Hey there – welcome to the Last Week in MoodleNews, I’m Stephen Ladek from MoodleNews.com.
In this episode I’ll be talking about the most important stories from the Moodleverse for the week of November 13th, 2017. I’ll be discussing my top 10 favorite things from MoodleMoot US Miamiand much more.
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THE WEEK THAT WAS
In this section, I summarize the three most popular posts from the last 7 days onmoodlenews.com
With the launch of this program, EdTech organizations now enjoy a series of bespoke tools to make LTI implementation easier.
Included in the package are name provisioning tools for quick authentication, deep linking, and grading transfer services.
Do you use LTI? Are you excited about this possible new way to access quality content? We want to hear what you think.
Find these stories, and all the links mentioned in this episode at moodlenews.com, and if you’re looking for more information and resources, send us an email at [email protected]
In this section, I dive in-depth into one of the most interesting topics happening in the Moodle community over the past week.
In this episode, I’m inviting you to relive the recently completed MoodleMoot 2017 US Miami, with my top ten favorite things from the event.
Number 10: Competency-Based Education
While part of the “charm” of these events is finding out what the latest “buzzword” in technology, learning and EdTech are, it’s also great to see how some concepts pass the test of time and become part and parcel of the EdTech universe.
In Miami, there was no better example of that than CBE. Organizations are finding out just how powerful Competencies are across the board, from making a more robust intervention for students, to better articulating an evidence-based value proposition for the community and customers.
More ambitious views about Competencies are starting to blur differences between subjects and degrees, which paradoxically is helping people of all ages have a more clear understanding of how to “forge” their own “competency paths.”
eThink's Courtney Bentley and Claire Machia gave a great talk about forging a path with competency-based education yesterday at #MootUS17! Stop by the eThink booth with all of your #CBE questions – we've got answers! pic.twitter.com/jYWywCHwwQ
The new office, led by Tom Murdock, is quickly becoming the key link that was missing between Moodle developers and Moodle educators.
During his talk, Tom shared his “4 steps for optimal learning” that begins with introducing the student to the knowledge for the first time, and ends with them being able to participate in the solution of a real-world problem through their knowledge.
There are many plans in the works for the education team, including partnerships, official certifications and maybe a “Moodle mentorship” program.
Mobile internet has revolutionized the world across industries far and wide, and learning is no exception.
But as many people insist, including Gavin Henrick from Moodle HQ, the fact that we can all get endless streams of information on our phones does not mean we all have the same, universal experience.
So no surprise mobile was everywhere during the Moot, starting with Gavin’s Moodle Mobile masterclass, and ending with the case of FINCA and its extreme case of learning usability: people on farming fields in Africa and South America.
A public speaker and digital media coach, Doug was invited to host an “envisioning” session for the MoodleMoot audience, which seems to be only the beginning of a “period of embedding” of him in Moodle.
For many reasons, he was the perfect moderator. As a long-time advocate of open source technologies and their value in education, Doug took the time to share many collaborative initiatives he’s excited about.
You can find out more about Doug and his work in his Dynamic Skillset consultancy and his “We Are Open” co-op.
Number 4: The Moodle Net envisioning session. The reason why Doug was invited.
This year, Moodle has signaled its interest in completely re-thinking moodle.net, which is currently a repository of Moodle content and tools that, in fairness, has not received a lot of attention lately.
But with the rise of Open Educational Resources, and more companies interested in integrating them into their systems, the Moodleverse is starting to ask for a content platform and collaboration. Ideally, that can be accessed from any Moodle site as well.
These envisioning sessions, which also happened in MoodleMoot Australia last month, gave Moodle well thought out insight about what would make Moodle.net useful and valuable for all users. Participants answered, among other things: What are your hopes, fears and dreams for Moodle?
Inspire is one of the most promising projects inside Moodle right now. It seeks to take advantage of the mountains of information Moodle creates to turn it into actionable insights.
Inspire is led by Elizabeth Dalton, who coordinated the Analytics masterclass. Her current focus of work is to use analytics not to predict student outcomes, but to change them before it’s too late. And above all, to use algorithms to teach better, not to hide behind them when something goes wrong.
She also revealed the “Moodle Analytics 3.4 Beta Test Site”, a Moodle course that gives a proper overview of Inspire and its technology, addresses security concerns, and describes the ultimate resource to get you started with embedded learning Analytics in Moodle.
If you think about it, it’s kind of an obvious choice. Everyone, starting with Martin Dougiamas, recognizes how Moodle has become what it is today thanks to an army of volunteers who, for decade and a half, have contributed to creating the largest LMS community in the world.
And in a MoodleMoot like this one, participants can finally put a human face to this extraordinary project. You can witness the insightful debate during the days, and the playfulness and good vibes during the evening.
But of course, I cannot do justice to the real experience of attending a MoodleMoot. If you’ve never been to one, heads up! Next year we have Moot Canada and Japan in February just to kick off 2018.
If you want more MoodleMoot Miami, visit us @moodlenews to see a moment with the best tweets of the event.
In this section, I discuss what we’re excited about publishing this week atmoodlenews.com.
We still have some pending talks from past MoodleMoots
This week, we discuss the ideas about the effect of a theme in learning outcomes, thanks to talks by Martin Dulberg, Rick Jerz and many more.
In line with some of the ideas of the new Moodle HQ Education team, we also list the ways in which teachers can make their own theme.
You’ll also find tips, case studies, new examples of analytics, and more.
And hot on the heels of Halloween, should Moodlers be scared about the rate of LMS implementations in Higher Ed?
The LMS consultancy blog e-Literate seems a little concerned that Martin Dougiamas and the Moodle community does not seem worried enough about adoption figures.
As we have reported before, Canvas is close to surpassing Moodle in the second spot in North America. In the last year, e-Literate reports a staggering growth by Canvas, this time in Europe, Latin America and Oceania.
The figures, however, only refer to higher education. What should Moodle’s course of action be?
And awards season continues, with THE Journal’s Readers Choice Awards.
Moodle fares a little better than in the Campus Technology version, although it does not appear in the LMS category, where the honors go to Google Classroom, Schoology and Canvas.
Moodle, however, gets platinum in the “favorite e-portfolio” category, and silver in top overall technologies.
It’s worth noting that both THE Journal and Campus Technology are publications by 1105 Media Inc.
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