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Becoming a Moodle Wizard: A Course for Teachers


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It all started with an idea to create a "wizard" for Moodle, a built-in support system designed to help teachers progress beyond resources, forums, and assignments. It turned into an opportunity to explore the boundaries of our Moodle expertise and the limits of Moodle's capabilities.

During this session we'll take you on a guided tour of our "Becoming a Moodle Wizard" course, the prototype for our "wizard" idea. We'll demonstrate how we've combined lessons, conditional activities, and the progress bar plug-in to create a personalized, adaptive experience for those looking to expand their Moodle skills. Then we'll take you behind the scenes where we'll discuss the design and show you how it all works.

As we wrap things up, we'll present our future plans for the course as well as applications for these ideas in your own courses. We'll also share our thoughts regarding the ultimate Moodle "wizard" and take any ideas you can offer to make it better!

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Becoming a Moodle Wizard: A Course for Teachers

  1. 1. BECOMING A MOODLE WIZARD Michelle Moore @michelledmoore Annie Sheffield @sheffield_annie
  2. 2. The Vision for Moodle Moodle is not meant to be a place where teachers just give you the information. Moodle is meant to be a place where the students are creating the information and working together. Martin Dougiamas Moodle founder Spain MoodleMoot 2013
  3. 3. Typical Teacher Progression • Resources and SCORM • Passive forums • Quizzes and Assignments • Wiki, Glossary, and Database • Facilitate forums • Activity sequences • External activities • Survey and reflection • Peer review • Sharing in the community
  4. 4. The Problem 95% of all LMS activity revolves around document management and instructor communication. Charles Severance & Stephanie D. Teasley
  5. 5. Is Training the Answer?
  6. 6. What If There Was a Wizard!
  7. 7. Like “Clippy”
  8. 8. But not . . .
  9. 9. More Like LinkedIn
  10. 10. Examples Collection of Files? Recommend a Folder Try a Book Multiple Assignments? Consider a Forum instead Check out the Workshop Try a Marking Guide Quizzes Explore the Question Creator Role Learn more about the statistics Import questions in a flash!
  11. 11. Project Idea • Not a wizard, but a “prototype” • Adaptive, personalized content • Progress bars and checklists • Badges and certificates • Leverage Moodle community resources
  12. 12. Course Overview • Topic: Moodle course development • Audience: Moodlers • Purpose: Build better courses
  13. 13. Course Goal Assist those developing courses in Moodle in moving beyond Moodle’s ‘entry-level’ content delivery tools by encouraging the exploration, selection, and implementation of Moodle’s more advanced, interactive, constructionist capabilities.
  14. 14. Learning Objectives Learners will: • Create a course in Moodle. • Participate in a community of practice. • Assess and reflect on Moodle skills.
  15. 15. Course Design • Theory: Situated learning • Platform: Moodle • Schedule: Six weeks semi-self-paced • Technology: • Moodle lessons • Embedded YouTube videos • Images and screen captures • Links to Moodle community resources • Synchronous meetings
  16. 16. Course Design 1. Introductory Information 2. Defining Your Course 3. Adding Content 4. Communication 5. Assessment 6. Collaboration 7. Forum Facilitation 8. Adaptive Instruction 9. Surveying Learners 10. Peer Evaluation 11. Power to the Learner 12. Course Management 13. Support and Resources
  17. 17. Instructional Materials • “Choose your own adventure” • Adaptive, personalized content • “Chunked” to meet various needs • Interconnected content • Tracking, Navigation, and Usability • Course map • Lesson menus • Embedded prompts • Progress bars • Completion tracking
  18. 18. Activities • Project • Develop a course in Moodle • Interaction and Collaboration • Discussion forums • Learner-generated FAQ • Messaging • Assessment • Checkpoint quizzes • Evaluation of project course • Completion tracking
  19. 19. Learner Support • Content scaffolding • Discussion forums • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) • Synchronous meetings
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  21. 21. Next Steps • Becoming a Moodle Wizard Course • Complete development • Test it out • Release it to the wild • The Moodle “wizard” • Define the design • Map the interactions • Work with developers to implement
  22. 22. Questions?
  23. 23. Contact Details • Blog • • Intro to Online Teaching Course • • Michelle Moore • • • Twitter: @michelledmoore • Annie Sheffield • • • Twitter: @sheffield_annie
  24. 24. Resources and References • Situated Learning: • learning-theory-lave.html • Communities of Practice: • • Icons: • Education by Freepick via (CC attribute)