After the success of the Moodlemoot in Edinburgh last year, we have taken stock, listened to feedback from Moodle HQ, presenters, attendees, and sponsors, about what people want from the Moot.
We have reflected on different aspects of the Moot structure and based on that feedback and requests we are making some significant changes for 2015. These are detailed below the announcement.
We invite you to join us and other members of the Moodle community for 3 days in Dublin on May 11th – 13th 2015, with a Developer Hackfest on May 14th.
We are delighted to confirm that we will be holding a Moodlemoot in Dublin City University in conjunction with The National Institute of Digital Learning and Moodle HQ.
The conference chairs are:
- Prof. Mark Brown – Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University
- Michael de Raadt, Moodle HQ.
The Moot will include the following:
- May 11th – Design the Next Moodle – End-user Brainstorming, Pre-Conference Training Workshops
- May 12th – Moodlemoot Sessions Day 1 + Gala Dinner
- May 13th – Moodlemoot Sessions Day 2
As with recent Moots, we will also have a Developer Hackfest after the main Moot.
- May 14th – Developer Hackfest
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us.
The site for the Moot will launch very soon, and it will be hang off http://moodlemoot.org – a new centralised Moot site kindly hosted by Moodle HQ.
Moodle Moot Changes
There are three aspects to this:
- Presentations and Streams
- Design the next Moodle – end-user brainstorm
- Format & Location
Presentations and Streams
The first change is that we will have two streams – Moodle in Education and Moodle for Training.
The Moodle in Education stream will be held in one lecture theatre where all the presentations for that stream will be held.
This will mean that everyone going to it will get to see all of the presentations and that the presenters will get to present to all those attending the Moodle in Education stream.
There will be no break-out rooms and over the two days of presentations it will consist of:
- 2 keynotes
- 2 Panels
- 21 short presentations
- 18 Pecha Kucha
We will also increase the impact of the posters – which over the last years have had some great contributions.
We feel that the greater the exposure will provide greater benefits to the speakers.
The call for proposals opens Oct 31st.
The Moodle for Training stream will focus on case study presentations of organisations using Moodle internally with Staff, and externally with clients, customers and for training businesses.
Design the next Moodle – end user brainstorm
We also have a significant change on the Monday. Moodle HQ is going to run a new end-user brainstorming session. This full day session is for teachers, course creators and administrators.
This will be a non-technical session and will focus on the usability and functionality of Moodle. The session will explore what needs to be added from a user point of view.
Those attending will be welcome to describe how they use certain aspects of Moodle and then this will feed into discussion on end-user requirements for changes and improvements.
Participants will be able to contribute to the redesign of important components. Depending on numbers, groups will be able to focus on
- the Lesson activity,
- Moodle use on touchscreens,
- analytics, reporting and proactive support or
- other components that participants choose.
Ideas generated at this design session will influence the Developer Hackfest at the tail-end of the Moot and can shape later development at Moodle HQ and the wider developer community. Participants have the potential to remain involved in the projects they contribute to at the Design session.
Format and Location
We had already carried out venue research in a number of UK cities and found that pricing was challenging, particularly when we wanted to keep the similar pricing for attendees and deliver the Moot that we had planned.
So while we had the change in format in mind, we had an offer from the NIDL to locate the Moot in Dublin at Dublin City University. With the time frame shortened, we have chosen this route. However, we will want a UK University for 2016 so if you can help, please get in contact soon regarding this – the new format being based in a single lecture theatres means more venues will be suitable compared to the cabaret style layout in the last three years.
The hotel base will be the same as the Dublin Moot from 2013, which is the closest option to the conference venue. The dinner will be held on the Tuesday evening as normal, but at the hotel, so no travel to/from dinner for those staying at the Crowne Plaza Hotel or the Holiday Inn Express.
We have secured a good price for both hotels, even with it being in May – information will be on the Moot site once it launches.
Early bird pricing will run until the end of Jan 2015 with booking possible online from December and by invoice from November. Full details will be on the site once it launches.
Sponsor information packs will be available once the site launches.