Friday, 21 October 2011

Moodle training

I attended a workshop on the latest version of Moodle yesterday afternoon. It was held in the JISC offices in Glasgow.

Moodle 2 was released a few months ago and includes lots of new features. This latest version looks nice. It has a clean interface, and is simple to use. I particularly liked its new filing system, which works well with a host of Web 2.0 services, such as Dropbox and Google Docs.

I don't teach any more, so my reason for attending this event was simply to keep up-to-date with what modern VLEs can offer, so that our support materials "work" with them. This event was well organised, and it refreshed my knowledge of Moodle.

SQA uses Moodle for our SQA Academy, which runs on it. And Moodle is the most popular VLE in the UK. I have a personal interest in the evolving VLE versus Web 2.0 debate. Some people think that there is no need for VLEs -- that we should simply use the free (and, often, superior) tools that are out there. Others like the formality and rigour that VLEs provide. Most people, including me, sit in the middle -- VLEs can't compete with the dynamic nature of Web 2.0 tools but can provide a useful administrative "glue". I think Moodle 2 goes some way along this road, with its excellent Web 2.0 integration.

We have a wide range of e-learning materials to support our awards. We've previously posted on the HN materials and the NC materials that you can download and host on your own VLE.

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