Take the online stage and make an impact at #MootGlobal20

May 27, 2020 By Júlia Verdaguer

Share your Moodle story and inspire peers in our MoodleMoot Global Online, an event that will connect thousands of Moodlers from all parts of the world. 

At a time when most of the world is teaching, learning and working online, your #MoodleStory can really make a positive impact on educators and organisations worldwide. By sharing how you’re using Moodle to teach online, you can help others who are looking for best practices to improve the learning experience for their students and teams.

How have you shifted to fully online learning during the Covid-19 pandemic? What creative best practice for organisational training with Moodle have you discovered? Do you have a custom admin process or plugin that can improve the maintenance and management of Moodle? Submit your presentation proposal through our MootGlobal20 website before June 14.


A win-win experience for the Moodle community and yourself

In case you’re still unsure about sharing your Moodle story, tips or discovery with the Community, today we look back at an interview with Tim Hunt, Leading Technical Developer at Open University and long time contributor to Moodle. Tim has run many sessions at our Moodle conferences and talked to us about the benefits of being a MoodleMoot presenter when we spoke to him back in January 2019:

Moodle HQ: Hello, Tim! We are very happy to talk to you. For those who might not know you, could you tell us a little about yourself, what you do, and what relationship you have with Moodle?

Tim: I am a Senior software developer working at the Open University, UK. We have been using Moodle since 2006, which means we started with Moodle 1.6. I have been doing Moodle development ever since. As well as the work I do for the OU, I am also the maintainer of the Quiz module and Question bank components of the code in the community. I am one of the more active contributors to the Moodle.org forums. 

Moodle HQ: We know you have been attending MoodleMoots for a while. What is your favourite thing about Moots?

Tim: It is difficult to give just one thing, because what makes Moots great is the combination of everything:

  • Most obviously, it is a great way to learn about all the latest developments in the Moodle world.
  • Perhaps less obviously, attending gives you and your organisation, a voice. Normally several of the session either explicitly or implicitly help set the priorities for what happens next (see, for example, https://twitter.com/moodler/status/1073616103274885122). Come along and help steer Moodle in a good direction.
  • And those first two reasons just relate to the formal conference sessions. Some of the best interactions at a Moot happen during the breaks. As you talk to other Moodlers you find people with similar situations to you, and you can share ideas for what to do about them, or cool plugins you might want to use.

Moodle HQ: As a software developer and very active member of the Moodle Community, you have also contributed to many Moots with presentations. What would you say is the best about presenting to Moodle Users, and Moodle HQ, at a Moot? 

Tim: We all get a lot from Moodle, and it is nice to be able to contribute back. If you have done something, and what you did or what you learned about the effective use of Moodle, could help other Moodlers, then please share. There is also the phenomenon where the person who learns most from any conference talk is the person who prepared and delivered it. So, it can really help you reflect on what you have done. If you present, you will get questions and feedback from the audience, which might well give you more ideas for doing what you did even better. So, really there are so many benefits of taking the plunge and presenting. The kind of talks I particularly like to hear are ones where people talk about how they are using Moodle in their teaching, and what worked and what did not. So, if you could give a talk like that, please submit something. Those talks tend to be much more interesting than talks by developers ;-)

Moodle HQ: Some of our readers may have never attended a MoodleMoot yet and might be considering joining us for our next event; what would you say to them?

Tim: Go for it. You will certainly enjoy yourself and learn a lot. Those two things normally go together.


Ready to submit your presentation? Visit our MoodleMoot Global Online website