Engaging Teachers on Moodle for Teachers EVO14

M4TEVO14

Description of M4TEVO14
Moodle for Teachers (M4T) EVO 2014 (M4TEVO14) online workshop took place on a Moodle website called Moodle for Teachers (M4T) and on a WizIQ Course for content sharing, live online classes and recordings, and access to the course material after the Moodle course is over. The aim of the M4T workshop was to provide participants, who had never used Moodle or who would like to enrich their previous Moodle experiences, with the knowledge and skills to navigate a Moodle course, access resources, activities, and blocks from a student perspective and practice the same Moodle features in class sandbox sections as teachers. The participants learned about teaching online with Moodle and WizIQ. Since M4TEVO14 was a teacher training course, they also practiced creating activities and resources with the role of teachers and managers of a Moodle course.

The workshop included both asynchronous (not dependent on time) and synchronous (time dependent) learning environments. The asynchronous courses were conducted on the Moodle and the synchronous learning environment was conducted on WizIQ (free premium accounts for educators) in the Moodle. Participants watched tutorials, posted to the discussion forums, and practiced Moodle tools with the roles of a student and teacher.

Personal Reflection
This was one of the best courses I had organized for Electronic Village Online (EVO) sponsored by TESOL. The course duration was supposed to be 5 weeks, but we added an additional week to showcase the participants’ work.

Population
A little over 1250 teachers from over 100 countries, including subjects areas other than English as a foreign or second language, joined M4TEVO14. They were enthusiastic and willing to be active throughout the course.

Syllabus of M4TEVO14
You may view the syllabus and learn how the course was set up.

WizIQ Live Classes
There were 8 live synchronous classes on WizIQ. These included an intro to the course, 5 weekly sessions, and a final showcase class.

WizIQ Learning Environment
The course took place on WizIQ for the live classes, to share content such as PowerPoint presentation, PDF files, Audio and Video Files, to get ongoing support and discussions on the coursefeed, and to connect with the facilitators and other participants. You can join to review the content on WizIQ and see the layout on the Moodle.

Moodle Learning Environments
M4TEVO14 included 3 courses on Moodle. One course was to learn about Moodle as students, the other was to practice as teachers, and the third was created for the teachers to practice as managers of a Moodle course. The participants learned how to design a course on Moodle. They had to create video tutorials for each of the activities and resources they were learning about in a Moodle course.

Active Learning
The participants of M4TEVO14 were actively engaged throughout the course. The activities included reading the assignments and following the weekly tasks, creating tutorials of what they had learned, and reflecting on the process through blogging and/or videos. The ongoing discussions connected everyone for learning.

Badges as Rewards
The participants of M4TEVO14, who fulfilled the tasks, received 1 badge per week. The badges generated a huge interest. Some teachers claimed that they were more excited about receiving a badge than the degrees they had received. The badges motivated everyone to get the tasks done.

Time Spent
The participants were very active in the course. There were always people online working alone or collaborative. The course has a chat box called a comment box on the Moodle and the coursefeed in the WizIQ course area so that everyone was able to communicate 24/7. As a result, the facilitators had to be up to respond 24/7.

Next Year M4TEVO15
Participants are looking forward to M4TEVO15 next year. You’re invited to join M4TEVO14 so you can get the updates for next year.

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Dr. Nellie Deutsch is faculty at Atlantic University in the MA transpersonal and leadership studies. Nellie is an educator, teacher trainer, researcher, writer, and consultant on e-learning, Moodle, WizIQ, blended learning, teaching, mindfulness and the Alexander practice, and lifelong learning. Nellie earned her doctorate in education and educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix Her dissertation research (available on ProQuest & Amazon) focused on instructor experiences with integrating technology in blended learning contexts in higher education around the world. Nellie offers free Moodle for teacher courses to new, veteran, and future teachers who wish to teach online, face-to-face or in blended learning formats. She also provides online courses to teachers and ICT people on how to be administrators of Moodle websites. She integrates Moodle and WizIQ live virtual classes in all her courses.

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