One of the coolest things about the iMoot this year was that there was an interactive synchronous challenge given to all interested iMoot attendees. The Course Creator Challenge was for attendees only, but was nearly like a poster session as you might see at a regular face-to-face educational technology conference. Attendees were able to witness the course construction and development in real-time as challenge participants created their masterpieces. I really hope they continue the tradition and expand it in the future (a course showcase is a great way to share ideas and learn different course development styles and methods).
There were several really great courses designed, each using some of the new features in Moodle 2.0 like conditional activities. My personal favorite was more about the content than the aesthetic: Kristian Still’s (@kristianstill) “A Climate for Change” included game-like course resources and activities where the student was on a mission to save the world. The course included some really great audio based narration which I found very engaging (and brought me back to my non-computer game based classroom exercises and the excitement that a well executed fantasy scenario can bring to academic content).
Before the challenge was commenced there was also a course design panel featuring many of the most well-known Moodlers internationally: Gavin Henrick, Mary Cooch, Michelle Moore, Mark Drechsler, Julian Ridden, Tomaz Lasic and Joyce Seitzinger. When it’s available I highly recommend watching the replay.
Below are a few screen shots of my favorite entries (and if you didn’t quite catch it yet, the theme was Climate Change).