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28 May 2008 / erikduval

Moodlemoot at home

It was great fun to keynote at the Moodlemoot in Antwerpen today. Maybe this was the first time I got to be on stage in my hometown 😉

Martin Dougiamas (“best known as the guy who started Moodle”) kicked off over skype from Down Under. He talked about the success in uptake of moodle (44.000 sites, 20.000.000 users, 1.900.000 courses, …) which connects well with my intro a bit later on exponential growth. He then mentioned that he was a bit disappointed about how moodle is used pedagogically. Mostly, it is being used for handouts, forum, quizzes, assignments, … and there is not enough deep thinking about learning activities, sharing ideas, active research, etc.

VERY interestingly, moodle2.0 will include support for external repositories. The first release will include support for Mahara and the OU-UK’s mystuff (apparently locked behind a login screen). Martin was somewhat (understandably, for this audience) short on technical details, but I’d LOVE to know more… Please send me pointers!

This message connected well with the part of my talk where I presented our moodle-GLOBE bridge (slide 62 and beyond) – which you can try out for yourself (please do)! The basic idea is that it should be possible to upload content to a repository from moodle or to download content from a repository in moodle. We are interested in this because the moodle course context offers excellent opportunities for personalization. Martin didn’t mention that, so I changed that part of my presentation to “Moodle 2.0 3.0″ 😉

In any case, this was a fun event with a group of people who are actually trying – as someone mentioned – to look for opportunities to improve things rather than for excuses to do nothing! My kind of crowd…



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  1. Helen Foster / May 29 2008 12:35 am

    Erik, thanks for your interesting and thought-provoking presentation. The way you picked up on things Martin had said was really cool! 🙂

  2. erikduval / May 29 2008 1:23 pm

    Always fun to tweak the presentation to better connect with the previous speaker – glad you liked it!

  3. Wouter Roels / May 30 2008 9:45 am


    Your presentation at moodlemoot in Antwerp was great! I’m going to use some of your ideas and slides in my courses on moodle.

  4. erikduval / May 30 2008 5:01 pm

    Thanks, Wouter. Glad you like it! Would be wonderful if you can share your slides too…

  5. Hans de Zwart / Jun 2 2008 2:21 pm

    The recording of Martin Dougiamas failed (Pamela turned off when the video was turned off)… The chat transcript was saved however and an edited version should be published soon. I will keep you (and your readers) updated…

  6. erikduval / Jun 2 2008 3:17 pm

    Thanks for the update, Hans! Should maybe mention that Pamela is software not a human 😉 Pity how little problems like this one keep getting us into trouble with some of the tools: there’s a lesson for all of us there!

  7. Hans de Zwart / Jun 3 2008 3:16 pm

    You test it in advance and then it still fails… I guess that is life.

    Martin’s sheets and an edited version of the chat transcript (live translation of what he said) are now on dislay here:


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