MOOC On WizIQ: Moodle for Teachers EVO 2013

MOOCs are Massive Open Online Courses that are generally free of charge, but not always. MOOCs are becoming popular not only in educational institutions of higher education, but also in the informal sector of education. You can now participate in MOOCs on WizIQ.

I have been involved in free MOOCs since 2008. From my experiences, MOOCs can be very rewarding to both the teacher and the participant since both become learners in the process. Many of us would agree that learning online is one of the best if not the best way to access information these days because of the Internet and web technologies. MOOCs are a great  way to not only access information, but to access it with other learners from around the globe. Sharing information and learning together makes the process engaging and fun.

Moodle for Teachers (M4T) EVO for 2013
Moodle for Teacher (M4T) courses are fun and engaging. M4T courses have become very popular since 2009 when the first M4T started on Integrating Technology. Many of the M4T courses turned into MOOCs because they were free open and online. The participants who join M4T contribute to the courses because they bring varying cultures with them. The course participants learn about Moodle, practice using the skills they learn, and learn about other cultures. Learning about other cultures is bringing the world closer together and perhaps ultimately will lead to peace. Learning together is a clear indication that people from around the globe can live in peace.

The participants are mostly teachers from around the world. Their goal is to make learning interesting for their students. They wish to learn how to motivate and include web technologies for instruction and learning. Some of the participants or Moodlers wish to teach fully online while others prefer blended or a combination of face-to-face and online components. Whatever reasons the participants have for joining M4T courses, they soon become active lifelong learners.

You are invited to join this and other courses on how to teach online using WizIQ and Moodle.

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Moodle for Teacher (M4T) on WizIQ

Moodle for Teachers is a free course that will be starting on January 14 but the course registration is now open for anyone to join for free. The course practice area will be on Integrating Technology but the course content which includes the live classes and recordings, PowerPoint presentations and other documents, and discussions will remain on the course on WizIQ forever or for as long as you wish to access it. The course on IT4ALL will only be available during the course duration (5 weeks). You are encouraged to enroll in the WizIQ course area for ongoing updates and support.

Teachers of M4T EVO 2013
The teachers of the course are 4 very experienced Moodle teachers who have been collaborating as a team since 2009: Drs Nellie Deutsch, Ludmila Smirnova, Barbara Yalof, Nancy Zingrone. All of the facilitators are passionate and experienced Moodlers. Nellie is an administrator of a number of Moodle websites. She provides support, mentorship, and consultation on Moodle and online teaching with web technologies. Ludmila has been using Moodle for a number of years at Mount Saint Mary University. Ludmila has been conducting workshops on Moodle with Nellie since 2009 both online and at conferences around the world. Barbara has been using Moodle and other web technologies for a number of years. Nancy was the Academic Advisor and administrator of Moodle at Atlantic University. She lead the faculty at Atlantic University to migrate to Moodle.

Instructions on how to enroll in the course on IT4ALL website: 
Take steps 1-3 if you don’t have an account on Integrating Technology. Go to step 4 if you have an account.

  1. Click here to create a new account (if you don’t have one)
  2. Confirm your new account by going into your email.
  3. Go back to the site and login/sign in.
  4. Enroll in the course here with the following enrollment key: evo4u@it4all

Moodle for Teachers (M4T) 2013 EVO online workshop will take place on a Moodle website called Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL) and on WizIQ Education Online. The aim of the M4T workshop is to provide participants, who have never used Moodle or who would like to enrich their previous Moodle experiences, with the knowledge and skills to navigate a Moodle course, access resources, activities, and blocks from a student perspective and practice the same Moodle features in class practice sections as teachers. The participants will develop a lesson or course on Moodle.

The workshop will include both asynchronous (not dependent on time) and synchronous (time dependent) learning environments. The asynchronous will be conducted on the Moodle and the synchronous learning environment will be conducted on WizIQ (free premium accounts for educators) in the Moodle. Participants will watch tutorials, post to the discussion forums, and practice Moodle tools with the roles of a student and teacher.

The goal of the M4T EVO 2013 course is to help educators ensure the quality of online learning through systematic instructional design of online and blended online courses (BOL) and instructor training on online pedagogies.

Description
This intensive five-week workshop is designed to engage the participants in theoretical and practical aspects of online learning and teaching with a Learning Management System (LMS) called Moodle. Participants or Moodlers as they are called will be introduced to the Moodle philosophy and course development tools. By successfully completing the program, participants will have acquired the knowledge and skills needed to create basic Moodle resources and activities for blended online learning (BOL) or blended learning (BL) courses. As online learners, participants will understand online learning from the student’s perspective so they can prepare their future courses with the learner in mind.

Workload & Format
M4T EVO 2013 requires participants to be active at least 10 hours a week on theoretical and practical aspects of online learning (individually and in teams). Participants will learn about resources, activities, and blocks as students and practice the role of a teacher in setting up resources and activities. In addition, teacher will have access to the admin settings for courses and for user enrolments.

Participants will be actively involved in the course. The tasks involved creating video tutorials. Participants will learn to use screensharing (jing, screen-o-matic, present me, screenr) and authoring tools (Youtube, Vimeo, Bliptv, Vocaroo)

Screensharing tools for tutorials 

Expected Learning Outcomes
By the end of the workshop learners should be able to:

  • Update course settings
  • Enrol users
  • Create and edit discussion forums
  • Create and edit glossaries

Live Online Classes (webinars) will be held on Saturdays at 4 GMT/UTC  (11 AM EST) in the M4T EVO 2013 course area for 60 minutes. Recordings will be available in the WizIQ course area. 

Date Time & Converter Duration Link to Session
January 12, 2013 4 PM GMT 60 Minutes http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/1028959-moodle-for-teachers-m4t-tesol-call-is-evo2013
January 19, 2013 4 PM GMT 60 Minutes  http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/1028973-week-2
January 26, 2013 4 PM GMT 60 Minutes http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/1028978-week-2-january-26-2013
February 2, 2013 4 PM GMT 60 Minutes http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/1028980-week-3-february-2-2013
February 9, 2013 4 PM GMT 60 Minutes http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/1028982-week-4-february-9-2013
February 16, 2013 4 PM GMT 90 Minutes http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/1028983-week-5-february-16-2013

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.

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