About a year back I wrote my first 'annual review' of my adventures with Moodle. Now it's time to write one for 2016!
- Last January preparations for the first MoodleMoot in India were in full swing and I was invited to be one of the speakers. Here's my Storify of the event.
- In April the second AuthorAID MOOC in research writing got off to a start with a record number of participants.Latest research writing course pass 3000 starters as @RaviMurugesan & Joanna @askawild explain @INASPinfo's MOOCs pic.twitter.com/uDTtm5Uv4C— Philip (@PhilipHorgan) April 4, 2016
- In May I went to Dar es Salaam to facilitate a 3-day workshop for AuthorAID partners, and Moodle was high on the agenda.
- The day I got back from Dar es Salaam I was on a Moodle conference! This was iMoot 2016, the annual online Moodle conference. My talk was about how to implement formative assessment using Moodle quiz.
- From May to June I was involved in running a new online course on INASP Moodle for librarians in developing countries. My colleague Joanna later spoke about this course at PCF8 in Malaysia and we wrote a paper about it.
- Early in July I went to Mumbai to run a Moodle workshop at Adhyayan, a company with the noble mission of improving the quality of leadership and learning in schools. It was wonderful to see the team coming up with innovative ideas to use their Moodle site.
- In August I facilitated a workshop for an AuthorAID partner institution in Sri Lanka to help them include a Moodle component in their support programme for researchers. I went there again in October and was delighted to see them in action.
Asela the facilitator of the @authoraid research writing programme @ColomboUni explains their Moodle site and sets up writing groups pic.twitter.com/nCGJieHw41— Ravi Murugesan (@RaviMurugesan) October 13, 2016
- In September I spent a couple of weeks in the US and made a trip to UW-Madison, my alma mater, where I met Erica Hagen who is a keen Moodler. We spoke about the joys of using Moodle but I was sad to hear that UW is moving from Moodle to Canvas.
- Soon after returning from the US I got ready for the third AuthorAID MOOC in research writing. I was at the INASP office in Oxford the day the course started, and Andy and I shot a welcome video standing together. For other courses we typically do this as a Google Hangout recording, with him in Oxford and me somewhere in India (I've been a little mobile lately).
- In November it was time for more online conferences - I spoke at the mini iMoot and gave a remote talk for OpenCon Ranchi. Both talks were about Moodle and MOOCs. Then I went to Vietnam to run a workshop for an AuthorAID partner institution, and they made a plan to run an AuthorAID online course on their own Moodle site. Designing online #learning for #researchers at Thai Nguyen University at today's training of trainers with @RaviMurugesan #inaspVN pic.twitter.com/L4LZMZBjlG— Jennifer Chapin (@jennifer_chapin) November 25, 2016
- In December I went to Dar es Salaam again for the annual AuthorAID project meeting, where I chatted about Moodle with our partner institutions in Dodoma and Dar es Salaam and presented updates to the AuthorAID team and partners on our MOOCs. @RaviMurugesan &@andy_nobes talking about the AuthorAID MOOC 2015 #AuthorAID2016 pic.twitter.com/3RYneLTXdI— Ismael Kimirei (@IKimirei) December 13, 2016Thumbs Up @RaviMurugesan for the collaboration. You rock! Thanks to the @INASPinfo @authoraid team for leading the way. https://t.co/9drhkzqb56— John T. Okewole (@dbeloved) December 22, 2016
- I had a learning itch to scratch last year - I really wanted to start exploring the treasure-trove of data in the Moodle database. The Moodle site I administer has thousands of users and we've run three MOOCs. There's a lot of data behind the front-end reports that were calling out to me. So I took the MoodleBites MySQL reporting course from HRDNZ through October and November. I have to say it wasn't as interesting as I thought it would be, but I did learn enough about the Moodle database to start getting my hands dirty with analysing forum ratings.
With fellow Badger-Moodler Erica Hagen at UW-Madison in September 2016