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.
There are Moodle-related events around the country and world on a regular basis. Moodle meetups are generally called “Moots” and invite local (and not so local) users, developers, and vendors to come and learn about the next and best in Moodle over the course of a few days. I was able to attend the US Moot in Austin/Round Rock about a year ago and had a great time learning about large-scale Moodle migrations, the real costs of Moodle, what to expect from Moodle 2.0, how Moodlerooms is building its analytics and how Dell is providing virtual computer labs that are full of pre-loaded software (that students could access from any other computer).
These events are also a great opportunity to chat and mix-it-up with other Moodlers (and even Blackboard users) who share their experiences from the trenches of education technology.
There are a few Moots in the US regularly, locations change frequently but you can rest assured that there’ll be more and you probably can find one within a day’s drive of your location. Here are a few upcoming Moots to keep an eye on:
- Louisiana Moot (Baton Rouge, Louisiana): TBD Spring 2012, http://www.lctcs.edu/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=312
- iMoot (global, online): TBD Spring 2012, http://imoot.org
- Moodle Moot Oklahoma (Oklahoma City): TBD June 2012, http://moodle.metrotech.edu/
- Midwest Moot (Goshen, Indiana): TBD July 2012, http://www.learningcontexts.com/midwestmoot/
- US Moot (various locations): TBD July/August 2012, http://www.moot-us.com/
- Ohio Moot (Mansfield, Ohio): TBD Summer 2012, http://www.ohiomoot.org/
And that’s only the tip of the iceberg (check out http://lmspulse.com/?s=events for updates on new Moots and virtual conferences). Inquire around your district and state to see if there are smaller, one day events that you can attend to learn about Moodle as well. Note that major conferences like ISTE, CUE, PETE&C and other statewide/regional educational technology events also offer open source strands and sessions on Moodle.
A little research can go a long way in improving your Moodle-ability.
If you’re international, the best resource for finding the next Moot near you is at Moodle.org: http://moodle.org/calendar/view.php