Moodling Masters of Ed Tech: Best Practices for Online and Blended Learning
Abstract: As a culminating project for their degree, Masters candidates in the Educational and Instructional Technology program at National University create a four-week unit of online instruction. The projects demonstrate evidence of online pedagogy and purposeful, well-structured content. For many, Moodle is the preferred system for constructing this final project. While there are many learning management systems, few are as flexible, as robust with built in learning objects, and even fewer are open source. What is critical to the success of building these dynamic Moodle projects is that students move through the 12-month program in a cohort, where they systematically explore tools together while they learn and apply instructional design pedagogy and construct knowledge. The cohorts, along the way collaborate and share tools, best practices, and tips on what works and what doesn’t. Constructing projects is powerful method of applied learning with Moodle.