Monday, June 22
2:30 PM-3:00 PM
Salon A

Partnering for Learning: Boost Student Engagement with Moodle 2.8 (Bring Your Own Laptop)

Workshop ID: 45201
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    Nellie Deutsch
    University of Phoenix
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    Ludmila Smirnova
    Mount Saint Mary College

Abstract: Are you tired of bringing papers to class, watching bored faces, and complaining about the lack of participation and incomplete assignments? You are invited to join the workshop to transform your classes with Moodle 2.8 and learn how to partner for learning with your students, colleagues, and other stakeholders. Participants will learn how to get students to teach as a way to learn socially engaging resources and activities available in a Moodle course and presentation tools such as Movenote and Slidespeech. They will access the features from a student's perspective and practice as teachers. Attendees will discuss models and techniques in creating a course and showcase the features they choose during the workshop using simple tools. Interaction and practice will occur both in person and on a Moodle for Teachers (M4T) Moodle website.


1. Develop a unit of a course using Moodle (course and learning management system) for face-to-face, fully online, flipped, and blended learning environments (a combination of face-to-face and online learning) 2. Explore and practice the features (Activities and Resources) available on Moodle to add content and engage students. 3. Create course content using Moodle activities and resources. Work collaboratively with emphasis on group feature, communication, sharing activities, and reflections. 4. Demonstrate knowledge by presenting each Moodle feature and the unit using Slidespeech (no microphone) and Movenote (microphone).

Topical Outline

Part 1: Introduction to the Workshop and Getting Acquainted (30 min): Moodle as a platform based on a Constructivist Approach with Pedagogy of Engagement and Teaching as a Way to Learn. Part 2: Learning and Teaching with Moodle (30 min): Learn how to navigate a Moodle course, use the rich editor with its multimedia features and microphone capability (PoodLL), updating personal Moodle profile, and posting to the online discussion forums. Discuss the meaning of authentic learning and brainstorming ideas for collaborative lessons and projects. Choose the format for the course: fully online, blended, flipped. Part 3: Exploring Moodle Tools as Teachers and Managers (30 min) Explore and practice using the resources available on Moodle (labels, books, web links, file links, web pages) Exploring and using the activities available on the Moodle (3 kinds of discussion forums, choices, assignments, checklists) Part 4: Applying Moodle Tools in Course Design (90 min): Practicing Moodle resources and activities and blocks as teacher and manager of the Moodle Site Selecting appropriate tools for engaging students in active learning Designing assignments encouraging collaboration and active participation Developing a module on M4T website with the Moodle and Web 2.0 tools. Part 5: Show and Tell (30 min) Presenting a Moodle unit using Movenote and/Slidespeech Reflecting and sharing feedback on the Moodle experience


a laptop and Internet connection

Experience Level



Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D., is internationally known speaker, believer in transformative learning through technology and teaching as way to learn, community builder, expert in educational technology and blended learning, coordinator of online professional development courses, and mentor to educators worldwide. Nellie has taught in high school for over 35 years. She currently teaches English for academic purposes and academic writing at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is faculty at Atlantic University Masters of Arts in Transpersonal and leadership studies, leads online and face-to-face conferences, and is an online teacher at WizIQ. Dr. Deutsch provides Moodle training for Moodle administrators and teachers and integrqting of WizIQ live virtual class. She is the founder of Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL), an online informal network that provides professional development and teacher training workshops for educators around the world. Dr. Deutsch is also founder of the annual Connecting Online (CO09-CO14) for Instruction and Learning and Moodlemoot (MMVC11- MMVC14) free online conferences. She started the first Moodle MOOC in the world in June 2013. She organizes 3 Moodle MOOCs a year in June, October, and February, a MOOC on Second Life in April, and one on Healthy Living in September.

Presider: Nellie Deutsch, University of Phoenix


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