As a new, temporary feature to Moodlenews I’ll be highlighting some of the interesting sessions I’ve seen posted to the site which might entice you to register (if you haven’t already).

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Today’s iMoot Speaker Spotlight is on Nigel Mitchell (@1nbm).  Nigel blogs at and is presenting the provocative: “Be not afraid – student responses to Racism and the Holocaust in a moodleforum”.

According to the description,

In these risk-averse days teachers and students are often reluctant to venture out into controversial areas of the curriculum. When they do take the risk, however, the results can be amazing. This presentation will showcase the work of a group of teachers at Open Access College in Adelaide, South Australia, teaching a unit in year 10 English. The unit incorporated a study of the 2007 film Freedom Writers and a visit to an exhibition of artefacts and artworks inspired by the Holocaust. The use of an online forum in Moodle to facilitate student interaction has been an important and incredibly successful part of the process. Students were engaged in the learning, proactive in their participation, and showed a very high level of initiative and critical thinking. Open Access College is the Distance Education school of the Department of Education and Children’s Services in South Australia.

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