Learn Moodle Course Launch (live webcast)

Learn Moodle Course Launch (live webcast)

All right We may as well get started as we seem to be running so hello everybody -apologise for the slightly confused starts um we’ve had a major mishap here where I lost internet contact and had to drive recklessly through the city to use my office – getting there discovered I did not have the key
and it’s all the result of moving – moving whole house of 4 people from one place to another
all weekend and everything is mixed up or lost -so apologies for the start but looks like we’r on so will launch and I’ve a little bit of battery left will get started and welcome everybody to Learn Moodle – this is the first time we’ve held this kind of event It’s a first for us and many thousands of people showed some interest which is really cool and I’m looking forward to
the next four weeks. Le me just put up some information.. so.. Matt just make sure you’ve selected that We do have a hashtag #learnmoodle and that’s the one you should be using to do tweeting or facebooking or whatever to keep in touch We’ll be asking questions later or actually asking you to ask us questions
and have a bit of a Q and A session but to start with I was just gonna talk a bit about pedagogy, Moodle, things like that then hand over to Mary Cooch who’s the lead facilitator of the course to talk about the whole course in general and how things are working so let me start off here So welcome first of all the mission of Moodle at least – a bit of background here is that it’s a learning platform that following goals and and these are the
ones that have mostly been there since the start of Moodle over 10 years ago -eleven years ago -the first release at our misson has continued and really developed and is very amazing to see how over that time so many people come
on board and we have such a community which drives the development of
Moodle and it’s a really incredible thing. Moodle’s a learning platform to support teachers – in their teaching – primarily – we love teachers Moodle is a platform that’s not trying to do away with teachers we’re here to help and support them and that’s one of the big purposes of this Learn Moodle event Moodle’s here to support learners with their learning in a course. Moodle’s here to integrate everything needed for a course -the internet contains so many tools and so many amazing things out there that that we can put together
into a course The idea with Moodle is that you integrate that into a course structure Moodle is very open in every way yet inside it’s very private so we have open source development so we/re open in many ways. Moodle’s easily used to free from any device –
that’s our goal – and the mobile part of Moodle if you’re on a mobile now and looking at Moodle, you’ll find it works pretty well We’re working hard on that making it better and better. Moodle’s very flexible with lots of plugins and mods It can be adjusted to almost any kind of scenario – You can scale up to very large
platforms with millions of users or scale down to Moodle with one student and it’s often
used in a home school situation. Lastly Moodle’s a global project – because it’s open it’s international –
anybody can contribute by building on top of Moodle platform plugins and can build content and can help each other learn how to teach online -that’s really why it’s so exciting So let me go a little bit back to the basics of Moodle and take you back 10/13 years ago starting Moodle – the basic concept of Moodle is that you have people using software tools and
when you put them together you’re able to create a facilitated community with a faciliator who’s leading and guiding the activities. This community is teaching the individuals and it’s also
improving the software tools. This works on two levels. It works on the level of a course an individual course and with a teacher and students. The actual course itself can grow and it also works for the Moodle project in general as well. I’m going to go into some theories just because someone has to do it at some
point. I’m going to talk about the background of Moodle and why it was started in the first place. These are some of the terms and philosophy behind it The 1st one constructivism is about people actively construct their knowledge so if you come with that framework you really had the idea that people are building knowledge in their own heads and you as a teacher or faciliator can only facilitate that. You aren’t giving
people information but giving them the tools to construct that information – an important distinction. Secondly constructionism is more about that you learn better when you’re constructing things for others so this picture here – this guy’s made a poster and we’re not getting much from it so
as a teaching tool – not so great – however, as a learning tool for that guy it’s amazing! The process of constructing that was a learning experience beyond anything else. So brain’s into action and you have to be doing things to be learning deeply not just on a surface way. 3rd – social constructivism is about if you’re producing things or constructing things in a social setting then you’re learning very strongly when you’re creating things for other people – it’s a very powerful place to be learning rather than just making things for yourself and the things you make contain some – sort of capture knowledge like a shape so software has a shape and it will guide certain activities. We try to do that in Moodle This other one-ways of knowing particular research but it’s about the process of being self-aware in a meta- cognitive sense so the learners should be aware that they are somewhere on this scale and acting in a connected way, an empathic way or they’re acting in separate ways arguing with others and trying to prove points with each other and all of us need to have those modes at different times and when you’re interacting in an online space in the internet you will often shift between these ways and the awareness that you’re doing it is also very powerful for learning especially in a group setting, a forum for example with discussions. So from that Moodle has 5 design references if you like – 5 design things we look at when we need to make decisions The 1st one is the recognition that all of us are potential teachers as well as learners and a really collaborative environment can have both If you have that in your head as a teacher creating experiences where the learners -the ones you are trying to get to learn are given the opportunity to teach each
