Martin Dougiamas, creator of Moodle

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Want to meet Martin Dougiamas, founder and creator of Moodle? Well book a ticket to Southern California as soon as possible because he will be speaking at the West Coast Moodle Moot  (July 31 – August 3)… well at least that is what is planned. The program committee has listed him as a keynote speaker for the event but cannot confirm yet if the keynote will be in-person or done remotely.

Martin, if you read this, would you rather hangout in sunny Southern California during our summer months or in Australia which will be in its winter months? cool 

Sidenote: He presented last year at the West Coast Moodle Moot in Sonoma, CA so hopefully he will come again.

Presented by Moodlerooms, an official Moodle Partner, the West Coast MoodleMoot’s goal is:

…to share ideas, collaborate with other users, and learn about what’s new with Moodle. From faculty using Moodle for student engagement to systems administrators tuning servers for optimal performance, this conference will give you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and use of this leading open source Learning Management System.

At this year’s conference, sessions will highlight all aspects of running a successful Moodle system, including: teaching, collaborating, supporting, coding, analyzing and managing Moodle. Get the most out of the conference by attending the pre-conference workshops, keynotes and concurrent sessions.

Los Angeles, California is the ideal location to extend your Moodle knowledge and partake in valuable conversations all while having a little bit of fun! Attendees include beginner, intermediate and advanced users from both K12 and higher education, government and not for profit, and the private sector. The Moot provides an excellent venue for sharing best practices.

In addition to Martin potentially speaking at the event, Moodle HQ will also be represented by Anthony Borrow, the Moodle CONTRIB Coordinator. Borrow will be presenting in two sessions; Moodle CONTRIB and Moodle Plugins 101.

The conference contains two other keynote speeches besides Dougimas. Dr. Richard Clark, co-director of the Center for Cognitive Technology at USC, will be the opening speech on August 2nd. Dr. Clark is a world-renowned academic technology expert who will be speaking about the “common misconceptions about the design and presentation of online instruction.” One of his principles that he has argued is “that media has no more to do with instructional effectiveness than a delivery truck has to do with the nutritional value of the groceries it delivers.”

Brief of Dr. Clark’s presentation

Dr. Cable Green, Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons, will be the closing speech on August 2nd. Dr. Green working for Creative Commons, a leading organization in the legal sharing of resources between users who then improve said resources, is a natural fit for an educational conference. Dr. Green’s presentation titled, “The Obviousness of Open Policy” will address the issue of taxpayers having to pay multiple times for curriculum materials and research products that are funded by grants and other public funds.

Brief of Dr. Green’s presentation

Besides the regular conference schedule, a series of pre-conference workshops will be held at California State University, Northridge on July 31st. These pre-conference workshops are not included in the conference registration price and will cost $75 each workshop. The pre-conference workshops will address a wide-range of topics from building your Moodle site from the ground up to tips for users switching from 1.9 to 2.x.

Approximately 350 people attended last year’s West Coast MoodleMoot in Sonoma, CA with some traveling from as far away as Europe and Africa. This year’s event will include more corporate sponsors than last year so hopefully you can pick up some cool swag while you are there. With limited space in both the conference and pre-conference events, sign up soon! More information  and maps on the event can be found below.

Additional Details

2012 West Coast Moodle Moot Schedule

Dates: August 1 – August 3

Registration Cost: $375 – Deadline July 9
– On-site Registration – $455 (space permitting)

Location: Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles
6360 Canoga Avenue
Woodland Hills, California 91367

Map from LAX (Los Angeles International Airport)

Map from BUR (Bob Hope Burbank Airport)

Pre-Conference Workshop Schedule

Pre-conference Workshops Date: July 31

Pre-Conference Workshops Registration Cost: $75 per workshop (space limited)

Location: California State University,
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330

Map from Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles

Map from LAX

Map from BUR

Happy Moodle Logooodling!

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