Overview• Dublin Feb 18 – 21st• Day 1: Workshops• Day 2 and 3: Panels,presentations andnetworking• Day 4: HackfestMartin Dougiamas (founder of Moodle) present inperson rather that Skype!
Future of Online Learning• Panel outlined their views followed by viewsfrom the floor
Martin Dougiamas• The use of social media can only be considered assurface learning. It doesnt provide the deeperlearning required.• Still a place for formal and certificated learning(whether online or face to face).• Computer aided learning has the possibility tolearn more & be more efficient.• “Before MOOCs there were books!”Future ofonlinelearning
Smith - Hibernian College• We want credentials and to be part of acommunity.Future ofonlinelearning
Ross McKenzie• Just in time learning.• A lot of activity of traditional online learningand MOOCs.• The future is in assessment:– Monitoring and tracking.– Accrediting what students are doing.Future ofonlinelearning
Michelle Moore• Assessment• Automation• Adapting to learners needs (based onperformance and / or interest).Future ofonlinelearning
Any thoughts from this room?Future ofonlinelearning
80% of teachers use 20% offeatures(broad guess)
Future of MoodleHQ focus• Core development (usability, feedback, performance).• Plugins.• Community.Developments for 2.5 / 2.6• New core themes• Course listings redesigned• Assignments (better GUI, offline on mobile)• Reviewing forum and wiki from OU.• New app based plugins, can download and install straight fromMoodle plugins site. Translation for plugins.
Future of MoodleFuture of Moodle according to Martin• Open yet private• Scales & extends easily• Capable toolset for local implementation,research• Contributes to community and furtherdevelopment
Other Key Themes from Event• Badges• Theming (using bootstrap)• Efficiencies– Apprentices and ambassadors for Moodledevelopment– MUGs for shared development and collaboration– Fishbowl activity
Theming• Tools used to check current use including(ClickHeat for heatmaps and Piwik foranalytics).• Dashboards seem popular• Bootstrap as base
Social Constructivism and Moodle• Michelle Moore• Martins 5 laws (on Moodle.org).• All of us are potential teachers as well as learners - in atrue collaborative environment we are both• We learn particularly well from the act of creating orexpressing something for others to see• We learn a lot by just observing the activity of our peers• By understanding the contexts of others, we can teach ina more transformational way (constructivism)• A learning environment needs to be flexible andadaptable, so that it can quickly respond to the needs ofthe participants within it
Social Constructivism and Moodle• Construct knowledge by people working together(collaborative) rather than just be given theinformation.• A learning environment that adapts and responds tothe needs of the students.• Get the students to do the work (eg: glossaries, wikis)– Students were learning about using Moodle and had topick one tool to learn about and then they input that into aglossary and then students rated them.– Workshop tool for peer review of the content.• With social constructivism the students presenting theinformation helps to develop understanding.
10 useful things a teacher can do withroles• Give students forum moderator rights• Students approve database & glossary entries• Students to grade assignments (instead of using workshop)to do this.– Assign students to non-editing teacher roles in the activity.• Use roles to hide blocks so that only a specific users see it(use to create teacher / student help block).– edit block settings and remove user view• Enabling students to create questions. Switch on for oneday.• Calendar entries editor.• Remove some privileges on Moodle (custom naughtystudent role!)
Can usability testing make your Moodle better?(City College London)• Did user testing to get people think out loud whenusing Moodle to look at developments.• Looked at theming, my Moodle, course format.• Created clickable prototype using Azure.com based onimprovement ideas and then did user testing again.• Designed a course format with a dashboard at the topfor consistency and showed summary information (eg:assignment updates, forum updates).• Need plenty of time to do it.• Find scope and stick to it.• Decide what you are prepared to change and what notto change.
Happy New Year with Moodle• End of term / year Gradebook harvesting.• Do as process. Can it be centralised?• No set end of year which could mean needing toharvest data at different times.• Build in some kind of audit.• Need go consider rollback process• Include an audit trail.• My notes: Could we make a teacher only sticky block atthat time of year for staff to prep course for nextacademic year (request full archive, reset manually,harvest Gradebook. Include instructions.
Moodle and Gaming• Lessons and conditional activities• Like choose your own adventure booksLessons• For decision making activities
Blogs about the event• Carol Hampton• MoodleFairy (Mary Cooch)• Becky BarringtonTwitter#mootie13 (CSV archive)