I was fascinated when a friend of mine told me about her experience as a young student at a Montessori school. As an award for good behavior, she enjoyed the opportunity of mopping the hall floors. Which she did with a smile on her face.
Montessori shares many pedagogical accords with Moodle. They are based on the basic psychological principles of social reward. This means that, among other things, their enjoyment of new things is determined by how much their peers acknowledge its value.
With Moodle 3.2, the focus more than ever is on promoting an impactful learning intervention where teachers have more control on how students build their own definition of success. The levers added or reinforced in Moodle 3.2 include:
- Interactive charts for group and individual reporting. This shortens the time between performance and consequent teacher response (from reward to penalty).
- Discussion locking. Teachers can limit a topic manually or automatically to make sure conversations stay on track.
- Assignment override. It allows to change deadlines for individuals or groups. Teachers should always grant students favors with conditions or counter-demands.
- Choose on behalf of students in Choice Activities. Choice Activity is often used to distribute work. A Montessori teacher would make sure students voluntarily choose to attempt that which is most challenging to each.
In terms of the rewards, or features of Moodle 3.2 for students, they will be able to enjoy:
- Export to portfolio, so they can showcase the standards of quality of the class they belong to. Out-of-the-box compatibility with recently launched Moodle Mobile 3.2 allows them to exhibit badges they have earned.
- A social media looking messaging interface, so they have the chance to better communicate to deliver work appropriately.
- Instant Moodle Mobile compatibility so they can better guarantee to stay on top of assignments and updates, along with making learning a ubiquitous activity.
Moodle 3.2, as usual, is designed with teachers in mind.
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