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Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (LEA) at University of Parma: 3 case histories to gain experience and discover best practices for administration, management and teaching
of on-line courses.
The birth of the Digital Co-Laboratory

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  • We also created guides (pdf, flash guides, but the just in case approach doesn’t work\nJust in time\n
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Moodle VLE at University of Parma. Co-Lab experience - ICTP Worskhop Lecture Moodle VLE at University of Parma. Co-Lab experience - ICTP Worskhop Lecture Presentation Transcript

  • Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (LEA) at University of Parma: 3 case histories to gain experience and discover best practices foradministration, management and teaching of on-line courses. The birth of the Digital Co-Laboratory Sara VallaWorkshop “New Trends for Science Dissemination” ICTP - Trieste - Italy - 26 to 28 September 2011
  • What will we talk about?• Moodle VLE• CONTEXT and EXPERIENCE: Moodle at University of Parma 3 case histories Co-Laboratory• LESSONS LEARNED and (maybe) BEST PRACTICES (administration, management, teaching)
  • Moodle Moodle... what? Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment• software package for producing Internet-based courses;• provided freely as Open Source software (under the GNU Public License)• you can use it to conduct fully online courses, or to augment face-to-face courses (blended learning)➡It is a VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTRef: http://docs.moodle.org/20/en/About_Moodle
  • Moodle Moodle...what? Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment global project designed to support a social constructionist framework of education: . people actively construct knowledge interacting with their environments; . groups construct knowledge for one another; you can use the ACTIVITY modules to build richly collaborative communities of learning around subject matter, or use Moodle as a way to DELIVER CONTENT to students (such as standard SCORM packages) and ASSESS learning using assignments or quizzes.Ref: http://docs.moodle.org/20/en/About_Moodle
  • MoodleSites: 56.577Countries: 212Courses 4.886.235Users 46.086.701 Moodle sites Stats at 25th September 2011
  • Moodle...there MUST be a REASON... Sites: 56.577 Countries: 212 Courses 4.886.235 Users 46.086.701 Moodle sites Stats at 25th September 2011
  • Moodle Moodle...why? STRONG and ACTIVE COMMUNITY MODULARITY and FLEXIBILITY : modules and plugins to meet different needs ONLINE assignments and evaluations Communication, evaluation, self-assessment, collaboration online are possible.Ref: http://docs.moodle.org/20/en/About_Moodle
  • Moodle - Parma Moodle = Lea• Professors used Dokeos online learning platform• 2008: Moodle installation and testing start Service presentation: some professors start using Moodle• Starting from 2011/2012 Moodle will be the only training platform at University of Parma.
  • Moodle - Parma• 12 Faculties• 41 degree courses• 27 master programs• 30.689 total students (end 2009)• 984 professors• 3273 courses (activities) + • 98 courses (2,9%) • 6210 users (120/130 teachers = about 12%) • 2 master programs (separate platforms): 7,4%Sources: 2011 Performance Plan (University of Parma)- April 2011 - LEA.unipr.it stats July 2011
  • Moodle - Parma12 Faculties3 Faculties with 0 courses (Law, Agriculture, Political Science)42 courses: Faculty of Engineering: 42,8 %25 courses: Faculty of Humanities: 35,71% Sources: LEA.unipr.it stats 27th July 2011
  • Moodle - Parma Moodle = Lea Support• Platform administration• “Moodle A,B,C Guide” for professors on Moodle: videotutorials and written guides• Video and text guides for speci c needs (projects)
  • Digital Co-Lab Co-LaboratoryWHO? it was born spontaneously amongprofessors and different disciplines experts(invisible bridge between disciplines)WHO? it is OPEN to ALL PEOPLE who wantto join us, from other FACULTIES andSTRUCTURESWHY? to meet internal and external needsconcerning knowledge and learning Co-Laboratory doesnt need a special “physical”development, to support collaboration structure... it is everywhere
  • Digital Co-Laboratory Co-Lab it’s not about tools✓ tools and applications✓ video and/or text guides✓ information technology tools are not enough it’s a mindset➡ change in methods and methodology➡ tutoring and coaching➡ professors and students must be involved (point of view)➡ support and tutoring through co-operation in real projects
  • Digital Co-Laboratory Co-Lab basic principles: 3C1. COLLABORAZIONE = Collaboration and Cooperation2. CONDIVISIONE = Sharing • contents (Open Access) • tecniques and methods • environments • software and applications3. CREATIVITA’ e CREAZIONE = Creativity and creation ...multimedia and crossmedia
  • Case History 1 DILL Master✓WHAT: two-year international master✓WHO: for elite information professionals✓WHY: provide students with the skills and competencies to navigate the rapidly evolving world of digital libraries. DILL is a Master Programme under the European Unions Erasmus Mundus Programme.
