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Why do so many Moodle courses suck?

Why do so many Moodle courses suck? | Education | Scoop.it

Moodle is a magnificent free product and has the potential to enable schools and teachers to build wonderfully unique interactive online learning courses in which learner interaction can be tracked, measured and responded to. Despite this the vast majority of Moodle courses I see are a long list of Word and PDF documents with at best a few forums that enable a minimum of human social interaction.


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Interesting observation - echoes my own experience

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Ruby Rennie Panter's curator insight, August 1, 5:16 AM

Nik gives some very useful insights and some practical ideas for developing online materials. He has a focus on Moodle, but the ideas relate to any online learning platform.

Donna Farren's curator insight, August 1, 8:16 AM

Nik makes some great points about Moodle - or really putting any content online - there has to be instructional design training, online teaching training or blended teaching training and how to select content for online delivery.  technical training alone is not enough.

Mikko Hakala's curator insight, August 7, 5:40 PM

Problems and possibilities of Moodle (and other similar platforms) outlined by Nik Peachey:

 

* Why Moodle courses often suck?

Not so intuitive platform to work with, lack of teacher training and skills to create online learning material (I agree with these points), excess security issues.

 

* What to do to improve.

 

* Comment about ready-made courses.

There are various problems, for example these often contain little student-teacher or peer interaction. I agree that the ready-made digital material, in my experience, is not very personalisable (and therefore difficult to teach in an inspired way).

 

* How to develop your Moodle skills?

The post gives 9 links to practical video tutorials (how to create a quiz, add a youtube, etc.). There are also free Moodle platforms to practice.

 

Read more: http://nikpeachey.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/why-do-so-many-moodle-courses-suck.html

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Brain Science in the Classroom

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Three Ways to Shift Instructional Practices to Meet the Needs of 21st-Century Learners

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With our student populations becoming more and more non-traditional, our pedagogy could probably use a little dusting off and updating. In fact, let’s start with shifting from talking about pedagogy, technically the instruction of children, to andragogy, the teaching strategies that address needs of adult learners. While the term andragogy has been around since the 19th century, it wasn’t until the 1980s that the research on adult learners took off. Perhaps best known, Malcolm Knowles (1984), identified four principles of effective instructional strategies for adults: they involve the learner in the planning and evaluation of their learning; they use the learner’s experience as the basis for learning (including mistakes); they establish the relevance of the learning to the learner’s context; and they use problem-centered instead of content centered approaches.[1]


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This is interesting. Written in terms of adult learners, I think a good amount applies to all learners. Still, I especially find it useful when planning staff training.

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Teacher's Guide to Digital Storytelling | Edudemic

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Quite simply, digital storytelling is the act of using computer-based tools (desktops, laptops, tablets, cameras. and even smartphones) to tell a story. Used in the classroom, it is a lens that teachers and students can use to master the craft of storytelling and argumentative analysis. Digital storytelling might incorporate anything from storyboarding to script writing, revision, production and further editing.


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How to Plan Lessons to Engage 21st Century Students | EdTechReview™

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Asked a number of educators on how they plan their lessons to keep their student engaged...

 

We are living in the age where constant entertainment and stimulation is necessary to keep student going on. Educators today carry huge responsibility to keep their students engaged and interested in the classroom. It is also because, today, distraction can be easily caused.


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10 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen

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Projecting your iPad on a large screen is great for demonstrations, simulations, explanations, and showing examples. There are several ways this can be done in the classroom.


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This looks great

 

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Some great ways to share or mirror your iPad screen with a projector screen.

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Mistakes You Must Avoid While Integrating Technology in the Classroom - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

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23 Tools and Resources to Create Images for Social Media

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Here at scoop.it we believe that adding a visual touch to your content is highly important. Pictures are the first thing your audience will notice, and likely what they will remember most about your blog. We allow you to choose from our photo suggestions or add your own! Many other social tools allow similar image manipulations. Here are some options. 

