Why do so many Moodle courses suck?

Nik Peachey

Moodle is a magnificent free product and has the potential to enable schools and teachers to build wonderfully unique interactive online learning courses in which learner interaction can be tracked, measured and responded to. Despite this the vast majority of Moodle courses I see are a long list of Word and PDF documents with at best a few forums that enable a minimum of human social interaction. And of course Moodle isn’t the only culprit.

Collaborative & Creative Online Learning

Teacher Reboot Camp

It lets people be creative … productive … learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.” Our students’ digital behavior influences our learning, language, rituals, values, routines, customs, and communication. Just think, a person took a picture and posted it online with the word, “Selfie!” This way you can facilitate and guide your students to make positive choices when they interact online.

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How to Build an Online Learning Program Students Crave and Employers Want

Edsurge

all students—not just digital natives—expect learning resources to be rich with animation or digital learning objects that make learning more realistic and relevant. What’s made the work possible, Schneider says, is a special combination of online learning tools that is helping NAIT educate students so they are prepared for the complexities and responsibilities of real world situations from the day they graduate.

Avoid This Common Mistake When Getting Started with Online Learning

Fractus Learning

So you’re considering moving your face-to-face learning content online. Teaching online can be a great way to reach new audiences and take advantage of the opportunities created by the latest learning technology. But unless you’ve got lots of experience with online learning, you’re likely feeling a little overwhelmed and unsure where to start. Much of what you know about good learning design applies to both face-to-face and online learning experiences.

Inspire Learning Beyond Your Classroom Walls by Setting Up a Virtual Learning Community

Teacher Reboot Camp

More important than the learning that transpires in our classrooms is the learning we inspire beyond our classroom walls. One way to motivate students to continue using the knowledge acquired in our classes is to set up a virtual learning community. The free web tools below help teachers create a safe online class where students can access learning materials, post their work, and comment on the works of others. Free Virtual Learning Environments.

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4 Great Alternatives to Google Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

In today’s K-12 education ecosystem, most classroom management tools have moved online. This includes typical LMS (Learning Management Systems) functions like homework, classwork, schedules, quizzes, resources, and gradebooks so stakeholders–teachers and students–can access them from any location and any digital device. Kiddom is a free standards-based classroom management platform designed to help teachers curate individual learning experiences.

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Blended Teaching: How Plagiarism Detection Software can Help Educators

Educational Technology Guy

With traditional in-class education on a hard pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, academic institutions rely more on e-learning technologies. It allows combining both online and in-person education’s strong sides, along with reducing the risk of spreading the virus in school settings.

Cikumas–an LMS that’s easy to understand

Ask a Tech Teacher

Swiss-based Cikumas makes the creation and implementation of virtual classrooms quick, intuitive, and without the steep learning curve that so often accompanies LMSs (Learning Management Systems). In the crowded field of K-16 LMSs, Cikumas offers a refreshing philosophy that online learning is about engagement between participants facilitated by the automation of assignments, scheduling, and classwork submittal. Moodle: The Unsung Hero of LMS Options.

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Techniques for Unleashing Student Work from Learning Management Systems – from Justin Reich

EdTechTeacher

Helping students become networked learners begins by thinking carefully about where we conduct our online learning. Most online learning in higher education and in K-12 takes place in Learning Management Systems (LMS) such as Canvas, Moodle or Blackboard. The post Techniques for Unleashing Student Work from Learning Management Systems – from Justin Reich appeared first on EdTechTeacher. This post first appeared on MindShift.

Focus On Teaching: Teachers Teaching From Home, Facilitating Virtual Learning

Edthena

To prepare to facilitate virtual learning, educators had about half a week to set up for online learning. Currently, these educators are engaging with students and providing a high quality online educational experience. According to Edutopia – What Teachers in China Have Learned in the Past Month , Laurel Schwartz describes how teachers in classrooms in Beijing made the transition to educating students via an online digital platform.

iversity 'social reading' tool enables collaborative engagement with learning materials

The Innovative Educator

iversity is a blend of a social network and an online learning workspace that aims to provide a state-of-the-art alternative to the clunky course management platforms such as Blackboard and Moodle and users can sign up for free. Using iversity ''s ''social reading'' feature, students and their teacher can discuss reading excerpts live and online by highlighting, annotating, and responding to comments made by others in margins, right next to the content you are talking about.

