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Help! They want me to Moodle

  1. 1. Help!They want me to Moodle... Joan Kollewyn, Lucie Pratte Rocky View Schools, Alberta
  2. 2. Rocky View Schools Rocky View Schools is shaped like a horseshoe around the west, north, and east boundaries of Calgary. We have 42 schools and are home to 18,000 Kindergarten to Grade 12 students, making it the fifth largest school division in the province of Alberta
  3. 3. Rocky View Schools In 2008 RVS launched its new vision with the three-year plan – a roadmap to move to 21st Century Learning. Its theme “Engaging 21st Century Learners” included new foundation statements, six goals, and related outcomes and strategies.
  4. 4. Engaging 21st Century LearnersRVS 3YP Goals:• Learners have their basic and diverse needs met.• Learners are competent, qualified, and dedicated.• Learners are civic, social, and environmental stewards.• Learning opportunities are distinct, continuous, and systematic.• Instruction challenges and engages the learner.• Learners work in 21st century learning environments
  5. 5. RVS Learning Model The learning model guides our instructional design and is centred on our learners.
  6. 6. Background• All teachers have a MacBook• All schools wireless and infrastructure enhanced• Plone was used for student access to teacher information – only to retrieve information• Through our 3YP, teachers, especially at the high schools, were expected to create "anytime, any place, any path, any pace" access to information for students.• Rocky View Virtual School/WeConnect
  7. 7. Comfort Learning Panic Based on thinking that learning does not occur in comfort or panic zone but in the learning (challenge) zoneSeth Sandler Jan 2011
  8. 8. Professional Learning MoodleStage 1 - Learning Zone •PL targeted High Schools only and most teachers volunteered •PL Centrally developed/Centrally based •Offered to schools/admin •Created online PL courses in Moodle •Brought in a trainer from Remote Learner
  9. 9. Professional Learning• 3 facilitators for the district• Created Moodle 1 introductory course – put teachers in the role of student• Moodle 2 – teachers given a shell and worked on creating their first course• Both courses were facilitated and offered every three months• Some teachers liked this, many did not
  10. 10. Professional LearningStage 2 - Panic Zone• PL became contextualized and school based •Moodle in place for a year and many had not looked at it – were still relying on Plone •Administration in many schools set deadlines •Students needed a more interactive environment and were requesting Moodle access for all courses
  11. 11. Professional Learning• Staff were more comfortable with school based PL in Moodle• Champion Model – created Moodle leads in each school• Schools facilitated Moodle 1 and 2 in their buildings with varying degrees of success• Few standards were implemented• No consistency
  12. 12. Professional LearningStage 3 - Pushing the Comfort Zone • Support from specialists in schools on demand but also support from peers in the schools • More conversations focused on the end goals of the courses • Move teachers to creating more interactivity and move away from having all PDFs and worksheets
  13. 13. Where we are now• Creating master courses to be shared through the division or school / can be copied and repurposed• Moving into middle and elementary schools - as virtual staff rooms/AISI/ some Communities of Practice• District Leadership housed in Moodle and Google Sites• Used with support staff• Provides a corporate record
  14. 14. Now Fewer staff in the Panic and Comfort Zones and more working in the Learning Zone.
  15. 15. Professional LearningAfter more than 10 years teaching online, the core group of weConnect teachers developed a common layout for Moodle courses based on experience and from current research. The goal is to have the courses easy to use from a student’s perspective.• Recommendations for Expectations and Standards• Recommendations for Physical Layout• Instructional Design Framework• Communication with students and parents
  16. 16. Art 30This course is taught in a ‘blended’ situation where online students and in-classstudents are in the same course. The teacher use the same Moodle content for all students and had no experience in online course design
  17. 17. Science 30 This course is taught in face to face only and is content rich! The teacher choseto have a shell for each unit rather than have all of her content in one shell. Sheuses a variety of technologies in her class and Moodle is an access point for all classes as well as holding content.
  18. 18. forensics 35 course is taught to online students only. An effort is made to minimize the number of tabs and keep the screen ‘clean’ and streamlined
  19. 19. Lucie Pratte Joan KollewynRVS Learning Specialist RVS Learning • Rocky View Schools - Engage With Alberta Educatio n • Rocky View Schools • Rocky View Schools 3YP • Rocky View Schools Learning Model %20Model-June-09.png/view • Moodle 2.0 training id=2647 • • /04/from-comfort-zone-to-panic-zone/