Monday September 28th, 2020

Training workshops are available on the first day of the Moodlemoot on September 28th.

Learn about ABC Curriculum Design, UDL, Moodle Educator Certificate, Workplace Learning or Moodle Development with experts and peers.

Workshop Schedule

 Curriculum Design (Room A)Curriculum Design (Room B)Workplace learning (Room C)Moodle Developer Stream (Room D)Moodle Educator Certificate 2020 (Room E)
09:00 – 10:30ABC to VLE Workshop Pt 1UDL, Moodle and Me Part 1Designing courses for soft SkillsDeveloper hackfest Pt1Teaching and Learning Pt 1
11:00 – 12:30ABC to VLE Workshop Pt 2UDL, Moodle and Me Part 2Onboarding StaffDeveloper hackfest Pt2Teaching and Learning Pt 2
14:00 – 15:30UDL, Moodle and Me Part 1ABC to VLE Workshop Pt 1UDL, Moodle and Me Part 1HR integrationsDeveloper hackfest Pt3Teaching and Learning Pt 3
16:00 – 17:30UDL, Moodle and Me Part 2ABC to VLE Workshop Pt 2Implementing Moodle WorkplaceDeveloper hackfest Pt4Teaching and Learning Pt 4

Booking a spot in a workshop will go live at the end of Feb. If you have already registered and want to prebook your slot, please contact us.

Moodle Developer Workshop

The DevJam is an informal opportunity for developers to meet, to share knowledge and ideas, and hack on some code together. We will cover a range of Moodle development topics from getting started to advanced users including:

  • getting all the Moodle development tools working on your own computer.
  • how to contribute plugins and core patches to the Moodle project.
  • changes in Moodle 3.8 and 3.9 that developers should be aware of.

There will be opportunities for you to share what you have done, or ask about problems you are currently trying to solve.

Technically we will span the range from features and user experience to databases and pack-end performance.

All experience levels are welcome. Participants need to have an interest in, if not experience of, Moodle development.


Bring a laptop if you wish to fully participate!


Tim Hunt of the Open University will be coordinating the developer workshop this year with help from:

  • Mark Johnson (Open University & frequent core contributor)
  • Tomek Muras (Enovation Solutions – Moodle Partner)
  • Marcus Green (Titus Learning – Moodle Partner)
  • Bas Brands (Moodle HQ)
  • Mike Churchward (Brickfield Education Labs)
  • Teaching and Learning  2020

    Experience the updated, streamlined Moodle Educator Certification program, redesigned for 2020.

    There is an expectation these days that educators provide their learners with materials online. Moodle was originally developed on social constructionist principles and contains activities for collaboration and collective-knowledge building. Yet for many teachers and trainers, online teaching still means uploading presentations, sharing links to useful websites and perhaps adding a forum to give an appearance of interactivity…

    The twice-yearly Learn Moodle Basics MOOC aims to redress the balance, encouraging new Moodlers to actively engage in learning to teach with Moodle by both participating as students and creating, sharing and feeding back on courses as teachers. However, it is one thing to know how to use the tools; it is another to know when. The good educator first looks at what they need their learners to achieve, and then looks for a way to do this in Moodle.

    The revised Moodle Educator Certification program (MEC 2020) moves teachers beyond basic use of Moodle tools and encourages them to think about the pedagogy behind their choices. The six-course program has been developed by Mary Cooch and Helen Foster, authors of the Learn Moodle and Admin Basics MOOCs. The courses have been reviewed by key Moodle partner trainers and include significant pedagogical content and numerous case studies along with self-assessment quizzes and assignments.

    MEC 2020 is not a Moodle training program. Participants are expected at the very least to have completed basic training with a Moodle Partner or done the Learn Moodle Basics MOOC. Ideally, they will have experience teaching online with Moodle.

    MEC 2020 is a certification program based on and inspired by the European Framework.

    For the Digital Competence of Educators (DigCompEdu). A badge is awarded for completing each of the six courses and an MEC certificate is awarded for completing the whole program.

    • Teaching and Learning
    • Assessment
    • Empowering Learners
    • Digital resources
    • Professional engagement
    • Facilitating learners’ digital competence


    In this workshop, Teaching and Learning 2020, participants will engage in an interactive session involving both hands-on and online tasks. They will explore using Moodle to:

    • Enhance teaching and support learners
    • Offer timely, targeted guidance to learners
    • Foster and enhance learner collaboration and knowledge creation
    • Empower learners to plan, monitor and reflect on their own learning

    Participants will have the opportunity to begin and submit assignments to this first MEC 2020 course.

