Moodle community sites
Well...I don't know how others felt but I was totally out of my comfort zone and too overwhelmed by it all. The forums I thought were a little distracting for me as I did not have the time to interact I just felt like an outsider...it was a really strange feeling, considering I spend most of my day in the Themes forum, where I feel at home because I know what I am doing and know the subject well enough to feel confident.
I had not realised how hard distance learning really is.
Three questions I have asked myself
- What was I expecting to learn?
- What did I actually learn?
- What do I want to learn?
I am not really sure what I was wanting to learn,
But what I actually learned was that I am hopeless when it comes to learning. I hate having to read how to do things, as more often than not I get things wrong, and then get frustrated.
The fact is I am annoyed with myself, because I did not finish the course.
I missed the chance to join the course from the beginning. I came across this course only 3 days ago. Now the course is on 'Read-Only' mode. Today I completed going through all the activities for Week 1. All the video tutorials are clear and precise. They are extremely good. Now I have a clear understanding about different types of activities. Thanks so much for allowing me to continue following this course even though it has come to an end. You have done a great job!
Mary E, hi
a very quick note to ask, if it might be OK to include some/all of your comment here in a research paper-as an opener? You will be acknowledged, of course. I respect your agency, and therefore any probs do drop me line firstname.lastname@example.org- and the idea can be dropped.
During the (great) Moodle mooc I realised that for these "massive" courses the forums need some development.
If I compare to a Coursera course I took recently each participant could start their own forum. This meant you could subscribe to some forums and not others. The equivalent to subscribing to a "thread" on the Moodle Mooc.
The other point that made forum use more interesting/efficient was that each user could give a posting a star so you could easily spot an interesting forum with lots of stars.
I have to admit I didn’t get too involved with the forums unless I had a question about an assignment. I didn’t feel bad about this as my primary focus was to engage with the prescribed material. This is a bit like my life in general. I am interested in loads of things but don’t have the time or brain capacity to engage with all the online related discussions that are taking place around them. I have to be selective to stay sane and give myself time to go for a walk.
My experience of them in the past is that they are great for getting help on specific problems as you might encounter with assignments generally. For general discussion that is instigated by participants there is little appetite for participation. For discussion that is let by a tutor or facilitator then the debate can stoked up a bit and more people will participate. I am sure there is an interesting study out there which explains this.
I have been wanting to sit down and think this course through and write something ... but I have been too busy having fun on the LearnMoodle course.
Thanks Mary & Helen .... as I said before ... you are amazing Moodlers!
I thought the structure and the support given through the parts of the course I was able to do were excellent. The enthusiasm brought by the attendees (as well as those working on the MOOC themselves, both in the spotlight and out of it) was great to see
The size and success of the course did highlight the issues with forums and forum management - the need for being able to subscribe to individual threads for example
Unfortunately for me, the timing of the course coincided with major activity at work and I came to understand just why there is huge drop out from free MOOCs around the world. Still planning to review the rest of it in read-only mode when things calm down a bit, but like Mary I was left disappointed (with myself) that I wasn't able to complete the course with everyone else.
Good Afternoon Mary,
My name is Marion Pope and I participated in the Teaching with Moodle: An Introduction. I completed all of the acitivities, but did not have a grade for the Database: Food for Moodlers activity. I was hoping to earn the Completer Badge. I can be reached via email at email@example.com. I work for Sampson Community College in the US. I enjoyed the course and even though I am a Moodle Technician I learned a lot that I can take back to my faculty.
I am delighted to have completed my first MOOC. It must be my age, however, but I would like to have been printing out a certificate for myself rather than trying to figure out what to do with a badge. Now I did find the first badge I got quite motivating and novel so I am not entirely against the concept. I also do some work with primary schools and I think a younger audience would prefer them to certs. Having written all that I have banked my badge in openbadges.org and maybe when I have a few more I will have a different opinion about them.
On a less petty note, I do think the facility to generate certificates for those who successfully complete a course is needed in Moodle if it is to be considered for delivering MOOCs generally. I think there is a plugin available but I don’t know enough just yet about how plugins work. This idea is only based on my experience of watching a member of my family complete a course with Coursera who printed out a certificate which is now proudly displayed in her kitchen. I also was looking at few other systems for delivering MOOCs and the feature did appear to be standard.
Anyway it is a small thing and overall I learnt plenty and enjoyed the course. Thanks to everyone involved in its delivery.
There was an (anonymous) activity "Final Feedback" in the MOOC itself. Is any sort of compilation available? I gave a long answer, wish I had kept a copy.
BTW, this thread is very short compared to what we saw in the MOOC. Or have some posts gone missing? The last submission, 5th October, is too close to that fateful day.