Creating Authentic Learning with Moodle
Nellie Deutsch, University of Phoenix, Canada
Ludmila Smirnova, Mount Saint Mary College, United States
Tuesday, June 28 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
Abstract: The workshop will focus on the design and implementation of Moodle courses for fully online, blended learning, the flipped classroom, and MOOCs. Participants will learn about socially engaging resources, activities, blocks available in Moodle 2.9. as teachers in the Teacher Practice Area (TPA) and managers in the Manager Practice Area (MPA) of a course. Attendees will engage in authentic learning as they create video tutorials using screencast-o-matic to document and showcase their work. Interaction and practice will occur both in person and on Integrating Technology Moodle 2.9 website, equipped with the latest version, rich editor and plugins. The advantages of using Moodle are (a) accessibility from anywhere and anytime, (b) authentic learning and engaging activities, (c) creation of a paperless classroom, (d) ease of sharing documents, (e) use of tools for collaboration and interaction, (f) employment of video, audio, and webcam directly from the editor to connect learners.
1. Explore and create activities and resources in Moodle 2.9.
2. Discover the functions of a rich editor.
3. Apply multimedia via PoodLL.
4. Engage in authentic learning.
5. Demonstrate learning by creating videos.
6. Create video tutorials using Screencast-o-matic.
7. Develop content and activities in a Moodle course.
8. Engage in synchronous and asynchronous interactions.
Part 1: Introduction to the Workshop, Screencast-o-matic, and Participants (30 min):
Moodle as a platform designed for authentic learning and pedagogy of engagement.
Interactive discussion of the ways of effective course design.
Introduction of Screencast-o-matic to create videos
Part 2: Learning and Teaching with Moodle (30 min):
Learn to navigate a Moodle course, use the rich editor and record audio and video using PoodLL, navigate and update personal Moodle profile, and post to the online discussion forums.
Discuss the meaning of authentic learning and brainstorm ideas for collaborative lessons and projects.
Choose the format for the course: fully online, blended, or flipped.
Part 3: Explore Moodle Tools (30 min)
Explore, apply, and document the resources available on Moodle (labels, books, web links, file links, compose web pages)
Explore, apply, and document the activities available on the Moodle (3 kinds of discussion forums, choices, assignments, checklists)
Part 4: Set Up a Course (90 min):
Explore, apply, and document the blocks (plugins) available on the Moodle.
Learn about the administration of a course.
Set up a course, add users, create groups, grades, and categories.
Part 5: Show and Tell (30 min)
Present the video tutorials used to capture the features on Moodle
Reflect and share feedback on the Moodle experience.
Laptop (Mac or Windows), iPad or Tablet, microphone and headset, Internet Connection, use of emails.
Nellie Deutsch (Ed.D) is a Canadian education technology and curriculum practitioner, speaker, believer in relationship-basedd transformative learning through technology, community builder, advocate of blended learning, developer of online professional development courses, and mentor to educators worldwide. She has taught EFL in high school and higher education for over 35 years and used CALL in the EFL classroom since 1993.
Nellie provides teacher training on how to integrate ICT in the EFL K-12 classroom at the Ministry of Education and am faculty at Atlantic University Masters of Arts in transpersonal psychology and leadership studies. She organizes online and face-to-face conferences (CO09-CO16 and MMVC11-MMVC16), 2 Moodle MOOCs with Moodle teacher training, a MOOC on Second Life in April, and ELTtalks events throughout the year at Moodle for Teachers website for free. The MOOCs offer badges and certificates to participants who create tutorials that demonstrate active learning by teaching as a way to learn using Google drive, Screencast-o-matic, SlideSpeech, Knovio, Evernote, PresentMe, and Padlet.
Ludmila Smirnova, Ph. D., is widely recognized for her leadership in applying emerging technologies to instruction, serving as a key designer and facilitator of Moodle for Teachers workshops at Integrating Technology and conducting collaborative projects globally. As Professor of Education at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. since 2001, she regularly teaches face-to-face and online courses in Psychology of Learning, Methods of Teaching and Teaching with Technology. Previously she was professor of education at Volgograd State Pedagogical University (Russia), where she also served as Dean of the School of Foreign Languages. Her publications include books, chapters, papers and conference presentations world-wide.
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