Since we’re always asking your learners to blog, I thought I’d share my blogs I’ve been keeping as part of a Moodle training course I’m doing in my ‘spare’ time.
It’s been using the Moodle’s own built in blog, but I like WordPress open to the world better!
I really joined the course as much to see how MOOcs work as to fill in any gaps my Moodle knowledge. We use it a lot, and while it has grown cabbage-path fashion form a dumping ground for resources to something more interactive it’s been self taught.
Impressed with the user numbers!
So, some new things I discovered last week…
- The dock -Yay! down with screen clutter!
- My Home – new it existed but haven’t really used it – now encouraging my learners to use and modify, they tend to get lost in the menu navigation so a quick jump to the coures they actually enrolled in is useful
- Attitudes to learning survey – we use similar but this was new. Might be a bit high level for my learners.
- Book activity – is this a new addition, doesn’t appear in my Moodle 2.1 activities list on our own Moodle. Good way to avoid Scroll of Death. As is…One section per page
- Also not in my version! A must-have, must get onto our admin.
- Online users – liked the idea of using it in class to check we’re all on same page!
- Comments block – like the idea of using this ass a bit of a backchannel. Implemented in the newest course I’ve been putting together now!
- The tickboxes – haven’t worked out how to implment these yet or if it’s a a new feature, but handy and strangely satisfying!
The Progression list was interesting too
I’d say I’m mostly bordlerline nine just starting to experiment with those features – but seem to have bypassed forumsaltogether, probably because I mostly work with small groups.
- Putting up the handouts (Resources, SCORM)
- Providing a passive Forum (unfacilitated)
- Using Quizzes and Assignments (less management)
- Using the Wiki, Glossary and Database tools (interactive content)
- Facilitate discussions in Forums, asking questions, guiding
- Combining activities into sequences, where results feed later activities
- Introduce external activities and games (internet resources)
- Using the Survey module to study and reflect on course activity
- Using peer-review modules like Workshop, giving students more control over grading and even structuring the course in some ways
- Conducting active research on oneself, sharing ideas in a community of peers
So week two done.thoughts in no especial order…
I liked the “reflect questions” – have started using those with my learners
I liked the webcast summary of the previous week -it encourages keeping up and makes it feel “live”, as do the questions being answered there and then from the backchannels.
I find myself using this blog as a note taking device when spotting new features I haven”t used before.
The file management side of things I haven’t gone into before – using server files and recent files has already made my course set up a bit more efficient!
Want to investigate filters further.
Got caught, as I have lots of times before by ending up with wiki pages named “first page” !
COLLES survey was interesting but perhaps a bit highbrow. Anyone using it with learners less used to reflecting on their practice?