Moodle MOOC Opening Ceremony-31may2013


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You are invited to join the opening ceremony of the first Moodle MOOC of its kind hosted by Dr. Nellie Deutsch and Jason R. Levine also known as Fluency MC and Ambassador and Knowledge Entertainer at WiZiQ.

The highlight of the opening ceremony is our very special guest Martin Dougiamas . Martin Dougiamas is the brain child and developer of Moodle .

Teaching with Moodle is a self-paced 4-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for teachers and anyone interested in teaching online using Moodle, WizIQ, and other web technologies. The course will take place in the month of June 2013. The MOOC is in the spirt of open education and is completely free.

Participants will become acquainted with Moodle as a course and learning management system. They will learn how Moodle can be used in fully online, blended learning, and the flipped class. The course will include both asynchronous (not dependent on time) and synchronous (time dependent) elements. The course is self-paced with ongoing discussions (facilitator and technical support available), live online classes (recordings), videos, and other relevant content.

Unlike the traditional MOOCs that stress content and course delivery, Moodle MOOC will focus on active learning, reflection, sharing, and collaboration. The aim of the course is for the participants to learn through meaningful connections and social interactions. The MOOC and the live online classes will be moderated by Dr. Nellie Deutsch and facilitated by Dr. Nancy Zingrone, Dr. Ramesh Sharma, and Judith Behrens (doctoral student).

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Moodle MOOC Opening Ceremony-31may2013

