Week 3: Learning & Teaching Online 

Presented by:Dr. Nellie Deutsch

Saturday, June 15 2013| 10:00 AM (EST)

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About the Class

You are invited to join the the first Moodle MOOC of its kind hosted by WizIQ and organized by Dr. Nellie Deutsch.

This class will focus on Learning & Teaching Online.

Guest Speaker
Stephen Downes is our guest speaker. Stephen will speak about connectivism, online learning, and the MOOC.

Stephen Downes works for the National Research Council of Canada where he has served as a Senior Researcher, based in Moncton, New Brunswick, since 2001. Affiliated with the Learning and Collaborative Technologies Group, Institute for Information Technology, Downes specializes in the fields of online learning, new media, pedagogy and philosophy.

Downes is perhaps best known for his daily nesletter, OLDaily, which is distributed by web, email and RSS to thousands of subscribers around the world. He has published numerous articles both online and in print, including The Future of Online Learning (1998), Learning Objects (2000), Resource Profiles (2003), and E-Learning 2.0 (2005). He is a popular speaker, appearing at hundreds of events around the world over the last fifteen years ( see his website).

Connectivism, Online Learning, and the MOOC
Although MOOCs and Connectivism appear to be the result of recent innovation, neither has emerged from a vacuum. The three elements in the title of this talk, Connectivism, Online Learning, and the MOOC, relate to three core elements in a learning society: knowledge, learning and community. This talk will draw out aspects of each of these three elements and relate them specifically to the development and design of MOOCs today, and in particular to network-based MOOCs (or cMOOCs).

Pioneers of the MOOC
Making Sense of MOOCs: Musings in a Maze of Myth, Paradox and Possibility by Sir John Daniel, a fellow at the Korea National Open University and Education Master at DeTao Masters Academy, China provides an excellent exploration of the MOOC. According to Sir John Daniel, "Cormier and Bryan Alexander coined the acronym to describe an open online course at the University of Manitoba designed by George Siemens and Stephen Downes" (See article).

Teaching with Moodle is a self-paced 4-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for teachers and anyone interested in teaching online using Moodle, WizIQ, and other web technologies. The course will take place in the month of June 2013. The MOOC is in the spirt of open education and is completely free.

Participants will become acquainted with Moodle as a course and learning management system. They will learn how Moodle can be used in fully online, blended learning, and the flipped class. The course will include both asynchronous (not dependent on time) and synchronous (time dependent) elements. The course is self-paced with ongoing discussions (facilitator and technical support available), live online classes (recordings), videos, and other relevant content.

Unlike the traditional MOOCs that stress content and course delivery, Moodle MOOC will focus on active learning, reflection, sharing, and collaboration. The aim of the course is for the participants to learn through meaningful connections and social interactions. The MOOC and the live online classes will be moderated by Dr. Nellie Deutsch and facilitated by Dr. Nancy Zingrone, Dr. Ramesh Sharma, and Judith Behrens (doctoral student).

Participants will be able to ask questions in advance and throughout the course through the following google drive document. The live online classes will be recorded for future reference, so don't worry if you cannot attend or if you'd like to review the content.

Live Online Classes on WizIQ

There will be 5 live online classes. The live online synchronous classes will take place on WizIQ on Saturdays at 10 AM (EST). Please check your time zone (June 1) for the exact time. Recordings will be available.
Participants will engage with the facilitator, each other, and the content. For further information, please contact Dr. Nellie Deutsch.

Language of instruction: English

Keywords: moodle, wiziq on moodle, mooc

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By: JudithBehrens
412 days 10 hours 38 minutes ago

Great session by Stephen Downes

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By: RyanKevin
412 days 10 hours 38 minutes ago

Stephen was great. Simply.

By: SherylMcCoy
412 days 10 hours 38 minutes ago

I definitely will need to review the visual representation...some much was similar, yet much was new combinations of learning.

By: AmaniWahb
412 days 10 hours 37 minutes ago

Oh my God...this was so much fun....very highly informative from Dr Nellie....classical elevated knowledge from Mr Downes....and soooooooo much fun from Mr Jason.....I love that......so happy. Thank you Dr Nellie so much. Love, Amani Wahb

By: LeonardThaw
412 days 10 hours 37 minutes ago

this was a fascinating presentation that is really making me think (reflect?) about how many of my teachers, including myself, must rethink the learning process. Thank you soooo much!

By: TeresaTachón
412 days 10 hours 36 minutes ago

Enthusiastic and enlightening session! I really enjoyed it. Thanks WizIQ staff, Dr. Nellie, Jason & Stephen for sharing this great experience!! :))

By: GolyRabbanim
412 days 10 hours 31 minutes ago

The Live session with S. dowens was valuable Thank you.


Darin Gray

This is an interesting article on MOOC from the Dean of Education at USC


413 days 23 hours 46 minutes ago

Amani Wahb

Dear Dr Nellie,
I have attended all classes so far, and have lots of work to do! I will try my best to catch with all that I am still behind in. Learning

419 days 5 hours 42 minutes ago

Iris Antongiorgi

Hope to have a good connection with WIQ.[:-bd]

419 days 9 hours 59 minutes ago

Magnus Kahlweiss

Great to be part of the team:-)

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About Dr. Nellie Deutsch Founder of IT4ALL

  • Dr. Nellie Deutsch Founder of IT4ALL
    Dr. Nellie Deutsch Founder of IT4ALL
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Profile Summary

Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL) was founded in 2006 by Dr. Nellie Deutsch. IT4ALL is a network of educators that provides free and low-cost professional development courses on how to integrate web technologies into full, blended online learning (BOL) courses and the flipped class using WizIQ, Moodle, Google drive, screen casting tools, audio, video, and social networks.

Dr. Nellie Deutsch is internationally known as a relationship-based transformative leader, community builder, an expert in leadership, educational technology, coordinator of online professional development courses, and mentor to educators worldwide. She’s a moderator, researcher, writer, speaker, English language Learning Skills (ELLS) teacher, faculty at Atlantic University Masters of Arts in Transpersonal and leadership studies, leads online and face-to-face conferences, organizes MOOCs, and an online teacher at WizIQ.

Dr. Deutsch follows a relationship-based collaborative active learning approach to instruction and learning. Her experiential humanitarian approach to instruction and learning has earned her the respect of educators around the globe and attracted her to healthy living and healing. She's an accredited PAIRS (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills), conflict resolution, and Reiki practitioner. She practices and teaches Mindfulness Meditation and the Alexander Technique.

Nellie has been teaching English to speakers of other languages (EFL) since the mid 70s. She has been integrating technology (computer assisted language learning or CALL) into her classes since the mid 90s.