Teaching with Moodle

Developing Employable Students within an Authentic & Active Learning Experience

 
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Developing Employable Students within an Authentic & Active Learning Experience
 

Thought I would share our multi-award winning project carried out with Arboriculture students at Scotland's Rural College's Barony Campus last academic year.

Since 2011, at SRUC’s Barony Campus, Arboriculture students have carried out the team-based extra-curricular Practical Contract Management (PCM) activity with a real-life learning experience with real work-based contracts.

The PCM project team at SRUC’s Barony Campus, with support from SRUC’s Research Division, and teaching departments at Barony Campus have produced an initiative in developing and digitally showcasing ‘Employable Students’ within an authentic and active learning experience.

The Moodle online learning environment was successfully used throughout the PCM unit for:

  • Team-based Online forums - Communication, collaboration, knowledge and digital evidence sharing, problem solving, mentoring and peer support for all stages of the PCM.
  • Online support - Online support for the PCM topic areas and technologies used throughout the PCM project.
  • Team-based formative e-Assessment - For all stages of the PCM, teams were scored using the Assignment module's Rubrics facility according to formative assessment criteria for their online forums and evidence provided within their team-based e-Portfolio Mahara pages.
  • Online Gradebook -  Each student have access to their own personal online gradebook which will hold their teams scores for all stages of the PCM unit.

The Mahara online personal learning environment was successfully used throughout the PCM unit for:

  • Connected group of pages for Information and Instruction - Carefully crafted collection of Mahara pages which contain information and instructions specific to the PCM unit, which include downloadable informational and template documents. 
  • Connected group of template pages for team-based digital evidence - Collaborating, building and embedding rich based digital evidence according to instructions, formative based assessment descriptor, findings and conclusions made within the team-based Moodle forums.
  • Alumni -  The Arboriculture students will also be able to access their e-Portfolio pages for at least the next two years, with the ability to showcase their knowledge, skills and experiences to future employers.
Student teams actively recorded and produced rich based digital evidence, such as digital CV's, annotated images, Drone and GoPro video evidence within a collaborative e-Portfolio (Mahara) team setting.

You can view the online project report, created within Mahara:

https://goo.gl/yAqQoV

Cheers

Ali

 
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Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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I was just wondering if you were planning to go to the UK MoodleMoot? It sounds like this would be a good project to give a talk about. https://moodlemoot.org/mootieuk/

 
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Second that suggestion!

 
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Yeah, we will be heading down to the UK MoodleMoot. 

Will look to put forward our presentation for the PCM project smile

 
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There are many people who are interested in how to use Mahara and Moodle together and it looks like it covers my favorite Cinderella Sector, FE.


 
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