As one more edition of the “Learn Moodle” MOOC approaches its end, it is always an invigorating opportunity for the fascinating, heart-warming and inspiring human stories behind or surrounding Moodle.
The official “Learn Moodle” MOOC, so far the only one, has proven to be a communal event, more like the online version of the MoodleMoots around the world. It was clear since week 1, when teacher and Moodle HQ’s Community Educator Mary Cooch saw so many familiar, helpful faces. She realized it was impossible to read every forum post, and there was no point feeling sorry about it. Especially because old course takers, several veteran and prominent Moodlers included (she makes it a point not to name names so as not to miss anyone) help with the load, with a smile on their faces. Of course, avid newcomers also find valuable training activity in figuring out the answer to their peers’ questions, often answering them before anyone else.
The second week ran parallel to MoodleMoot Spain in Barcelona, making it hotter than usual (figuratively and literally). The just-added video recording and audio feature straight from the text editor also proved to be a “hot” feature for the introductory posts.
But week three was definitely the one where cultures, backgrounds, and above all, local foods, mattered the most. If you’ve ever wondered why are humans so different, perhaps the answer is that there’s so many wonderful tastes to have! Using the Moodle Database Activity, participants built a “Food for Moodlers” database, which I desperately hope it becomes available to the public! A country show and tell was the way to ease them into the Moodle Worshop Activity. As it requested participants to visit each other’s presentations at random, pleasant surprises and new dishes and places ballooned the wish lists of hundreds of Moodlers.
The “communal” element of the MOOC also means that if gathering around, making friends and small talk is not your cup of tea, you are also welcome. You can still get answers from the Forum and join live sessions later on. Cooch understands there might be more pressing manners your new Moodle skills should tend. Many completed the coursework within 20 hours of publication.
Read Cooch’s blog, or check out her account on past experiences at her intervention in MoodleMoot UK & Ireland, recently published in Moodle’s YouTube channel.