Moodlers, we recently announced sign up for our next Learn Moodle 3.4 Basics MOOC is now open!
— Moodle (@moodle) October 13, 2017
Our MOOC will be held for four weeks starting from 8 January.
So if your New Year’s Resolution is to learn something new, why not join us for our popular and free Learn Moodle MOOC?
As you can see from our recent announcement, there will be many regular Moodlers joining us for this MOOC.
— Luiggi Sansonetti (@luiggisanso) October 13, 2017
— Aurelie Soulier (@EdTechYogi) October 13, 2017
For those who are new to our MOOC and indeed to Moodle, let’s take a few minutes to chat to our facilitators of the MOOC and Moodle HQ team members – Mary Cooch and Elizabeth Dalton.
Moodle HQ: Mary can you start by giving us a brief history as to when Learn Moodle MOOC started, how it started and where are we at now with the course?
Elizabeth: The MOOC is for anyone who wishes to learn how to TEACH with Moodle and who has either never used it before or only used it for uploading files. Site administration, hosting and development are not covered, and the MOOC only uses features available in standard Moodle or MoodleCloud.
Participants must work through certain activities and may also create teaching content in a course. Former participants have estimated around three to four hours per week but this depends on each individual and how much detail you choose to go into with the tasks.
There is help available 24/7 and optional live sessions so you’re never on your own! This time, for the first time, you’ll be able to choose whether you want to go through the course quickly, or at a slower pace, week by week. If you wish to have the coveted Certificate of Completion, you’ll need to meet some deadlines in a peer assessment task, whichever path you take.
Moodle HQ: In your multiple Learn Moodle facilitation, what are some of the major highlights that you can share that makes the course better and more popular with so many existing and new Moodlers?
Mary: The MOOC focuses on the very basics of teaching with Moodle, so participants need not fear their lack of technical or admin knowledge. Practice courses are provided – participants don’t need to set anything up themselves. In the MOOC, you get to be both student and a teacher: a student in the main course where you learn how to teach with Moodle, and a teacher in their own practice course where you try out activities and, later on, get feedback from other participants.
Although the MOOC is for complete, non-technical beginners, we always get experienced Moodlers coming along to help the newcomers, and this makes for a great mix of learning: social constructionism in action!
Moodle HQ: Lastly, the next MOOC is Learn Moodle 3.4 Basics. Can you explain why the name has changed from simply Learn Moodle?
Elizabeth: The term “Learn Moodle” now covers a whole new curriculum to learn how to teach online, of which our Basics MOOC forms the first stage. A new Moodle Education team has begun constructing training modules designed to follow the MOOC and to lead to new Moodle Teaching Certificates and a larger conversation around Teaching and Learning using Moodle. We’ll tell you more next year!
First, we dive more deeply into Moodle tools. Next, we explore how to apply common teaching patterns using Moodle. Then we explore different teaching approaches in Moodle (something close to my heart as it is the subject of my current PHD dissertation).
Thank you Mary and Elizabeth for taking the time to let us know a little bit more about Learn Moodle MOOC.
You too can catch Mary and Elizabeth when you sign up and be part of our upcoming MOOC starting on 8 January.
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