  • Case History 1DILL MasterDILL-4:19 studentsfrom 18 different countriesIt is offered in cooperation between➡Oslo University College (Norway),➡Tallinn University (Estonia),➡University of Parma (Italy).Students spend at least one semester ateach institution.Master official language: english
  • DILL Master Case History 1• Faculty of Humanities• Presence + online = blended• currently in session in Parma: DILL-4 edition Student standard activities for the Master are: ‣ lecture attending ‣ attending conferences and seminars ‣ group work ‣ attending in tutorials with practical activities
  • DILL Master Case History 1• Faculty of Humanities• Presence + online = blended• currently in session in Parma: DILL-4 edition Student standard activities for the Master are: DILL-3: Moodle as ‣ lecture attending Document ‣ attending conferences and seminars Repository ‣ group work ‣ attending in tutorials with practical activities
  • DILL Master Case History 1• Faculty of Humanities• Presence + online = blended• currently in session in Parma: DILL-4 edition Student standard activities for the Master are: DILL-3: Moodle as ‣ lecture attending Document ‣ attending conferences and seminars Repository ‣ group work ‣ attending in tutorials with practical activities CHALLENGE: create action and interactions inside the VLE
  • Experience DILL MasterPresentation of Moodle Virtual Learning Environment during Master Summer SchoolUnderpinning the modules in Parma are:‣ the need to put the user at the centre of professional activities;‣ the effective use of technology to meet the needs of users;‣ the need to base decisions and activities with evidence
  • Experience DILL MasterPresentation of Moodle Virtual Learning Environment during Master Summer SchoolUnderpinning the modules in Parma are:‣ the need to put the user at the centre of professional activities;‣ the effective use of technology to meet the needs of users;‣ the need to base decisions and activities with evidence
  • Experience DILL MasterPresentation of Moodle Virtual Learning Environment during Master Summer School !"#$%&"()*% $"+&+%,+,)+% -./% #0  +&123(4&"%$"+%56+% 70  *+&8647+%$+8249(+&%2+8+&&#6:%$% +&123(4&"%#%56+%%
  • Experience DILL MasterPresentation of Moodle Virtual Learning Environment during Master Summer School
  • Experience DILL MasterPresentation of Moodle Virtual Learning Environment during Master Summer School LEA / Moodle IS NOT • a mere document repository • or information transfer tool
  • Experience DILL MasterPresentation of Moodle Virtual Learning Environment during Master Summer School LEA / Moodle IS NOT • a mere document repository • or information transfer tool LEA / Moodle IS a place where ACTIONS TAKE PLACE and THINGS happen
  • Experience DILL MasterPresentation of Moodle Virtual Learning Environment during Master Summer School LEA / Moodle IS NOT • a mere document repository • or information transfer tool LEA / Moodle IS a place where ACTIONS TAKE PLACE and THINGS happen Ok, this is your PROMISE. And how will you keep it?
  • Experience DILL MasterMoodle Platform as:
  • Experience DILL MasterMoodle Platformas: PLE
  • Experience Dill Master CoordinatorStats at 25th September 2011 accepts the challenge! Moodle 2.x version experimentation
  • Experience...in process... DILL Master Best Practices?➡ Welcome and helpdesk forum for students➡ Helpdesk forum for teachers➡ Professor + Tutors + Technical Coordination and coaching➡ Conferences: interview recording inside Moodle, proceedings sharing, and discussion in forums,➡ Collaborative document (wiki activity or external wiki integration) and subsequent creation of an e-book➡ Tutorials with on site practical activities and later discussion in the forum and upload of content
  • Case History 2 MTAV Master✓WHAT: International Master degree in audio-visual media translation (Faculty of Humanities)✓WHO: professionals from different parts of the world✓WHY: provide students with the skills and competencies relevant to audio and visual media translation, subtitle creation and management and audio description
  • Case History 2MTAV MasterEDITION 1 (2010-2011)6 studentsfrom Italy, Greece Spain12 professorsIt is offered in cooperation between➡Universidad de Barcelona (UAB)➡University of Parma (Italy).Completely online
  • METAV Master Experience Best Practices Control Panel BlockSocial format: with list of FORUM activities Student
  • METAV Master Experience Best Practices SCORM learning objects resources Video learning + ACTIVITIES material Regular Chat sessions Student Prof. Regular assignments
  • METAV Master Experience Best PracticesTechnical coordinationHelpdesk onlineProfessor training and guidesContent creation and support Prof
  • METAV Master Experience Best PracticesProfessor feedback:qualitative interviews (Co-Lab): Prof➡pros and cons➡course structure➡possible improvements?➡use of activities➡creative use of Moodle?
