With the latest major version (2.6) coming next week, it was good to see the latest minor releases published.

If you are currently using Moodle 2.3, 2.4 or 2.5 then you should consider upgrading to the latest minor release. As normal with minor releases, the releases contain bug fixes and a number of security fixes.

The Moodle 2.5.3 releases addresses 224 bugs (see 2.5.3 release notes)

The Moodle 2.4.7 releases addresses 150 bugs (see 2.4.7 release notes)

The Moodle 2.3.10 releases addresses 150 bugs (see 2.3.10 release notes)

If you are still on the older Moodle 2.3 (which was released June 2012) you should consider upgrading to a later version now, ideally looking at 2.5.3.

For downloads as always check out the Moodle.org download pages on http://download.moodle.org

 

The deadline for the Call for Proposals for the Moodlemoot Edinburgh 2014 has been extended to Friday 15th Nov 2013.

The theme for the  Moodlemoot is “The Student Experience”.

Proposals should fit into one of the following strands:

1. Active Learning
2. Assessment and Evaluation
3. Wider Support and Admin

If you have not yet submitted an application, you can submit a proposal here – http://moodlemoot.ie/2014-programme/2014-how-to-submit-a-proposal/ or email the details to info@moodlemoot.ie

You can read the submission formats here  – http://moodlemoot.ie/2014-programme/2014-submission-formats/

The Moodle Research Conference took place on 4th and 5th October in Sousse, Tunisia. There was a lot of presentations of the papers which really made me think about different aspects of learning, and specifically elearning.

Here are some thoughts that I picked out from my notes. These are a mix of being a point from their presentations, and my thoughts related to the presentation. So although not direct quotes – the presentation is referenced for completeness.

We need to enable meaningful communication between students.
Re:- Keynote “Negotiating students’ attention”   Prof Dick Ng’ambi

 

Successful technical management of Moodle is based on using well known standard tools in their management of the system along with skilled motivated staff and strong documented processes.
Re: -”On Optimal Strategies for the Development and Operation of Moodle in Higher Education Institutions” – M Omar Faruque Sarker, Jo Matthews, Jessica Gramp

 

The use of analytics can underpin the transformative use of Moodle from the initial standard document repository to a more blended and collaborative learning delivery system.
Re: “Beyond the baseline: working with e-learning champions to transform e-learning at a research-led university” -  Jessica Gramp

 

Rather than just providing the content, providing self-assessment tools (like quizzes) for learners to find where they have gaps and thus identify where they need to learn, and then supporting them is an interesting approach to blended teaching and creates effective quality teaching moments.
Re: “Full Mathematical Power In Calculated Questions Through Spreadsheets” – Hiram Bollaert

 

It is important to assess feedback on Moodle/Online learning into two buckets – institutional/organisational issues and learning platform/learning design issues.
Re: “The Use of Moodle at Cass Business School: A Student Perspective” – Leona Norris, Lowe Sporre, Didrik Svendsen

 

Personalisation can mean many things to many people. It is important to understand what level of personalisation that you can offer and that you want to offer in the different aspects of learning, and crucially what impact this will have on staff and learners alike.
Re: “Emphasising personalisation movements in contemporary management education: the impact on learning environments” – Martin Rich, Clive Holtham, Ann Brown, Annora Eyt-Dessus, Leona Norris

 

All the papers are individually downloadable from the Moodle Research Conference website database. The full proceedings are available on the MRC2013 website.

Over the past few months I have presented variations of presentations around gamification, and this deck is my most complete and recent version that was delivered at the Moodlemoot in Barcelona (with Laia Canet) and the Medmoot in Tunisia.

What are your thoughts on Gamification, Motivation and their use in learning and in Moodle?

Please contribute your thoughts in the comments!

In the last two weeks I have been lucky to present at both the Barcelona Moodlemoot and the Mediterranean Moodlemoot on Open Badges and Moodle. After a short explanation of OpenBadges, the focus moves to the processes around rolling out badges.
The presentation ends with slides on the Moodle aspects of OpenBadges.

These are the slides which I used in the presentation.

What is your approach to badges?

MedMoot to begin tomorrow

October 1, 2013

The next 5 days are looking to be quite engaging starting with tomorrow when the Mediterranean Moodle Moot begins. The programme is pack full of presentations over the two days.

I will be delivering a number of presentations at the Moot starting off with a session on Open Badges which will be co-presented with Megan Cole, Community Strategy Lead for the Mozilla Foundation (who is presenting remotely).  Open Badges do seem to be the hot topic of the moment, so it will be interesting to see what the current stats are globally and also what the views of the attendees are on the implementation side of  Badges.

After lunch I will be presenting on a process to use in Reviewing Add-ons for your Moodle installation, and will be giving the participants a challenge to do a review / evaluation of some plugins during the session.

On Thursday I have a morning presentation on Gamification, and specifically how to use it to improve learner engagement in a course.

My last session at the MedMoot is a workshop on the database activity, uses, configuring and all that jazz!

I am looking forward to meeting everyone and getting their views and vision on badges and gamification especially as they seem to be some of the most popular topics at present.

Lets hope it is not too hot!

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