Please, find attached the draft version of a checklist for beginning teachers in Moodle. I invite your feedback about its content.
Note, the idea is that the teachers use this checklist when they have been instructed in the technical aspect of Moodle (adding tools etc.) and they have a course, to which they have added course materials. The checklist comes in at the point before they will start teaching.
I have always griped at publishing companies about the linear, black and whiteness of their teachers manuals. You always end up with a super colorful interactive (ha, I mean that in a relative sense when I speak of textbooks) students book... and not so much in a teachers manual.
1. all teachers' instruction guides should reflect the peda/andragogy of the tools and material for any course.
2. the point after "they have been instructed in the technical aspect of moodle" is the perfect time to instruct them in moodle again.
Teacher buy in (along with admin resistance) is the weakest link in the ed-tech chain. The more interactive even simple things like the checklist can be, the better chance of keeping the teachers interested. I'd love to take this and put it into an interactive package... any ideas?
thanks again for the checklist,
You make an excellent point; motivating teachers to adopt a new teaching strategy is very difficult when it is done top-down (top either being the school board or the technical support unit). In our school we try to make it a grasroots development by targeting certain pioneers in each unit who will become local first-line support persons who will use word-of-mouth pubicity to prepare the local unit for the training drive that we carry out (which does naturally include more than just the technical aspect our approach is two-pronged (pedagogical and technical and applies to content as well as the environment). The training drive is followed by months of testing out the environment with one-on-one support where necessary.
The checklist is meant to come after all that as just a checklist for the teachers to see whether they have forgoten to check anything.
A more interactive version might be nice (as long as it can be easily printed out).
i am just trawling through the postings and this has made me think so
if that really is
a formula used in correspondence to express one's gratitude to the addressee
What you wrote means something like "word-form expressing thanks", it is not a phrase used in correspondence, as far as I know, but then again my Finnish is rather poor (I belong to the Swedish-speaking minority in Finland) . What you could write is, for instance,
kiitos paljon viestistä ("thanks a lot for your message", Finnish) or
Tack för ditt inlägg ("thanks for your contribution", Swedish)
hey your Finnish is a lot better than mine
but you get the general idea !
if you look at my new photo
i could say it was taken outside of Vaasa !
I just got involved with Moodle 2 days ago. Your checklist is an excellent starting point although I have yet to formally go through the technical sections. I work in a piecemeal fashion of learning anyway.
what a wonderful checklist. I'm just about to start a new moodle course with secondary students.
Hello Sabine and Paul,
We are updating our manuals, including the checklist, and they will be available as book tools on our Moodle site. I'll give the link when they are ready.