Creating Effective Teaching/Learning Environment with Moodle 2.0: A Moodle for Teachers workshop on IT4ALL Moodle Website

  1. Nellie Deutsch, University of Phoenix, United States
  2. Ludmila Smirnova, Mount St. Mary College, United States

Thursday, June 28 1:30 PM-5:00 PM

No presider for this session.

Moodle for Teachers (M4T) training workshop takes place on a Moodle website called Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL). The main objectives of the M4T workshops are to provide participants, who have never used Moodle or who would like to enrich their previous Moodle experiences, with the knowledge and skills to design, navigate a Moodle course, access resources and activities from a student perspective, and practice the same resources and activities in the team and class sandboxes as teachers.


Develop a working knowledge of Moodle as a learning management system for fully online and blended learning environments (a combination of face-to-face and online learning) 1. Learn about and apply Moodle features such as profile, navigation, browsers and settings, participants, discussion forums, assignment upload, chat, wiki, and blog. 2. Create content using Moodle activities and resources. 3. Work collaboratively with emphasis on teamwork, communication, sharing activities, and critical reflection.

Topical Outline

The workshop will include both asynchronous (not dependent on time) and synchronous (time dependent) learning environments. The asynchronous will be conducted on the Moodle and the synchronous learning environment will be conducted on WizIQ through the M4T workshop. Participants will be introduced to the tutorials, encouraged to post to the discussion forums as students and practice Moodle resources and activities in the sections of the class sandbox course as teachers. The modules will include various activities and resources. Some of the activities will be discussion forums, choices, a wiki, and a live online class called WiZiQ. Intended Content: Part 1: Introduction to online/blended facilitation and Moodle as a constructivist approach (article by Martin Dougiamas (1998), the creator of Moodle). Learn how to update Moodle profile Learn how to navigate a Moodle course, update your Moodle profile, and post to the online discussion forums. Part 2: Discuss the meaning of authentic learning and brainstorm ideas for a collaborative lesson. Explore and use the resources available on Moodle (labels, web links, file links, compose web pages) Explore and use the activities available on the Moodle (3 kinds of discussion forums, choices, assignments) Part 3: Practice Moodle resources and activities in the individual sections of the class sandbox course Develop a module on IT4ALL website with the Moodle tools. Part 4: Present the Moodle projects Reflect and share feedback on the Moodle experience


K-12 Teachers and College professors. No experience or beginners in the use of Moodle. Keyboard and computer skills bring laptop to the workshop.

Experience Level



Dr. Nellie Deutsch earned her doctorate in education and educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix from the School of Advanced Studies in 2010. Her dissertation research (available on ProQuest, Amazon) focused on instructor experiences with integrating technology in blended learning contexts in higher education around the world. Nellie is the founder of Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL), an online informal network of volunteers that provides professional development workshops for groups around the world, generally in conjunction with different projects and initiatives. Dr. Deutsch is also founder and current coordinator of the annual Connecting Online for Instruction and Learning and Moodlemoot free online conferences, hosted online by IT4ALL and supported by WiZiQ online learning platform. Dr. Deutsch has provided consultation on how to integrate Moodle, WizIQ, and Elluminate learning environments for distance education at Open University of Israel and worked as a consultant for, supported by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Otago Polytechnic (New Zealand), and Athabasca Open University (Canada) in developing online courses and facilitation. Finally, Dr. Deutsch has presented on technology enhanced learning and educational leadership at conferences in the United States and virtually around the world. Nellie organized and chaired a panel discussion on the merits and challenges of integrating technology into the classroom at the International Leadership Association (ILA) in London, in 2011. She also participated in a panel discussion on culture in the English classroom and how Moodle can be used for intercultural projects at TESOL 2012. Nellie also co-facilitated Moodle for Teachers (M4T) workshops with Dr. Ludmila Smirnova at the TESOL 2011 in New Orleans and at TESOL 2012 in Philadelphia. Nellie is an invited guest at the upcoming leadership convention in Atlantic University in the fall of 2012. She will present on educational leadership and conduct a workshop on authenticity.
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