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Moodle could benefit from a better forum

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Moodle could benefit from a better forum

The ideas in this post have been around for years.  What prompted this was a post from Dan on Moodle.org asking for feedback on compelling features of ForumNG, one of the projects out of the Open University.  Looks like there is a possibility of improved forums in Moodle core.  COOL!! Philosophical preamble Where Moodle is…

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The lessons @Chuxiong 2011

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The lessons @Chuxiong 2011

Chuxiong in May 2011 was a return visit. In 2007 we did four three hour workshops over two days, mainly oriented towards staff. This time quite different: three two hour sessions with students.  All studying to be teachers. The aim: explore some physics concepts demonstrate some teaching strategies as alternatives to teacher talk, class unison…

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Weiman article (Part 3) Engagement, Test results and Attendence

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Weiman article (Part 3) Engagement, Test results and Attendence

A look at the Weiman Study (continued).  This is one anonymous comment on the Chronicle page on this article: “I have tried most of the teaching methods out there in the course of over 20 years of teaching. Many “experimental” methods are effective, but they ALL result in less material being covered. Moral of the…

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Weiman article (Part 2) Setting up the experiment

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Weiman article (Part 2) Setting up the experiment

Continued from Part 1.  The first time I have written several posts in a row for a while.  I’ve just run a session with some staff introducing the findings of the paper, with due regard for the 40 years of work (at least) that is is based on. All quotes below from the paper. The…

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China

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I’ve had a quiet day today part way through a visit to Chuxiong Normal University.  Two sessions so far: Thursday (Information Science Majors) and Friday (Physics Majors) The aim: exposure to a few strategies to support active learning practice in English have fun All these students will be teachers sometime.  The hope: just to see…

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Traditional Instruction vs “Deliberate Practice” (Part 1)

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Traditional Instruction vs “Deliberate Practice” (Part 1)

The Latest Cark Weiman study Summary: “Science” just published (May 13, 2011) a fascinating article:  Improved Learning in a Large Enrollment Physics Class, Louis Deslauriers, Ellen Schelew, and Carl Wieman Carl is a Physics Noble prize winner, now working in science education.  The article is on an experiment they did in physics education. They waited…

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Moodle 2.0 Wellington workshop

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Moodle 2.0 Wellington workshop

After a false start (abandoned due to the February 4 earthquake) I made it to Wellington for a Moodle 2.0 workshop.  Details here.  If anyone from the TALO group is reading this (especially Leigh) then probably best to move on. I still value Moodle as a Walled Garden.  I see this as a feature, not…

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Workplace learning: professional trajectories

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How do you help competent professionals in a field to become also competent in an education role? I spent a week in Auckland in late March considering this question.  Moodle shut down on me.  Where better to work then Columbus Coffee You need an awareness of adult education principles (not just theory thought) I love…

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Starting out in Moodle 2.0+

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Starting out in Moodle 2.0+

I’ve now completed a few small pilot training sessions in Moodle 2 .0. Some general comments: The same: Workflow: Edit mode on, the Add resources/Add activities dropdowns, the icons, Sections Forums (the bug with Q&A forums is still there) Groups/groupings (except for new site wide groups aka cohorts) Different Navigation in the new Navigation block…

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Moodle 2 wish list

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Moodle 2 wish list

I’ve pondered for weeks how to make a first post on Moodle 2.  Here is my wish list.  I got the idea from Mark Deschler’s wish list post.  He has some great comments on how to get involved.  I’m always surprised with 1,000,000 people on Moodle.org why so few vote in the tracker. You will…

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