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Introductions

 
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Introductions
 

Whether you're a regular on the Moodle forums, or completely new, this is the place to introduce yourself.

  1. Who are you and what do you do?
  2. Where are you based?
  3. Why are you interested in MoodleNet?

C'est moi :-)
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Hi Doug,

  1. Séverin TERRIER, i'm the administrator (both technical and functionnal) of several Moodle plateforms of my university (Université Toulouse 1 Capitole)
  2. I'm french, living and working in Toulouse, France
  3. For the moment, i'm just trying to understand what MoodleNet will be exactly, what it will provide, and what changes it will involve in existing Moodle sites, courses, forums. English is not my first language, and i'm not fluent in readings, and don't always understand well all details (and it takes time).

Have a nice day,
Séverin

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Welcome Séverin! Delighted to have you here, and your language expertise is a fantastic asset to be able to draw upon.

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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.

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Welcome Greg! We know each other from other channels, and Mozilla work, so I'm delighted that you've introduced yourself here.

Mary Cooch
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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 smile

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Thanks Mary! Great to have your input here approve
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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.

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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

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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.  

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Hi Chris, and welcome! Thanks for giving an update on what your context is, and about the exciting news around OER in Michigan smile

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

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Hello Doug,


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.




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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

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Hi Doug,


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.  



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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

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Hi Doug

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.

Regards

Nolan


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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

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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.



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Welcome Vicke! Delighted to have you onboard smile

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 

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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? 

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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 

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Dan McGuire

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 - 

. SABIER provides additional course creation services and professional development for the MPCC. I've been involved in professional development for teachers and faculty (mostly on Moodle, but other systems, too) since about 2005. I started using Moodle in 2007. I've done writing about Moodle, OER, and other topics here since 2009.

2. I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

3. This post explains why I think MoodleNet is needed.


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Welcome Dan, and I know you need no encouragement to comment - you've already been doing so on the white paper! Thank you smile

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Hi

  1. I'm Luiggi Sansonetti and a French Moodler since 2011. Active participant into French Community like Severin wink. Admin, Teacher, Trainer, Tester, Translator, MoodGyver, MUA member...
  2. I'm working in Lannion, Brittany and living in Plestin Les Grèves (at the coast!)
  3. I'm really interesting by all moodle or community improvements, to make a better Moodle and to facilitate its use.

So if I can help, share, with my ideas, my time, why not.

Cheers.

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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

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Hi Doug

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 wink or some other ideas (hope they'll be fine)

Cheers.

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Thanks for the support, enthusiasm, and comments Luiggi! 

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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.


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Welcome, John - and thanks for your feedback on the white paper. Looking forward to your contributions during this project!

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Hi there!

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.

Thanks.

Lil


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Welcome Lillian! Do you have any comments / feedback to add to the Project MoodleNet white paper? The deadline is on Wednesday smile

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Sorry, Doug. Just started reading the white paper yesterday & haven't fully digested it yet. 

Hopefully can give some thought to it before the deadline, thanks.

Lil

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  1. Haakon Meland Eriksen, special adviser in KS Digitization at the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS), and the product manager of KS Learning. KS Learning is the national component for sharing knowledge and competence building for employees in local and regional authorities in Norway. It is currently used by over 200 000 employees, and over 150 local and regional authorities are in the process of making use of the solution for planning, delivering events, elearning, micro learning and reporting.
  2. Oslo, Norway.
  3. Sharing knowledge and competence building is at the heart of KS Learning, which requires all public course material to be under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-by-sa) to allow sharing and adapting by other local and regional authorities. MoodleNet ties in very nicely with this goal.


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Hello Haakon and welcome to this forum and the project! 

Great introduction and delighted that you see synergies between KS Learning and Project MoodleNet. I've heard very good things about Lyderia smile

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Hi Doug! Thanks for sharing your latest presentations of MoodleNet  , and I really enjoyed your write-up about decentralized publishing with Hubzilla , which I have been involved with as a volunteer for years! smile

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Thanks! Would love to talk with you about Hubzilla sometime.

