it's now a few days that I surf the net in search of information on the topic mentioned above, but I couldn't find any, so I post this message, hoping that somebody in the community will help me finding out relevant material or simply sharing their experiences and point of views.
I'm a trainer active in the field of non-formal education (NFE), working mainly with youth leaders and socio-cultural practitioners in the field of intercultural learning and conflict transformation.
Usually the courses I organise are long term trainings for internationals. Which means - concretely - that the team of trainers and the trainee meet 2,3, 4 times in a period of time that can span over 2 years and spend together about one week in residential seminars.
Together with colleagues, we're now evaluating the possibility to develop the work in-between the sessions through a VLE such moodle.
For this reason I began a research on the Internet to see if anybody already used moodle for supporting non-formal education, but apparently - if anybody did - nobody posted messages on this (or I couldn't find them).
I know that NFE can be intended in various ways, but the relevant characteristics for me in this post are that NFE is non-evaluative, has no predifined agenda of what it has to be learned, is based on experiencial learning, it is undertaken on a voluntary basis, it emphasises the human interaction between participants.
Moodle has been shaped thinking mostly to schools and other formal education actors and it's for me difficult to imagine to use assignments, tests, etc... in my context.
This is why I am particularly interested in knowing if anybody of you already experienced similar use of moodle and what was the outcome of that. But also general opinion/reflections/points of views based on different experiences will be welcome!
Thank you in advance!
your link to the forum itself made me understand that probably I missed to explain something in my previous post: participants to my coursed enroll in them primarily for the "live experience" of meeting others and developing a theme through real experience.
A concrete example might help: group of youth leaders from Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, UK and Ireland comes for one week in the same place and - through the live in the community - they work around the theme of conflict transformation and mutual understanding.
You can well understand that the main "attraction-challenge" for them is the experience of living togehter overcoming the "framework conflict" between their countries/cultures.
My colleagues and me think that the target group of the example might still benefit a lot from a work around a more "formal" knowledge (In the example given it might be about history, conflict, conflict transformation, etc...), but the problem for us, is trying to accompain the community towards the use of a tool that:
- appears to be quite far to what they feel motivated from in terms of learning environment.
- recalls a "formal" educational settings (courses, tests, assignments...) and the idea that there is a "knowledge to be acquired" and that you will be evaluated against how good you will aquire it.
- is very limited (in the sense of non-holistic) if compared to the "live" interaction they experiment in seminars.
I'm just looking for advice and ideas on how to support my groups to adopt something that is "culturally far" from their way of learning. For a university student moodling can be a more learner-centred experience than following a class at the campus, but for a participant to my courses it will be the other way around... thus motivation is definitively something that need a push from us.
I hope this clarify a bit the matter and I will be glad for any suggestion and ideas that you will share!
From what you've said I think you're looking to build a small community of practice.
See this forum for particular discussions relating to that: http://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?f=480
Your main tool is the Forums, and you augment that with Wikis, Choices (Polls), Glossaries and other activities that help build a shared reality.
this answer and the link really help further exploration of the topic! ...but if anybody else have more suggestion... I'll be eager to listen to them!!
I have a kind of moral problem: I celebrate all the time being here at a "free-resources" community, and I will link you to a commercial application. Yet heavier, I will offer myself as it's provider.
But there is some point that saves me from the shame: I'm not the author of the application, I don't get it for free, and I'm in love with it, as a perfect complement of all that Moodle provides us.
I think you need, backed on moodle, a "virtual multimedia room" with text-voice-video recordable chat, co-browsing, recordable whiteboard, etc., wher you can get all of your participants into real 24x7 free life-sharing.
I can provide you that indeed.
You can try one of them right now: get to http://eduplanet.net/extras/aulas/, get into the room that you"ll find linked there, and log in as administrator using the password: 5F3M4M6 (valid until sunday night). Try all the tools, consult me on anything you need, and get one of these for yourself!
Hope you"ll be lucky in your challenge!
thank you for the availability. I downloaded the SalaJerusalem.exe file and - trusting in moodle's people - i ran it. The point is that - apparently - not much happened: no link appeared in the programs list (as said on the page), neither I could find a link to follow there (like announced in your post).
I will be glad to try again if you will give me new password / deadline together with new instructions.
However I must admit that I'm skeptical towards these media as they appear to need broadband connection, simultaneous presence online and a bunch of the latest sw-technologies in order to function... In my case, I se a number of problems, as I normally work with countries and people that need absolutely low-tech and low-cost solutions in order to access e-learning (withut considering the timezone differencies!).
Could any forum member / moodle user advise whether Moodle can support white board application. The support is for multiple users ( multiple one on one users).
I was wondering how a real time environment can be created for distance learning where the student and the teacher can interact using a graphic/digital input device (tablet) and have the whiteboard application like one offerred by Netmeeting of Microsoft as the medium. There should be the ability to support concurrent users. There after the finished lesson is to be saved into the folder for that student to use and referback to at a later date.
Gladly appreciate if some insight on how to tackle this situation is provided by the forum.
All the applications that I have researched are a one way delivery platform. I have not come across one where there is interactive sessions between the teacher and the student. By interactive session I mean using a mean other than question typing. In the area of science and maths there is the requirement of a tool that allows exchange of ideas/diagrams/mathematical figures for which the whiteboard was what I have in mind. ANY SUGGESTIONS ????
Although on the Managed and Structured content Delivery (pre defined and formally Designed) Moodle is the ANSWER.
What if the student needs to be tutored on a specific issue. There is no interactive tool.
If anyone knows how to integrate such a tool (white board was the medium and a pen tablet as a input device that I had in Mind) I shall be grateful for the help and advise.
Are there any methods for moodle and such an interactive medium to be available together; even if it means using two applications. I shall be like to have the views of the Moodle community and the experts to help get around this issue.
Research has shown that an interactive environment coupled with A/V delivery is the best way to get across to the students.
Look more close at the wikis in Moodle:
- You can work on the same page in turns: you paste a diagram on the page with some explanation
- after your post your message, another groupmember can view the changed page, RETHINK what you wrote, change it, improve it, destroy it... (getting it back fromthe page history..)
- Why must drawing be synchroon, do you draw as quick as you type in a chat?
(writing comments on wiki pages is like a chat..)
However for those who can pay for the server side then we should at least have an optional module for Moodle that uses it. Anyone want to make this? You could even use Dokeos as a reference if you like, their code is GPL.
Just as a general warning, and nothing against Daniel, but this software is not representative of any Moodle developers or sanctioned by us ...
I read your post with interest. Can you advise on the product you mentioned eduplanet and its linking into the Moodle Platform. Where can I get to see more about it.
I was looking at a real time learning environment and will it meet the stated objective. Look for your suggestions.