Back to School 2011: “Moodle Mondays” (regularly scheduled training sessions)

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image from http://www.zomm.com/It’s Back to School 2011!  We’ll be running back to school focused posts throughout the week of September 2nd, highlighting some good tips and suggestions for making the most out of your Moodle usage in 2011-2012.  

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One suggestion I made to all teachers who are going it alone or just starting to help other teachers get up and running on Moodle is to set time aside for spontaneous training.  Whether it’s on a Monday (as the post suggests) or during a lunch period, or some other time during the week, drop in hours that welcome newbie Moodlers to learn a new trick or ask some questions is a great way to engage Moodle using or Moodle curious teachers and staff.

A few things you might consider:

  • Set the same time and location every week for Moodle office hours
  • Find some enthusiastic Moodlers (and ask them to present or come and bring a colleague)
  • Show case a new 5-10 minute trick, video or another school’s Moodle site every week so that anyone coming regularly can see something new/learn something
  • Reward those that show up
  • Have attendees show off their progress, courses or something cool their students did via Moodle
  • Put up posters around the school, in the staff lounge, etc. to attract interest
  • Engage administrators (if they see how great the Moodle usage is they’ll be more likely to support it)
  • Call (Skype) in some Moodlers from around the country (or around the world!); the Moodle community is great at sharing across borders

I’ve attended a few Moodle staff training sessions (one was set for 3-5pm in the tech room at a Middle school) in person and in the past I held my own weekly sessions virtually using a synchronous webinar tool.  Both face to face and virtual drop in sessions can be a great way to increase your reach with staff and potential Moodlers.

What are your tips for engaging your staff or providing ad-hoc training?  Do you hold weekly/monthly sessions? How is the Moodle integration going?