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Teaching Teachers to Teach with Moodle

Teaching Teachers to Teach with Moodle



A presentation from the MoodleMoot conference, Oxford, 2005

A presentation from the MoodleMoot conference, Oxford, 2005



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  • Teaching Teachers to Teach with Moodle
  • A presentation from the MoodleMoot conference, Oxford, 2005
  • About the course
    • March – June 2004
      • 30-sth participants
      • SWPS teachers of English
      • international guests
        • teachers
        • participants
      • in English
      • free, opt-in
      • very little preparation
    • March – June 2005
      • 20-sth participants
      • SWPS teachers
      • in Polish
      • free, opt-in
  • About the course
    • Most participants have no previous experience of online education or Moodle (at least in the second offering)
    • The course is not meant to be a comprehensive “How to use Moodle” course
    • It's more of an introduction to online learning and Moodle, with the aim of creating in the participants an inner desire to learn more on their own
  • ! If they are to teach online with Moodle, they should first experience online learning in Moodle as students.
  • ! No F2F orientation session.
  • Phase 1 – arrivals
    • creating accounts and enrolling in the course
    • filling in the user profiles
    • looking at the profiles of others
  • ! allow ~1 week for arrivals
  • Phase 2 – getting to know each other
    • community building
    • “transparent” learning about Moodle
    • a good time to start a course-spanning “Discovering Moodle” forum
    Some activity ideas
    • An assignment/choice activity “What would you like to know about the other participants?”
    • 1-to-1 interviews, followed by forum introductions and then a quiz “How well do you know your course-mates”
  • ! In the first two stages, employ the most important Moodle tools, e.g. resources, forums, quizzes, assignments.
  • ! Don't teach them too much about Moodle. Teach them through Moodle and explain things as you go (if necessary).
  • ! But do make them aware of which Moodle tool you are using in which activity.
  • ! Don't always wait for them to ask questions in the “Discovering Moodle” forum. There are things they would want to know if only they knew what to ask about ;-)
  • Stage 3 – learning about teaching online
    • Readings about online teaching (pre-selected or leave the choice to them?) followed by a discussion (in groups?).
    • Reflecting on their own experience in the course (as students) and on the work of the tutor.
    • Other activities which build upon the readings, e.g.
      • running polls
      • creating a glossary
  • ! When discussing online pedagogy, try to put off (or even avoid) telling them what you think. Let them discuss the issue and swap opinions. You may contribute your own later .
  • Stage 4 – getting their feet wet
    • sandbox courses (preferably something that they may use later in their work) – 2-3 weeks long, 5-7 hrs of student work per week
    • allow ample time for the creation of sandbox courses
    • provide each participant with an advisor
    • participants share
      • their ideas for the design of the sandbox courses
      • their experiences running them
  • ! Rather than telling them how Moodle works, let them explore and discover.
  • All stages – A reflective journal
    • Participants asked to step back and look at what has happened in the course so far.
    • Continuous evaluation of the course, but also of one's own involvement.
    • Particularly valuable comments were publicized (anonymously, with the writer's consent)
      • in “Discovering Moodle” forum
      • in “Teaching and Learning Online” forum
  • What next?
    • Direct them to “Using Moodle”
    • A virtual faculty room
      • important announcements
      • sharing ideas
      • Qs and As
      • Moodle tutorials
      • links to e-learning articles, journals, conference proceedings
    • in-depth, F2F, hands-on sessions
      • more advanced Moodle features
      • other applications
  • ... and now, the long-awaited...
  • ... coffee break :-)