Clayton campus at Monash University in Melbourne hosted the MoodleMoot 2015 Australia from 6-8 July. The aim of the conference was to bring together the Moodle community to collaborate, learn and develop the open source learning platform. Altogether there were 521 participants from diverse backgrounds including primary and secondary teachers, higher learning institutes and the industry. The University of the South Pacific (USP) was represented by Dhiraj Bhartu, Rajneel Totaram, Viola Lesi and Flora Bentley, all of CFL.
MoodleMoot 2015 Australia provided a broad cross section of sessions, workshops and presentations to meet the unique needs of Moodlers. The key note speaker was Martin Dougiamas who spoke on ‘the new Moodle’. Also featured in the keynote was the official launch of MoodleCloud - which is their own hosting platform, designed and run by them. The ensuing sessions were divided according to user type – primary/secondary, workplace/government/health and university and further education. A new aspect to the conference was the introduction of working groups which brought together researchers and developers to work together to make Moodle better.
It was an exciting opportunity for Education Technologists at CFL, Viola and Flora to be part of this conference. Meeting the founder of Moodle, Mr. Dougiamas was enriching for them. Being able to sit in the sessions and learn about how other colleagues utilized Moodle for effective course development was worthwhile. This helped them apply new lessons to their current work. The conference was also an excellent avenue to network with colleagues and Moodle partners from other institutions.
Viola enjoyed the session by the University of Canterbury on how they have infused social presence into online language teaching. The course was initially offered in face to face mode before moving online where students from New Zealand and Japan were able to interactively engage online. This approach can also be used by CFL for the teaching of Pacific vernacular courses. Flora on the other hand, recommended the need to have consistent templates for all USP courses as this enabled easy navigation for the students.
More information on the MoodleCloud can be accessed on this link: https://moodle.com/cloud/