#imoot2010 Takeaways and Reflections on #Superbowl Sunday

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If you’re a serious Moodler, odds are that you’ve heard about the iMoot already.  The first ever live web-based Moodle Moot has been hugely successful (some presentations certainly more than others) and it has set the stage, presumably, for many future iMoots to come.  The last of the live presentations have wrapped already, and it’s time to look back on what worked, what didn’t and what some of the presenters thought of the whole event.

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Personally I don’t think that the iMoot coordinating committee could have done a better job.  As previously mentioned, the software and support they provided were top notch (often remedying issues withing minutes of the forum post, email or twittered message).  I’m not sure if Julian Ridden (aka @moodleman) ever slept since Thursday.  It’s understood that the members of Moodle.org and Pukunui (http://moodle.com.au) were available 24/7 throughout the conference.  Well done.

There have been a few recaps, reflections and takeaways from attendees and presenters which provide some valuable insight into what went right, wrong, etc. with the conference this year, and perhaps what can be improved upon in the future.

From David Mudrak’s blog, a post about presenting:

Invest time into preparing the slides or demonstration – these kind people come to your session and they are going to spend an hour just listening to you – paying their attention to what you say. Give them clear sign that their presence is important to you and that you were preparing for it. Tim Hunt had a great idea using questions in the new Quiz module as a way to show his slides. It was clear he was carefully thinking about what to say and how to explain it in advance. (David Mudrak @ http://blog.mudrak.name)

A keen thought about the session replays (it was mandatory that sessions ran live the first time, but after presenters could simply attend the replays for quick Q&A.  Note that my 1st presentation was at 2:30PM, but the subsequent replays and Q&A sessions were schedule for 8:30PM and 2:30AM.).

Whilst it is unreasonable to ask presenters to deliver the same presentation three times, the recorded session don’t have the same vibe as the live ones, especially you can’t ask ‘live’ questions. (Nitin Parmar @ http://colligo.wordpress.com/)

Additionally the conversation has spilled to the k-12 forum on Moodle.org.  There Colin Matheson is working to figure out how best to introduce Moodle to more teachers (http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=143218):

Just finished the session led by Tomaz [Lasic] at the iMoot about how teachers use (or don’t use Moodle) and how to encourage use (especially constructivist use).

Would love to hear:

-ideas about how you promote Moodle use at your school
-examples of good Moodle use
-types of training/professional development
-amount of admin support
-what your students think about your Moodle

Two tips I will share to kick off the discussion:

1 Use the feedback module to create survey your kids on how they like/use Moodle. Then publish results to teachers.

2Email “the top Moodle sites” every once and a while to staff to highlight active courses and creative uses. (Front Page Admin Block->Reports->Course Overview)

Looking forward to more stories and tips.

Perhaps that’s a good topic for next year?

Irregardless, if you attended you certainly came away with new ideas and tricks for your Moodle (and if you didn’t, check any of these create presentations: Enabling Accessible Multimedia for Moodle, SCORM you’ll write home about, Funny things happened when I learned to use the forum, or Forum: The Heart Beat of Moodle.  I’m still thinking about Lewis Carr’s Making Moodle Funky.  Really excellent stuff.  Check out the video below for a teaser (note that you’ll see shots of a real working Moodle site with some amazing modifications, some of which are available to download for FREE):

For the official iMoot videos check out http://www.youtube.com/user/imoot2010.

More to come on iMoot for sure.

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