Martin, I absolutley agree with you !!
Somewhere in the scheme of things , the 'plot seems to have been lost' in so many educational institutions!IMHO
"Give me video' give me audio' gimme, gimme ,gimme'!
Always, from a teachers viewpoint !
What about the guys that want to learn ??
Any one of us could sit on a rock in a desert anywhere in the world, and tell a story to a child , that child would look up to us in wonder, listening, waiting for the conclusion of the story .Its great when that child ask a question in the middle of the story though ! Why, because you know that child is listening?
Myabe not the best analogy for on-line learning , but ?
I passionately believe its the knowledge and skills that our students (whatever we call them) gain from their experience , does that come from better functions in our software, (ok that makes the delivery and management easier) or, does it come from , as Martin reminds us, the contructivist philosophy , as opposed to the didactic philosophy of teaching ? (correct me if I am wrong here guys ) but, didactic to me means , do as I say , whereas, contructivist means , lets work together to grow our knowledge together, I learn from you, you learn from me, and together we both know a great deal more collectively than we did as individuals.
The software is only a tool to achieve those goals, still needs those human persons ,as teacher and student ,to interact and achieve the best possible outcome for the learner ( who is remember both teacher and student )
Apologies if I appear to be a little stronger in my opinions than is my usual tenor of postings , but I feel very strongly that too much emphasis is being placed on the whiz bang tech things , when we , as teachers should be concentrating on using this great tool we have, Moodle , to engage , inform, collaborate, and learn, from and with our students.