It’s back to school week!  We have all the tips and tricks for getting a jump start with Moodle this school term and will be sharing a few of our favorites all this week.

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Just like a Personal Learning Network (PLN) finding a peer group of Moodlers can really provide you with the motivation and inspiration to take your Moodling to the next level.  We all need support when using new technology or learning something new.  So here are 5 of the biggest, in no particular order.

iMoodle [600+ members]: this Ning-based social network is a great place to find resources and connect with peers.  According to the site, “The iMoodle network discusses all things Moodle, the popular LMS (learning management system) preferred by educational institutions & ESPs.”  Find events, videos, free course opportunities and ask questions on the easy to use Ning forums.  iMoodle’s Ning was founded by (and may be sponsored informally by) a member of the WizIQ/Authorgen staff, Jagdeep Singh Pannu.

MoodleMeet [1100+ members]: created by Moodle author, Laurie Korte (Moodle Magic – Make it Happen”) and originally hosted by Ning, this social network provides a similar service to iMoodle and is a destination for sharing Moodle tips and meeting new Moodlers.  Laurie’s intention was to create a space where Moodlers could meet online in order to collaborate in their own classrooms.  So if you’re looking for someone to work with directly in a Moodle classroom, this might be it.

MoodleMayhem [200 members]: this relatively new Moodle group was created by Miguel Guhlin primarily for TX based Moodlers.  It’s grown beyond that though and has provided a Google-based email list for asking questions/finding tips (~1-3 emails per week), a regular podcast series and additional quality resources provided by it’s creators and the growing membership with editing ability on the site.  If you’re looking for a collaborative, grassroots Moodle community with legit practitioners at the helm: this is it. [nearly 1,000,000 members]: the quintessential one-stop-shop for all things Moodle.  From the expert programmers providing feedback and help to the informal, “social” forums where you can debate Google’s level of evil, should be in every Moodler’s bookmark list and one of the first destinations with an issue or question.  Searching the forums will provide a history of discussion forums and Moodle docs outlining the millions of contributions to the site over nearly a decade.

LearnCentral’s Moodle Group [300 members]: LearnCentral is Elluminate’s collaborative/webinar focused social network where users can connect in discussion forums but also plan and deliver synchronous learning sessions through the popular Elluminate platform.  The service is free, the only caveat is that all sessions must be public.

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