Let’s Moodle Mooc Once Again!

Moodle Mooc 3

I’m an LE
I’m an LE. If you say it fast enough, you get my name. An LE is short for Learner Engager. I engage learners with the content, one another, and with the instructor, facilitator, mentor, coach, teacher, presenter, speaker, and/or lecturer. I’ve been an LE to numerous online and face-to-face teachers around the globe. I am an LE for anyone who wants to use technology in and out of the physical and online class.

Current LE Session
Currently, I’m an LE for participants of a 5-week mega session called Moodle for Teachers for TESOL Electronic Village Online or EVO for 2014 or as I have coined it, M4TEVO14. The EVO session started on January 13, 2014 and will end on February 16. M4TEVO14 is in its third year, so if you missed M4TEVO14, you may join M4TEVO15 in January 2015.

M4TEVO14 or M4TEVO15?
M4TEVO14 is for anyone who wants to Moodle. There are over 1500 participants so far, so Moodling must be in demand and/or maybe the way the course is run makes it popular. If you’re interested in (a) learning how to Moodle, (b) online teaching, (c) Moodle 2.5, (c) watching a mega course in action, (d) integrating technology into instruction and learning, or (e) in learning  what I do as an LE, and do not wish to wait till next year for M4TEVO15, you can join Moodle MOOC 3 on February 1, 2014.

Moodle MOOC 1-3 on WizIQ
Moodle MOOC 3 or MM3 is part of the series of tri-annual Moodle MOOCs that take place every June, October, and February. Every Moodle MOOC has two venues: Presentations by educators for educators, and two courses on How to Moodle for beginners and non-beginners. The course takes place on a Moodle site called Moodle for Teachers (M4T) and on a WizIQ course (click on the link to join).

First Moodle MOOC in the World
The first Moodle MOOC started on WizIQ on June 1, 2013 and ran for a whole month. Martin Dougiamas, the founder of Moodle gave a very impressive presentation at the opening ceremony of the first Moodle MOOC. The second Moodle MOOC took place in October 2013 with almost 3000 participants.

What is Moodle?
Moodle is a learning and course management system that allows teachers and students to engage in the content, with one another, and with the course teacher. Moodle is open source with many developers. It started with Martin Dougiamas, a doctoral student in Australia in 1999. Moodle has improved a great deal since its early days. Today Moodle is the number one course and learning management system.

Moodle has become very popular with learning organizations and teachers. According to Moodle.org, there are currently 64,000 registered sites in 233 countries with 6,872,679 courses and 65,544,526 users and 1,155,563 teachers. What makes Moodle so popular with teachers and learning organizations?

Moodle Developers Cater to Learners
Moodle developers truly cater to students’ needs as they develop activities that make learning as socially engaging as possible. Every Moodle course is divided into activities and resources. Developers are continually adding and improving plugins or applications that make Moodle a truly amazing learning environment. One such plugin is WizIQ. WizIQ live classes can be integrated into Moodle sites. When integrated, WizIQ will appear as an activity in a Moodle course.

WizIQ on Moodle


WizIQ is a Moodle plugin activity. The plugin allows teachers to schedule and give live synchronous classes directly in a Moodle course. Participants of a Moodle course don’t have to leave the course area to get to the live events. They just click on the WizIQ icon and enter the class when it begins.

WizIQ Activity on Moodle MOOC 3
You can learn how to connect with your students using the WizIQ activity on Moodle in Moodle MOOC 3 and  on Moodle for Teachers Moodle (M4T) in February 2014. You’re invited to join Moodle MOOC 3 and learn how to Moodle on Moodle 2.5 and  use WizIQ as an activity directly from the Moodle course. You can get a badge and level 1 certification as an online teacher on WizIQ.

Certificates and Badges

Moodle 2.5 has badges. Badges are an amazing way to engage learners not only in completing tasks, but also as a way to check whether they have done the activities on Moodle correctly. Badges are a huge hit on M4TEVO14. Moodle also has a plugin activity called Certificates. You can add the plugin to your Moodle courses, design, and generate certificates. Every Moodle MOOC 3 participant, facilitator,and presenter will be eligible for a certificate at the end of the MOOC.

Badges on Moodle 2.5

Moodle 2.5, and higher versions, now have badges for participants who complete the courses, activities, or for filling in forms. Participants of Moodle MOOC 3 will have a chance to get a badge for each of the 4 weeks. You can find out what it’s like to be awarded a badge instead of getting just a grade by being active in one of the Moodle for Teacher courses for Moodle MOOC 3.

Moodle Website and WizIQ Course Areas
Moodle MOOC 3 will be taking place on a Moodle website called Moodle for Teachers (M4T) and on WizIQ. There will be daily presentations by educators for educators on various topics that relate to each of us in a personal and professional way on WizIQ (click to see the list of presentations). Participants will learn to Moodle and teach online with socially engaging activities on M4T website.

Learning is Social
Learning to teach online or in blended learning courses with Moodle requires teachers to connect with learners at all levels. Learning is about people and not only about the content. Learning involves the whole person. Moodle MOOC 3 models learning as a socially engaging activity that aims to help participants understand themselves so they can be in a better position to help their students.

If you have any queries regarding the Moodle Mooc 3 (enrollment, participation, course, presenters, anything), feel free to ask me in comments below.


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. I totally agree that ” Learning to teach online or in blended learning courses with Moodle requires teachers to connect with learners at all levels. Learning is about people and not only about the content. Learning involves the whole person. Moodle MOOC 3 models learning as a socially engaging activity that aims to help participants understand themselves so they can be in a better position to help their students.”
    Thank you Nellie for creating the Moodle Mooc 3.
    Regards,
    Halina

  2. Dear Nellie:
    I’m not taking part because I’m involved in other two EVO sessions. I’m sure I’, m missing something great. You’re a great inspiration to teachers all over the world.
    A hug from Argentina. I’m sure I’ll be able to participate in any session during the year. It’s always interesting and encouraging to improve our practices and to be lifelong learners ourselves. THANKS !

  3. Well written and very informative.Moodle is really a great tool for we teachers.
    Regards
    Namita

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