Over the last two years, there has been a great online Moot, powered by a willingness to shared experiences and learn from others in their practice and implementation of Moodle. These fully online practioner conferences had a large number of virtual presentations from people around the globle. This year it is taking place at the end of May, so I had a quick chat with the organiser Julian “@moodleman” Ridden about the iMoot to ask him to explain what the iMoot is all about.
What is the imoot?
Julian – iMoot is a Global online conference that aims to unite the best speakers from all over the world in one place to share their knowledge with the global community. Having been in a lucky position to visit Moodle Moots all over the world, I have heard from a wide variety of passionate and knowledgeable Moodle speakers. I realised however that sadly they are often only heard by people in their regional locations. The idea of iMoot was to provide a central online space where these local experts could get their voice heard by the community at large. The second goal is to charge as little as possible to ensure these voices can be heard by as many moodle users as possible.
When is the imoot?
Julian – The next iMoot is coming up on May 26th. It will run for 24 hours a day over 4 days. The reason for the non-stop schedule is to allow for presenters from all over the world to present in their local timezones. It also allows us to have a very active, dynamic and diverse program.
What are the strands at this years imoot
Julian – Well first I should point out our theme. This year we have gone with Moodle C3 - Communication, Collaboration, Community. We saw these three “C’s” as being the cornerstones to Moodle’s success and of those who use it. We are keen to hear stories that reflect on that theme. The iMoot itself is a working case in point of these very same C’s in action. More information on the theme can be found here – http://2012.imoot.org/mod/
book/view.php?id=31&chapterid=. As the event is global and has an intentionally loose theme, the streams themselves are simply slit up into presentation types. These are “How To’s” or instructional sessions), “Case Studies” and “Academic Papers”. This last one has been added by popular request from the community. 11
If someone wants to present, what should they do?
Julian We are currently seeking submissions for this years iMoot. If you have already presented, or will be presenting, at a moot somewhere in the world, we would love it if you also submitted your session online at our website. If you are not presenting at a moot but still have a session in mind, we would also love to hear from you as well. In return for speaking at the conference you receive free admission to the event and access to all sessions.What we require from our presenters is the ability to present at least one live session delivery via our Moodle website. We use Adobe connect for the live delivery. Support is provided to presenters who have not used the tool before. If a presenter can, we ask that they present at two different times of day to allow more attendees to hear them. But while a request, this is not a pre-requisite. After a presentation time is also given for some Q and A.If you are interested in submitting a presentation, a direct link can be found here - http://2012.imoot.org/mod/
So have you got some experience to share? Then pop over to the iMoot site and submit a proposal.