A series of Moodle workshops and a seminar were conducted at USP Laucala and Alafua Campuses during the mid semester break from 13th to 20th September, 2010. The ‘Introduction to Moodle’ and ‘Increasing Student Engagement’ Moodle workshops were held at USP Laucala Campus while a Moodle Introductory Training workshop was held at the USP Alafua Campus. This was followed by a seminar presentation at USP Laucala Campus by Mr. Vilimaka Foliaki of the School of Education sharing his experiences in using Moodle for learning and teaching.
Close to 30 participants from different faculties and sections of the University attended the Introduction to Moodle and Increasing student engagement Moodle workshops held at USP Laucala Campus on 14th and 16th September respectively. These workshops focused on the overall concepts of online learning and teaching using Moodle and how best to use Moodle’s communication and collaboration tools to enhance the learning experiences of students.
CFDL together with the Faculty of Business & Economics hosted the inaugural Introductory Moodle workshop at the USP Alafua Campus in Samoa for the School of Agriculture and Food Technology (SAFT) staff on 16th and 17th of September. DFL tutors also joined in. The workshop at the Alafua Campus focused on providing participants with an introduction to online learning and teaching using Moodle. It looked at the content presentation, communication and collaboration and assessment tools in Moodle that could be used for developing online courses in Moodle. The participants found the workshop very useful and was a great learning experience.
On the 20th of September, Mr. Vilimaka Foliaki of the School of Education conducted a seminar on his experiences with online learning and teaching at USP using Moodle which was part of the Talanga SOE Seminar Series. In this seminar, he shared his experiences with some of the features of Moodle which his students found very useful. The seminar also referred to data (both collected from a class of 130+ students who in the first semester of 2010 used a Moodle course page to support their learning in the traditional F2F mode.
CFDL is anticipating working closely with the faculties to offer more of these types of workshops and seminars.