other and teach yourself then that’s where the philosophical references really start to take hold We learn well when we create things as I said before so you need to get your students to make things not only to communicate with each other but create things for each other. It could be forum posts as the simplest example but it could be all sorts of higher order bigger things and sharing with others We use culture as a very stong influence on our lives and people take on a lot around them so one of your tasks as an educator is to create a class culture a particular style of interacting that you model and once people are doing that they’re learning almost by osmosis about the subject and how to learn online. Fourthly by understanding the contexts of each other you can teach in a more transformational way so you need to understand each other and that’s where profiles become important and we have a lot of analytics that have been developed in Moodle coming up and a lot of that is about understanding each other within the online learning environment and lastly things need to be flexible – you need to have an environment that can be changed and a course shouldn’t be something designed once and then used for the whole year. It needs to be something you’re allowed to modify as you learn about the people in the course and the students should be given opportunities to vote on some directions. They can show by their results on some activities what might need more work on or what they’re interested in and so you can respond and Moodle is designed to make it quite quick to change direction and really help those people. So that’s it with those references and Moodle is really trying to do those things- at least as the developers
of Moodle are trying to make tools that allow
teachers to do those things However we probably find that most teachers don’t necessarily do these
things and that’s really the reason for Learn Moodle is to try and show you some of this to try and enable you to be part of an environment that’s going on so you can replicate that in your own classrooms and hopefully enjoy it and become effective online teachers. We find there’s a sort of progression that goes through when people
are starting to publish online, and the 1st thing everyone wants to do it publish content and that can be pdfs and pages SCORMS videos and so on – very obvious use of the internet. But it’s not just a publishing platform You have forums You have quizzes and assignments, facilitated discussions-another whole beast from a passive forum. We have collaborative tools – wikis, glossaries, databases where people can write things together. You can you combine
activities into sequences which means that they become meta- activities with lots of connections. You can bring in things from the internet into your course and everyone’s course can do that We have survey tools to study what’s going on and reflecting You can let students peer grade each
other and influence the structure of the course and finally some of the teachers in the Moodle community are really examples of going to the full length which is where they start writing code and modifying Moodle to do what they want so they’re building the tool and extending the tools to do amazing things and share that with others. That’s really where I think you can go There we are so thanks all Just a brief intro there. I’d like to just introduce the team behind the site We have I think seven of us who have been working hard on building this Learn Moodle site for the past few weeks for you so we’ve got a very quick intro video here that Matt can start streaming just to say hello so you can see the faces behind the website. Hello I’m Martin from Moodle Maybe you want to meet some of the Learn Moodle team and Moodle HQ Hello – my name’s Aparup Banerjee I’m a developer on Moodle HQ sites team and I’ve been working
making Learn Moodle function, look, feel awesomely for you! Hi I’m Barbara I’m the web
designer and I was responsible for the Learn Moodle theme Hi I’m Matt I’m the sysadmin responsible for the underlying cluster architecture of running Learn Moodle I I’m XY I’m working on the marketing of Learn Moodle and social media accounts for Moodle …. That’s everyone in Perth -let’s go to the EU Hello world My name’s David from Czech I’m one of those invisible people in backstage I hope you all enjoy this course Hi I’m Helen in Belgium. My work on Learn Moodle has been helping Mary with the course, helping with the admin side of stuff and doing a bit of testing trying not to break anything Hello I’m Mary Cooch in the UK and I’ve been working on the learning activities for the course and I’m looking forward to supporting people in the forums Cool That was a very quick video I take full responsibility for the
quality of that – that was a first take basically so pretty good Thankyou all I’ll hand you onto Mary Cooch the lead facilitator to introduce herself and the course Over to you Mary Hello hello! I’m assuming that you can hear me and good afternoon good evening good morning wherever you
are what I’m going to do if you can bear with me for one moment
is I’m going to share my screen and show you a few slides explaining about the course – so here we go start screen share all this modern
technology I don’t know! and I hope in a moment -the screen’s blank for
now- I hope shortly you should be able to see
he course summary that’s been around for a few weeks now
Teaching with Moodle – an Introduction – so what I’m going to do is talk to you up fifteen minutes, ten,
fifteen minutes about the course and how you can make the
most of it I aim to answer it the five questions
basically so what is the course and how does it work?
