Moodle Moot Recap

moot_portland_photocard2To say the 2013 Moodle Moot was a success is an understatement. It was two days packed full of all things Moodle (the linchpin system of the UCSF CLE).

LTG staff has identified the main takeaways from the Moot. We want to share these with the UCSF community since we know many were unable to attend, but use the CLE on a daily basis. Here are the takeaways:

Catching up with Moodle community: I was formally introduced to the larger Moodle community – known as “moodlers.” I learned more about valuable information and resources available on the Moodle Forums powered by Moodle users and through moodlerooms.

New Ideas for CLE Support Center: My goal for attending the Moot was to identify resources to better support faculty, staff and students using the UCSF CLE. An important part of the Moot was to analyze how we can provide better support documentation to empower CLE users. Some ideas for this include:

  • Add a survey to each support document for faculty, staff and students to use to provide feedback on the helpfulness of the resource.
  • There are many ways to provide instruction (videos, step-by-step, handouts) but these should be offered in one, well-designed, easy-to-use Support Center.
  • We learned that the Moodle MOOC began on September 1, 2013, which will be a very helpful resource. Check it out and register for the MOOC on teaching with Moodle here.

Preview of Moodle 2.5: A benefit of being part of a larger community of users is many others have already done what we are preparing for. In 2014 we will move to Moodle 2.5 and there are some exciting changes with this update and the following. Below are a few new features to look forward to:

There is much to learn: Here are ways LTG plans to continue to learn about new Moodle features and stay in touch with other moodlers:

  • Become more involved in Moodle Community through the forums and tracker.
  • Take an active role with the Convergence blog to create more awareness for new features in the CLE.
  • And of course – always listen to UCSF community for feedback on the CLE and suggestions for improvement.

Conference sessions slides available on Moodle Moot page.

Image Credit: Moodlerooms

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