Engaging Online Activities on the Moodle MOOC

Completing Moodle MOOC
Participants of the MOOC are required to do 4 tasks for Weeks 1-4 if they wish to get a certificate of completion. The energy is high as the participants devote hours of work to making the MOOC work for them. Collaborating in teams is not an easy task for some of us, but doing it online is foreign to most.

Task for Week 1
Questions are important to learning. I follow the KWHL method of acquiring information. The idea behind the method is for participants to learn about what they know and decide what they wish to learn.

Participants were asked to create a chart and plot what they know, what they want to learn, how and where they will get the information, and summarize what they learned. Then, they went back and listed what they know, what they would still want to learn and so on. Learning is ongoing and so is the KWHL process.

Participants are encouraged to access the interactive syllabus, ask questions and add comments to it:

Task for Week 2
In week 2, participants will learn about and create engaging activities for other teachers in the MOOC. Please team up and learn about your fellow Moodlers’ students and how to create engaging activities for them. The task for week 2 is to demonstrate the activity you learned in real time. Yes, they will be teaching and recording/video tapping themselves as they do. This is not an “about” task. It is the real thing. They may work in teams and co-teach the activity. The tasks will be added to the task area on the Moodle experience website.

Task for Week 3
In week 3, participants will learn about and demonstrate how to teach and learn online. The task of the week is to conduct a literature study on teaching and learning online. Participants will create an interactive digital artifact of their findings and share the task for week 3 in the task area on the Moodle experience website.

Task for Week 4
In week 4, participants will explore and teach in a live virtual class using the WizIQ plugin activity directly from Moodle in week 4 after the live online event on WizIQ. Here’s a video tutorial on WizIQ activity on the Moodle and how to schedule and teach a virtual class. They may practise using the WizIQ plugin activity in the following Moodle course called WizIQ Practice Area. Here’s more about WizIQ plugin activity on Moodle.

The task of the final week is to schedule a live class, add content, teach, and share the recording for feedback from the participants. You may invite friends and colleagues to your session.

We talk a lot about what we’d like to do. I say Do it! The participants of Moodle MOOC are actively engaged in conversations and creating digital artifacts. I would like to thank the participants for providing me with so many learning experiences.

In week 1, participants from Moodle for Beginners (M4B) and Moodle for Experienced Teachers (M4ET) were to ask questions using videos to visually ask their question. Participants of Moodle for Managers (M4M) the administrators and experienced managers of the MOOC were to provide tutorials on the layout of the Moodle and learn about the beginners knowledge or lack of knowledge from the discussion forums set for each week in the public area (outside the specific courses). Here are two examples of Digital Artifacts for week 1.

Asking Questions
The participants of the MOOC work hard and deserve a lot of recognition. They are using their creativity and doing a superb job. Here are a few of samples of the digital artifacts.

 


Dr. Nellie Deutsch is an education technology and curriculum consultant, faculty at Atlantic University in the MA transpersonal and leadership studies, teacher trainer, researcher, and writer. She organizes Moodle MOOCs and online conferences. She earned her doctorate in education and educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix Her dissertation research (available on ProQuest & Amazon) focused on instructor experiences with integrating technology in blended learning contexts in higher education around the world. Nellie offers free teacher training courses on teaching with technology, action research and Moodle for teacher courses to new, veteran, and future teachers who wish to teach online, face-to-face or in blended learning formats. She also provides online courses to teachers and ICT people on how to be administrators of Moodle websites. She integrates Moodle and WizIQ live virtual classes in all her courses.

Comments

  1. It need lots of hard work on the part of students.

  2. It need lots of hard work on the part of students.

  3. Have just been watching some of the recorded WizIQ classes and signed up for another one. The students have been working so hard; and doing such a great job. It’s wonderful to see so many of them still working so hard at the end of a course. You have put together a really wonderful MOOC Nellie!

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