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Why a Moodle MOOC? More information on Learn.Moodle.Net

Learn.Moodle.net is the site where the official Moodle MOOC will launch this September (9/1). Only a few details were previously known, yesterday much more detail was launched on the site outlining the purpose, process, and other relevant details that Moodlers will need to know as they jump into the MOOC.

From the site,

Like many people in the education industry, I’ve been watching the recent hype about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) come and go. It’s great to see some more attention in mainstream media about internet-based courses, and great that more people are thinking about large-scale free courses, but sad that the excitement around MOOCs seems to be misleading many people into thinking that they represent the first wave of online learning. In fact we’ve been teaching online for decades and much of the new software being developed by MOOC companies is facing the same issues that we’ve been solving in other software since the last century.

Moodle (the Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) has been around for over ten years. Since I released the first code under an open source license back in 2001 it has had a community site that used Moodle itself. This was intentional – my idea was to jump-start a learning community around the topic of #moodle itself, a never-ending course that you could dip into at any time to teach yourself about Moodle. I’ve encouraged developers and users to use the same forums and tools so they could learn from each other and can co-construct artifacts that represent the current state of our learning about how education can work on the Internet.

Moodle has a lot of features, and it can take quite a long time to learn them all. As an open-source learning platform, it’s benefited from the experimentation and feedback of thousands of online educators over the past 12 years, and evolved a lot of tools that are completely unique. It’s rarely useful to learn all the capabilities in a vacuum, though – the best way to learn them is to be teaching a real course, to be open to new ideas for you want to do and then look for solutions to each problem. Being part of an ongoing support community is ideal for this sort of professional development: our community is full of great teachers with great ideas.

You could say that Moodle.org has always been our MOOC.

However, a lot of people are unaware of the potential of Moodle and have told us they would appreciate a shorter and more synchronised introduction where they still get to try everything out. So that is one of the main reasons we are running “Learn Moodle” as a more structured MOOC – to show teachers what Moodle is and the depth that it has, and to help them understand how our activities feel from a student perspective, in a way that they can apply in their own Moodle courses (whether in the free practice sandboxes we provide here or on their own sites).

The course schedule is also posted http://learn.moodle.net/mod/page/view.php?id=53. Course takers can expect an overview of Moodle, their own course to work with and instructional guidance in setting up resources, activities, the gradebook, and more.

Set a calendar reminder, registration isn’t open yet, but it will be shortly.

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