The functionality is great, but the UX/UI is somewhat confusing...

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Sure, just ask. smile Thanks, we are really proud of it - version 3.2.2 was just released. smile

We used it at a prior job as a substitute for Twitter and Instagram at several events, one for about 350 people, and it seemed to work pretty well out of the box for posting images and updates.  I am too familiar with it to really notice myself, kind of like with Moodle. :D

One nice feature for new users is to use the account setting "Your technical skill level", and choose level 0 - "Beginner/Basic" to only have basic features turned on, and then later move it up from level 0 to level 5 - "Wizard - I probably know more than you do". smile

Sean Tilley is a member of both the Diaspora and Hubzilla community, and he recently wrote a nice in depth article about Hubzilla over at Medium, https://medium.com/we-distribute/the-do-everything-system-an-in-depth-review-of-hubzilla-3-0-692204177d4e . smile

Moodle and Hubzilla are actually pretty similar, e.g. in a Moodle instance an editing teacher can have several courses with different material for different students, while in a Hubzilla instance a member can have several channels with different material for different audiences. Just like a course can have different Moodle activities and resources for students, a Hubzilla channel can provide its audience with a wiki, webpages, forum, chess, social network, files, galleries, calendar etc. I suppose you can stretch it a little and say that if you combined a Moodle user account and a Moodle category with many courses, you would get something like a Hubzilla member account, capable of holding several channels for different audiences, e.g one for personal social use and others for different topics. Your sailing friends may not be that into Moodle or Hubzilla.

The main difference is, with Hubzilla, the community does not put all the eggs into one basket, the community's eggs are in many baskets, and the eggs can communicate with each other across the baskets.

The baskets are Hubzilla hubs. The eggs - your identity, your friends, your content - are what we call nomadic, you can take them with you to another basket, even automatically, by setting up a clone of your channel at another hub. This is surprisingly handy when a basket topples over, e.g. has temporary technical difficulties or a hub has to close, either from lack of funding, censorship, provider is in a country not compliant with GDPR etc. Your are in the middle of a conversation, something goes bump at your regular hub, you go to your clone, and continue talking. smile Your audience, regardless of which basket they belong to, can get access to views of your eggs, which means access can be revoked - your stuff is yours. Oh, and you can have different profiles for different sets of friends/audiences, e.g a professional profile and private social profile.

In Moodle, users are all in the same basket, e.g. all 208 000 users of KS Learning are in one Moodle instance with high availability setup behind it. However, courses published as LTI resources at other hubs that are included in a course for your local Moodle resemble the core of Hubzilla, only Hubzilla decentralizes all your publishing. It would be trivial to add H5P learning resources to Hubzilla as a content type plugin. smile It would not be a full LMS like Moodle, with competency planning, execution and reporting, but it could be both useful and a user friendly way to provide learning. smile


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Hi all!

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?

Valencia (Spain)

3. Why are you interested in MoodleNet?

Help to have a tool to empower teachers to share resources and practices easily.

Ruben.

PD: I don't have too much time but I'll keep an eye with the project and I'll try to be constructive ;)

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Welcome Ruben, and thanks for introducing yourself! We look forward to your contributions smile

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Hi

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.

Ralf

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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 smile

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i am john saylor and i am the tech lead for the moodle installation at brandeis university.

waltham (boston) massachusetts USA

i am a mastondon user and saw one of doug's posts there. i am also interested in some of the (possible) tech (activityPub) ...
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Hi John, and welcome!

Delighted that you've introduced yourself here, and that you can bring some experience of both being a tech lead and being involved in a decentralised social network. smile

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Hello everybody!

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:

  • I hope that learners will be rescued from being forced to read boring PDF-material and to use WBTs with buttons just to click "next".
  • My second hope is that trainers get the skills to create really useful eLearning-scenarios with fancy plattform features.
  • And of course -  most important for me: education is one helpful key to make the world a better place!


Greetings from Cologne, Ralf