  • Case History 3 Lab for Students✓WHAT: practical laboratory on information literacy✓WHO: students (Faculty of Humanities)✓WHY: provide students with the skills and competencies to search for information on the internet in an effective way
  • Case History 1 Lab for Students150 students per year1 tutorIt is compulsory for Faculty StudentsStudents can decide different methods:online, blended (face-to-face + online)
  • Lab for Students Experience Best Practices HTML blocks use of editingalternation of labels, activities, resources structure: Student topics format
  • Lab for Students Experience Best Practices Generalintroductory part: advices, news, information
  • Lab for Students Experience Best Practices Generalintroductory part: advices, news, informationAs simpleand clear aspossible
  • Lab for Students Experience Best Practices Generalintroductory part: advices, news, informationAs simpleand clear aspossible step by step: future material is hidden (light grey)
  • Lab for Students Experience Best Practices Generalintroductory part: advices, news, informationAs simpleand clear aspossible step by step: future material Start small is hidden think big (light grey)
  • Lab for Students Experience Best Practices No of attempts Grading principles Opening/closing dates Assignmentexplanation and details Student Quiz
  • Lab for Students Experience Assessment Graphic (students and grades) Teacher Grading Tab: names, pictures,results, time, date Quiz
  • Lab for Students Experience Best Practices Student Assignment:explanation with reference and instructions
  • Lab for Students Experience Best Practices use of video embedding videotutorialfrom external recording repositores: Slideshare, Scribd Student Content design
  • Instructional design Best PracticesFormat, structure,specific contents,activity design
  • Best development? Experience Approach? Best Practices Teacher area: Student area: •technical helpdesk •technical helpdesk •testing area •welcome area •general helpdesk Just in time Step by step
  • Reference for resources and Experienceactivities choice Best Practices Choice of technology based upon what you want to achieveJoyce
Seitzinger
(www.cats‐pyjamas.net)
‐May
2010

  • Social Network: integration?• Facebook Co-Lab and Moodle• TwitterIf you only need a reference to aFacebook page and status and toprofessor or group tweets:Moodle HTML blocks• Facebook badge• Twitter widget
  • Moodle Mobile: My Moodle App • Official App Co-Lab and Moodle • Free • Requires Moodle 2.11. Settings Block2. Site Administration3. Plugins4. Web-Services5. External Services6. Enable mobile web service"My Moodle" app can only authenticate against themanual auth plugin: still no Support for CAS/LDAPSingle Sign-On
  • Moodle Mobile: My Moodle AppApp does not replace Moodle interface.It just provides you with some tools: Co-Lab and Moodle➡ upload pictures, video and audio les to your Private Files area in Moodle➡ view the participant list of your courses and information about them➡ send a private Moodle message➡ add a private note about someone➡ copy a Moodle user to your mobile address book➡ access the web version of your Moodle site➡ access Moodle documentation
  • Moodle Mobile: mTouch • cost: 2,99 € • no installation required on Moodle Server"mTouch" can also access through CAS /LDAP: web login and then replaces Moodleinterface
  • Future? Co-Lab and Moodle• Integration with portfolios (Mahara + Moodle = Mahoodle)• Integration with a dedicated social network (Elgg)• Moodle mobile further experimentation on Android smartphones, Android tablets and iPad• QR code and augmented reality; inside Moodle?Uncourse for teaching:learning by designing and working on real projectscooperation, collaboration, project designtools, methods and methodologies applied to speci ccontexts
  • What did we talk about?• Moodle VLE at University of Parma• 3 examples of good projects to experiment methods, methodologies and tools, co-operating and collaborating (students + tutors + professors) - Co-Laboratory• WORK IN PROGRESS ...future quantitative results on user satisfaction and learning results... now we have guidelines for BEST PRACTICES (administration, management, teaching)
  • Digital Co-Laboratory Co-Labcontacts and channels➡ E-mail: colab@unipr.it➡ Twitter: CoLab_UniPR➡ Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ colabunipr➡ Moodle platform for experimentation: http://colab.cce.unipr.it/colab_leaUnder development:YouTube channel,Elgg social network,Mahara Portfolio
  • Thanks to• Prof. Anna Maria Tammaro - Delegate of the Rector for Distance Learning (University of Parma) - International DILL Master Local Coordinator• Prof. Maria Valero, Learning Activities Coordinator for METAV Master (University of Parma)• METAV Master interviewed Professors: Carlo Eugeni, Silvia Bruti, Vera Arma, Carlotta Sparvoli, Maria Valero, Anna Marzà• Dr. Federico Monaco, Tutor for DILL Master• Dr. Marina Usberti, Tutor for “Laboratory for Research of Information sur ng the Internet”• Digital Co-Lab Group of experts
  • Thanks for Yr. attention! Questions?Thanks to the staff of SDU (Science Dissemination Unit) of ICTP for the invitation To contact me: Sara Valla E-mail: sara.valla@unipr.it Twitter: thuridilla Skype: saraunipr