Moodle 2.5 Teacher Training Course
Every 4 months (February, June, October), face-to-face and fully online teachers and future teachers, both experienced and inexperienced in teaching with Moodle, will have a chance to learn about and practice teaching online with Moodle 2.5. The Moodle 2.5 teacher training courses are part of the triannual Moodle MOOC on WizIQ and are completely free.
How do you learn online? Do you go from one website to another and learn? Do you look for articles by searching on google scholar like you would in a brick-and-mortar library? Do you get information from Wikipedia or from blogs? What is valid and current on the Internet and what is not? Do you need a framework like you had in school with set curriculum, a classroom, a teacher, and other students to learn online or can you do it alone?
There are many online platforms or virtual learning environments (VLE) that allow teachers to organize information and students to connect with others for learning.
How do you choose what will work for you as a teacher and/or learner? Will you try them all and then decide? It would take a long time and your students will probably get annoyed. I would like to share my choice. My students and I found Moodle to be the most compatible.
Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (Moodle)
What is Moodle and how does it work?
Moodle stands for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment, but for my students and I, Moodle stands for connecting with others for learning. Moodle is a free learning and/course management system. You can download it from Moodle.org and install it on a domain. Martin Dougiamas developed Moodle while focusing on his PhD thesis called “The use of Open Source software to support a social constructionist epistemology of teaching and learning within Internet-based communities of reflective inquiry” (see Wikipedia).
I started teaching with Moodle in 2003. During that year, I had also used Nicenet and created a few WebQuests to make the tasks more engaging for my students. Moodle has gone through a lot of changes in the past 10 years. Moodle 2.5 is the most exciting and engaging platform.
What does Moodle 2.5 Offer?
Moodle 2.5 allows teachers to move from “being givers of information to being facilitators of learning” (Rogers, 1994, p. 118). It seems easy enough, but many teachers and students are still stuck in the traditional teacher teach to the test model and help me pass the test student expectation. So how do we move on to changing how we view instruction and learning? We try to teach and learn using Moodle.
I love the engaging activities and resources (content) available on Moodle because they allow me to teach and learn about my students. The resources and activities on Moodle help me learn about my students and how I can facilitate their learning.
Moodle 2.5 Training for Free on WizIQ
I’m enjoying Moodle 2.5 so much, I want to share it with the world. You’re invited to join and practice Moodle features (activities and resources) for free on Moodle for Teachers (M4T). Teachers, organizers of MOOCs and online conferences can use Moodle to share information and engage in active learning. I use Moodle for the annual Moodlemoot (MMVC11-MMVC14) online conference every August and for the Mooodle MOOCs on WizIQ (Moodle MOOC 1-3).
WizIQ on Moodle
One of my favorite activities on Moodle is WizIQ live virtual class. I can connect with my students for face-to-face online classes, for small group tutorials, and for individual meetings at any time within Moodle using WizIQ Moodle virtual classroom. The classes are easy to schedule, easy to access, and the recordings can be watched over and over again. I can create videos and flip my classes using the live virtual classes on WizIQ. Teaching and learning has become so much more exciting with Moodle and the activities that come with the system.
Rogers, C. & Freiberg, H. J. (1994). Freedom to learning (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.