Oh wow – it’s been about 8 years since I last went to one, and oh my, I was blown away!
Very inspiring conference with so many lovely and knowledgeable people to talk to and swap ideas with. The keynotes did their job – all 4 had something really inspiring to share, and every break out session I went to was full of new and interesting ways in which Moodle is enhancing the teaching and learning experience for both staff and students.
We were also shown a great video all about the Moodle Users Association and how it works. The video below gives a great overview:
As you can imagine, my notes run on for many pages, but the key points that my colleagues and I will be exploring include:
- Resurrecting monthly TEL awareness sessions (teachers don’t know what they don’t know)
- Exploring all the new and exciting plugins for Moodle 3
- Group choice
- Level Up
- My Feedback
- Progress bar
- Developing a VLE framework, based on the UCL Moodle Baseline guidance, that is accompanied by Module page MOTs, hands on workshops and online guides
- Developing a better module page template that adheres to the VLE framework
- Enabling Webservices so that the Moodle app can work with our system
- Gavin Henrick used the Choice tool as a great alternative to the expensive ‘clickers’
- Evaluating alternatives to the Turnitin submission tool – plugins & feedback tools within the Moodle Assignment
- Looking at supporting the ‘Late Majority & Early Adopters’ (see below)
Both of our presentations went down very well with over 150 people in the audience each time! We spoke to quite a few people afterwards about how our Turnitin Inductions are helping improve students’ assignment writing, and how Mahara is supporting group work and assessment. (See abstracts here)
Oh drat – wasn’t going to write a long post was I? Oh well, it was amazing and hats off to Gavin Henrick and crew for organising such a wonderful conference. I’ll be back – don’t you worry!!!