LinkedIn’s New Learning Platform to Recommend Lynda Courses for Professionals

Edsurge

LinkedIn loves to learn. announced an online learning portal with thousands of courses aimed at helping individuals pivot or pick up new skills for their careers. The new product, LinkedIn Learning , includes all 5,000 courses published on Lynda.com, and any new courses created will be published on both platforms. LinkedIn Learning will also offer free courses from “influencers”—industry and thought leaders selected by the company.

Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a series of posts that are dedicated to going beyond the shine of technology by examining ways to use digital tools to engage students in real learning. Be on the look out for future posts entitled the ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning and also 40 great education sites to discover in 2015. STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Contains formative learning and assessment opportunities.

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Virtual School Tips and Recommendations

The Thinking Stick

NCCE (Northwest Council For Computer Education) being our regional ISTE sponsored conference with somewhere around 1500 participants coming together each year to share and learn. This session brought roughly 50 tech coaches together to share and learn from each other I asked how many of them were involved in Virtual School talks at the moment due to COVID-19. 2003 – In Saudi Arabia due to terrorism in the country, I helped my school set up and run Moodle to do Virtual School.

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E-learning Engagement: Persuasive Design Strategies

The CoolCatTeacher

Elearning design needs to engage and persuade the learner to know how to engage with the content and learning. Dr. Laurie Korte talks about e-learning design that engages learners and common mistakes of e-learning and blended learning classrooms. Laurie: Persuasive Design is a set of strategies that guides the learner through a digital learning environment by reducing stress, personalizing it, tailoring it to the individual, giving them suggestions throughout.

50 Free Online Courses For Educators: Spring 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

50 Free Online Courses For Teachers: Spring 2015. Below is a list of 50 free online courses for teachers for Spring 2015, aggregated by Class Central. Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects. Foundations of Teaching for Learning 3: Learners and Learning. Teaching with Moodle: An introduction. Moodle via Independent. Introduction to Learning Technologies. K-12 Blended & Online Learning.

4 Items on Instructure’s To-Do List After the Sale of the Canvas LMS Provider

Edsurge

The learning management system provider—best known for its Canvas product popular among colleges—is officially under private equity ownership. Previous expansion plans had been put on hold by a disappointing corporate learning product, activist investor interest and an acquisition that became messy at times. One name floated by company watchers is Ray Henderson, the former chief products officer at ANGEL Learning. They have to learn how to listen to their customers again.

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The Binder Planning Model

There is no box

I put that outline into an online learning management system (Moodle at the time, I pre-date Google Classroom) and proceeded to pull in a ton of relevant content from many different sources, which I continuously updated, modified and adjusted every year. I’m stepping into a new role this year and I’ve already found myself getting pulled into the Binder Planning Model.

The Binder Planning Model

There is no box

I put that outline into an online learning management system (Moodle at the time, I pre-date Google Classroom) and proceeded to pull in a ton of relevant content from many different sources, which I continuously updated, modified and adjusted every year. I’m stepping into a new role this year and I’ve already found myself getting pulled into the Binder Planning Model.

Resources For Teaching and Learning During This Period of Social Distancing

MindShift

How will learning continue while kids are stuck indoors for weeks? Some districts have sent kids home with a provisional two weeks worth of homework , while others have followed universities like Stanford and Berkeley and pivoted to remote learning in a bid to salvage the year. While the move online is the best approach to continue classes, it not only entails a change in format, but also demands a change in practice.

Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I especially appreciated the following quote, “On his blog, Gorman shares what he has learned with a focus on how tech enables project-based learning.” Learn more at the conference master classes page. It can also help educators determine what digital resources may work best to help support learning. Students will be able to collaborate on a presentation that provides what they have learned in their own words. This map orders the learning modules by concepts.

A Guide to Picking a Learning Management System: The Right Questions to Ask

Edsurge

Over the past 10 years, new learning management systems (LMSs) have sprung on the scene to rival the Blackboards and Moodles of old. Tara Gilboa, Online Learning Experience Designer at Colorado School of Mines The LMS Checklist #1: Is the platform straightforward and user-friendly? It affects whether or not the LMS supports student learning. But there is a greater lesson to be learned. Education Technology Blended Learning Learning Strategies

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10 Ways To Naturally Support Teacher Collaboration

TeachThought - Learn better.

Belsheim makes me feel like I can do anything I set my mind to, but then unfortunately the rest of my classes convince me that school is a waste of my time and I probably won’t amount to anything,” said student Paul Whitaker, 15, adding that the brief glimmer of excitement he feels toward learning in his first period English class is quickly and permanently extinguished by his six other teachers’ apathetic and detached classroom behavior.”. Build an online resource database.

iNACOL Virtual School Symposium

The Electric Educator

The conference brought together 1,800 leaders in the field of online and virtual education. Keynote presenters included Susan Patrick (iNACOL president), a fun panel of students in grades 6-12 who gave their perspective online learning, Deputy Secretary of Education Jim Shelton and former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise who spoke on policy issues related to online learning. Online learning is the future of education -- there is no doubt.