  1. 1. Moodle MOOCOpening CeremonyMay 31, 2013
  2. 2. Introductions & Entertainment
  3. 3. Facilitators of Moodle MOOCDr. Nancy ZingroneJason R. LevineDr. Ramesh SharmaDr. Ludmila SmirnovaJudith BehrensDr. Nellie Deutsch
  4. 4. Dr. Nellie DeutschNellie (Ed.D) has been teaching English to speakers ofother languages (EFL) since the mid 70s. She has beenintegrating technology (computer assisted languagelearning or CALL) into her classes since the mid 90s.Nellies doctoral dissertation research (available onProQuest, Amazon) focused on instructor experiences withimplementing technology in blended learning courses inhigher education around the world.Nellie is passionate in sharing her expertise with Moodle,WizIQ, WebQuests, Google Drive, and active lifelonglearning strategies with everyone. She is internationallyknown as a transformative leader, community builder, anexpert in educational technology, coordinator of onlineprofessional development courses, and mentor toeducators worldwide.Email:nelliedeutsch@gmail.comTwitter: @nelliemuller
  5. 5. Dr. Nancy ZingroneNancy L. Zingrone (Nan for short) has a PhD inpsychology, an MSEd in higher education with ateaching specialty in psychology and is passionate aboutMoodle, WizIQ, and online education in general. Sheconducts survey research in the psychology ofexceptional and anomalous experiences, blogs aboutlearning, and is a Premium Teacher on WizIQ.Her avatar, Maggie Larimore, is an active member of theInternational Society for Technology in Educationssocial committee, as well as the manager of a learningcenter in the Chilbo Community on the Mainland of thevirtual world, Second Life.Website: www.theazire.orgBlog:
  6. 6. Jason R. LevineJason R Levine (Jase, for short) has nearly fifteen years ofexperience in ELT as a teacher, teacher trainer, and materials writer.He is the creator of ColloLearn, an approach to English languagelearning based on the songs he writes and performs as Fluency MC.Jase is Ambassador and Knowledge Entertainer at WizIQ. He alsoteaches in the online MA TESOL program at the New School andwrites songs and chants for several publishers, including OxfordUniversity Press. He is chair-elect of the TESOL Interest Group Videoand Digital Media and works as an English Specialist for the U.S.Department of State.Jase oversees the ColloLearn YouTube channel, where his videosreceive an average of 100,000 views per month and the Fluency MCFacebook page with over 16,000 members.After earning an MA in TESOL from Hunter College in 1999, Jasetaught at several schools before becoming the director of curriculumdevelopment for Embassy CES. In 2002, he co-founded a TOEFLpreparation school for international students in New York City.Email:collolearn@gmail.comTwitter: @fluencymcFacebook: @fluencymc
  7. 7. Dr. Ramesh SharmaRamesh has been working as Regional Directorof Indira Gandhi National Open University, Indiasince 1995. Prior to that he has taughtEducational Technology, Teaching of Sciences,Educational Research etc for B.Ed. and M.Ed.students for nearly a decade. From 2009 to 2011he has worked as Director of Institute of Distanceand Continuing Education, University of Guyana,Guyana (South America). He is a facilitator foronline workshops for IT4ALL. Further he is amember of OER Foundation and manages UPEmonthly Awards for WikiEducator along withNellie. He has developed courses based onMoodle and has been providing training to theteachers on the same. He is co-editor of AsianJournal of Distance Education.Email: @rc4u2nvFacebook: rc4u2nv
  8. 8. Dr. Ludmila SmirnovaLudmila Smirnova is a Professor of Education at Mount Saint MaryCollege, Newburgh, NY, USA, where she has taught for the past 12years. At the Mount, she offers courses in Curricular Planning, Methodsof Teaching and Teaching with Technology. She has becomeincreasingly recognized for her leadership in the application of emergingInternet technologies to education. She has run numerous workshops onthe application of Smart Technologies and Web 2.0 tools to the collegeand primary/secondary classrooms. Prior to coming to the Mount, Dr.Smirnova was professor of education at Volgograd State PedagogicalUniversity, Russia, where she also served as Dean of the School ofForeign Languages. During her 25-year Russian career, Dr. Smirnovawas known for her work in innovative approaches to teaching. Beyondthe seventy publications based upon her work in Russia, Dr. Smirnovahas written for and presented to a growing list of professional audiencesin the U.S. and abroad. She is a co-designer and co-facilitator of theMoodle for Teachers workshops at IT4ALL. Together with Dr. NellieDeutsch she trained thousands of educators, presented numerous M4Tworkshops worldwide and wrote chapters in the books about teachingwith technology.Email:smirnova@msmc.eduFB, Twitter:@milasunshine
  9. 9. Judith BehrensJudith Behrens is currently working working on her PhD inInstructional Design and Technology (IDT) through KeiserUniversitys online program. She received her secondMasters of Science degree in the realm of EducationalTechnology through Devry-Keller Graduate School ofManagement in 2011. Ms. Judi (as she prefers to be called)discovered Moodle and what it has to offer teachers andinstructional designers in the fall of 2010. She self taughtherself how to use the Moodle CMS tool until after her lastclass ended, when she had more time, she enrolled inNellies classes on the IT4ALL Moodle course site. Judigraduated from Nellies classes in December 2011. Shewas brought on board the IT4ALL facilitator team. Ms.Behrens values the openness of Nellies classes. Being apart of the IT4ALL team has opened a few doors. Judi isnow a volunteer Moodle designer with Ms.Behrens now has her own Moodle website through IT4ALL.judith.behrens@gmail.comFB, Twitter:@JudibeeFLSkype ID: JudibeeFL
  10. 10. Facilitators
  11. 11. Presenters
  12. 12. Slide 111 Any help on the bios for the presenters is welcome.Nellie Deutsch,
  13. 13. Martin DougiamasMartin Dougiamas (born August 1969), lives inPerth, Australia and is an educator and computerscientist with postgraduate degrees in ComputerScience and Education. His work has made asignificant impact on the implementation ofconstructivist models of teaching and learning onlinewith Moodle, a Course Management System.His current research interests and inspiration are theapplication of social constructionist referents andnetworking to Internet technology, and themethodologies and practices of open-sourcesoftware development.Dougiamass PhD thesis is entitled "The use ofOpen Source software to support a socialconstructionist epistemology of teaching andlearning within Internet-based communities ofreflective inquiry. (Wikipedia)
  14. 14. Stephen DownesStephen Downes (born April 6, 1959) is a designerand commentator in the fields of online learning andnew media. Downes has explored and promoted theeducational use of computer and online technologiessince 1995.[1] In 2008, Downes and George Siemensdesigned and taught an online, open course reportedas a "landmark in the small but growing push towardopen teaching."Born in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) Downes livedand worked across Canada before joining theNational Research Council of Canada as a seniorresearcher in November 2001. Currently based inMoncton, New Brunswick, Downes is a researcher atthe NRCs Institute for Information Technologys e-Learning Research Group. (Wikipedia)
  15. 15. Vance StevensVance’s career includes CALL coordinator,software developer, lecturer in ESL andcomputing, founder of Webheads as well asCALL-IS in TESOL, and facilitator in TESOLsonline professional development programs. Onthe boards of APACALL, TESL-EJ, CALLJournal, and Writing & Pedagogy, he encouragespeople to have F.U.N. and think SMALL.Vance founded and has led the Webheads since1997. Today, Vance coordinatesLearning2Gether.
  16. 16. Dr. Bryan AlexanderBryan holds a Ph.D. from the University ofMichigan and taught English and informationtechnology studies as faculty at Centenary Collegeof Louisiana. Bryan lives up in the GreenMountains of Vermont with his beloved family,many animals, and a great many trees. There hebakes, lifts weights, carries wood, and thinks aboutmovies.Bryan is a researcher, futurist, teacher, writer,speaker, and consultant, working in the field oftechnology and academia. He is the senior fellowfor the National Institute for Technology in LiberalEducation (NITLE).
  17. 17. Dave CormierManager, Web communications and innovations,University of Prince Edward Island. Principal,Edactive Technologies.Masters of Education, Educational Literacies -Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NSEdtechtalk (2005, June - present) Host of weekly,live interactive webcasts at http://edtechtalk.comon topics around education and technology.AACE Global U - Trends and Implications forLearning (2009, Massive Open Online Courses.Co-faciliated several MOOCs with over 5000 totalregistrants in an attempt to both explore theconcepts of a Massive Open Online Course andconcepts are futures thinking for education.
  18. 18. John GravesJohn Graves, a Ph.D student studying open source softwaredevelopment at Auckland University of Technology in NewZealand and the development of a voice-enabled interfacesfor chatterbot dialog using Python.Systems Analyst, Quantitative Analyst, Portfolio Manager,Multimedia Developer, Founder of SlideSpeech, Co-founderor Work the Room.Developed Slidespeech: http://slidespeech.comSlideSpeech is the disruptive mobile, global, collaborativetechnology poised to bring on-line learning to everyone,everywhere. Authors simply create a PowerPointpresentation and add a script in the speaker notes of eachslide.
  19. 19. Dr. Maria DroujkovaDr. Maria Droujkova designs, develops and writes aboutlearning experiences for diverse people and situations:early algebra games for pre-K groups of children; MathClubs and the Family Online Studies for family-centeredcommunities; classes and seminars for k-20 andgraduate students; and seminars, workshops andclasses for preservice and inservice teachers. She hasan MS in Applied Mathematics from Tulane Universityand PhD in Mathematics Education from NCSU. Mystudies have been supported by grants, and publishedand presented nationally and internationally.Her latest project is Moebius Noodles and anonline book, thefirst book of a series that you can download.
  20. 20. Happy Moodling!Moodle MOOC