iMoot Conference – 2011

iMoot is an annual virtual conference where the global Moodle Community of more than 32 million users has a chance to learn from each other. Over the course of 4 days, Moodle practitioners, teachers and experts from around the world take turns to present in different time zones. This year’s iMoot will be held online between the 30th of April and the 3rd of May. There is still time to register and participate over the next few days at It’s only AU$65 so great value for money! For more information and to see what other Moodlers are saying, you can also view the iMoot Twitter Stream.

If you don’t want to participate by yourself, then take advantage of the following events screening live in room J208 at the Taradale campus on Monday and Tuesday. Martin Dougiamas’ keynote about Moodle 2.0 will start at 9am on Monday, a fine way to ease into the new term…

Just walk on in. Coffee & tea will be available. We may even stretch to bikkies…

The TiLT Team

(Technology in Learning & Teaching)

Monday May 2 2011

9am  KEYNOTE – Moodle 2.x

Martin Dougiamas (Moodle HQ, Perth)

10.30am Moodle for distance students
Sandy Thompson and I introduced our new students to moodle to assist them with their studies away from the classroom.  They are full time managers or leaders in the not for profit sector and busy people.  Creating lessons in moodle, encouraging them to communicate with each other, and to creatively use moodle themselves have all been part of the journey.  We would like to share with you the moodle site created, how we introduced it, and how the student engagement is going.

Hilary Star-Foged & Sandy Thompson (Unitec NZ)

12pm  The Many faces of Moodle: A Tour through the many versatile Course Formats
There are a wide array of course formats available to Moodlers to help change the face and way that students interact with the resources and activities in any given Moodle classroom.This presentation will highlight the standard and community contributed course formats available to add new life to Moodle courses and change the way that students engage materials.  In addition we’ll discuss what formats work best for what types of courses and will see an example course re-designed to fit each of the different course formats.Formats that will be covered include:

  • Weekly
  • Topic
  • Social
  • Project
  • Flex
  • Tabs
  • and more

Joseph Thibault (USA)

1.30pm  Moodle in Action: 21 Schools Moodling together
The presenter is the Learning Technology Adviser for the 21 English Schools Foundation schools in Hong Kong.ESF is using Moodle across all 21 schools from Kindergarten upwards. This case study will be a tour of how Moodle is been used and adapted to support learning.There is a particular emphasis of how the look and feel of Moodle can be adapted to support the needs of younger children.
Paul White (ESF, Hong Kong)
3pm  Adobe Connect for Live Classroom delivery with Moodle
Dan Wells (NSW)
4.30pm  History of Moodle
Shane Elliot (Pukunui, AUS)


