Moodlemoot 2015 – Announcement

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:

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:

  1. Presentations and Streams
  2. Design the next Moodle – end-user brainstorm
  3. 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.

Booking

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.

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Moodlemoot coach information to venues

Moodlemoot coach information to venues

We are providing some coaches but they will only cater for 200 people in total, so we would really appreciate those people using public transport, driving or even walking (entirely by your own choice!) – and hopefully getting some nice pictures along the way!

Please see the Moodlemoot page here for the coach details for daily schedules and pick-up/ drop-off points.

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Edinburgh Moodlemoot Sponsor sessions – Remote-Learner

During the Edinburgh Moodlemoot, we are continuing our series of sponsor sessions.

Remote-Learner will be hosting their sponsor session on ELIS, Enterprise Learning Intelligence System.

Their session times are Tuesday 15th at 10:45, and Wednesday 16th at 14:45.

All sponsor sessions will be held in the Newmart room, which is just off the main Concourse to the right, inside the front entrance.

Enterprise Learning Intelligence System

ELIS, Remote Learner’s Enterprise Learning Intelligence System, is designed to make it easier to manage Moodle for large organisations with complex learning programmes.  How does it do this?  The presentation will use worked examples of various training programmes; nursing, teaching and corporate, to show in a practical way the management of data sets, the reporting and control of users, and their overall experience, whether they are end users or programme managers.

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Edinburgh Moodlemoot Sponsor sessions – Kaltura

During the Edinburgh Moodlemoot, we are continuing our series of sponsor sessions.

Kaltura will be hosting their sponsor session on Videos and Kaltura Application Framework (KAF).

Their session times are Tuesday 15th at 09:30, and Wednesday 16th at 13:45.

All sponsor sessions will be held in the Newmart room, which is just off the main Concourse to the right, inside the front entrance.

Optimise learning with online video: how to create and publish video in Moodle with Kaltura

Video is key to any eLearning and distance education platform. Teachers are increasing their use of video, and students expect extensive use of rich-media within courses.

In this session you’ll learn how you can easily integrate video in Moodle. Make more engaging content with easy lecture recording, screen capture, webcam recording and combine presentations with interactive video clips. You will also learn how you can create video assignments and let students easily upload their video content in Moodle. The reports and analytics will provide a perfect understanding for teachers of the usage (e.g. most viewed, drop-of rates, interactivity and student engagement) of video within the course level.

Every user in Moodle will have their own ‘My Media’ interface to upload and manage where their content is published in Moodle.  All of this is powered by the Kaltura Application Framework (KAF), which is LTI compliant.

This session will end with an interactive Q&A, as well as information provided on where to trial this solution for yourself.

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Edinburgh Moodlemoot Sponsor sessions – Moodlerooms

During the Edinburgh Moodlemoot, we are continuing our series of sponsor sessions.

Moodlerooms will be hosting their sponsor session on Enterprise Quality Moodle.

Their session times are Tuesday 15th at 11:45, and Wednesday 16th at 13:45.

All sponsor sessions will be held in the Newmart room, which is just off the main Concourse to the right, inside the front entrance.

You know all the benefits of Moodle, but what if it was easier? What if hosting, maintenance and support were a breeze? Streamlined workflows for a normally time-consuming task in Moodle. Moodlerooms grader maximises on-screen space, giving you access to assignments, checklists and rubrics, and communication tools simultaneously.

Well with Moodlerooms, the cloud-based Moodle services platform, you can access all of these things and more.
Being in the cloud means no hardware, updates, or malfunctions to worry about – and no recurring costs for maintenance, repairs or replacement. It also frees up more capital budget for harder-to-identify costs around capacity and contingency strategies – because you won’t need to plan for peaks or worst case scenarios, nor develop disaster recovery plans and allows you to focus on excellent teaching and learning.

During our sessions at this year’s Moodlemoot please join us as we explore how Moodlerooms simplifies the most important components of Moodle allowing you to focus on what’s important for your students.

