Welcome Again to Moodle MOOC 2 on WizIQ

The huge success of Moodle MOOC-1, that started in June, can be attributed to several factors:

1. an amazing line-up of invited guests and facilitators,

2. an amalgamation of two amazing concepts, i.e. Moodle and MOOCing,

3. an amazing platform to host the MOOC via WizIQ Virtual Classroom, and,

4. an overwhelming response from an amazing audience (yes, you!).

For all those who have been with us from the beginning of the journey, I extend my gratitude and welcome you once again to MOODLE MOOC 2. For the new Moodle MOOCers, I welcome you and assure you that it is going to be an amazing experience. Moodle has been my passion for a long time and I am glad to be hosting the second in a series Moodle MOOC via WizIQ.

About Moodle MOOC 2

This MOOC will focus on Transpersonal Active Learning (TAL) and teaching through Moodle. Transpersonal development encompasses the whole person. The process takes place within and without as teachers and students learn to lead from the inside out. The live presentations will include the speakers’ reflective process on teaching and learning in fully online and blended learning formats.

Moodle MOOC 2 will also include Moodle for Teachers (M4T) courses for beginners and advanced Moodlers. The courses will be asynchronous (Moodle) and synchronous (WizIQ) with recordings on WizIQ, YouTube, and Vimeo.

There will be two learning areas: WizIQ course area and Moodle for Teachers (M4T) Moodle website. The live online sessions and recordings, tutorials (courseware) and ongoing discussions (course feed) will be available in the WizIQ course area. Unlike the traditional MOOCs, that stress content and course delivery, Moodle MOOC will focus on active learning, reflection, sharing, and collaboration. The aim of the course is for the participants to learn through meaningful connections and social interactions. Participants, who wish to receive a certificate of participation, will be required to document their learning experiences by keeping a blog, wiki, website, or any other artifact that will include a description and reflection of the live sessions or recordings.

Moodle for Teachers Learning Experience (M4TLE)

M4TLE is a self-paced component of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on WizIQ for teachers and anyone interested in teaching online using Moodle, WizIQ, and other web technologies. The course will take place in the month of October 2013. The MOOC is in the spirit of open education and is completely free.

Participants will become acquainted with Moodle as a course and learning management system. They will learn how Moodle can be used in a fully online environment, with the blended learning model, and in the flipped classroom. The course will only include asynchronous (not dependent on time) element on a Moodle site called Moodle for Teachers. The course is self-paced with ongoing discussions (facilitator and technical support available), live online classes (recordings), videos, and other relevant content.

Support

Participants will get ongoing support from the organizers of the MOOC, from the course feed on the course, and/or by filling in the following Google drive form.

Workload

The workload for the MOOC includes participating or viewing the recordings of the live session and developing a reflective artifact in the form of a blog, wiki, Google drive doc, website, and so on, to sustain the information relevant to your needs and your learning experiences. In addition, participants will be able to learn to manage a Moodle website as a teacher or manager. The course activities and resources are available below.

Certificates of Completion (Badges on Moodle)

Participants, who are active on the coursefeed (discussions), attend all and/or view the recordings of all the sessions, reflect and write about the live sessions and share the link of their activities (blog, wiki, Moodle, Facebook and other social networks) will be eligible for a certificate of completion. This aspect of the MOOC is ongoing, but time-based. The due date for the reflective practice is October 31, 2013.

Learning Environments for Moodle MOOC

There are 2 learning areas for the MOOC:

WizIQ Course

WizIQ course area for the live classes (recordings), content (tutorials), and discussions: http://www.wiziq.com/course/20705-teaching-with-moodle

Moodle for Teachers Learning Experience (Self-paced)

Moodle Experience for a Moodle course: http://moodle4teachers.org

There are 3 courses on the Moodle Experience website:

  • Moodle for Beginners

  • Moodle for Non-Beginners

  • Moodle Practice Area including WizIQ live class plugin on Moodle (with teacher editing rights)

Course Highlights

  • Week 1: Active Learning

  • Week 2: Creating Engaging Activities

  • Week 3: Learning & Teaching Online

  • Week 4: Transpersonal Learning

  • Week 4: Live Online Class Experiences

Team of Facilitators

The MOOC and the live online classes will be coordinated by Dr. Nellie Deutsch.

Participants will be able to ask questions in advance and throughout the course through the following Google drive document.
The live online classes will be recorded for future reference, so don’t worry if you cannot attend or if you’d like to review the content.

Invited Guests

  • Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach (USA) (Doctoral Candidate)
  • Dr. Ludmila Smirnova (USA)
  • MeiMei Fox (USA)
  • Benjamin Stewart (Doctoral Candidate) (Mexico)
  • Dr. Dean Radin (USA)
  • Dr. Rachel Sale (USA)
  • Dr. Marshall (USA)
  • Dr. Cheryl Kulikowski-Lentz (USA)
  • Dr. Ebba Ossiannilsson (Sweden)
  • Stephen Downes (Canada)
  • Dr. Nancy Zingrone (USA)
  • Dr. Ramesh C. Sharma (India)

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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. Perry Gray-Reneberg Says: October 10, 2013 at 11:50 am

    This course is shaping up to be a very effective demonstration of the clean yet powerful ways modern Moodle engages learners.

  2. Perry Gray-Reneberg Says: October 10, 2013 at 11:50 am

    This course is shaping up to be a very effective demonstration of the clean yet powerful ways modern Moodle engages learners.

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