Up until now all we’ve had is our introductory forum
where people have been getting to know each other – that’s been great but and the activities haven’t yet been
displayed .So I’m going to take you through those and then whether you are a beginner
completely new to Moodle or whether you’re an experienced Moodler and you
just come along to see what’s going on, like everyone else has,
been I’ll explain to you what you can do in the
course and finally I want to talk a bit about
badges which is something exciting a lot of people – and how
they relate to the Teaching with Moodle course. So if we take
them one question at a time – and what is the
course? I think the key is – and I’m moving on to
another slide – the key is in the words which I have
highlighted here in yellow. This is an Introduction to Moodle -this will cover the basic
features of Moodle for people who haven’t used it before
or who have very little experience with it .. but ..because we’re using Moodle because this is a MOOC, massive online course, if you take a look further down..we
have.. I’ve highlighted engage connect
collaborate and share and because Moodle has these activities
where you can communicate collaborate join in and and talk to each other and discuss your
learning as you go along sharing your experiences and so on. What I’ll do them is I’ll move on –
connecting that with how does it work? How does the course work then? This is a course for beginners you might see have seen that we published the schedule and so it works in four weeks’ there are four weekly sections I’m going to move on to another slide –
here’s quick screenshot of week one for example. And each week
has a certain number of activities and you can identify them by the
different icons they have so each activity in Moodle has different
icon s. If I quickly show you week 2 you can see there are some others there-
and so – one of the things that we’d like you to
do is to work your way through the activities
in each week click on them, do them participate in
them, ead them ,whatever they they require that you do – and now in terms of working your way through
if you’re a beginner – you might find that it’s better if you
actually work along with us: week 1, week 2
and so on – you’ll see at the top here that there is a live tutorial every
Sunday where I’ll take you through the the learning focus of that particular week
and all those tutorials live will be put – the recording link
will be put on the course afterwards so don’t worry if it’s a bad time for you in your time zone so… … as a newcomer you might find it
better if you follow us week by week but –
there isn’t anything really stopping you if you prefer to just dip in, mix and match here in
there, and you know, work through this the
course at your own pace. For the most part that’s fine ,although there
are few hidden and group activities which are timed and so you couldn’t, for example at the
end of our launch, if you’re an
experienced Moodler this would be, go to the course and in 30 minutes run through do everything … get your badge and never be seen again
because there are some things you need to hang around for a couple of weeks
four – but for the most part ,yes you can work through at your own pace. One thing I would
like to point out though over on the right here is we have boxes and these boxes this form a kind of checklist, and they show which activities
you’ve completed or not and then some of them will you
will see a tick, a check mark in them so that they will appear automatically
when you’ve done certain things or else you will have to click the
box, tick into the box yourself manually once you’re satisfied that you’ve done that
activity, you think you’ve done it well enough.
You’ll be able to tell because you can hover your cursor over them and they will say or else
there are different boxes – a dotted line box as to whether they’re automatic or manual – something to bear in mind So then if you are a beginner ,then
let’s take that next question – that’s what the course looks like – so as a total beginner: where do you start?
