Moodle for TEAM10

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Presentation for the TEAM10WA meeting in Perth, 19th November 2010

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Moodle for TEAM10

  1. 1. Martin Dougiamas Lead Moodler Executive Director, Moodle Pty Ltd Improving our practice
  2. 2. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas Open Source Software Free to download Free to use Free to explore, modify and extend Free to distribute (under GPL) Free to help with development Free to choose your service supplier Free to run a business using it Free to use something else! And you are also... Basic rights for everyone
  3. 3. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas Open Source Platform Moodle Core Mods Modules Course design User contributions Course Management System Other Systems (Open Source or Proprietary) SIS AuthenticationPortfolios Repositories Payment Conferencing Reports Plagiarism Open Source Moodle
  4. 4. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas History 1999 0.0 First prototype versions 11 / 2001 0.9 First pre-release version on the web 8 / 2002 1.0 Forum, Survey, Journal, Resources, Quiz... 8 / 2003 1.1 Backups, Workshop, Chat, Scales... 3 / 2004 1.2 Filters, Groups, Glossary, Lesson ... 5 / 2004 1.3 Calendar, Blocks, RSS, Media plugins ... 8 / 2004 1.4 Installer, Resources, Enrolments, Wiki... 6 / 2005 1.5 XHTML, Themes, Blocks, Gradebook ... 6 / 2006 1.6 Unicode, Database, Docs, Blogs, Reports .. 11 / 2006 1.7 Roles, Admin, Oracle and MSSQL, AJAX .. 3 / 2007 1.8 Accessibility, MNet, Forms, Multi-auth... 3 / 2008 1.9 Gradebook, Outcomes, Performance, Tags, Notes.. 11 / 2010 2.0 Biggest release yet
  5. 5. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas Moodle Roadmap The likelihood some feature will get included in Moodle is a function of : How much it supports our pedagogical focus Number of votes from existing users Can it be developed in a generic way to help many How long it will take to develop Is it easier just to integrate with something existing How much developer time is available Does it blend?
  6. 6. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas Current Statistics We know of over 50,000 registered verified sites in 210 countries Registered sites contain 36 million users, 3.7 million courses and 1.2 million teachers At least 500 sites have more than 10,000 users Interface translated into 86 languages 54 specialised Moodle Partners
  7. 7. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas 9225 4299 3358 3150 2306 1823 1763 1323 1230 1188 USA Spain Brazil UK Germany Mexico Portugal Australia Columbia Italy 50,000+ installations
  8. 8. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas 33% 28% 13% 9% 4% 14% University Secondary School Company Independent Primary school Other Environments
  9. 9. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas Some universities
  10. 10. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas Some Corporates
  11. 11. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas Software Moodle Economics Universities / Schools moodle.comFunded by Royalties Discussion, Free Support etc Development, Documentation etc Active User Community (50,000 per month) Moodle.org Developer Community (250) 54 Support Companies Worldwide Companies Educators
  12. 12. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas An exploration of the use of an Open Source software called Moodle to support a social constructionist epistemology of teaching and learning within Internet-based communities of reflective inquiry My PhD thesis
  13. 13. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas Basic concept People Software Tools Community + ImprovingTeaching Ideally with skilled facilitators
  14. 14. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas Pedagogical Focus
  15. 15. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas Referent 1 All of us are potential teachers as well as learners - in a true collaborative environment we are both
  16. 16. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas Referent 2 We learn particularly well from the act of creating or expressing something for others to see (Papert, Aristotle)
  17. 17. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas Referent 3 We learn by just observing the activity of our peers (culture)
  18. 18. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas Referent 4 By understanding the contexts of others, we can teach in a more transformational way (constructivism)
  19. 19. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas Referent 5 A learning environment needs to be flexible and adaptable, so that it can quickly respond to the changing needs of the participants within it
  20. 20. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas Pedagogical Referents 1. All of us are potential teachers as well as learners - in a true collaborative environment we are both 2. We learn particularly well from the act of creating or expressing something for others to see 3. We learn a lot by just observing the activity of our peers 4. By understanding the contexts of others, we can teach in a more transformational way (constructivism) 5. A learning environment needs to be flexible and adaptable, so that it can quickly respond to the needs of the participants within it
  21. 21. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas Pedagogical basics What is the simplest possible pedagogical technique that promotes all this? (in my view) Asking questions
  22. 22. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas And is this how people use Moodle?
  23. 23. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas 6. Combine the activities into sequences Pedagogical progression 1. Publish content (Resource, SCORM) 2. Provide a passive Forum 3. Use interactive Quizzes and Assignments 4. Wikis, Glossaries, Databases (collaboration) 5. Facilitate discussions in the Forum. Questions! 7. Introduce external activities and games 8. Use Survey tools and logs to study / reflect 9. Give students more power (structure/grades) 10. Active research, communities of practice!
  24. 24. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas Improvements/Rewrites • File storage and handling • Roles and enrolments • Messaging • Backup and Restore • Gradebook • Blocks and Layout • Themes / AJAX / Interface • Comments and Ratings • My Moodle • Customisable User Profile pages • Workshop / Chat / Lesson / Quiz • Wiki / SCORM / Resources • Database access / data handling 2.0 Major New Features • Navigation • Community hubs • Repository support • Portfolio support • Completion • Conditional activities • Cohorts • Web services API • Secure RSS feeds • IMS CC • Blog associations and comments • External blog support • Mobile integration
  25. 25. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas In
  26. 26. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas Community Hubs In Moodle Hub Server eg hub.moodle.org Register as downloadable Template User Community User Building a course Taking a course Enrollable courseDownloadable course Register as enrollable zip Download Backup Search Publishing site Community site Restore Search Enrol Ordinary Moodle site Course List A D 1 2 3 B E C cache
  27. 27. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas Web Services API Moodle Functions (Core and Modules) External Client Application SOAP XML-RPC REST AMF External Server Application
  28. 28. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas Repositories Moodle Files Almost any other content repository
  29. 29. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas 2.1, 2.2, 2.3... • Reworking all standard modules (usability and pedagogy) • Assignment • Forum • Survey (merging with Questionnaire and Feedback) • Choice • Lesson • Quiz etc • Grading and Rubrics • Mobile use • Integrating new modules (lots) • Refinements in all areas based on your feedback • Minimal changes to the Moodle 2 “Operating System”
  30. 30. Copyright 2010 © Martin Dougiamas Questions? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

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