Whether you're a regular on the Moodle forums, or completely new, this is the place to introduce yourself.
- Who are you and what do you do?
- Where are you based?
- Why are you interested in MoodleNet?
Whether you're a regular on the Moodle forums, or completely new, this is the place to introduce yourself.
Have a nice day,
1. I am Greg McVerry, Associate Professor of Literacy and Technology at Southern Connecticut State University
2. I am based on the web but my physical presence is usually in Connecticut, USA
3. I have been doing Moodle trainings for districts (usually using Mahara to build portfolio solutions). I also serve on our State's edtech commission and OER is becoming a major focus. There is no "GitHub for educators" and I believe with the growth of OER Commons, Moodlenet could become that space.
Welcome Greg! We know each other from other channels, and Mozilla work, so I'm delighted that you've introduced yourself here.
Hi all! I'm the Moodle Community Educator and I am very keen to be a part of the new MoodleNet discussions for a number of reasons, including (1) I currently look after the existing moodle.net site and wish we could have more sharing and easier sharing and (2) I have been a member of the Moodle Community for over ten years now and think anything that enlarges and enhances our community is a Good Thing.
Random fact: I live about two hours away from Doug which in global terms I figure counts as virtually next door
It is required that I follow Mary.
Glad to be here and see what's happening.
Sorry, Doug, to bury my intro here, but that's what happens when you follow Mary
My technical title is Senior Program Manager. I've been very lucky to be a reviewer for several Moodle books put out by Packt Publishing. I'm a Moodle fan. My mother lives not far from Mary and Doug, so I'm in that neighborhood every 6 months or so for about 10 days.
It's been 3 years since I last attended a Moodle Moot, and I miss the F2F companionship, but I love talking to Moodlers over the Internet.
This will be fun!
Richard Oelmann here
ex Primary School teacher, Advisory Teacher, Deputy Head
ex Senior Learning Technologist at University of Wales, Newport then University of South Wales
Currently Senior Systems Developer for Learning Teaching and Research at University of Gloucestershire
Also previously moderator on the Themes forum of Moodle.org and still active, when I can be, on the forums.
Welcome Richard! Great to have your expertise available here. Please do dive into the white paper when you can. I've started work on the 'identity' part of the paper, but continue to welcome feedback on the personas, which people like you will be able to help bring to life! https://goo.gl/vwWRVD
Hello. I am Chris Kenniburg and I am a web administrator for Dearborn Public Schools in Dearborn, Michigan. We are one of the largest K-12 school districts in Michigan with over 21,000 K-12 students. We are also in a unique situation where we are officially considered a K-14 school system because we also have an a college which is governed by the same board of education. Our college, I believe, is using the services of eThink for Moodle hosting and services. We ar two institutions with one governing board of education.
We are interested in MoodleNet because the entire State of Michigan is a GoOpen state. There is a big push to bring OER resources into the classrooms. http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-28753_80670---,00.html
We are also very much invested in Moodle and would like to see a tool in which we can create and share resources. Ideally, a teacher could search by benchmarks and standards or keywords and easily embed or bring that content into a course.
We are hopeful this project will take us down that road.
Hi Chris, and welcome! Thanks for giving an update on what your context is, and about the exciting news around OER in Michigan
We'll definitely be ensuring creating, using, sharing, and remixing open content is a key part of Project MoodleNet. Please do get involved with the white paper: https://goo.gl/vwWRVD
This is Vijay Anand from India.
I am working as Technical Delivery Head, We are providing educational technology consulting and e-learning services. Also, we have universities in three locations. currently, we are using Moodle platform for all the campuses.
I am using Moodle since 2009. I can share my technical difficulties with the community. I hope this project will resolve the same.
Welcome Vijay Anand! Great to have you here. I'd very much welcome your input and expertise when it comes to the white paper we're putting together.
Ideally, Project MoodleNet will help ease some of the technical difficulties you've come across. Please do help with the white paper: https://goo.gl/vwWRVD
I am Debashish Datta from India. I am an Instructional Designer and have around 19 years of experience in designing and building learning solutions for corporates. I have been using Moodle for the past 3 years.
The corporate learning approach is also changing and there is a lot of focus on short-learning modules or micro-learning and real-time learning. I would love to share my design experience.
Hi Debashish! Glad to have someone with your experience and expertise play a role in this project. Could you have a look at the white paper, please? I'm particularly interested in getting the personas correct, and perhaps you could add some suggestions from your experience, to help bring them to life? https://goo.gl/vwWRVD
I am Nolan Damon form Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa. I am a mathematics teacher at a school for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. I am using Moodle to teach mathematics to the Deaf. I am also a Moodle trainer for schools in and around the Western Cape.
We would like to see more accessibility features for Deaf learners within the LMS. Maybe I can help with features like this.
Welcome Nolan! It's great to see such a diverse range of experience and expertise in those interested in this project.
