>ongoing discussion related to narrative </li></ul>
  23. 23. narrative <ul><li>questions discussed as a group in two hour sessions </li></ul><ul><li>faster narrative </li></ul>
  24. 24. Final quiz
  25. 25. Evidence - documents <ul><li>Candidate rubric </li></ul><ul><li>MTC certificates </li></ul><ul><li>Spreadsheets </li></ul><ul><li>Marked grade sheets </li></ul><ul><li>Comment emails </li></ul>
  26. 26. Evidence - interviews <ul><li>informal interviews during and after the MTC </li></ul><ul><li>recent request pending </li></ul>
  27. 27. Evidence - Direct observation <ul><li>face-to-face meetings office hours </li></ul><ul><li>weekly workshops </li></ul>
  28. 28. Evidence – Participant feedback <ul><li>survey </li></ul><ul><li>recent request pending </li></ul>
  29. 29. LO file naming standards discussion
  30. 30. Establishment of Moodle settings for our college
  31. 31. Moodle 3 stage training
  32. 32. Room for Improvement <ul><li>“ Get members of the group to visit the Moodle site before each class to visit the key areas for each lesson so that time spent in class is a review rather than an introduction – sent out the basic information and an overview beforehand.” </li></ul>
  33. 33. Room for Improvement <ul><li>“ Tell students to write questions they have as they work through each section.” </li></ul>
  34. 34. Room for Improvement <ul><li>“ Pair class members so that each pair has at least one computer-savvy partner or provide class list and contact info.” </li></ul>
  35. 35. Room for Improvement <ul><li>“ Ensure people touch base with their mentor early to establish a connection to ensure good understanding of mentor’s needs before submitting work” </li></ul>
  36. 36. Room for Improvement <ul><li>“ Provide clear written instructions for people to follow, rather than just providing verbal information.” </li></ul>
  37. 37. Room for Improvement <ul><li>“ The politics made this experience more difficult than it had to be...” </li></ul>
  38. 38. Comments on Room for Improvement <ul><li>weaker candidates became too reliant on the facilitator and the team </li></ul><ul><li>be clearer that the candidate is responsible for their progress </li></ul><ul><li>some release time for candidates </li></ul><ul><li>additional training and team duties assigned during the training </li></ul>
  39. 39. Accomodations <ul><li>Moodle-a-daY </li></ul><ul><li>revised spreadsheets (evidence column)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>user binder (MTC course materials)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>weekly discussion on the narrative topics </li></ul><ul><li>discussion on college (LOS)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>weekly practical session 2 hours in lab </li></ul>
  40. 40. Results <ul><li>six passed of eight </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>D Rieb </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stephen Roney </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>R Hatherley </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>S Larivire </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>C MacLeod </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>V Stack </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  41. 41. Pleasant surprises <ul><li>Internal 3 stage training model </li></ul><ul><li>Departmental adoption (120 teachers)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle workshop series at 2 campuses </li></ul><ul><li>Informal educational technology group </li></ul><ul><li>Independent courses (off site servers)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness of LMS throughout college staff </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional clips </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle-a-daY.... </li></ul>
  42. 42. Proposition - conclusion <ul><li>Blended approach works but can work better if....... </li></ul><ul><li>candidates have some Moodle experience as recommended by MTC guide </li></ul><ul><li>candidates do not have a full teaching load or additional commitments </li></ul><ul><li>MTC is conducted within the institution's training framework - politics </li></ul>
  43. 43. Where are they now? <ul><li>4 on the LMS D2L implementation team </li></ul><ul><li>CALL team chair </li></ul><ul><li>LOS standards chair </li></ul><ul><li>Maths materials developer </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Tech trainer </li></ul><ul><li>LMS D2L coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>SharePoint coordinator </li></ul>
  44. 44. thanks <ul><li>Haidee Foxwell </li></ul><ul><li>Stuart Mealor </li></ul><ul><li>Learning AC New Zealand </li></ul>
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