The Future of Moodle and How Not to Stop It


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There has been a lot of discussion lately about whether the VLE is dead and what should come in its place. This presentations tries to see how the main points in this debate reflect on Moodle.

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The Future of Moodle and How Not to Stop It

  1. 1. Welcome to: Hans C-05: de Zwart The Future of Moodle and How Not to Stop It
  2. 2. Let's all practice Elluminate
  3. 3. Please tell us in the chat window in which country you are now...
  4. 4. Everybody click the "yes" button
  5. 5. Everybody click the "yes" button again
  6. 6. Everybody click the "no" button
  7. 7. Everybody click the "no" button again
  8. 8. Please tell us in the chat window in one sentence why you chose to be at this particular session...
  9. 9. Did you in any way follow the debate about the death of the VLE (either the ALT-C 2009 video or any of the related blog posts)?
  10. 10. What are the main arguments from the people that believe the VLE is over?
  11. 11. The VLE is the tool of mass- education (factory model)
  12. 12. It manages learning and doesn't promote learning
  13. 13. The owner of the VLE is the institution, the beneficiary is the vendor
  14. 14. Do you go to a VLE when you want/need to learn something?
  15. 15. Why would you make your students go there?
  16. 16. The VLE is a silo/walled garden (boooo!) It prevents learners from communicating with the external world
  17. 17. It has failed to deliver on its promise
  18. 18. Martin Dougiamas at the Dutch Moodlemoot in May 2008: "Generally I have been disappointed with how Moodle has been used"
  19. 19. One of the reasons that we have VLEs: Teachers could create their own webpages without having to know HTML That raison d'etre is gone
  20. 20. There is a lot of free technology out there that can be utilised to create learning experiences (Ning, MindMeister, Wikispaces, Wordpress, etc.)
  21. 21. This stuff feels "fresh" to use
  22. 22. It allows teachers to implement all the functionality they need using best of breed tools that are free
  23. 23. It allows learners to create their own suite of applications: The Personal Learning Environment (PLE)
  24. 24. In comparison, VLEs feel old, inflexible and clunky
  25. 25. Does anybody know what year (month?) the first version of Moodle came out? Just guess in the chat window please...
  26. 26. The web looked different then
  27. 27. Back then: No Ajax (2005), no Gmail (2004) or GoogleDocs (2005), no Facebook (2004), no Delicious (2003) and also no Flickr (2004) Blogger was 3 years old, Wikipedia just one year and RSS about 3 years old too
  28. 28. These applications have shaped the web (2.0)
  29. 29. What does this mean for the VLE and for our VLE?
  30. 30. Which open source web application is probably furthest ahead of the curve in comparison to Moodle (think usage, conceptually, architecturally)? In the chat...
  31. 31. This could be a model for Moodle in a couple of ways
  32. 32. First: „Community Plumbing“
  33. 33. Should Moodle be: „Learning Plumbing“?
  34. 34. Second: It considers itself a platform
  35. 35. „Platform“ is the key word here A couple of Yes/No questions:
  36. 36. Do you have an iPhone?
  37. 37. Are you on Facebook?
  38. 38. Do you have a Kindle?
  39. 39. Have you bought music on iTunes?
  40. 40. Are you on Twitter?
  41. 41. Is your organisation actively working with Sharepoint?
  42. 42. All of these systems are essentially platforms
  43. 43. Let's look at Moodle, how can the "walls be brought down"?
  44. 44. Moodle was always relatively modular...
  45. 45. But it required Moodle centric programming + an install from a sysadmin
  46. 46. Moodle will have a couple of new features that could make it the „plumber“ for learning
  47. 47. Repository API, Portfolio API, RSS magic, Comments API and a Webservices API
  48. 48. The repository API especially has a lot of potential
  49. 49. Do you know what the repository API is?
  50. 50. A couple of things need to be taken care of:
  51. 51. The list of available repositories should have an online connection and it should be possible to download and install a plugin from the webinterface (think of how you can browse apps on your iPhone)
  52. 52. We need to have a way to add dynamic (RSS-based, e.g. a blog) content to the course using the repository API
  53. 53. Some social features need to be implemented. How do we know which plugins are good?
  54. 54. Moodle needs an „app-store“
  55. 55. Finally... What if Moodle could become an appstore for rich learning content?
  56. 56. The core technical infrastructure is there...
  57. 57. It would be a matter of streamlining the experience and making sure it is not just resources but also activities that get shared
  58. 58. Just imagine...
  59. 59. Questions? Comments? Discussion? Criticism?