While Project MoodleNet is focused on new technologies beyond the learning platform it will, of course, feedback into the design of existing offerings.
Perhaps you could dive straight into the white paper and add comments/suggestions? No need to ask permission! https://goo.gl/vwWRVD
I'm Vicke Denniston, and I am the Moodle Admin and Faculty Support at Viterbo University We are hosted, so I don't do any server stuff, but I take care of the rest of it, and I provide support to faculty, staff and occasionally to students on Moodle and related technologies.
I am located in La Crosse WI, USA
I want to find a place where I can learn things, hopefully help others learn new things and a place where I can refer our users to find answers as well. I have been using Moodle on and on for 10 or so years, and want to learn as much as I can.
Welcome Vicke! Delighted to have you onboard
You've definitely found the right place if you want to learn new things and help others to do likewise. I'd suggest you dive straight into adding your comments and suggestions to the Project MoodleNet white paper: https://goo.gl/vwWRVD
1. I’m Wayne Gibbons, and I do lots of things! The things I do relating the education are that I am a lecturer, a doctoral researcher and a keen learner. In my days to day lecturing duties, I develop and deliver modules on a degree in Civil Engineering. My doctoral research is into the perceptions, design, implementation and effects of digital badges on first year undergraduate students.
2. I’m based in Galway, in the west of Ireland.
3. As a daily user of Moodle and social networks, I’m keen to see how MoodleNet develops. What will it be? What can I do to contribute? How will people use it? Will it become the “go to” place for collaboration and peer learning?
Delighted to have you here, Wayne! In terms of what you can do to contribute, your comments and feedback on this forum, as well as directly on the Google Doc, would be invaluable: https://goo.gl/vwWRVD
I'm the founder and Executive Director of the Stone Arch Bridge Initiative for Education Resources, SABIER.
SABIER provides funding for:
K12 Professional Development supporting teachers to:
- Create or Curate OER - especially, elementary STEM & PBL
- Engage students with OER in the Classroom
- Revise OER to meet specific standards
Professional Development for Higher Ed faculty to:
Create, Curate, and Revise OER
Infuse OER in Existing course content
I'm also an author/curator of the 3rd, 4th, 5th, Grade Science courses for the Minnesota Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum -
2. I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
3. This post explains why I think MoodleNet is needed.
So if I can help, share, with my ideas, my time, why not.
Welcome Luiggi! Delighted to have you onboard. What do you think of the draft white paper? Do you have any comments to improve it, either in the relevant section of this forum, or the Google Doc itself? https://goo.gl/vwWRVD
After reading this whiter paper, let me say : whaou !
It's, for me, a good project and a hard work beggined. Go go go !
I'm going to add some comments because of the french point of view or some other ideas (hope they'll be fine)
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is John Hunter and I am an Instructional Designer supporting various United States Air Force aircrew training programs in the sunny Southwest region of the United States.
I saw the project on the MoodleNews website and after reading the whitepaper and the scenarios I am VERY intrigued. Especially as our current organization is looking to move all training to a cloud based environment and deliver the content on Mobile devices. I also am very interested in how to elevate our current learning materials to do more scenario based training, adaptive learning formats and supporting gamification in this particular environment.
I am starting in a new role as an Online Course Developer at Alphacrucis College https://www.ac.edu.au/ based in their Melbourne campus, Australia.
I used to teach online & was an LMS Coordinator & Instructional Designer.
I read about the MoodleNet Whitepaper in the recent Moodle News.
I am always keen to learn more about Moodle & connect with the Moodle Community.
Welcome Lillian! Do you have any comments / feedback to add to the Project MoodleNet white paper? The deadline is on Wednesday
Thanks! Would love to talk with you about Hubzilla sometime.
The functionality is great, but the UX/UI is somewhat confusing...
1. Who are you and what do you do?
I'm Ruben, a spanish teacher at K-12 and vocational schools, lecturing IT and
programming. Also I host and maintain my own Moodle instance where I teach.
2.Where are you based?
3. Why are you interested in MoodleNet?
Help to have a tool to empower teachers to share resources and practices easily.
PD: I don't have too much time but I'll keep an eye with the project and I'll try to be constructive ;)
here I am. Doug asked me to introduce myself.
Ralf Hilgenstock in Berlin - Germany, co-owner of eLeDia eLearing im Dialog, German Moodle partner.
I'm moodling since 15 years with a background in corporate training, coaching and OD. When I started I worked hardly in German localization up to now. As moderator I give a lot of support in German Moodle community here.
I would like to give my cents for the new concepts.
Hi Ralf! Thanks for introducing yourself to everyone.
I'm really pleased that Moodle Partners like yourself are getting involved in this project. We think it's going to be hugely beneficial to the whole community and really need experienced people like yourself involved
I am looking forward to be part of this new project. I think this will be an important change in the way how to handle eLearning.
