Intro to Online Learning with Moodle


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In this workshop, participants will examine trends and benefits of eLearning in the K12 environment. Then participants will apply best practice techniques with hands on Moodle exercises.

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Intro to Online Learning with Moodle

  1. 1. Intro to Online Learning With Moodle By Jen Hegna
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  3. 3. Governor Pawlenty’s Online Learning Initiative Online Learning Experience Required for High School Graduation. Under the Governor’s proposal, the state’s high school graduation standards will require every graduate to take an online course, participate in an online experience or participate in online experiences incorporated into other graduation requirements. The new requirement would take effect in 2013.
  4. 4. In the next 10 years, there will be a dramatic shift toward online learning: Patrick, Suzanne (2008). Future issues in online learning. Threshold Magazine, Retrieved 10-2008, from
  5. 5. Every state and school district will offer online learning to K–12 students so that every student has the opportunity to access the highest-quality education available.
  6. 6. Every school leader will understand the importance of online learning to expand access to opportunities, prepare students for college and the workforce, and reduce inequities that exist in our education system.
  7. 7. Every school will use class time and building space differently in order to promote collaboration, communication, and creative activities.
  8. 8. •Every school will offer teacher-led, online courses—both blended and distant—to serve every child’s need with individualized opportunities. Every school and community will have a high-speed, broadband, wireless Internet infrastructure that allows each student to access a full menu of online courses, services, and programs at any time, any place, and any pace.
  9. 9. Every teacher will be trained to use digital content for instruction and to have strategies that increase the problem solving, collaborative, and critical-thinking skills of students, while monitoring the progress of student academic growth and performance.
  10. 10. Every teacher will understand how to manage course progress, collaboration, new assessment models, and e-portfolios.
  11. 11. Every teacher will be able to individualize instruction and track data on student performance.
  12. 12. Every student will be able to choose the best courses to fit their individual needs in meeting academic standards, knowledge, and skills development.
  13. 13. What is Your Definition of Online Learning?
  14. 14. Online Learning is also…  The process of learning new skills and acquiring knowledge via the internet, without needing to be physically present in the learning environment. Source: US Department of Education  a method of learning whereby some or most of the interaction takes place via the Web or other electronic means. Source: Coastal Queensland University
  15. 15. And… Computer Web Based Web Based Learning Conferencing Learning Distance Blended or OLL or E- Learning / Hybrid Learning Education Learning
  16. 16. Principles of Online Learning  We are all are potential teachers and learners – and, in a true collaborative environment, we are both  We learn particularly well when creating or expressing for others (learn by doing) Some Principles from Martin Dougiamas, founder of Moodle
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  18. 18. Principles, cont.  We learn a lot by observing & interacting with peers  By understanding the context of others, we teach in a more transformative way  So, the learning environment needs to be flexible, adaptive and responsive to the needs of learners
  19. 19. I have individual needs… please help me! Benefits of Online Learning
  20. 20. What are Other Benefits or Limitations?
  21. 21. Online Course Components Online Course Asynchronous Synchronous
  22. 22. Asynchronous Or Synchronous?  Threaded discussions  Online seminars and chats  Assigned reading  Project work  Reflections
  23. 23. Who Makes a Good Online Teacher?
  24. 24. Some Do’s and Don’ts of Facilitating an Online Course
  25. 25. Some Online Do’s
  26. 26. …and Don’ts!
  27. 27. Lets Do IT!
  28. 28. Log into Moodle and Change your Password! The password must have at least 8 characters, at least 1 digit(s), at least 1 lower case letter(s), at least 1 upper case letter(s), at least 1 non- alphanumeric character(s). Password Examples Gr33nb@y (Greenbay) P@ssw0rd (Password) Y1ng&Y@ng (Ying and Yang) A2+B2=c2 (Pythagorean theorem)
  29. 29. Change your profile! • Add your picture or find an image that you feel represents you. • In the description, add your title and school • List your interests
  30. 30. Moodle As Students Enter the demo course
  31. 31. Moodle as a Teacher Enter the sandbox! • Moodle Environment – Calendar, Blocks, Admin settings • Editing Views • Web Resources • Discussions • Assignments • Quizzes Flickr photo by madaise
  32. 32. Next Steps •How to request your course •Blending tips •Support resources •Questions?