|2014 Moodle Moot Japan in Okinawa|
Day one - Pre-Conference Workshops
I attended the workshop organized by Peter Ruthven-Stuart of Future University in Hakodate. He offered a series of choices to the participants for the Intermediate/Advanced Workshop and per usual he really knows his stuff.
The first topic we dove into was the use of Groups, Groupings, and Cohorts in Moodle. Overall, we learned that groupings are collections of groups and a cohort is a large group of students which transcends all courses. The cohort feature in Moodle is useful for lumping students together from certain years and/or majors.
Groups can be made from students within a specific cohort either by hand or automatically. Peter also demonstrated how by keeping the course-level settings set to "separate groups," this would allow for individual activities to then be configured as "visible groups" if needed. This keeps the number of groups shown in certain screens to a manageable level.
Throughout the 90 minutes, Peter was skilled in giving us every opportunity to try out the features being discussed on various live demonstration Moodle sites.
Following Peter's workshop was my (Thom Rawson of the University of Nagasaki in Sasebo) first presentation; an Intermediate/Advanced Workshop on Moodle Server Administration and Installation using GIT version control. With a live Moodle server running in the classroom, I proceeded to give access to the participants for the purposes of creating databases using phpmyadmin. We then did a live installation of Moodle using GIT before time eventually ran out.
During my presentation I was surprised and honored to discover that two core MoodleHQ people were in attendance - Moodle's Community Manager Ms. Helen Foster, and one of the core developers of Moodle Mr. Adrian Greeve. It upped the ante for me being under their scrutiny but they both participated professionally in the workshop. Turns out they are just really nice people to boot!
|Three Legends of Moodle!|
From then on, Helen guided us through the assessment phase of the project (grading formula for assessment found here). There are two grades - one for submission and one for assessment.
Basically for having a project which involves students in all aspects from creativity through assessments, the Moodle Workshop is the modification one should master at all costs. You can have a peer-assessed activity, with text or file uploading. You can include various grading strategies including defined rubrics. And lastly, you have the ability to publish selected projects deemed worth of viewing by other students! Very cool and thank you Helen and Adrian (and also to Eric Hagley for seamless translation for our Japanese participants!)
2014 Moodle Moot Okinawa Schedule