Moodling Beyond Moodle
Moodle for Teachers Electronic Village Online took place on WizIQ and on a Moodle website called Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL) from January to February 2013. M4TEVO2013 free 5-week online workshop took place for the second time as part of EVO and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Participants of the course learned about and practiced Moodle skills. In addition, participants of the course enrolled in M4TEVO2013 course area on WizIQ education online so they could access the content, engage in discussions, and view live online classes and the recordings when the course ended on the Moodle.
The aim of the M4T workshop was to provide participants, who have never used Moodle or who would like to enrich their previous Moodle experiences with Moodle 2.4 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 the course practice area.
Asynchronous & Synchronous Classes
Moodle for Teacher for Electronic Village Online (M4TEVO2013) included both asynchronous (not dependent on time) and synchronous (time dependent). The asynchronous part took place on a Moodle webstie and the synchronous mode took place on WiziQ live online class every Saturday at 10 AM. There were 6 live online sessions.
Course in and out of Moodle
The participants of M4TEVO2013 worked in 4 learning environments:
- Moodle course area where the participants learned about the features available on Moodle such as resources (content), activities (tasks), and blocks (plugins)
- Moodle course practice area where the participants were able to try out what they had learned in the course area and create a mini-lesson as teachers
- WizIQ course area where participants were able to access the courseware that included Powerpoint presentation, pdf files, text files, audio files, video files, Youtube videos (embedded), join live online class and watch the recordings of the live online synchronous classes
- WizIQ live synchronous classes where participants were able to learn and connect with the teacher, the facilitators and each other in real time
There are advantages to having a course management system (CMS) beyond Moodle. Moodle courses close once the course ends, but a course on WizIQ never ends. Participants can continue learning by reviewing the content and interacting with each other and the facilitators in the course feed (discussion forums).
Final Live Online Session on WizIQ
TESOL Convention Live Streaming
Learning online never stops. M4TEVO2013 began on the Moodle, continued in a course on WizIQ, and will be shared at the TESOL international convention in Dallas in March, 2013. Participants are invited to join live face-to-face and online session. Participants, who cannot attend the TESOL convention in Dallas will be able to join the M4TEVO2013 class on WizIQ. EVO is part of the computer-assisted language learning (CALL) interest section (IS) for TESOL.