Moodle launches its first official MOOC with teachers in mind

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Get to know and learn the basics of Moodle by participating in a free online course ‘Teaching with Moodle: An Introduction’ spread over four weeks, beginning Sunday 1 September 2013.

Moodle’s first official MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) aims to gather teachers and anyone interested in using a learning platform to enhance teaching and learning. The goal: to collaboratively learn how to use Moodle to teach courses online.

Led by Mary Cooch from Moodle HQ, Teaching with Moodle: An Introduction, is a structured course delivered using the latest Moodle release, Moodle 2.5. Course highlights include:

  • Live webcast tutorials each week
  • Activity-based learning with each participant having their own free sandbox course area
  • Creating and using quizzes, wikis, forums, chats
  • The option to progress through the course at your own pace
  • The opportunity to earn badges

The emphasis of this Moodle MOOC is on engagement and collaboration. Participants will interact with one another in the various course activities such as forums, and work together in a customised environment that supports innovative teaching and learning.

Designed to provide a good foundation and context to using Moodle, the course is an excellent starting point for effective teaching in the 21st century learning environment.

Martin Dougiamas, Moodle Founder & Lead Developer, said “We love teachers, and want to support and inspire better teaching everywhere. So one of the main reasons we’re running this MOOC is to show teachers what Moodle is and the depth that it has, as well as to help them understand a student perspective, in a way that they can apply in their own Moodle courses.”

Teaching with Moodle: An Introduction commences with a live launch event by Martin on Sunday, 1st September 2013, at 15:00 UTC. Interested teachers and educators can sign up for free at http://Learn.Moodle.net.

For more information, visit the Learn Moodle website or join the conversation at #learnmoodle.

About Moodle

First released in 2001 by Martin Dougiamas, Moodle has since developed into a full feature, flexible open source learning platform currently used in more than 230 countries with more than 70 million users worldwide. The focus of Moodle is to provide educators with the best tools to manage and promote learning. The latest version, Moodle 2.5, was released on 14 May 2013. Supported by a global network of certified Moodle Partners, Moodle HQ continues to work with developers and educators worldwide to support a fast growing community of Moodle users. For more information, please visit http://moodle.org.