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…