Please join me in congratulating the five-member team who won the award for New Technology research at the 2014 Japan e-Learning Awards in Tokyo. The team are members of the Moodle Association of Japan.
The team have been working together for several year, networking Moodle sites together between universities in Japan and studying the affect of this change.
Thom Rawson has written a blog post about the experience.
Here some details about the award-winning projects from Hideto Harashima...
Connecting LMS for Resource Sharing and Collaborative Learning
The two collaborative online projects involving students from four universities in Japan constituted our first research.
The unique characteristics of both these projects are, for one thing,
MNET or Moodle Networking was utilized for linking LMS instances at each
school, and secondly, PoodLL, a multimedia plugin for Moodle, was used
to record and exchange audio and video materials among other things.
The first project was a Local Cultural Exchange,
where EFL students introduced unique local products and interesting
spots to students in remote areas by recording short videos in English,
followed by forum discussions. A Forum was set up on a remote Moodle
site where students logged in via MNET. They proceeded to post videos
and share opinions and also to give ratings as peer evaluations - the
default ratings permissions were overridden for that forum. PoodLL
functioned as both a video recorder and player.
The second project took up the topic of World Heritage
sites. Each student from the different universities chose one World
Heritage site and introduced it to others by writing both a text
description and also recording an audio attachment after doing the
research. The Workshop module facilitated systematic pairing for peer
evaluation with a rubric used for assessment. An extra color coding hack
to core Moodle was utilized to identify each of the four school's
At the end of these projects, a student feedback survey was
administered and it revealed interesting reception of the projects by
the students as well as some technical challenges faced by participants.
The second research
involved using LTI
or Learning Tools
Interoperability. LTI is a method for giving remote access to a learning
activity or course for the purpose of sharing learning outcomes. As of
Moodle 2.4, a Moodle local plug-in allows a Moodle site to publish
and courses as remotely accessible LTI objects for
consumption. LTI is expected to become the eventual replacement for
LTI offers versatility and finer grain control over access to
courses and more specifically specific activities within courses.
External tools configured within a Moodle site can also receive grades
from the LTI object they consume. MNET has no such function and grades
remain on the remote Moodle site.
We implemented both LTI provision and LTI consumption using a collaborative school project called "Grand Canyon Adventure" in conjunction with the versatile PoodLL multimedia plugin.
The students each created a mock travel plan to the Grand Canyon
and reported their plans in an LTI provided Moodle Database
entry contained details about the trip including the price,
itinerary and so on. The PoodLL Whiteboard module also allowed students
to add a custom hand-drawn postcard containing a Grand Canyon image as
Once the entries were completed, students then commented and
peer-reviewed each other. We confirmed that each set of points received
in the ratings from peer reviews were automatically reflected in the
grade books of the consuming local Moodle sites. The project was overall
successful and the students enjoyed it
Moving forward, we have plans to continue this work in developing
collaborative activities for the participant schools in our research