Teaching Teachers to Teach with Moodle

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  • Teaching Teachers to Teach with Moodle

    1. 1. Teaching Teachers to Teach with Moodle
    2. 2. A presentation from the MoodleMoot conference, Oxford, 2005
    3. 3. About the course <ul><li>March – June 2004 </li><ul><li>30-sth participants
    4. 4. SWPS teachers of English
    5. 5. international guests </li><ul><li>teachers
    6. 6. participants </li></ul><li>in English
    7. 7. free, opt-in
    8. 8. very little preparation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>March – June 2005 </li><ul><li>20-sth participants
    9. 9. SWPS teachers
    10. 10. in Polish
    11. 11. free, opt-in </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. About the course <ul><li>Most participants have no previous experience of online education or Moodle (at least in the second offering)
    13. 13. The course is not meant to be a comprehensive “How to use Moodle” course
    14. 14. 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 </li></ul>
    15. 15. ! If they are to teach online with Moodle, they should first experience online learning in Moodle as students.
    16. 16. ! No F2F orientation session.
    17. 17. Phase 1 – arrivals <ul><li>creating accounts and enrolling in the course
    18. 18. filling in the user profiles
    19. 19. looking at the profiles of others </li></ul>
    20. 20. ! allow ~1 week for arrivals
    21. 21. Phase 2 – getting to know each other <ul><li>community building
    22. 22. “transparent” learning about Moodle
    23. 23. a good time to start a course-spanning “Discovering Moodle” forum </li></ul>Some activity ideas <ul><li>An assignment/choice activity “What would you like to know about the other participants?”
    24. 24. 1-to-1 interviews, followed by forum introductions and then a quiz “How well do you know your course-mates” </li></ul>
    25. 25. ! In the first two stages, employ the most important Moodle tools, e.g. resources, forums, quizzes, assignments.
    26. 26. ! Don't teach them too much about Moodle. Teach them through Moodle and explain things as you go (if necessary).
    27. 27. ! But do make them aware of which Moodle tool you are using in which activity.
    28. 28. ! 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 ;-)
    29. 29. Stage 3 – learning about teaching online <ul><li>Readings about online teaching (pre-selected or leave the choice to them?) followed by a discussion (in groups?).
    30. 30. Reflecting on their own experience in the course (as students) and on the work of the tutor.
    31. 31. Other activities which build upon the readings, e.g. </li><ul><li>running polls
    32. 32. creating a glossary </li></ul></ul>
    33. 33. ! 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 .
    34. 34. Stage 4 – getting their feet wet <ul><li>sandbox courses (preferably something that they may use later in their work) – 2-3 weeks long, 5-7 hrs of student work per week
    35. 35. allow ample time for the creation of sandbox courses
    36. 36. provide each participant with an advisor
    37. 37. participants share </li><ul><li>their ideas for the design of the sandbox courses
    38. 38. their experiences running them </li></ul></ul>
    39. 39. ! Rather than telling them how Moodle works, let them explore and discover.
    40. 40. All stages – A reflective journal <ul><li>Participants asked to step back and look at what has happened in the course so far.
    41. 41. Continuous evaluation of the course, but also of one's own involvement.
    42. 42. Particularly valuable comments were publicized (anonymously, with the writer's consent) </li><ul><li>in “Discovering Moodle” forum
    43. 43. in “Teaching and Learning Online” forum </li></ul></ul>
    44. 44. What next? <ul><li>Direct them to “Using Moodle”
    45. 45. A virtual faculty room </li><ul><li>important announcements
    46. 46. sharing ideas
    47. 47. Qs and As
    48. 48. Moodle tutorials
    49. 49. links to e-learning articles, journals, conference proceedings </li></ul><li>in-depth, F2F, hands-on sessions </li><ul><li>more advanced Moodle features
    50. 50. other applications </li></ul></ul>
    51. 51. ... and now, the long-awaited...
    52. 52. ... coffee break :-)

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