From Coding to Networking: Building Moodle on a Human Scale
February, 12 -15, 2013
BCcampus, on behalf of the BCcampus Moodle Shared Services Participating Institutions, British Columbia Moodle Community, and Canadian Moodle communities invites you to attend the 4th Canadian MoodleMoot in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. Attend on location at the Coast Plaza Hotel or online on our Moodle site .
Join 500 Canadian and international delegates from: K12 and post-secondary education, corporate andnon-profit groups. The theme of this year's Canada Moot is about Building Moodle on a Human Scale.
How do we capture the creativity and openness that are hallmarks of the Moodle community? CanadaMoot 2013 is all about openness, collaboration, innovation and community building. We invite you to share your stories with us!
Pre-conference activities take place on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. The main conference kicks off Wednesday morning, February 13 and ends Friday, February 15 @ noon.
BCcampus is a publicly funded organization that uses information technology to connect the expertise and resources of all B.C. post-secondary institutions under a collaborative service delivery framework. As a champion of open educational resources, a partner in the Creative Commons Canada affiliate and a supporter of open-source technologies for use in higher education, we are pleased to be a part of Canada MoodleMoot 2013.
Moodle is a free, open source Learning Content Management System that has gained an international reputation as a feature-rich and stable environment. Moodle provides a suite of online teaching tools that work together to deliver a cohesive online learning environment. However, unlike other learning management systems, Moodle’s open source origins mean that it can be freely downloaded, modified and distributed;and that it must continue to remain free according to the terms of the GNU General Public License.
Most importantly, the Moodle open source community is mature and well-established, with an active and growing membership of over half a million registered users speaking over 75 languages in 193 countries, Moodle is growing exponentially world wide. Currently (Spring 2012) there are 66,640 sites from 216 countries using Moodle. Of this number, there are 1,416 Moodle sites registered in Canada. We estimate that Canadians have four times more Moodle registered sites (by population) than the global average.
The design of Moodle is rooted in constructivism, which is an educational orientation that focuses on creating learning experiences, rather than just publishing and assessing the information that instructors think students need to know.
The Canada Moot attracts a wide range of interest: from people who use Moodle for training through to high-level policy and decision makers. We expect up to 500 people to attend from Canada and throughout the world, from all facets of education, small and large business and industry, and from the non-profit sector. The typical delegate works primarily online, owns one or more computers, has high speed Internet,and owns several wireless hand-held devices.
Delegates are typically:
· K12 Educators and school officials,
· Post-secondary instructors and administrators,
· Instructional designers,
· University professors,directors and deans
· Technology decision-makers
· Corporate, business and large enterprise representatives,
· Work place-based trainers,
· Small training organizations,
· Not-for-profit organizations,
· New and inquisitive online teachers,
· “Moodlers” and open source advocates, and
· Moodle network administrators.
At the Moot delegates, presenters and sponsors will be able to network with high-level decision makers, 'in-the-trenches' teachers, Moodle partners and computer programmers. Participants will share ideas and strategies about openness, collaboration, innovation and community building.
Theme: From Coding to Networking: Building Moodle on a Human Scale
Open source platforms such as Moodle advance through the hard work of motivated users who share their ideas freely. Canada Moot 2013 casts a wide net to gather examples of how we achieve more together than in competition. Delegates will share ideas and strategies about openness, collaboration, innovation and community building.
1. Moodle Community
· Personal learning communities and communities of practice.
2. Teaching & Learning
· Best practices in using Moodle, creation of courses, using plugins/modules; and
· Pedagogical issues,helping students get involved, integrating social media.
3. Moodle Skills
· Type: Hands-on or Demonstration (attendees will bring their own computers for the hands-on-sessions;
· Categories: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Administrators; and
· Pre-requisites: if any pre-requisites are required, they will be indicated in the program.
4. Enterprising Moodle
· Companies, people, non-profits, or educational organizations that use Moodle and/or work with Moodle partners in their daily business transactions
5. Research & Trends
· Best practices coming from the latest research; and
· Trending topics that could be incorporated into Moodle in the near future i.e. learning analytics.
Canada Moodle Moot is hosted both online and in-person. Both are important and are actively subscribed by our delegates. Several presentations will be broadcast each session, and both on-location and remote delegates may participate virtually.
Presenters and exhibitors have the option to present on location, virtually, or a combination of online and on location. Sponsors can choose to sponsor only the virtual portion or a combination of online and in-person sessions.
Delegates have access to a conference web site where presentations will be uploaded in SlideShare, YouTube or other online formats. Presenters and sponsors are also offered an area in the conference site to upload other resources or to host discussions.
February 12 - Pre-Conference Presentations:
The day before the conference is reserved for the hands-on development of skills. The presentations will engage delegates with a high level of interactivity. It is likely that some delegates will attend virtually. Sessions are half or full day.
February 13 - 15 Conference Presentations:
Our conference is tailored to accommodate different types of presentations:
. 20 minutes (no reduction for presenters) These twenty-minute slots are designed for presenters to update delegates with information about new initiatives, research conducted, and new concepts. It is likely that four presentations will be grouped together into one time slot. Some presentations will be broadcast to the virtual audience. It is likely that some presenters will be presenting from a distance.
· 45 minutes Speakers will give updates, discuss features, present new research and programs, then engage delegates in a question/answer forum. Virtual or on location.
· 90 minutes Presenters will actively involve delegates. This might include hands-on workshops in the lab, or scenario-based presentations where delegates can witness different solutions.
Presentation proposals are evaluated using a two-stage screening approach:
1. The presenter identifies the category of his/her presentation.
2. The Moodle Moot Program Committee members assess the presentation to make sure it’s categorized appropriately.