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10 Tools for Increasing Engagement in Online Courses

Nik Peachey

Over the last few years I've done a lot of work developing writing and redeveloping online courses and course materials. In the initial rush to get learning online many organisations got themselves a Moodle platform and then attached a whole load of PDFs and.docs, added some forums and the odd video clip and called it an online course. It's no surprise then that drop out rates for online learning courses have been so high.

Higher education technology predictions for 2014

Mark Smithers

Some new services and platforms will emerge to cater for different forms of learning, MOOCs will evolve and improve and open badges will be hot. Look out for rhizomatic learning. Personally, I see the future of MOOCs as being in community building in which you offer a valuable learning experience to a community of users that retains a connection with the course. Let’s call it a MOOSE (massive open online subject environment). TL;DR. Wizard by seanmgrath.

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Can Foreign Language Immersion Be Taught Effectively Online?

MindShift

Learning to speak a second language often starts with memorizing words and phrases like colors, numbers and salutations. Middlebury Interactive Languages is trying to flip that model on its head with an online program that expects a lot from beginners. the program is trying to redefine how language has been taught for years both online and in brick-and-mortar classrooms. The videos are the basis of all the activities in the online program. “It’s

2014 Global Education Conference - Day Four

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Urban high school students maximize global learning through iEARN Photojournalism 2.104 Heritage, Hunger and Food Security Program - Chris Lazarski, Teacher 12:00pm KEYNOTE: Vicky Colbert - Escuela Nueva: Quality Education for Peace and Democracy 1:00pm Anxiety Factors in the Saudi EFL Learners - Ms. SMILE Together: Collaborative, Inquiry-based Learning using Innovative Hardware and Software. Thursday, November 20th, is day four of the fifth annual Global Education Conference.

What the flip?

Learning with 'e's

What 'flipping the classroom' boils down to it seems, is the creation of online content including videos that offsets the need for students to physically attend class. But by any stretch of the imagination, just watching a video cannot be seen as a viable substitute for good learning, and should not be used to replace campus based education just for the sake of it. If we want higher quality learning experiences, we simply flip traditional roles. We learn by teaching.

Week of January 24, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org , the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate. Thanks for your attention, and see you online! More than half of all faculty at the University of Findlay utilize Blackboard Collaborate for everything from live online classes and office hours, to meetings and virtual conferences. What does the future of learning look like?

Higher education technology predictions for 2014

Mark Smithers

Some new services and platforms will emerge to cater for different forms of learning, MOOCs will evolve and improve and open badges will be hot. Look out for rhizomatic learning. Personally, I see the future of MOOCs as being in community building in which you offer a valuable learning experience to a community of users that retains a connection with the course. Let’s call it a MOOSE (massive open online subject environment). TL;DR. Wizard by seanmgrath.

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10 Tech Tools for Teacher Training Courses

Nik Peachey

I also wanted to use a form of loop input (using the technology to teach the technology) so that teachers were learning about the technologies they could use with students by actually using them for themselves. 280Slides is really simple to use, stores the presentations online and creates a link and embed code so when I'm finished presenting I can instantly share the link with my group either by embedding it into a site or passing the URL through TodaysMeet.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. million in venture capital from high profile names like LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and from firms active in ed-tech investing such as Learn Capital. Arguably, one of the best candidates is the learning management system. Would there even be “learning analytics” without the LMS, I wonder?).

Week of December 13, 2010 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org , the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate. Thanks for your attention, and see you online! MINI-GEEK FEST" MONTHLY ONLINE CONVERSATION-DECEMBER, 2010 (AZTEA PD) Mon 13 Dec 10:00PM New York / Tue 13 Dec 03:00AM GMT / Tue 14 Dec 02:00PM Sydney Peggy George and Kim Thomas. You learn how to adapt improv games to improve their instructional effectiveness.

Week of December 6, 2010 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org , the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate. Thanks for your attention, and see you online! link] THE NEW BLENDED LEARNING (ELLUMINATE LIVE EVENTS) Tue 7 Dec 01:00PM New York / Tue 7 Dec 06:00PM GMT / Wed 7 Dec 04:00AM Sydney David Wilkins. Blended learning has become an accepted practice in the learning space.