Who am I and what am I doing?
I am Ralf and studied education/social science more than 20 years ago. Since then I have worked as a freelance consultant for eLearning-projects in various companies. I advise HR-Leaders and employees how to implement successful eLearning-strategies. Beside Moodle I am also familiar with other (not open source) plattforms.
Moreover I create eLearning content, using e.g. Articulate 360, Storyline and Captivate.
Where am I based?
I live in Cologne (Germany) and was glad to see all the Moodlers last week on the German MoodleMoot in Kassel.
Why am I interested in MoodleNet?
The way of eLearning changes. Since 13 years - when I started with Moodle - I have hoped that companies (and also others) will use all the activities Moodle provides. But, they didn't.
But right now I notice a small spirit of change:
Companies are currently more interested in forums, glossaries and blogs. This trend has already been realized by IBM Connection, Workplace by Facebook and others.
My hope to MoodleNet:
Greetings from Cologne, Ralf
1. I'm Hubert, and I'm a software developer. I used to work with a former Moodle Partner, and I miss the Moodle community!
2. I'm based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
3. When I worked at Remote Learner, I did a bunch of work with the old MNet system (including creating an Java implementation) and was involved in some of the initial discussions in replacing it, which unfortunately stalled out. It looks like MoodleNet is kind of a spiritual successor to MNet, so I'm excited that there's some progress being made on this front.
In a few weeks, I will be starting to work with New Vector, who are heavily involved with the Matrix communications protocol. I noticed that you have Matrix listed in your research page, and Matrix seems like it might be a good fit for Recommendations #6 and #7 in the whitepaper under the Messaging section. Matrix is also planning on looking into the problem of decentralized reputation, so this may be another potential area of collaboration. If you have any questions about Matrix, feel free to ask me, and I'd be happy to help determine whether or not Matrix would be a good fit for MoodleNet. But aside from that, this seems like a very interesting project, and I'm looking forward to following its progress!
Hi Doug and the MoodleNet collaborating community,
This is Don Hinkelman, and I have been serving as a vice-president of the Moodle Association of Japan, as well as supervising the design and promotion of the Moodle Association of Japan Hub, an open course sharing site. My day job is teaching foriegn language communication skills in a Japanese university, manage our university Moodle, and develop/maintain a number of Moodle plugins such as the Sharing Cart and Video Assessment modules. I also research face-to-face technologies and wrote a book on blended technologies in second language classrooms.
I have been meaning to connect with for a long time because MoodleNet is replacing the old Hub, and our MAJ Hub was one of two independent hubs in the world that got surprised by the decision to end the Hub features in Moodle 3.4. At first we thought Hubs were over, but Martin said not to worry because the MoodleNet will continue and greatly expand the connections and community.
For me, I hope the number one goal of this project would be mass collaborative course authoring, of which, course sharing would be the base. In my experience, sharing a course is not enough, but having a way that all iterations and improvements get collected, discussed, and evaluated would be a powerful paradigm change in how education grows as a whole.
I have not read, but I want to, all the great plans and discussion you have worked on. Please help me find the best place to get engaged, and I will try my best to support this new project.
Hi Don, and welcome!
This is the perfect time to get involved in the project, as next week we're running a design sprint in London and have just secured the services of a technical architect (who will be announced / introduced in due course).
Everything you need should be linked from https://moodle.com/moodlenet
We're looking forward to your contributions based on your wealth of experience!
the MAJ Hub already has a lot of the features that we might hope for in moodlenet - a rating scale for users opinions about courses and also a hit parade (number of downloads), and the opportunity to submit a review.
Surely stories from the experience of this hub will be highly relevant to the moodlenet project, and a reference point for discussions. I'm just deciding how to spend my 10 point registration bonus in the HUB right now...
Hi Doug et al,
I was an early Moodler, recently taking a building (a house) sabbatical but at the same time have been trying to usher some enthusiasm around a project (extending a paper written at the end of my MA) to build use of social media for teacher CPD in sub-Saharan Africa.
Reading the white paper encouraged me to think about this again, is it really possible that I might be able to merge these two interests (Moodle and CPD via smartphones)?
A bit late to the table as you are midst design sprint, however, I did notice the absence of reference to mobility and accessibility. I could assume this is because these principles are now entrenched in the Moodle mission but also wanted to make sure as these are also so easy to forget.
All the best with the sprint (how exciting!)
Hi Mandy, and welcome!
Thanks for sharing the paper, which I look forward to reading. With regard to your question about mobility and accessibility, I think we're so used to principles around universal design that we don't even think about explicitly mentioning them. You're right to call us out on it, however.
I'm excited to have joined the team and started work on the technical architecture of the MoodleNet project! You can read my intro on the MoodleNet blog.
I look forward to cooperating with you all on this project!