19 April 2013

Moodlemoot NZ 2013

If you haven't already heard, it's Moodlemoot time again in NZ. You'll be in the right place if you find yourself in Hamilton at the University of Waikato this Monday to Wednesday 22 - 24 April 2013.

The first day is workshops, with four offerings:
  • Moodle Foundation for newer users
  • Moodle Administration
  • Multimedia in Moodle
  • Cool Course Competition
Moodlemoots in New Zealand usual boast three streams: technical, general and teaching.

Keynotes this year include Martin Dougiamas (founder of Moodle) and Don Christie (ex-President of the NZ Open Source Society, councillor of InternetNZ, co-Chair of NZRise).

The usual fun and frivolity can be expected at the conference dinner, this year at Viligrads.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

24 January 2013


The"Learning Design for a 21st Century Curriculum" MOOC starts today (10 January 2013) and runs until 13 March 2013. It is funded by JISC and offered by Open Learning Design Studio. It is expected that each week will need 3-10 hours.

Week 1: Initiate
Learning outcomes
  • Explore a variety of definitions of learning design
  • Initiate own learning/curriculum design project
  • Define learning design, as a field of research and a practice
  • Identify some of the grand challenges of using a learning design approach to the design of learning in the 21st Century
  • Identify specific topics of interest for further exploration
Day one
So it started with a five minute video and then a 45 minute discussion. Then you have to introduce yourself, before setting your personal learning objectives for the week. A quick post to your learning journal and the first days activities are done.

The five minute video was only 3 minutes and was pretty light weight, just told you what you had to do in week one. All pretty good so far.
Next I registered with Cloudworks as instructed in one of the getting started links. The registration process was seamless, and then you are presented with a busy page which I guessed I should click on the OLDS MOOC launch event. I found a "follow" button and a "mark as attended" button. There was a video link of a feed welcoming people to the course. The feed was low quality and the volume was extremely low. It was very hard to stay engaged when you couldn't hear clearly.
Whilst watching the video I setup my first cloud to act as a learning journal (oh, such multitasking, how do I stay on task?) and have added it to the Cloudscape for the OLDS MOOC.
Bass Figure 1One of the things being discussed in the video is "Disrupting ourselves: the problem of learning in higher education / Randall Bass". Engaged again as the presenter talks about the importance of the role of a university in leading students to become concerned citizens.
One of the resources provided washttp://curriculumreform.org/curriculum-reform-manifesto/ for those interested in looking at what was being discussed.

OLDS MOOC week 1 video screenshotWhat is the purpose of education? I is a question of design. The presenter sees: craft as making good stuff; and design as making stuff better. Design is about change and about innovation.
Learning design is then looked at more indepth. OLDS MOOC week 1 learning designThere was some discussion of Instructional Design as a linear approach. Refer ADDIE model for example.
Educational Design Research is a methodology for the study of function. In Educational Design Research  you have a theory of how people learn and you explore that theory in real life conditions.
Learning by Design has some affinity to inquiry learning.
Teachers as Designers suggests developing a design attitude allows teachers to integrate theory better into their practice and be more reflective practitioners.
The presenter recommends reading the "Teaching as a Design Science" book by Dan Laurillard (2012).
OLDS MOOC week 1 keywords list
The presenter takes us through the OLDS MOOC weekly topic progression to show us a bit of a roadmap for the MOOC. This part of the video was quite useful to get a feel for where we are heading.
I paused the video repeatedly during the morning. It was 52 minutes long, but I actually took about three hours to watch it as I was multitasking, trying to do the other tasks for the MOOC and deal with a few interruptions in the office. The hardest part was the volume issue, which had me almost give up. The XKCD comic at about 38 minutes of video helped (as XKCD always does).
The last few minutes were dedicated to questions, but with timezones and the crazy busy internet, I didn't actually know when this was live streamed! I guess that is the case for a lot of participants to be honest. So even watching it on what is officially the first day, I missed the live stream by several days, sigh.
So, lots to learn over the MOOC, and lots to do.

Cheat sheets

Edtech Cheat SheetThe Edtech cheat sheet published here prompted me to write a post sharing a number of useful cheat sheets I refer to at times.

Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers
The Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers was put together by Joyce Seitzinger and is now available in multiple languages (including but not limited to Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Norwegian, Portugese, Spanish, Slovene) and adaptations as she published it with an open license for modification.
Joyce herself created it after seeing the Social Media Cheat Sheet. Read about it here on her blog. Download her original here.
Joyce recently adapted her Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers to become a D2Learn Tool Guide for Teachers.
A recent share by Joyce is her infographic Social Content Curation for Learning Communities which is also worth checking out.

Technology Intergration Matrix from University of South Florida
Technology Integration Matrix USF imageThis is a Technology Integration Matrix. Whilst designed for use with teachers in primary and secondary schools, it is still useful for higher education. It takes five characteristics of the learning environment and then uses five levels of technology integration into the curriculum, from “entry” level where they are beginning to use technology tools to deliver curriculum content to students, to “transformation” level. This tool can be used to begin discussions on how curriculum design and teaching practice can be improved. This is an interactive tool so don’t just print out the front page! There are also videos that illustrate integration of technology taking into account the variety of technology available to students in different contexts. They do have some printable resources too.

Skype cheat sheet
Yes, emoticons are still alive and kicking.  This cheatsheet from Factoryjoe is a useful quick guide to finding that emoticon that really helps give your conversation meaning. During the Olympics it was useful to know how to create the flags for each country (flag:NZ) and sending that virtual birthday cake (cake) is always a nice gesture to loved ones overseas.
In case anyone is interested, Moodle has emoticon codes too, there is even to create a little Martin! Martin