The MoodleNet project, led by Doug Belshaw, advances steadily in its goal to become “a new open social media platform for educators, focused on professional development and open content,” according to Moodle founder and CEO Martin Dougiamas.
An announcement in the Moodle Forum shares the first complete version of MoodleNet’s guiding whitepaper. Beyond the definition of the project, its outcomes, and future highlights, the document’s main achievement is the development of six “teacher scenarios” that would help bothMoodleNet’s leads and the Moodleverse to understand the project and test its assumptions.
The six scenarios are as follows:
- K-12 Teacher. By formulating this user’s main problem as their ability to find educational resources, the document stresses the content platform features of MoodleNet for the audience.
- University Lecturer. Expected to be involved in team-based forms of instructional content development, for these users collaboration and authorship features are highlighted, the latter being associated with online reputation.
- Workplace Trainer. Leaders of training, or more general development programs in corporate settings, the whitepaper focuses on learning innovation as well as the user’s interest to “extend and enhance their network in a way that wasn’t quite so public.”
- College Technologist. The value of a network for this highly technical role is emphasized in the whitepaper. MoodleNet would help this demographic tackle the commonly stated issue of isolation by offering access to networking opportunities, both for personal and professional needs.
- Teaching Assistant. Perhaps a more common role than previously imagined, the duty of transitioning traditional learning offerings into a more technologically integrated practice may reasonably fall on these types of supportive roles. This scenario highlights MoodleNet’s ability to provide information to quickly address common Moodle issues.
The whitepaper shows a promising start to the highly anticipated project, whose success will determine Moodle’s future beyond the LMS space proper.