CLEA 2009: Integrating social collaboration tools into Moodle


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Remote presentation to the Consortium for the Liberal Education of Artists. Discusses how to integrate Web 2.0 social collaboration tools into Moodle, an open-source learning management system. Argues for continued role of LMS as a home base from which to use Web 2.0 tools.

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CLEA 2009: Integrating social collaboration tools into Moodle

  1. 1. Integrating Web 2.0 Social Collaboration Tools into Moodle, an Open-source Learning Management System Keith Landa CLEA – 10 April 2009 Proliferation of web communities How to make sense of it all? new networks, new functions - the LMS as ‘home’ new approaches to teaching/learning
  2. 2. The new face of education (?) ‘Community of learning’ replacing the old industrial model of education?
  3. 3. CMS -> LMS Moodle: open-source LMS/VLE, by academics, for academics ( A community project Moodle @ Purchase Focus on pedagogy, student learning activities Flexible, open architecture No licensing costs
  4. 4. Moodle add-ons Community developed activities, blocks, etc Extend the base functionality Modules and plug-ins repository Podcasting, SLOODLE, photo galleries, YouTube/Hulu videos, etc
  5. 5. Google maps mashups
  6. 6. Moodle Map activity Community add-on Creates Google or OpenStreetMaps maps Search addresses or plot latitude/longitude Instructor generated maps Student generated maps Plotting user profiles
  7. 7. VoiceThread Sequence of media/documents Multiple commenting formats Personal vs. community commenting VoiceThread plug-in to embed their media into Moodle courses
  8. 8. RSS feeds ‘Universal glue’ for combining Web 2.0 apps Moodle accepts and produces RSS RSS import into Moodle: blog postings, Flickr feeds, news sites, podcasts, tweets, etc Moodle RSS exports: forum postings, podcasts
  9. 9. Diigo – social bookmarking Social bookmarking in plain English Diigo educator account Create classrooms Add students Tag sites RSS feed into Moodle
  10. 10. Recap “Wild west” New opportunities Bewildering possibilities Easy to get lost Need for an anchor to tie the tools together Continued role for a (flexible) LMS