Moodlerooms also offers new features that enable teachers to personalise learning for their students and elevate the education experience providing a new Moodle experience.

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Edinburgh Moodlemoot Sponsor sessions – University of London Computer Centre (ULCC)

During the Edinburgh Moodlemoot, we are continuing our series of sponsor sessions.

University of London Computer Centre (ULCC) will be hosting their sponsor session on Activities and Ephorus.

Their session times are Tuesday 15th at 16:00, and Wednesday 16th at 09:30.

All sponsor sessions will be held in the Newmart room, which is just off the main Concourse to the right, inside the front entrance.

Activity use Workshop (Tue 16:00)
This workshop, delivered by Steven Malikowski (St George’s) and Richard Having (ULCC) is intended to encourage more critical thinking about the balance needed between technical issues and learning issues. You will get a chance to work in groups on identifying areas of best practice for a particular Moodle tool.

Ephorus & Moodle Workshop (Wed 09:30)
This workshop, delivered by Genevieve Bergeret (Ephorus) and Richard Having (ULCC) will give you an introduction to the plagiarism prevention software Ephorus and how it integrates with Moodle. You will get a chance to submit and see some examples of what text matching reports are being produced by Ephorus in Moodle.

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Edinburgh Moodlemoot Sponsor sessions – EQUELLA

During the Edinburgh Moodlemoot, we are continuing our series of sponsor sessions.

Pearson will be hosting their sponsor session on EQUELLA.

Their session times are Tuesday 15th at 13:45, and Wednesday 16th at 11:45.

All sponsor sessions will be held in the Newmart room, which is just off the main Concourse to the right, inside the front entrance.

Content is King – EQUELLA

How much content does your institution have? Is it coming from multiple sources? Is it being used and managed effectively?

Many Moodle users are implementing new methods in how their institutions store, manage and share files with EQUELLA tools that enhance what Moodle achieves with its many users around the globe.

EQUELLA has an extensive history with the Moodle community, rich in user driven developments, which have contributed to the integration that continues to evolve. The latest integration includes a new user experience, which introduces drag-and-drop capabilities and incorporates Push to Moodle functionality to improve the user experience for course creation.

Attend either of the two EQUELLA workshops to find out how your institution can better organise and manage content within an integrated EQUELLA and Moodle solution.

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Edinburgh Moodlemoot Sponsor sessions – E-Learn Design

During the Edinburgh Moodlemoot, we will be having a series of sponsor sessions.

E-Learn Design, the Scottish Moodle Partner will be hosting their sponsor session on Iomad.

Their session times are Tuesday 15th at 14:45, and Wednesday 16th at 10:45.

All sponsor sessions will be held in the Newmart room, which is just off the main Concourse to the right, inside the front entrance.

In these sessions, E-Learn Design will walk the audience through Iomad (pronounced eemaw) a multi tenancy solution which sits on top of Moodle and offers a range of new tools including:
•    Institution/Company hierarchies within Moodle;
•    Licensing; custom reporting;
•    course sharing across Moodle whilst keeping institutions/companies separate.
E-Learn Design will demo the main features, take questions and invite the audience to play with the software during the sessions.

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Moodlemoot Edinburgh update – March 18th

In just under a month, we will have over 350 people attending the Moot from over 150 different organisations across 24 different countries.

Nearly 80% of those attending will have travelled from outside of Scotland, and of that nearly 40% will have travelled from outside of the UK.

Although we will post here over the coming four weeks in the run up to the Moot, all communication with attendees and presenters will be done through the Moodle site so it is essential that you have your account.

Everyone who has registered should now have an account on our Moodle site. You will either have an account from previous years or you should have got sent your login details automatically. If you haven’t got them, check your spam folder first and if still no luck please get in contact with info@moodlemoot.ie

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Online registration closing March 19th

After March 19th, we will no longer accept online registrations for the Moodlemoot Edinburgh 2014.

For one more week we will accept invoice based registrations as long as those payments are completed before the Moot but after that we cannot accept any more.

So if you want to register get in contact with us asap.

 

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