The long-standing traditions of an Aboriginal Welcome to Country, this time by Songwoman Maroochy Barambah of the Turrbal People; and the Moodle CEO keynote, kicked things off at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for the latest installment of MoodleMoot Australia. It is always a special gathering down under, as it is Moodle’s country of origin.
Key Moodlers and partners made their mark since day one. My Learning Space, Catalyst IT, WIRIS, ReadSpeaker, VeriDyn, Kaltura, and eCreators brought their strongest suits to demonstrate the commitment to open source by the local EdTech industry, a net exporter and wealth generator for the country.
The academic side of things was also represented in kind, by innovative approaches to common challenges on the classroom or even institutional level:
- Flipped learning using Moodle (Cancer Council Victoria)
- Continuing professional development (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
- Serious play with Lego™ blocks (ANU)
- Gamifying Physics courses (Taylors College Sydney)
- Pedagogy of Creativity (Australian Film, Television and Radio School)
- Digital Experience Research (Divine World University)
- Moodle Workshop Workshop (Victorian TAFE Association)
- H5P Presentations (Provet, Animal Industries Resource Center)
- Web services and automation (Flinders University)
- Year 1 Math teaching tricks (University of South Pacific, Fiji)
- Measuring the social impact of Moodle (Inclusiv Ventures and Save the Children)
- AR and VR (Universal College of Learning)
- e-Exams (Monash University)
- Massive Moodle Course Building (South West TAFE)
- Blended corporate learning (Revenue NSW)
- Management plugins (Financial Directorate of the Slovak Republic)
- Examination and analytics (ETH Zurich)
- MOOC Design Thinking (QUT Cognition Learning)
- Extension automation (Central Queensland University)
Another plus of the Aussie gathering was the vast presence of the Moodle HQ team, offering unique insight on development and practice. Not to mention non-HQ power Moodlers: Porritt, eCreators’ Dean Saunders, Vernon Spain, and My Learning Space’s Chad Outten to name a few.
The keynote guest was Erica McWilliam, scholar and researcher on creativity with deep inside knowledge of the Australian education system.