I want to answer that question next and I
think the first thing is find in the course the block
Practice course – and click the green button which says Request now and then you can ask for a course.
We’ll send you a link to course where you are in teacher – in
other words, you can add to, modify and play around with the
activities there. You can change the name of the
course once you’ve got started ,but I would
suggest you try and think of a sensible relevant name to you as you
make your course and l likewise as you create the activities in
the course, trying to think you how you would use it in the real world say you’re in your
school college establishment rather than – you know .. Mary’s practice course, test Moodle course,sandbox and so on.. try and all time, try and think if of
putting it right into where you going to use it
later because of course you can at the end if you want, you can take the course away
with you. So one ay you might like to work in the month is by just going in and trying things out
in your course – and if you get stuck going to the
question-and-answer forum we have and asking your question and getting
some help there. Now some people – like working that way; you know ,some
people just like just go straight in there and have a play… but if you’re the kind of person he
prefers more guided instruction, then I would suggest first of all, don’t forget that every
week we’re going to have a live tutorial and also – if you take a look here, we have what
Moodle calls books – and I’m going to move on to the next
slide and here’s a couple the examples in week 1 of
the Moodle book, and each week has these books and
these contain the teaching materials, if you like ,the
learning content where the focus is for that week and so if we just open up
these books you can see that they have pages
or links that take you through each of the various steps of building up your course, adding content. Now a book in Moodle, yes it has text, and so
if you like reading instructions, there’s some simple text with links to documentation
that you can read but if you’re the kind of a learner who
prefers instead to watch screencasts and see things in
action and I’m moving on to another slide – the for each of these pages in each of these
books there are videos – they only last a few minutes; very very
short and to the point where they will explain to you the
different features and activities that you might then once
you go into your course, try. And every video has captions or
subtitles in English so if you find my northern English
accent difficult to understand you can switch on the subtitles and also thanks
to our Moodle partners being really great, many of the videos
also have different languages – captions in
different languages- so you might find that your first
language has subtitles in there for you as well to help you. So If we just summarize, then – if you are beginning with Moodle and you
need to know how to get started first of all, just join in the activities
in week 1 – make sure you’ve requested a practice
course – and then be patient as we send you out
that link. And then for this week, the three things we would like you to look at is decide how you want your course to be
set up – different sections and so on different formats, and then to explore the blocks. Now Moodle courses have many
different appearances or themes but most of them or many of them will
have a larger section into which you add your actual learning
content activities resources and so on – We’ll take take a look at those in
weeks 2&3 but for week 1 if you have a look at the
blocks which appear on the side and see if there are some
which you feel would be useful to you. And finally, have a look at how you can
get learners into your course – enrolments. Now – obviously if you are an experienced Moodler and I’ll go on to my next question:
I know Moodle – what do I do? You may or you may not want to have a
course; you might already know how to do all of that. So what could you do in the course? Well.. there is nothing stopping you requesting
a course and trying out other things and we have – I’ve noticed in the forums – quite a few
people who have used an earlier version of Moodle or who are not quite up to date with this
latest version, so feel free to try those things out We would especially like it if you
could go to the and question-and-answer forum and and
give support to you the people who are new to Moodle answering their questions at a basic
level. Similarly we’re going to have a space where
we’d like experienced Moodlers to give examples of
good ways in which they’ve used Moodle’s basic features to give some inspiration and ideas to the newcomers so that that’s a way of sharing good practice, if you like – how you’ve used features in your establishment so that
others can get ideas from you I am putting the emphasis on the BASIC here so for instance this here is a great
question “I need help with drag-and-drop” in the
Q and A forum so if uou could go and answer questions
like that ,it would be super That on the other hand, this kind of question really and similar admin, technical, developer high level type questions, would be
better-off suited in the forums of Moodle.org I’ve put the link down at the bottom
there – or if indeed if this IS your question than another place that you could go to
is the documentation which is very
comprehensive too. That way we can keep our forums for the
questions for the newcomers and they won’t be
overwhelmed by this. I’m going to you now take a look
at the final question which is badges: What about badges?
