Moodle supporting problem based project-organised learning at aalborg university

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Moodle supporting problem based project-organised learning at aalborg university

  1. 1. IRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012 Brian Møller e-learning consultant ELSA, Aalborg University Moodle supporting problem-based, project-organised learning at Aalborg UniversityIRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  2. 2. AGENDA We offer no solution or cheat sheet Share some of the difficulties, challenges andconsiderations we have had and encountered when tryingto implement Moodle across Aalborg University within theframework of the pedagogical model of problem-based,project-organized work Shout-out – learn from the rest of you!IRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  3. 3. Aalborg University: Located in the northern part of Jutland, Denmark IRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  4. 4. Campuses: Main campus at Aalborg. Satellites at Esbjerg and Copenhagen IRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  5. 5. ABOUT AALBORG UNIVERSITY 1/2Young and modern: Aalborg University was inaugurated in 1974 IRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  6. 6. ABOUT AALBORG UNIVERSITY 2/2•Four faculties: •The Faculty of Humanities •The Faculty of Social Sciences •The Faculty of Engineering and Science •The Faculty of Medicine•15.000 students •10% international students•2000 faculty and 800 administrative and technical staff•11 schools •A school is an organisational unit under the faculties. A School has relations to multiple Study Boards, which are connected together in a peer-community within the School.IRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  7. 7. THE E-LEARNING UNIT ATAALBORG UNIVERSITY (ELSA) 1/2• Organisationally situated under the ICT-department at the Faculty of Humanities • Collaborate with all the it-departments across the university• Staff • 6 persons (equivalent to 4 full-time positions) - e-learning consultants • Project management, user contact and support • 6 student-helpers • 1 full time equivalent (technical staff) • Hosting Moodles and technical support for ELSA • Collaboration with the it-department at the Faculty of Social Sciences • Hosting Moodles and supportIRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  8. 8. THE E-LEARNING UNIT ATAALBORG UNIVERSITY (ELSA) 2/2Mission: "Responsible for providing technical,organisational and pedagogical support in use andmaintenance of e-learning systems for educationalactivities at the University of Aalborg"•Focus of implementation (three legged stool): Leg  Leg  Leg  Technical Organisational PedagogicalIRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  9. 9. PROBLEM BASED LEARNING ATAAU 1/3The Aalborg-model is comprised of the following main terms:•Problem •can be theoretical, practical, social, technical, symbolic-cultural and/or scientific •the starting point directing the students’ learning process and situates the learning in a context •grows out of students’ wondering within different disciplines and professional environments •has to be exemplary•Project •complex work effort •a problem is formulated, analysed and processed •during the project work the students acquire knowledge and skills – the project is a learning process•Groups / team •Teamwork, problem analytic, result based, mutual criticism, knowledge sharing [more]•Supervisor •Each student group has one or more supervisors for a project•Courses •Project courses: Courses offered as part of a study program that relate directly to the term theme and the students’ project work •Study courses: •required as part of a study program that introduce students to fundamental concepts, theories or skills of a particular discipline •These courses are assessed (examined) separately from the project courses and project workIRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  10. 10. PROBLEM BASED LEARNING ATAAU 2/3 Problem Work processTeacher Participantcontrolled Solution controlled Traditional Active learning PBL - classroom The AAU model setting Mix of lectures and exercises Transfer of information Source: Thomas Ryberg, e-Learning Lab, AAU (adapted)IRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  11. 11. PROBLEM BASED LEARNING ATAAU 3/3 Problem Work processTeacher Participantcontrolled Solution controlled Traditional Active learning PBL - classroom The AAU model setting Mix of lectures and exercises Transfer of information Source: Thomas Ryberg, e-Learning Lab, AAU (adapted)IRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  12. 12. SEMESTER OVERVIEW 1/2 Semester 5 ECTS Courses 50% 5 ECTS 5 ECTS 15 ECTS Project 50%Semester: A semester is comprised of courses and a project, each weighing 50% IRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  13. 13. SEMESTER OVERVIEW 2/2 Semester 5 ECTS  Courses 50% 5 ECTS - Active  learning 5 ECTS  15 ECTS Project 50%  - PBLSemester: A semester is comprised of courses and a project, each weighing 50% IRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  14. 14. STUDENT PROJECTS/GROUPS•Problem based project work takes place within studentgroups, which are characterised by: •Collaboration, sharing and working closely together in; •design •negotiation and decision making •analysis •reflection•The binding collaboration of members on successfulcompletion of the project is an essential component of theoverall approach to learning•Often in collaboration with external partners/the businesscommunity or as an interdisciplinary constructionIRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  15. 15. MOODLE AND THE AAU MODEL 1/3 MOODLE at AAU Traditional Active learning - classroom setting dynamic learning process Transfer of (social information constructivism?) •Course materials •Open forums for •References/literature interaction •Links •Quizzes •Notifications from •Assignments teachers and •Peer review (groups) secretariatIRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  16. 16. MOODLE AND THE AAU MODEL 2/3 MOODLE at AAU Traditional Active learning - Student projects classroom setting dynamic learning process PBL - Transfer of (social The AAU model information constructivism?) •Course materials •Open forums for •References/literature interaction •Links •Quizzes •Notifications from •Assignments teachers and •Peer review (groups) secretariatIRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  17. 17. MOODLE AND THE AAU MODEL 3/3 MOODLE at AAU Traditional Active learning - Student projects classroom setting dynamic learning process PBL Transfer of (social The AAU model information constructivism?) ? •Course materials •Open forums for •References/literature interaction •Links •Quizzes •Notifications from •Assignments teachers and •Peer review (groups) secretariatIRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  18. 18. WHAT HAVE WE DONE•External tools (Leg ) •Mahara•Internal organisation inside Moodle (Leg ) •Project rooms, supervision rooms •Both on school-/course level but also for a single group of students •Massive administrative burden to organise and setup (100s- 1000s of student groups)IRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  19. 19. NEXT STEPS/CONSIDERATIONS•Moodle activities (Leg ) •Strengthen teachers in regard to active learning •Students in regard to their project groups•Moodle 1.9 > 2.2 •Rethink entire process (with the pedagogical model more in mind)•One Moodle as opposed to one Moodle pr school •Ease administrative burden altogether •Better support for interdisciplinary work•Goal: Action is done where the local competences and knowledgereside •Self enroll in courses (both students and teachers) •Creation of courses •Preparing courses for archivingIRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  20. 20. PLEASE DROP BY…Aalborg University delegation•Lars Anderson•Tina Funck•Lillian Buus•Lars Peter Enevoldsen•Jakob Cloos Bojesen•Brian MøllerIRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  21. 21. FURTHER INFORMATION•Aalborg Universityhttp://www.en.aau.dk•About the Aalborg model for problem based learninghttp://www.en.aau.dk/About+Aalborg+University/The+Aalborg+model+for+problem+based+learning+%28PBL%29/•Download folder about PBL-The Aalborg Modelhttp://files.portal.aau.dk/filesharing/download?filename=aau/aau/2010/~/pub/PBL_aalborg_modellen.pdf•ELSA’s websitehttp://www.elsa.aau.dkIRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012

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