    **The workshop has a participant limit of 30. Please sign up in advance on the Moodlemoot site once available end of Feb 2020.**


    Primary facilitator:

    Mary Cooch, Moodle Community Educator

    After working as a Modern Foreign Languages teacher for 28 years, Mary joined Moodle HQ full time in 2013 to help with documentation writing and community support. Her role has expanded to include preparing materials for each new release of Moodle and co-facilitating the Learn Moodle Basics MOOC. Mary holds a Master’s degree in Blended and Online learning and when she is not moodling, she continues her quest to master the Russian language.


    Vaida Holohan, Enovation Solutions

    Vaida Holohan is an eLearning consultant, a Trainer and Facilitator of the Moodle Educator Certification (MEC) programme at Enovation with over 4 years of industry expertise. Vaida has been implementing technology based/e-learning solutions that suit business needs and maximise the value of client investment in e-learning technologies. Her areas of expertise include implementation consultancy, data migration, LMS structure and set up, reporting, notifications, theming, etc.

    Spin the Wheel: Introducing ABC Learning Design and the ‘ABC to VLE App Wheel’

    ABC Learning Design (ABC LD) is an accessible, high-energy workshop approach where staff work intensively in teams to design or redesign modules and/or programmes. Usinga combination of cards, structured activities and discussions, participantscreate a storyboard outlining the intended student learning experience. Participants also develop their awareness of potential digital technologies, and are frequently introduced to a range of new tools that they would like to explore and leverage further.

    A significant challenge very often lies in ensuring that the creative ideas proposed during the workshop translate into practice in the VLE and elsewhere. It is clear that academic staff require further support to integrate technology within their teaching and specifically in their VLE and technology-enhanced practice. One such support is now available in the form of the customisable ‘ABC to VLE App Wheel’, developed at Dublin City University (DCU) as part of the Erasmus+ funded ‘ABC to VLE’ project.  

    Why you might be interested in the workshop

    The workshop will begin with a demo that offers a hands-on experience of the increasingly popular ABC Learning Design approach. Participants will get to try out the various ABC LD activities for themselves and consider the potential for their own contexts. Participants will then be introduced to the ‘ABC to VLE App Wheel’ – an interactive resource that provides video- and text-based guidance on how to use specific tools within the Moodle VLE and beyond. This wheel has been developed as an open educational resource in Moodle Book, H5P, and Microsoft PowerPoint formats, all of which are available for customisation.

    The goal of this hands-on workshop is therefore to show how ABC LD works and explore the transition of ABC designs to the VLE. The workshop will introduce the various App Wheel formats, consider how they can be used to support academics in practice, and give participants the opportunity to begin the process of creating a localised App Wheel for their own institution.


    As this is a practical workshop, participants are asked to bring along their own devices in order to engage fully. Supports and supplementary resources will be provided throughout the session.


    Suzanne Stone (DCU), Clare Gormley (DCU), Jess Gramp (Inclusive Web Ltd)


    Suzanne Stone is a learning technologist with DCU’s Teaching Enhancement Unit and is currently in year two of an EdD programme in Digital Learning. Suzanne has extensive experience of delivering professional development for educators in relation to learning technologies, with particular expertise in teaching and learning with Moodle. Suzanne has co-facilitated several ABC learning design workshops at DCU over the last 18 months.

    Clare Gormley is an academic developer with DCU Teaching Enhancement Unit who has worked in the arena of technology-enhanced learning (in both academic and corporate contexts) since 1996. A Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association (FSEDA), Clare is a DCU lead on the ‘ABC to VLE’ Erasmus+ project. She has facilitated multiple ABC workshops in Ireland, and recently established the ABC LD Swap Shop community.

    Jess Gramp has worked with Moodle since 2004, developing plugins and themes, and providing e-learning guidance to educators. She is currently working with UCL as a project manager for the Erasmus+ ABC to VLE project with 12 partners from across Europe, as well as facilitating learning design and accessibility workshops with other institutions. She has run ABC workshops in the UK, Denmark, Australia and Qatar.


    The work, “ABC Learning Design DCU Localised ABC to VLE App Wheel” by Mark Glynn and Clare Gormley DCU, is a derivative of ABC Learning Design method by Clive Young and Nataša Perović, UCL (2019) and is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0. Original resources available at

    UDL, Moodle and Me

    Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can be described as “an approach to teaching that consists of the proactive design and use of inclusive instructional strategies that benefit a broad range of learners, including students with disabilities” (Scott, McGuire & Foley, 2003). UDL seeks to make teaching, learning and assessment more open and inclusive for all kinds of learners, regardless of disability, background, culture, and so on. 

    A paradigm shift is taking place in all sectors of education at present in relation to this. We are moving towards a more proactive approach to including all learners from the outset, rather than requiring students to disclose their needs so we can make individual adaptations and exceptions. Including all learners from the outset benefits all learners, not just those with specific needs. 