This is something which you’re either very excite about and I know some people have only joined the course because of badges or you have no
idea what they are or their relevance. So just a few words about badges
then. I’m not I am not a gamer and – maybe I’m too old or
maybe I’m too female I don’t know but I’m I have understood
that badges- they started off in online games and you would have to row your boat on a river, go through a cave kill a few aliens and get a badge for it.
Well they’ve kind of moved now into education and that’s really good in that they are a
great motivator for people as they go through stages in learning new skills. I’ve seen badges used very successfully in Moodle in the last few months and
they are a great motivator. We’ve got a couple of badges on the Teaching with Moodle course – so
they’re digital badges- you get them in your profile – there’s
nothing stopping you downloading them, printing them off,
putting them on your wall, even having them as a real badge if you
want – and also and if you look at the link at the
bottom, you can push them upload them, send them to Mozilla Open Badges. They have what they call an open badges backpack and you can
collect your digital badges – you can get your Moodle ones ,put them there and
then take them around the internet with you, showing them off and being proud of them. Now of course you don’t need to earn the badges; you
don’t need to get badges you to learn Moodle and to work you made through the
site but if you are interested in getting the
badges then I would point you – I move on to
another slide – I would point you to the checkboxes –
the completion tracking, activity completion
we call it which appear against each activity and
you’ll need to make sure that these are complete if you’re going to have a chance of
getting badges. Okay – that was a very very brief overview
then – if we go back to the questions – I’ve
simply explained the the aim of the course and how it works, the different ways in which you can
approach it and how you could benefit either as a beginner or an experienced advanced user and finally I have mentioned briefly
about badges so I’m going to stop sharing my screen
shortly and a in a few moments it would be great
if you’d like to go to the course and get started and we can meet you over
there okay Assuming that you all heard that, I’m going to pass onto XY I think, who has been spending a lot of time
marketing this tweeting facebooking Google+ -ing and
so on.. just to talk a bit about the Learn Moodle hashtag Hi Can anyone hear me? Sorry I have – yeah I’ll just share the live Twitter
feed right now …yes so if anyone has any questions for Learn Moodle sorry if you want tweet that right now… Mary would take any questions and Helen
also answer any questions you may have about Learn Moodle all – so we’ve got the live twitter stream happening so you just tweet using the #learnmoodle hashtag they’ll be able to answer
any questions you have Hi there and assuming you can hear me
I’ve seen one tweet already can we get a feel for the left a level of learners using a poll maybe? well the answer is – Yes! It’s nice also to see people
are offering to be contacted in
the question-and-answer forum because they’ve used Moodle for a while – that’s
nice to see. Sorry I’m just scrolling down right now now just to see any tweets from before There isn’t very many questions as it seems. I think we could take any questions into the Q and A forum on Learn Moodle itself So are we happy to do that now? Yes I think so and also we can go to Twitter and
i’ve seen a few questions or comments that I’d like to
answer and I think unless anyone has anything
burning to say – I know Martin’s battery ran out half way through there but at least he managed to say his part which is great .I think we
could … wrap up – yeah — and fortunately because we’ve been broadcasting through Youtube we have the link to the recording and we can put this in the course so that
some people who weren’t able to be here today or whose timezone is wrong, they’ll be able
to see it as well. okay so shall we end it and we’ll say goodbye from here and I will see you shortly in the course! I’ll be here again at with Helen
next week and we going to be doing a live tutorial again at 1500 UTC where we will be taking you through the activities for
weeks 2 – so good luck everyone! And thanks for watching Thanks for watching me!

Danny Hutson

5 thoughts on “Learn Moodle Course Launch (live webcast)

  1. @moodler and @moodlefairy will be taking questions in our live webcast http://youtu.be/W0Xz9X2uIBs  – tweet your qns using #learnmoodle

  2. Thanks everyone, for joining us at #moodle's #learnmoodle live course launch! You can also view the recording at http://youtu.be/W0Xz9X2uIBs

  3. I would love to take this course the next time it is offered. I can't find a list of 2015 session dates. Can you tell me when the next course will run?

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