W1: Creating Learning Environments with Moodle 2.5: An Introduction to Moodle for Teachers
Nellie Deutsch, Atlantic University, Canada
Monday, June 24 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
Location: Saanich 2
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Abstract: Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (Moodle) is a learning management system developed by Martin Dougiamas for blended and fully online learning. The introduction to Moodle 2.5 workshop will take place on a Moodle website called Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL). The participants will discuss online facilitation and how it differs from the lecture type content-based learning model of teaching, learn about the resources and activities available on Moodle, and collaborate to develop a brief module/lesson/event on the Moodle website. Collaboration is an important element of online learning because students may find it difficult to work on their own with the customary face-to-face contact of the traditional brick-and-mortar classroom. Moodle is the right tool to address this aspect of non-traditional teaching. Moodle follows a constructivist social learning format that allows students to develop lifelong learning skills. Participants are provided with opportunities to become actively engaged in the content and with their peers.
The aim of the Moodle workshop is to provide participants, who have never used Moodle before or who would like to enrich their previous Moodle experiences, with the knowledge and skills to navigate a Moodle course, access resources, activities, and blocks from a student perspective and practice the same Moodle features as teachers. The participants will develop a lesson or course on Moodle 2.5 using the resources, activities and blocks in a course practice area. Participants will learn to create badges on the Moodle.
1. Introduction and overview (15 minutes)
2. Discussion: online facilitation and how it differs from the lecture type content-based learning model of teaching.
3. Moodle layout and navigation (10 minutes)
4. Resources such as label, url, page, and book (15 minutes)
5. Activities such as discussion forums, choice, glossary, quiz. wiki. WizIQ class (30 minutes)
6. Blocks available on Moodle (10 minutes) including creating badges
7. Enrollment methods (self, manual, paypal), cohort (10 min)
8. User roles (15 min)
9. Break (15 minutes)
10. Role of a teacher as administrator of courses and activities (20 minutes)
11. Collaborate in developing a brief module/lesson/event on the Moodle website using the resources and activities (40 minutes)
12. Share and discuss the lesson (20 minutes)
13. Reflect on the process of using Moodle (10)
Participants are required to bring laptops.
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D., is a leading expert on blended learning and blended online learning. Nellie earned her doctorate in education & educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum & instruction from the University of Phoenix. Her dissertation (Amazon) focuses on instructor experiences with integrating technology in blended learning contexts in higher education around the world.
Nellie provides consultation, support, and facilitation for Moodle & WizIQ learning environments. She is faculty in the postgraduate programs at Atlantic University and the administrator of the university Moodle. She provides professional development courses on effective use of web technologies and Moodle online and face-to-face around the world. Nellie is on the steering committee for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Computer Assisted Language Learning Interest Section (TESOL CALL-IS) and program coordinator for World Association for Online Education (WAOE).
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