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Moodle user group – 08/06/11

Presentation from the group meeting - Moodle Moot 2011, Mobile Moodle and Planning for 2012

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Moodle user group – 08/06/11

  1. 1. Phil Hardcastle<br />Moodle User Group – 08/06/11<br />June 21, 2011| slide 1<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />9:30-10:00 Coffee & Registration<br />10:00 Welcome & Housekeeping<br />10:00 -10:45 Moodle Moot 2011<br />10:45 - 11:15 Coffee<br />11:15 - 11:45 News<br />11:45 - 12:00 Planning for next year<br />June 21, 2011| slide 2<br />
  3. 3. Mmoot11<br />2 days at ULCC – links point to video of speaker and presentation<br />Intro by GraineConole<br />New pedagogies for social and participatory media <br /><ul><li>Frank McLoughlin (City and Islington College)
  4. 4. IT’S THE CULTURE STUPID </li></ul>Endpiece by Martin Dougiamass<br />Moodle Development Process <br />June 21, 2011| slide 3<br />
  5. 5. Mmoot11 - Martin Dougiamas<br />Check out Mooch – Moodle hubs<br />Tuning of 2.0 will continue<br />6 monthly releases<br />Central team, more controlled development<br />Quality control of code<br />Quiz in 2.1<br />2.2 re-vamp of grading<br />Survey combined into one module<br />Mobile (iphone) app being developed – out with 2.1<br />User manual<br />June 21, 2011| slide 4<br />
  6. 6. Mmoot11 - Development<br />The Unified VLE: the Good, and the not-really-so-Bad and Ugly <br />Adopting, Migrating and Integrating Moodle, including IMS LTI<br />From Messy repository to Quality Interaction<br />Serving & including your communities: Mahoodle & more <br />Moodle and Drupal CMS Integration <br />Cloud formations for curriculum transformation <br />June 21, 2011| slide 5<br />
  7. 7. Mmoot 11 - Training<br />Fast effective Moodle induction <br />The challenge of cultural change: Getting beyond resistance to Moodle <br />“It’s not as scary as I thought!” <br />June 21, 2011| slide 6<br />
  8. 8. Mmoot11 - Assessment<br />Can Moodle do it all: course, assessment, SOW and lesson plans? <br />Monitoring student progress & annotating assignments online<br />Moodle for RARPA (Recognising and recording progress and achievement)<br />Achievement takes off with customised PLP and Flight Plan<br />Using Moodle to administer GCSE Controlled Assessments <br />June 21, 2011| slide 7<br />
  9. 9. Mmoot11 - And more...<br />Moodle 2<br />Mastering the Moodle 2 Workshop Module <br />Portfolios<br />Google App/ Moodle ePortfolio Implementation <br />Usability<br />Eye Tracking Moodle: Improving usability & what do students really see? <br />Teaching<br />Teaching with Moodle: Best Practices in Course Design <br />Blended Learning – A Cross College Approach <br />June 21, 2011| slide 8<br />
  10. 10. Eye Tracking Moodle<br />Centre of the page is best<br />Reduction from 3 to 2 column layout - no-one looked on the right<br />Topbar navigation menu for frequently used items<br />Optimisation of course menu - all items can be folded up<br />Strengthen the personal area - in top right - photo, personal stuff<br />June 21, 2011| slide 9<br />
  11. 11. Eye tracking cont’d<br />Re-design & consolidation of help and support FAQs/Video tutorials<br />Combine admin block and organisational stuff - settings, management, groups and groupings, gradings, backup and restore<br />Help – top right<br />June 21, 2011| slide 10<br />
  12. 12. Screen layout<br />June 21, 2011| slide 11<br />
  13. 13. Priority objects on page<br />Headlines & Titles looked at first<br />Text evaluated for length<br />High info pictures<br />Then pictures<br />Then navigation elements<br />June 21, 2011| slide 12<br />
  14. 14. Eye tracking cont’d<br />Eye catching materials - text should have enumerations, listings - students looking for this<br />Break difficult text apart - use pictures/white space - helps to process<br />Use different colours for different instructions<br />Visual attention is drawn to human faces - use them cleverly to draw attention to important bits of your course.<br />June 21, 2011| slide 13<br />
  15. 15. Best Practice in Course Design<br />What are your ideas?<br />From your experience what would you advise about course design with Moodle?<br />June 21, 2011| slide 14<br />
  16. 16. Best practice in course design<br />Ideas are still evolving<br />Consider your audience<br />Do what you can – don’t do it all....<br />Limit font styles to 3 - this includes colour - increases the cognitive load for learners<br />Otherwise students spend more time processing what's going on.<br />Maintaining consistency - <br />Course page is a launching pad for content - not the course info on there<br />Simplicity is good.<br />One topic at eye level<br />June 21, 2011| slide 15<br />
  17. 17. Course design<br />Don't be the one doing all the work! Don't make lots of quizzes<br />Students can create quizzes - question creator role<br />Do let students participate and collaborate<br />Don't make users scroll side to side - be aware that your wide screen is not everyone's wide screen - test it on different monitors - think netbooks<br />Value of logs - user activity will not show when links are in labels<br />June 21, 2011| slide 16<br />
  18. 18. Course design<br />Labels to guide students<br />Don't be afraid of white space - indentation<br />Use topic summaries for titles - use labels for info<br />Don't force users to scroll and scroll<br />Use images to enhance your course<br />Simplify delivery<br />Put as much content in Moodle containers as possible - not Word or Powerpoint<br />Don't be afraid to branch out - use different tools.<br />June 21, 2011| slide 17<br />
  19. 19. Course design<br />Moodle 2 - do dock the blocks<br />Use completion tracking in M2 - enables students to see what they've done and what's to do. Allow students to develop a plan<br />Don't overdo conditional activities<br />Only one column of blocks<br />Use RSS feeds to bring in new content<br />June 21, 2011| slide 18<br />
  20. 20. Course design links<br />http://coolcourses.moodle.org<br />http://moodle2test.pteppic.net/course/view.php?id=25<br />http://id.remote-learner.net<br />http://docs.moodle.org/20/en/Teaching_Good_Practices_%28K-12%29<br />June 21, 2011| slide 19<br />
  21. 21. Mobile Moodle<br />Mpage – app for iphone<br />http://www.moodlenews.com/2011/in-latest-release-mpage-adds-file-management-and-upload-to-moodle-capabilities/<br />Moodle Mobile<br />http://www.moodlenews.com/mobile/<br />Official mobile app developed by Moodle HQ<br />http://docs.moodle.org/dev/Mobile_app<br />June 21, 2011| slide 20<br />
  22. 22. News & Stuff<br />Conversionthingy2 update: Convert Moodle backups from 1.9 to 2.0<br />http://www.conversionthingy.net/. <br />Convert Powerpoint to flash for integration in Moodle http://www.ispringsolutions.com/free_powerpoint_to_flash_converter.html<br />Use Slideshare<br />Big Blue Button – webinars through Moodle – open source project<br />June 21, 2011| slide 21<br />
  23. 23. Planning for 2011-12<br />Development – M2 / Add-ins / Portfolio / ILP <br />Staff Training/Course development<br />Learners<br />June 21, 2011| slide 22<br />
  24. 24. Contact<br />Phil Hardcastle<br />Phil.hardcastle@rsc-em.ac.uk<br />Send in your ideas as to what you would like covered next year!<br />Moodle user group reports<br />http://moodle.rsc-em.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=84<br />RSC Website<br />http://www.rsc-em.ac.uk/<br />June 21, 2011| slide 23<br />

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