This post was provided by Kristian Still and Craig Sumner, two guest writers on location at the 2010 Moodle Moot UK atULCC. Their notes are interspersed with the Twitter entries as they were occurring during and corresponded to the sessions.
So day two of Moodle Moot 2010 kicked off with a very interesting / reassuring keynote from Martin Dougiamas, Skyping live from New Zealand moot. This was in fact the first ever live link up of Moodle Moots and expectations were was running high following yesterdays very promising start.
Having surveyed the audience to find out that over half of the delegates were attending their first moot, Martin decided to give offer an overview of Moodle’s development to date… (I include the quote in case school Headteachers, college Principals or university Chancellors need convincing).
…before getting to what I expect the other half were keenly waiting for, Moodle 2.0. Now I know that ULCC recorded all the keynotes and will be sharing those, so we won’t delve too deeply, but we can safely assure you that we can expect (a raw but useable) Moodle 2.0 Beta release before the end of April (or Martin will cut features).
Everybody seemed to enjoy the keynote and many delegates shared their excitement for Moodle 2.0 during the Q and A, in conversation and tweets.
The second keynote of the day saw James Ballard tackle numerous philosophical questions focusing on the “Lifelong Learning Skills in the context of 21st century learning,” concluded by Philip Butler who again pointed out, as others have done so also, that a VLE is never finished.
Finally, Geoffrey Rebbeck discussed how schools and colleges and other educational institutions are still struggling in their explanation to government bodies that education not longer finishes at the end of the lesson. Perhaps more poignantly for me, as I attended the conference with @Kristianstill and that fact we presented on ‘When technical meets educational,’ Geoff reminded the audience that Moodle is perhaps one of those rare occasions where educators and techies actually work together! For those of you who don’t know either of us that well. I am a techie and Kristian is an ICT teacher / Moodle enthusiast and by his own admission, learning IT networks as fast as he can.
So ended the Moodlemoot UK 2010. We hope all moodlers experienced a fulfilling moot and although this post focused on the keynotes, it is important to note that there were many more very informative and friendly workshops. We were fortunate enough to identify some future Moodle projects (@liveedu and a 2nd review of Mahara e-portfolio) given by practitioners not more than 100 miles from Hamble College, yet who had not appeared on our Moodle radar until the moot.
Making these personal connections for us, has proven invaluable. Our thanks to the Programme Committee, to ULCC and their team, especially to Frank Steiner and Emile Smith – who made everyone genuinely feel, so very welcome.