I just finished my Advanced Moodle Course (which my county calls Elearn) and did manage to get a decent course laid out that might be useful for the teachers in our county. You can see most of the content on my TeacherTube or YouTube sites. If and when I add more content, that will appear on one of those sights.
I learned a lot by taking this course, since my course is also about teaching adult teachers. One of the problems with this course about interactive learning is that it is still taught in the traditional 20th century way. That means you have one teacher in front of 20-30 other people and that one person disseminates the content out to the students. However, there was a group of teachers that did get together and collaborated on their online course. However it was tough going for them as they hadn’t actually taken a Moodle course before. Many Moodle courses still look like they could have been produced years ago, as they involve a ton of reading and then an occasional quiz to measure understanding. what these courses really and truly need is to incorporate the production of actual content.
This course is being or has been taught by 3 different instructors, and I’m wondering why they didn’t pool their time and resources in developing content for this course. Each instructor could take a topic or a day (it’s a three day course) and really and truly demonstrate the power of this technology. For instance, this class had a few other nerds like me, but also had some people who have difficulty managing basic computer functions. By having recorded content online, it would allow those people who needed to see something multiple times to actually see those instructions multiple times while the faster people could keep progressing or enhancing our own courses/sites.
You can get the gist of what I’m saying by looking at this video.
So I’ll be off and traveling for the next 3 weeks, and we’ll be driving about 3,000 miles! Fortunately, both of my kids travel really well. Having an extra mp3 player and laptop/DVD player will make things a little easier. Stay Cool!