Addressing Contextual Adaptation in the Dissemination of Online Technologies: Using Moodle and WizIQ for Professional Development Training
Abstract: With the popularity of online learning comes the need for effective facilitation and learning. The current presentation distinguishes between dissemination of new online technologies and the preparation required to adapt the technology into professional contexts. The two are very different learning tasks and the achievement of both is necessary for implementation to succeed. The focus of this proposal is on the dissemination of the course/learning management e-learning system “Moodle” through the virtual sessions in a variety of formats (webinars, MOOCS, virtual conferences) that additionally adjust the pedagogical perspectives of educators to empower learners. The proposal outlines: (a) the nature of online facilitation, (b) collaborative writing and moderation, (c) the process of developing and sustaining community of practice, (d) teaching a large and diverse audience online (e) the challenges faced in co-facilitation in a variety of online training contexts (workshops, MOOCs, virtual conferences), (f) solutions found, and (g) lessons learned.