My accounting lecturer colleage came up to me yesterday saying that she and her Hospitality Management colleague were interested in using the free interactive quizzes. Both faculties have a lot, and I mean a lot of multiple-choice questions exercises. Even in their textbooks and EXAMS.
So, she was interested in Andrew Field's ContentGenerator quizzes. She wanted a way of engaging students by using multiple choice quizzes - and she had seen Andrew's site.
I told her that I would install the free Fling The Teacher program on her PC and show her how to use it. I then told her that if I installed the SCORM version (actually I didn't say SCORM or any techno-speak since I wanted to keep it simple) on the Moodle site, then she could keep track of the students' scores.
Then it hit me! Yeah! I snapped my fingers when I realised that this could be a tipping point that could actually get her to start using Moodle.
You see, in October 2010, my college paid the yearly subscription for my Moodle Virtual Private Server. I used the Moodle site (http://scm.moodleace.com) as the main resource for my Masters thesis work. Three Moodle workshops and Eight months later, only my English lecturer colleague and myself are using the site. So I am definitely struggling to get the site to be used by more lecturers at my college. Thus when my accounting colleague approached me, a lightbulb lit up in my head.
So my strategy to Moodle-ize my colleague:
Step1: Install the ContentGenerator quiz software as standalone on her PC
Step2: Show her how to use it
Step3: Help her to use it in her class - and make it FUN and EDUCATIONAL for the students!!!
Step4: Create the SCORM output onject from the software
Step5: Create a Moodle course for her that embeds the SCORM object
Step6: Assist her in registering/confirming student Moodle accounts
Step7: Embed the SCORM object into her Moodle course as the initial quiz for the class
Step8: Get her to introduce the Moodle course to her class - never mind if it just consists of SCORM quiz links. That will do for now.
Step9: Help her to create and embed more SCORM quiz objects for more quizzes after the initial quiz
Step10: introduce more Web 2.0 stuff that are actually embedded HTML in Moodle "compose a webpage" resources
So in other words, perhaps you can create Moodle courses for them and show them how to embed HTML code of various Web 2.0. This leverages on Moodle's role as a scaffolding platform where other Web 2.0 stuff can be accessed from. E.g., Youtube vidoes, Mindmaps (http://bubbl.us), Wordle (http://wordle.net), Prezzi presentations, and tons more!
And after step 10, hopefully by now my colleage will ask that magic question: "What ELSE can I do with Moodle?".
To which I would reply, "Ah, I thought you would never ask!".
So that's my plan and I'll keep you posted on the developments.