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Sept 29th - Day 2 #MootIEUK20

Live Welcome from Daire Keogh

The morning kicked off with a live welcome from Prof Daire Keogh from Dublin City University. Daire addressed attendees’ live, explaining the importance of online learning and education technology.

After Daire Keogh’s welcome, the live sessions began. Tuesday and Wednesday consisted of two meeting rooms which had a live panel or open mic intermittently in Meeting Room A and a more informal “meet the expert” type session in Meeting Room B.

Tuesday’s Schedule

The first day of conference sessions, Tuesday consisted of 3 Panels, 3 Open mic meetings and 6 Expert sessions. The new flipped classroom approach to the Moodlemoot was aimed to provide more interactive and active sessions compared to direct presentations. Access the recordings for the Panels and Open Mics below.

Please note that only registered Moodlemoot attendees have access to the recordings. Please log in with your registered MootIEUK email and password to gain access.

Tuesday’s Panels

Scaling eLearning in the Time of a Pandemic

Planning services for Moodle implementation has always been important. There was always a challenge to having sufficient space, server capacity and support whilst balancing costs and being able to plan for the highs and lows of usage. The arrival of the pandemic brought this into focus where the usage of Learning platforms like Moodle skyrocketed.

Access the recording to the ‘Scaling eLearning in the Time of a Pandemic’ session. 

ePortfolios and Moodle

There have been many uses for ePortfolios, and many systems used for ePortfolios in and connected to Moodle. Usage has included from file repositories, reflective practice journals, competency based assessment and the measurement of graduate skills. Dr Mark Glynn also answered live and pre-submitted questions from attendees during the session. 

Access the recording to the ‘ePortfolios and Moodle’ session. 

Accessibility for Online Services

In their book “A Web for Everyone”, Sarah Horton and Whitney Quesenbery describe a social view of disability “Disability is a conflict between someone’s functional capability and the world we have constructed… it’s the product that creates the barrier, not the person, just as design is at fault when a site has poor usability.”

Gavin Henrick hosted this session and explored how we create barriers to users within our VLEs, courses and activities, through design and teaching choices and how to remove these barriers and design more inclusive teaching and learning environments. Gavin also answered a combination of pre-submitted questions and questions from the attendees. 

Access the recording to the ‘Accessibility for Online Services’ session.

Tuesday’s Open Mics

Creating Interactive Activities

How do we make online learning more than just consuming content like PDF, Word, videos, or web pages? Gavin Henrick went through what techniques are used to create engaging content and the tools that are used in the process. He also answered pre submitted and live questions from attendees during the session. 

Access the recording to the ‘Creating Interactive Activities’ session.

Video Capture and Virtual Classrooms

It seems that Video has become a must do in every course – especially with the recent impact of handling the pandemic. Dr. Mark Glynn asked attendees how they are handling video capture. Is it left up staff themselves or is it coordinated? Are students encouraged to use video, and how are they tackling accessibility and data protection?

The session also covered virtual classrooms, which have become the go to tool that we integrate with our Moodle sites. Mark asked attendees what are they using and why. He also went through the must have features and answered questions from attendees. 

Access the recording to the ‘Video Capture and Virtual Classrooms’ session.

Teaching Strategies & Universal Design for Learning

According to Gavin Henrick is not about the tool or the plugin or feature, it’s about why it is used and how the learning experience is designed. Now more than ever there is an increased importance when considering teaching strategies that universal design for learning approaches are involved. Gavin also answered questions from attendees during the live session. 

Access the recording to the ‘Teaching Strategies & Universal Design for Learning’ session. 

Meet the Expert - Q&A format

In meeting room B, the attendees were included in a more informal session where they could ask questions to an expert in a specific area. In these sessions, “experts” and attendees had the opportunity to interact with each other in a zoom meeting, rather than a webinar room. This allowed a relaxed conversation between all participants in these hour long sessions focusing on a specific topic.

To have a look back at one of these recordings, click on the topic’s link below.

Quiz Night!

Virtual drinks at 7… online quiz at 7.30. Attendees were challenged to a 7 round Moodlemoot Quiz Night on Tuesday evening. The Quiz took place through Moodle, and granted points towards the Moodlemoot gamification. This was a great way to wind down on what’s usually a face-to-face conference, attendees were invited to BYOD (bring your own drink) and even had a music round!