Moodle Moot Australia – Reflections

Having gone to the Australian Moodle Moot two weeks ago, I found there two be two main interesting concepts that I brought back to my school (NBCS).

Moodle Is Exploding!

Moodle is fast growing to be a real contender for other commercial LMS platforms such as Blackboard. Looking at some of the graphs one the moodle.org website it is clear that this growth is just the start.

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Moodle Doesn’t Have a Pedagogy

One of the most interesting comments that I heard was from Julian Ridden, a prominent Moodler:  “Moodle doesn’t have pedagogy”. He went on to explain that the LMS itself does not have any inherit pedagogy but it is the user/developer of the courses who create the pedagogy. Another comment he made was ..“PDF, PDF, PDF, PDF, QUIZ, QUIZ, QUIZ wouldn’t cut it in the classroom, so why do some people think it’s okay online?”

This got me thinking, how do we change the way we teach online? How do we move from resource repositories, to active, engaging and authentic tasks?

As an ICT integrator and teacher at our school how do effect this change?? Food for thought..

Grant Harbor

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