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Teaching Math to People Who Think They Hate It - The Atlantic

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Howard Gardner, creator of ‘multiple intelligences’ theory, launches new project on ‘good’ education

Howard Gardner, creator of ‘multiple intelligences’ theory, launches new project on ‘good’ education | Education | Scoop.it
Armed with a set of criteria drawn from different disciplines, I identified seven separate intelligences. All human beings possess these seven intelligences, but we differ from one another in which are strong; and in any case, strength or weakness in one (say spatial intelligence) does not predict strength or weakness in another (say, interpersonal or musical intelligence).


I would now add a few more intelligences to the list, and others, most famously Daniel Goleman, have proposed yet other intelligences like emotional intelligence. I am no longer invested in my particular set of intelligences. For me, the important advance is that a multiplicity of intelligences has been acknowledged—wits, rather than wit.


In this era of succinct messaging, I’ve created a twitter-short formula: Multiple Wits and Good Grits Lead to a Success Beyond Selfies.


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Making Moocs social is the next challenge

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Finding ways to engage thousands of people in discussion online is set to change the higher education landscape.  Massive open social learning and “nanodegrees” are among the trends in teaching and learning set to shake up higher education, according to a report. 

 

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How universities shoudl improve the social experience of their online education programs! 

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Why mobile learning? - YouTube

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Your quick cheat sheet for EdTech lingo - Daily Genius

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You know that Educational Technology is quite the thing. You want to join those conversations in the staff room or at parents’ evening. But you’re not quite sure… what’s the difference between a MOOC and an OER. Adaptive learning or individualised learning? Trying to keep up can make you feel like the dunce in …


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Overcoming the common hurdles in the flipped classroom - Daily Genius

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The flipped classroom is very on-trend right now and plenty of teachers, and their institutions are circling around the issue and wondering how, and when, to start.


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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing

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These teachers see the internet and digital technologies such as social networking sites, cell phones and texting, generally facilitating teens’ personal expression and creativity, broadening the audience for their written material, and encouraging teens to write more often in more formats than may have been the case in prior generations.  At the same time, they describe the unique challenges of teaching writing in the digital age, including the “creep” of informal style into formal writing assignments and the need to better educate students about issues such as plagiarism and fair use.


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Interesting… and what of the impact on handwriting

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A Step by Step Guide on How to Record A Screencast on Chromebook Using Google Plus Hangout

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11 Tips to Engage and Inspire Adult Learners - eLearning Industry

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‘Gamification’ is dead, long live games for learning | TechCrunch

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6 principios da "Hora Genial " na Sala de aula:

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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, October 7, 12:22 AM

Teachers definitely need to be innovative enough in order to make their class room sessions more interesting, although a note of caution is that this needs to be done taking into consideration the amount of the syllabus that needs to be covered, time limits, and yes, remember, 'familiarity breeds contempt!' Most twenty-first century skills ready schools will have WiFi access and overhead projectors in their classrooms. This technology in itself is useful in making lessons more interesting. In many cases, students can themselves be called to the docking station and surf the net for specific information. One catch though is that the facilitator needs to have a strong control over how technology is used, and he or she should have a good enough idea about which sites to viisit, whether it is Ted Talks, or Khan Academy, or any other such site. In many cases it has been noticed that the use of technology has made students lazy, as for example, they refer to ready made notes available on the net, like Spark Notes, for the teaching of literature without even thinking of understanding the question and what they are reading on the net. Some students would even copy paste material from the net ditto. That is when they need to be told about the harms of Plagiarism. Simulation is another wonderful tool that can help make learning more interesting. Take for example role play or drammatisation of plays in the syllabus. Role play or drammatisation can be supported by a screening of an except from a particular play and then students can be asked to model their performance on the basis of what they have been shown in class.

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Fantastic Chart On 21st Century Education Vs Traditional Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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