UPDATE 4/21/10: Quick correction/addition to the post, enrollment has been very good for this first sample so the enrollment key has been changed.  Note that this course is for research purposes and those participating will be expected to complete 80% of the activities over the course of 30 days.  Tomaz also mentioned two great bits of news for Moodlers: 1. that after the course has completed it’s research run, it’ll be opened to anyone who wants to participate, 2. there will be more opportunities at http://mec.moodle.net in the near future (so stay tuned to @edumoodle)

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Tomaz Lasic (@lasic and @edumoodle) has jumped into his new role at Moodle HQ head first and has introduced his second Moodle learning resource for teachers.  This project, Water!, is designed to provide new Moodlers or just teachers getting a handle on learning management systems in general an overview of the tools and capabilities of Moodle by engaging them for a few hours over the course of a month.

Here’s the open invitation: http://goo.gl/pj6Z.  Tomaz writes of the course,

By participating in Water!, you will generate the sample data that will help educators get (new) ideas for using Moodle in their own context while learning (more) about Moodle itself.

You DO NOT need to know Moodle to participate, you only need some basic online skills like clicking, browsing, uploading and about 2 – 4 hours in total over approximately 30 days to participate (as students).

The topic is generic, aimed at the broadest level of participation (we all use and need water, right?).

The course is open and free (two of my favorite things!) and will be starting immediately.

Participants will see a lot of examples of assignments and activities using the many Moodle modules.  Engage materials and activities such as,

  • creating an entry in a glossary
  • using wikis
  • a mini web quest
  • upload an assignment
  • interact in the forums
  • create your own quiz questions
  • work with a database
  • and much more.

The course is designed in such a way that you can participate in as much or as little as you want and in any order.  The data that all of the participants will provide will help to improve Moodle pedagogy (and in all likelihood will provide Tomaz and the team at Moodle HQ some great data to improve Moodle).

So, if you’re thirsty for Moodle, go get some Water!

To sign up:

  1. Go to http://mec.moodle.net/
  2. Register (choose an alias for a name, but use a valid email)
  3. Enter the course using the enrollment key “calypso”
  4. Read the welcome and get started!
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  1. Hi Joe

    Thanks for promoting Water! It seems that we are now so successful (we have close to 40 people enrolled!) that I have decided to change the enrolment key.

    Once we fill Water! (pardon the pun 🙂 …) with sample data, we will offer it freely, openly and to ALL as part of Moodle’s new edu-demo site.

    A lot more demo courses like Water! will be coming up soon and I would love your support there too.

    Thanks again and keep up the great work with Moodle Monthly.


  2. By the way, a quick correction of your post…

    Anyone who is enrolled in the course is expected to participate in at least 80% of all activities/resources, as per the introductory letter.

    Because we are trying to generate quality sample data we are trying to discourage inactive lurking or ‘just trying out’. Once we fill the course with sample data and demonstrate HOW people learn as a community, the course will be open to do just that – as much or as little you want.

    Hope this makes sense…


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