    This is particularly pertinent when we consider how higher education is changing and diversifying. In Ireland alone, over 10% of new entrants to higher education indicated they have a disability and over 37% of them indicated they needed assistance with it. 21% of new entrants came groups designated non-manual, semi- and unskilled. 8% are mature students. 17% are studying part-time. 10% are international students, mainly from other EU countries and from Asia. (Higher Education Authority, 2019). Many higher education institutions have ambitious plans to increase the numbers of international students, increase participation from socio-economic groups that have been traditionally underrepresented, and offer more part-time, online programmes targeting lifelong learners. All of this has implications for how we design our curricula, how we teach our students, support their learning and assess them – as they become ever more diverse.

    UDL guidelines exist to help guide educators to move toward more inclusive practices. These guidelines cover three fundamentals of UDL: providing for students multiple means of engagement, multiple means of representation and multiple means of action and expression (CAST, 2018).

    Moodle offers great opportunities to include all learners in teaching, learning and assessment through some of its core functionality as well as some useful plugins available from the community. This workshop at MoodleMoot will explore how Moodle can be used to provide the three fundamentals of UDL for students. It will be a practical, half day session in which participants will learn about the core concepts of UDL and their application in practice. Drawing on these concepts they will critique Moodle courses that exhibit poor UDL practice and then be encouraged to develop their own Moodle course that exemplifies good practice.


    CAST (2018). Universal Design for Learning Guidelines version 2.2. Retrieved from

    Higher Education Authority (2019). Key Facts and Figures: Higher Education 2017/18.

    Scott, McGuire & Foley (2003). ‘Universal design for instruction: A framework for anticipating and responding to disability and other diverse learning needs in the college classroom’ in Equity & Excellence in Education 36(1), pp.40-49.


    Participants will work in small groups and should bring a laptop or other suitable device for editing Moodle courses with them.


    Rob Lowney is a Learning Technologist in the DCU Teaching Enhancement Unit and is based on the St Patrick’s campus in Drumcondra. He works with academic staff to enhance the teaching, learning and assessment practices on their modules with digital technologies. Rob has a particular interest in empowering academic staff to implement technology-enhanced assessment strategies. Other areas of interest include universal design for learning, flipped learning, mobile devices in education, learning analytics and reusable learning objects. Rob is a passionate Moodler and supports academic staff to develop their own Moodle skills and to enhance their practice with Moodle though the development of self-paced resources and the provision of workshops and clinics. He held similar roles at Hibernia College and the Law Society of Ireland, which are also Moodle institutions. He holds a BA and MA from University College Dublin and an MSc in Applied eLearning from Dublin Institute of Technology.

    Dr Anna Logan is Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning at the Institute of Education, Dublin City University where she is an Associate Professor in the School of Inclusive and Special Education. Anna has taught  across seven undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education programmes up to and including doctoral programmes, has supervised over  twenty masters and doctoral research dissertations and received the St. Patrick’s College President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2015. Anna has conducted, published and presented research relating to many aspects of inclusion and continuing professional development for special and inclusive education with a particular focus on collaborative, blended and online approaches.

    Training and Staff Development Workshops

    This will consist of four 90 minute sessions- covering Designing courses for soft skills, Onboarding staff, HR integrations and Implementing Moodle Workplace.

    Designing courses for soft skills

    Soft skills have become the critical skills of the 21st century. It is critical for L&D to be able to develop these skills in people. This is no easy feat as developing soft skills is hard! In this workshop we consider learning strategies for developing soft skills and what Moodle has to offer to help with this endeavor. 

    Onboarding staff

    Employee onboarding is a critical touch point with a new employee that has a major impact on how successful that employee will be within your organisation. The onboarding process, if done right,  introduces the employee to the organisation’s culture, socialises the new employee, decreases time to productivity, protects your brand and also opens up the organisation to outside thinking. The onboarding process also ensures employees are aware of what the company expects from them. In this workshop we look at how Moodle can be used in the onboarding process to increase its efficiency and effectiveness. 

    HR integrations

    Integrating or connecting the external systems for Students or Staff to you Moodle or Moodle Workplace site, can bring many complications.  This workshop will look at the typical challenges in getting the integrations implemented, looking at workflows, data mapping and how these can be done in Moodle and Moodle Workplace.

    Implementing Moodle Workplace

    Moodle Workplace brings a number of new features to help your organisation structure and automate management of users, learning, reporting and integration.  This workshop will take participants through the key first steps and requirements to consider when implementing Moodle Workplace. This will be useful for those considering moving to Moodle Workplace.


    Aspects of this workshop are practical where Participants will work on their own Moodle sites trying out the techniques demonstrated in the workshop. Participants should bring a laptop or other suitable device for building content, and editing Moodle courses with them.


    Dr Mark Melia, Enovation Solutions

    Ben Cass, eThink Education

    Kristian Hargreaves, Titus Learning