Key tips for networking effectively at MoodleMoot Global 2024

July 9, 2024 By Barnana Sarkar

International EdTech conferences, such as MoodleMoot Global, are pivotal in bridging the gap between educational technology’s potential and practical application. 

An EdTech conference provides a unique platform for educators, administrators, learning/UX designers, working professionals, and developers to converge, share insights, and discover cutting-edge tools and strategies to revolutionise learning. At these events, attendees learn about the latest advancements in education technology. They can engage in hands-on workshops, hear from thought leaders in the field, and network with peers facing similar challenges. These conversations can lead to practical solutions that can be customised and implemented in your training or educational settings. 

Furthermore, EdTech conferences often feature case studies and sessions by industry experts. For example, if someone has successfully integrated learning management systems such as Moodle LMS or Moodle Workplace into their instruction practices, they present it at the MoodleMoot Global conference, providing valuable lessons and actionable advice. This exposure to real-world applications can inspire and equip attendees with the necessary tools and confidence to initiate change within their institutions, creating a more engaging and effective learning environment for all.

The importance of networking at EdTech conferences

Networking at an EdTech conference offers invaluable opportunities for professionals to connect with peers, learn from industry experts, and discover innovative solutions that can transform educational experiences. Especially at global conferences such as MoodleMoot Global, where participants from nearly 56 nations came together in 2023 to share ideas, networking can be the gateway to acquiring comprehensive knowledge on education. It allows you to meet new experts, expand your perspectives on teaching, and discover innovative educational practices. Connecting with peers from around the world can provide fresh insights and practical strategies to enhance your approach to education technology.

Let’s look at some of the ways how networking can be beneficial for you when attending MoodleMoot Global 2024:

  • Connect with a global community – Engaging with a global community is more than just an opportunity to meet people from different countries; it’s a chance to understand the global education technology landscape. It helps professionals to see beyond their local and regional challenges and discover how educational challenges are addressed worldwide. This international perspective is invaluable in an increasingly interconnected world where educational trends and technologies can easily cross borders.
  • Staying up-to-date with the continuous innovation cycle – One of the unique advantages of networking at MoodleMoot Global is the ability to translate global trends into local action. As experts come together, they also bring several new ideas on implementing the most recent technological upgrades to make education accessible for all. By gaining insights into how different educational institutions globally leverage technology in education, participants can adapt and apply these concepts within their own contexts. 
  • Building strategic relationships – MoodleMoot Global brings together a dynamic assembly of educators, developers, and thought leaders from across the globe. Engaging in discussions and connecting with these frontrunners enhances participants’ professional knowledge base. It also opens doors to maintaining international relations and participating in educational practices worldwide. Being part of the MoodleMoot Global community means actively partaking in a living, breathing ecosystem of innovation where members continuously contribute to and benefit from the collective progress in the field.

What to consider while preparing to network for MoodleMoot Global 2024?

Preparing for networking at MoodleMoot Global involves a strategic approach to ensure meaningful connections and foster long-term relationships. Here are some steps to help you prepare effectively:

  • Check the event’s theme – Before attending, familiarise yourself with MoodleMoot Global’s theme and key topics. Understanding the theme can help tailor your approach to networking, allowing you to focus on finding individuals and sessions that align with your goals and interests.
  • Set realistic objectives – To maximise your networking opportunities, set clear and realistic objectives for what you hope to achieve. Whether meeting potential collaborators, learning about new Moodle features, or finding mentors, having specific goals can streamline your efforts and help you allocate your time effectively.
  • Focus on building long-term relations – While exchanging contacts with as many attendees as possible is tempting, meaningful networking goes beyond mere introductions. Focus on building long-term relationships by engaging in genuine conversations, asking insightful questions, and showing interest in the work of others. Aim to follow up after the event to nurture these connections, as these can prove invaluable for mutual support and collaboration in the future.
  • Find the right crowd – At the heart of any EdTech conference is meeting individuals and groups with similar interests, challenges, and aspirations within the educational technology landscape. Networking with the right crowd means engaging with potential collaborators or mentors who can offer valuable insights, advice, and support tailored to your specific context or objectives.

How to make the most of your time at MoodleMoot Global 2024?

To network effectively and build long-term relations at MoodleMoot Global 2024, it’s crucial to approach every interaction with genuine curiosity and a spirit of collaboration. Here are five tips to help you make the most of networking at MoodleMoot Global:

  1. Approach people after lunch or drinks: Network with people right after they have had their lunch or a drink. This is the moment when they are most relaxed and open to conversations, making it easier to strike up meaningful discussions.
  2. Engage with speakers and active participants: Do your research well during presentations. Afterwards, introduce yourself to the speaker and then to the most active participants in the audience. This can lead to deeper, more insightful conversations about the topic. You will also have the opportunity to interact with everyone during the coffee breaks in between sessions. 
  3. Ask questions during presentations: Be the one to ask questions during presentations. Not only will this make you more memorable to both the speaker and the audience, but it also shows your engagement and interest in the subject matter, which can spark further discussions.
  4. Join social events and activities: Participate in social events and activities organised during the conference. These informal settings provide a great opportunity to connect with other attendees in a more relaxed atmosphere, fostering stronger and more genuine connections. Moodle Parties are a great way to develop friendly relationships with other participants. 
  5. Drop a message later: The main networking begins after the event. Always try to send a message on LinkedIn to the people that you met at the conference. This will demonstrate that you are enthusiastic about continuing the relationship.

Register for MoodleMoot Global 2024

Don’t miss the opportunity to get an early bird ticket by 16 July (UTC-6) for our packed program of sessions, events and speakers at this year’s MoodleMoot Global.