A frequent Moodlenews contributor, Frankie Kam, submitted the following in order to earn 1 year of Blackboard Collaborate from the promotion being run at WeCollaborate.com (managed by Steve Hargadon).  It’s a great idea to create an international training and open learning environment to train beginning teachers and Moodlers on the finer points of Moodle course construction and usage.  Read the full submission below and please go and support Frankie at http://www.wecollaborate.com/profiles/blogs/how-i-would-use-a-free (registration to comment is required).  

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How I would use a Free Blackboard Collaborate Room

I would use it and promote Open Source software, specifically Moodle to African nations.

Why? I look at the clustrmaps.com map of web visitors on my Moodle site (http://scm.moodleace.com)

Hmm…no visitor hits from Africa.

I know that there ARE Moodlers from Africa, so the graphics above do not show the real picture.

Nevertheless, I would use the virtual classroom to achieve this vision:

  1. complement traditional classrooms of existing colleges in Africa where there is a reasonable Internet population.
  2. teach beginners Moodle-users how to have fun with Moodle
  3. hold virtual classes for charity and aid organisations with emphasis on Open Source software that can help those organisations save cost
  4. promote Moodle and Open Source among young African students

To achieve this vision, as a practical step,

I’d help to organise a mini-Moodle MOOT for Africa, bringing together the best Moodlers of africa together to donate their time, talents and skills to showcase their use of Moodle in their current institutions, to a continental audience of African users.

The free Blackboard Collaborate room will come in very handy as a vehicle and platform for such virtual teaching to that target audience.

So that’s what I intend to do to make this world a better place.

Sounds like a great idea that could involve a good many other international Moodlers as trainers as well!  Check out all of the great submissions (a few of which are Moodle related) at http://www.wecollaborate.com.

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