Saturday, June 8, 2013



Teaching Fully Online and Blended Learning & the Flipped Class

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have attracted a lot of attention off late and there are many initiatives by scholars and institutions to offer interesting courses to anyone interested. 

Moodle is one of the most popular Learning Management Systems (LMS) employed for online delivery, interactions and facilitating instructions and learning. 

With the purpose of providing training on Moodle, this MOOC was designed and offered via WizIQ

Course Description

Teaching with Moodle is a self-paced 4-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for teachers and anyone interested in teaching online using Moodle, WizIQ, and other web technologies. The course takes place in the month of June 2013. The MOOC is in the spirit of open education and is completely free.

Participants will become acquainted with Moodle as a course and learning management system. They will learn how Moodle can be used in fully online, blended learning, and the flipped class. The course will include both asynchronous (not dependent on time) and synchronous (time dependent) elements. The course is self-paced with ongoing discussions (facilitator and technical support available), live online classes (recordings), videos, and other relevant content.

Unlike the traditional MOOCs that stress content and course delivery, Moodle MOOC will focus on active learning, reflection, sharing, and collaboration. The aim of the course is for the participants to learn through meaningful connections and social interactions. The MOOC and the live online classes will be coordinated by Dr. Nellie Deutsch and facilitated by Dr. Ludmila Smirnova, Dr. Nancy Zingrone , me and Judith Behrens (doctoral student).

Participants will be able to ask questions in advance and throughout the course through the following google drive document. The live online classes will be recorded for future reference, so don't worry if you cannot attend or if you'd like to review the content. 

Course Highlights
  • Moodle Layout (Activities, Resources, Blocks)
  • Creating Engaging Activities
  • Learning & Teaching Online
  • WizIQ on Moodle
  • Going Beyond the Moodle MOOC for Active Lifelong Learning
Language of Instruction: English

Live Online Classes on WizIQ
The opening ceremony was on May 31, 2013 when Martin Dougiamas, the founder of Moodle spoke at the opening ceremony at 9 PM EST New York and at 9PM Perth (Australia) time. In addition, special Learning2Gether event with Vance Stevens and Nellie Deutsch (check your time zone for the exact time)" and 5 live online classes are planned. The live online synchronous classes will take place on WizIQ on Saturdays at 10 AM (EST). Please check your time zone (June 1) for the exact time. Recordings will be available.
Invited Guests Further, there will be other guest appearances by Stephen Downes, who will be talking about connectivism and teaching/learning online and MOOCs on June 15, 2013, and Bryan Alexander , who will be presenting on June 22, 2013. Both Bryan and Stephen started the first MOOCs. In fact, Bryan Alexander is said to have coined the term MOOC with Dave Cormier. George Siemens will also be helping out behind the scenes. He may still surprise us with an appearance if his Internet connection is good.
Live Online Classes
  1. Opening Ceremony with Martin Dougiamas, Jason R. Levine (Fluency MC), Facilitators of the MOOC, and other surprises.
  2. Week 1:Introduction to the Course & Moodle Layout
  3. Week 2: Creating Engaging Activities
  4. Week 3: Learning & Teaching Online
  5. Week 4: WizIQ on Moodle
  6. Final Session: Going Beyond the MOODLE MOOC for Active Lifelong Learning

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