Moodle Presentation Notes

Here are notes for an informal 10-minute BAISnet presentation tomorrow at MCDS.

How we chose Moodle
– WebCT, Dreamweaver, forums, Moodle

Basic capabilities

Easy to teach and learn

Examples
– J. Min: organization, variety of file types
– Annie: scanned handwritten solutions
– Alex: topic format, individualized feedback
– Raleigh: wiki activity
– Daniela: Spanish language interface, wiki activity

Our modifications
– Graphic design
– Authentication

Conclusions
– Different things for different people
– High degree of satisfaction
– Potential yet untapped, plenty of growth to come

URLs I visited during today’s presentation
eHub
Moodle
insideUHS (BAISnet members contact me to get inside)

2 comments

  1. Barbara L. Cohen says:

    Richard,

    Yesterday you mentioned that some of your students are beginning to act as webmasters to portions of your site. Could you elaborate on this or point us toward those portions of the UHS site?

    Thanks for the great info,
    Barbara L. Cohen, Marin Country Day School

  2. rkassissieh says:

    I hope I didn’t say students. I was actually referring to teachers. I have migrated the programs area of our site to a blog format — one blog for each program director. The idea is to encourage the posting of new content there on a regular basis and to make it portable so that I may display their announcements elsewhere in the site and community members can subscribe to their blogs.

    Students contribute to our intranet content in meaningful ways, but in a Web 2.0 manner, not as webmasters. They post photos to our gallery, participate in forum conversations, and produce course work in Moodle. One student has even started an iCal-compatible calendar listing fun activities for students. One teacher has just started a podcast club for students. We have published student work on the web site in the past (look under Features), but that’s not the same thing as putting students in charge of content.

    If I were to give students control of parts of the web site, I imagine my goal would be to bring more student voice into our public presentation. Or if it were on the internal site, it would be to directly level the insight that students have into the needs of their peers. Up to this point, however, my role has been more to facilitate quality communication among students and teachers rather than to build ways for students to organize those containers themselves. I wonder whether the latter approach would take off at UHS.