All in it together
I’m writing this on the final day of the third week of Teaching with Moodle: an Introduction, the HQ MOOC we run every six months. Having spent the first two weeks of the course familiarising themselves with Moodle, the participants are now engaged in peer assessing in our workshop activity and in sharing their practice courses to receive constructive comments from others. Note: if you sign up now you won’t be able to complete the course as a deadline has passed, but you are still welcome to learn Moodle. One of our participants put it beautifully in a forum post:
Indeed, it is this encouraging each other, learning together that makes the MOOC so enjoyable and, I hope, beneficial. Although the offficial language is English, participants can post in their native tongues, as you’ll see from our selection of week 3 bloggers:
We regularly get discussion threads set up in languages other than English to provide extra help for those who might have otherwise have difficulties. One of the most popular threads currently is for Spanish speakers, running from week 1 through to week 3 and no doubt into the final week too:
Additionally, our Learn Moodle videos have now been subtitled completely in Italian (thanks Domenico Reccia) and in Greek (thanks Vasilis Palilis from Moodle Partner WIDE Services) (with other languages under way as well)
One observant Spanish speaking participant reported an error in the wording of her grades, resulting in a language string improvement. Using Moodle on such a large scale can often bring to light bugs or errors in language translations, and we see this as a Plus when community members spot these and get involved in fixing them. In yesterday’s chat activity, moodler Mary Evans noticed a display issue which she then promptly set about repairing
What’s to come?
Week 4 will touch upon some of the advanced features of Moodle that beginners can learn if they take their training further with Moodle partners. We’ll also be looking at how they can save (‘back up’ ) their courses to upload (‘restore’) into a different site, such as a MoodleCloud site, in order to continue working on them. If you’ve missed this run of the MOOC, don’t worry, as we’ll shortly be announcing the dates of our next MOOC