Tuesday May 3 2011

9am   Moodle in Vocational and Applied Professional Education
Case study of Moodle at Unitec, New Zealand’s largest Institute of Technology.Currently Unitec are part way through the process of shifting from Blackboard to Moodle as part of their elearning and living curricula strategies.In this presentation I will show examples of how they are using Moodle to support students in vocational and applied professional education, share success stories, and tips and tricks that might help other tertiary institutes.
Tabitha Roder (Auckland)
10.30am  Learning Journeys – Crafting Adaptive Courses
Moodle 2.0 encourages us as educators to create activities for our learners that activate their engagement with the subject, to lead to deeper knowledge creation and lifelong learning skills.  In this presentation, we explore a course designed for adult learners to accommodate varying entry experience and knowledge levels.  By establishing previous experience and existing knowledge, we encourage learners to build the skills and knowledge they need to move forward in a self-paced, engaging environment.  The course demonstrates ways of using creatively graded activities combined with conditional activity release to achieve learning outcomes that are meaningful to students and educators
Lindy Klein (NSW)
12pm   Integrating Moodle with the Big Blue Button
This presentation will show the world’s first open source web-casting conferencing tool’s (Big Blue Button) integration with the growing and popular moodle software. This combination of software has been used to manage and deliver educational courses in universities and with many other institutions. In addition this software combination has been used in organizational settings helping companies save both time and money by allowing them to work with material and conduct meetings virtually. Come see how you too can save time and money by using this unique combination of open-source software.
Shawn MacDonell(Canada)
1.30pm Unofficial Moodle- Newsworthy (or how I started and built a Moodle community destination)
I registered in November 2009 because I had all sorts of Moodle resources and tidbits that weren’t appropriate for my (then) company’s blog.  Moving the overflow of articles, ideas, tips and tricks to this new blog let me create a growing public resource and put me smack in the middle of a vibrant community of Moodlers.Moodlenews started as just a simple blog of a few posts about what I saw other companies and individuals doing with Moodle LMS.  Today it gets me up every morning at 6am and posting three articles before I even open my email and has put me in contact with CEOs headline-making companies, sent me to my first Moodle Moot and connected me with 1000s of Moodlers around the globe.In this session I’ll highlight the brief history of, how it all started and the short, bumpy and often interesting road it’s taken me down.  If you’re interested in blogging about Moodle, sharing resources or just curious why I spend 2 hours every morning thinking about orange M’s and mortar boards then you might find this interesting.
Joseph Thibault (USA)
3pm   Assessment for Learning using Moodle
This presentation comes from a current 2010/2011 action learning project of the same name which is focused on the development and implementation of integrated assessment and learning strategies that aim to improve learner performance in the VET sector.This project explores the five key strategies of “Assessment for Learning” in an e-learning context using Moodle as the application. The project deliverables (due June 2011) will be guidelines that can be used by lecturers when developing e-learning resources and specifically the different Moodle functions and their applicability to the key strategies.This presentation will discuss the “Assessment for Learning” strategies and how they are being implemented using Moodle as part of the current project and any findings so far.
Cheryl Cox (AUS)
4.30pm  Developing Staff E-Learning Capacity through a community of Practice
Communities of Practice have become a popular vehicle for developing capacity within tertiary institutions. Unitec New Zealand is presently implementing a transformative ‘E-learning Development Strategy’ which aims to develop the capability and capacity of Unitec academic staff in integrating learning technologies to enhance learning experiences. The E-learning Strategy has seen the funding of a number of additional, temporary roles which are being funded for 18 months to support and foster increased staff capability and capacity in e-learning and associated academic and information literacies. Among these roles are the department-based E-learning Community Coordinator (ELCC) roles, which are served on a part-time (up to 0.4) basis by Unitec teaching staff.The ELCC’s have the responsibility of engaging in a cross- institutional Community of Practice, and encouraging a local community of practice within their department to support staff development in the field of e-learning, and its integration into all Unitec courses and programmes. Concurrently, six Faculty-based Advisors have been employed to support the ELCCs and other staff to develop capacity in Academic Literacies and E-learning. These roles will significantly assist in supporting the Communities of Practice which have been and are being established.In this brief presentation, we will explore and reflect upon, the enablers and barriers experienced in the ELCC role, lessons learned from the implementation of this model and its efficacy in meeting institutional goals.
Nicoletta Rata (Unitec, NZ)

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Heads-up for eLearning Conferences in NZ 2011

If you haven’t quite locked your professional development in for 2011, there are a few eLearning conferences in New Zealand that you may want to consider. Bonus, all of these still have their call for papers open, so consider not just attending but contributing too!

ShareFest – 11-12 July

Location: Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton

Cost: $175 + GST

Call for Papers: open until filled

MoodleMoot NZ – 26-28 July

Location: Unitec, Auckland

Cost: $345 (Wed & Thur only)

Call for Papers: no closing date known

International Conference on eLearning Futures 2011 – 30 November 2011

Inaugural conference. Keynote speaker: Prof Steve Wheeler

Location: Auckland

Cost: Unknown (Registration opens 3 May 2011)

Call for Papers: 13 May 2011

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20 Things I Learned About Browsers & The Web

Google has created a fantastic resource for everything you always wanted to know about the web but were afraid to ask. Not only is it very informative, but the way they’ve set it up, as a 3D flip book is very creative.

Take a look! I certainly learned 1 or 2 new “things”…

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