Let’s Moodle! Getting Up and Running with Moodle 2.6

ID: 41514 Type: Workshop
  1. Nellie Deutsch, University of Phoenix, Canada
  2. Lyudmila Smirnova, Mount Saint Mary College, United States

Monday, June 23 1:30 PM-5:00 PM Location: B3108 View on map

Abstract: Are you tired of bringing papers to class, watching bored faces, and complaining about the lack of participation and incomplete assignments? You are invited to join the workshop to transform your classes with Moodle 2.6. Participants will learn about the socially engaging resources and activities available in a Moodle course. They will access the features from a student's perspective and practice as teachers. Attendees will discuss models and techniques in creating a course and showcase the features they choose during the workshop. Interaction and practice will occur both in person and on the Moodle for Teachers (M4T) website. The advantages of using Moodle are (a) accessibility from anywhere and anytime, (b) saving time and money by using online resources, (c) creating a paperless classroom, (d) ease of sharing documents, (e) use of tools for collaboration and interaction, and (f) employment of video and audio to flip the classroom.

Objectives

1. Develop a fragment of the course using Moodle (course and learning management system) for face-to-face, fully online, flipped, and blended learning environments (a combination of face-to-face and online learning) 2. Explore and practice the features (Activities and Resources) available on Moodle to add content and engage students. 3. Create course content using Moodle activities and resources. 4. Work collaboratively with emphasis on group feature, communication, sharing activities, and reflections. 5. Engage in synchronous and asynchronous interactions

Topical Outline

Attendees will discuss Moodle pedagogy as well as experience the phenomenon in action. They will be introduced to Moodle tools, encouraged to post to the discussion forums as students and practice Moodle resources and activities a practice course area as teachers. The modules will include various resources and activities. Some of the activities will be discussion forums, choices, assignments, checklists, and scheduling a live online class. Part 1: Introduction to the Workshop and Getting Acquainted (30 min): a. Moodle as a platform designed on a Constructivist Approach and Pedagogy of Engagement. b. Brainstorming of the icebreaking activities allowing to create a community of learners. c. Interactive discussion of the ways of effective course design. Part 2: Learning and Teaching with Moodle (30 min): a. Learning how to navigate a Moodle course, updating personal b. Moodle profile, and posting to the online discussion forums. c. Discussing the meaning of authentic learning and brainstorming ideas for collaborative lessons and projects. d. Choosing the format for the course: fully online, blended, flipped. Part 3: Exploring Moodle Tools (30 min) a. Exploring and using the resources available on Moodle (labels, books, web links, file links, compose web pages) b. Exploring and using the activities available on the Moodle (3 kinds of discussion forums, choices, assignments, checklists) Part 4: Applying Moodle Tools in Course Design (90 min): a. Practicing Moodle resources and activities in the individual sections of the Moodle Site b. Selecting appropriate tools for engaging students in active learning c. Designing assignments encouraging collaboration and active participation d. Developing a module on M4T website with the Moodle and Web 2.0 tools. Part 5: Show and Tell (30 min) Presenting the Moodle projects Reflecting and sharing feedback on the Moodle experience

Prerequisites

K-12 Teachers and College professors. No experience or beginners in the use of Moodle. (Prerequisites: Use of emails).

Experience Level

Beginner

Qualifications

Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D., is internationally known as a transformative leader, community builder, expert in educational technology and blended learning, coordinator of online professional development courses, and mentor to educators worldwide. She’s a moderator, researcher, writer, speaker, English language Learning Skills (ELLS) teacher (high school and college), faculty at Atlantic University Masters of Arts in Transpersonal and leadership studies, leads online and face-to-face conferences, and is an online teacher at WizIQ. Dr. Deutsch provides consultation and training for Moodle administrators and teachers and on WizIQ live virtual class. She is the founder of Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL), an online informal network that provides professional development and teacher training workshops for educators around the world. Dr. Deutsch is also founder of the annual Connecting Online (CO09-CO14) for Instruction and Learning and Moodlemoot (MMVC11- MMVC14) free online conferences. She started the first Moodle MOOC in the world in June 2013. She organizes 3 Moodle MOOCs a year in June, October, and February, a MOOC on Second Life in April, and one on Healthy Living in September.
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