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17 November 2013
http:bit.ly//moodlereadermajlis

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Agenda
Extensive Reading Background
Moodlereader
Project Implementation
Developments & Issues
The Next Steps
Q&A – Partici...
Extensive Reading…

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is reading a lot of easy and
e...
Intensive Reading Extensive Reading
Should be easy
Fast
Aim is to build
confidence and
enjoyment
Choice of material to
app...
Easy!
Comprehensible input
Krashen

i+1

Day

i minus 1

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The need for reading speed
Read slowly

Don’t enjoy
reading

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The need for reading speed

Read faster

more

Enjoy

reading

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Student S...
Learners that engage in
Extensive Reading….
improve reading rate
become more fluent readers

make gains in motivation and ...
The Past……..
In class quiz
Book report
Book review
In-class discussion
Book “show and tell”

• Time consuming for students...
The Present
• Moodlereader
Moodle websites to support Extensive Reading:
• moodlereader.org (M1.9)
• moodlereader.com (M2,...
The Choices
Whether to run a local site or use the Moodlereader server?
Would prefer to manage our own, but not allowed t...
The Site

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• Free
• Uses Open Source software (curr...
Student’s Main Page
Covers of books read successfully
List of quizzes taken

Search by publisher

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Facu...
Choosing a Graded Reader
Important information

1. Books are organized by TYPE and then MOODLE READER LEVEL
2. TYPE tells ...
The Books - 1

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The Books - 2

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The Books - 3

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The Quizzes
Quizzes for over 2,000 books
Easy quizzes which can be done “open book”
Timed – usually 15 mins., some shorter...
Sample Questions 1

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Sample Questions 2

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Reports

• Organised for your class

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Moodlereader At SQU
Attempted introduction prior to 2009
Introduced Spring 2011: Pilot Project
Change in Library Managemen...
Issues 1
• Quiz Quality Uneven
• Significant quality control in progress

• Quizzes done where books not read?
• Posssibly...
Issues 2
• Password Control
• Password emails blocked by
security systems outside Oman

• Setting the passmark

• How many...
How about an extensive reading
program in your school or college?

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Moodlereader at SQU for MoodleMajlis 2013

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Moodlereader at SQU for MoodleMajlis 2013

  1. 1. 17 November 2013 http:bit.ly//moodlereadermajlis SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit A Moodlereader based Extensive Reading Programme in SQU
  2. 2. Faculty Academic Unit Support SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit
  3. 3. Agenda Extensive Reading Background Moodlereader Project Implementation Developments & Issues The Next Steps Q&A – Participants and All Presenters SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit I. II. III. IV. V. VI.
  4. 4. Extensive Reading… SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit is reading a lot of easy and enjoyable books.
  5. 5. Intensive Reading Extensive Reading Should be easy Fast Aim is to build confidence and enjoyment Choice of material to appeal to personal interests Pleasure focused SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit Can be challenging Slow Aim is to teach specific strategies and skills Material usually selected by curriculum/teacher Test focused
  6. 6. Easy! Comprehensible input Krashen i+1 Day i minus 1 SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit Reading fluency level
  7. 7. The need for reading speed Read slowly Don’t enjoy reading SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit Don’t read much Don’t understand much
  8. 8. The need for reading speed Read faster more Enjoy reading SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit Read more Understand
  9. 9. Learners that engage in Extensive Reading…. improve reading rate become more fluent readers make gains in motivation and attitude toward reading and make gains in overall L2 proficiency SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit become better readers (and better readers are usually betters writers and betters spellers)
  10. 10. The Past…….. In class quiz Book report Book review In-class discussion Book “show and tell” • Time consuming for students • Time consuming for teachers • Sometimes demotivating for students SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit • • • • •
  11. 11. The Present • Moodlereader Moodle websites to support Extensive Reading: • moodlereader.org (M1.9) • moodlereader.com (M2,3) • local independent site simplified site for schools and small institutions, not using Moodle user management tools. SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit • MReader
  12. 12. The Choices Whether to run a local site or use the Moodlereader server? Would prefer to manage our own, but not allowed to run an internet access moodle site from within the University for security reasons Originally chose M1.9 but volunteered to use upgraded M2.x site as quiz service is better optimized and quicker and we would be one of only a few institutions using the website so likely to have more bandwidth available SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit Choice between Moodle 1.9x and Moodle 2.x?
  13. 13. The Site SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit • Free • Uses Open Source software (currently Moodle 2.3.1) • Has additional blocks and plugins to manage database of book titles and levels and the quizzes. • Standard Moodle login and student management tools, plus teachers’ ability to upload students into groups from the course page not just from the admin interface. • Quizzes for c. 2,000 books from Beginners to Advanced • Run by English teachers for English teachers • A community to which you can contribute
  14. 14. Student’s Main Page Covers of books read successfully List of quizzes taken Search by publisher SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit Search by title words
  15. 15. Choosing a Graded Reader Important information 1. Books are organized by TYPE and then MOODLE READER LEVEL 2. TYPE tells what kind of book: Action/Adventure (A) Horror (H) Human Interest (HI) Romance (R), Mystery (M) Short Stories (S) People/Places/Things/Ideas (P) 3. MOODLE READER LEVEL is NOT the same as the LC course level. The table below suggests the MOODLE READER LEVEL that will probably be comfortable for you in your course. 230 340 450 560/603 Moodle Reader Level Level 1 Level 2 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6 Level 7 TYPE MOODLE READER LEVEL SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit Your LC Course 120
  16. 16. The Books - 1 SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit
  17. 17. The Books - 2 SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit
  18. 18. The Books - 3 SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit
  19. 19. The Quizzes Quizzes for over 2,000 books Easy quizzes which can be done “open book” Timed – usually 15 mins., some shorter Usually 10 questions (4 types) Adjustable success criterion (Ours is 60%) Once only, repeats only in special circumstances • Fairly standard format • • • • Some MCQs Some T/F Some list choice, who said what to whom? One - order the events SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit • • • • • •
  20. 20. Sample Questions 1 SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit
  21. 21. Sample Questions 2 SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit
  22. 22. Reports • Organised for your class SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit
  23. 23. Moodlereader At SQU Attempted introduction prior to 2009 Introduced Spring 2011: Pilot Project Change in Library Management and Policies Incorporated in LC Curriculum Fall 2011 4,130 users in 2011-13 2,968 active users in all of 2012-3 2,680 active users in Fall Semester 2013 636 books where quiz taken and passed at least once SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit • • • • • • • •
  24. 24. Issues 1 • Quiz Quality Uneven • Significant quality control in progress • Quizzes done where books not read? • Posssibly some cheat sheets circulating • Some control with cheat feature (similar time / same quiz) • Moodlereader hiccups at busy times • Control student timing – avoid need for rush periods SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit • Direct Cheating
  25. 25. Issues 2 • Password Control • Password emails blocked by security systems outside Oman • Setting the passmark • How many books • Was 4 (too few) per semester, now 8, enough? • Dealing with late arrivals • Students miss briefing, some teachers don’t compensate SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit • What level should it be?
  26. 26. How about an extensive reading program in your school or college? SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit
  27. 27. The End Academic Unit Support SQU Language Centre Faculty Academic Support Unit Student Support Unit Faculty

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