On Monday we took a Learning Technologist outing to the Mahoodle day held at the University of Gloucestershire.
We were welcomed on to site by David James, Dean of Academic Development, Professor of Exercise Science, University of Gloucestershire.
Open Source and Education Technology – Don Christie, Catalyst
Don’s opening talk gave us a some food for thought, covering open knowledge (“the outcome that we are seeking“) and the role Mahara plays in enabling users to “curate knowledge for the future”.
Supporting teachers across the world with effective use of Moodle – Andrew Field and Liz Duncombe, Cambridge Assessment
Cambridge Assessment have 3 Moodles (including an internal moodle – bloodle), 2 Mahara and 1 login and are effectively using moodle to demonstrate online stuff that works.
They used the session to have the first public demo of their swipe tool: http://bit.ly/swipe19
Opportunities with Open – building Mahara and ePorrtfolio competencies together – Lisa Donaldson, DCU
While eportfolios (or ‘your learning portfolio’ as a preferred term) are not so popular in Ireland or the UK in the US eportfolios used by >50% of students. Dublin City university have portfolio use for graduate attributes embedded in their strategic plan. They launched Mahara in 2017 and now have 14,500 users across 30 programmes – supported by one person and the eTerns. Lisa has encouraged use through initiatives including portfolios for faculty CPD, work placements and extra-curricular activities; awards for excellent use of portfolios ; and portfolio sharing and feedback activities.
DCU are now working with Catalyst IT to add bit of “magic” into mahara through the Placeholder block (a template block that does not specify what format is required)
DCU have shared their journey at: https://eportfolioireland.wordpress.com/
Improved Template Support in Mahara – Sam Taylor, Catalyst and Jane Atkinson, Cambridge Assessment
In advance of the session Sam asked for ideas through her Padlet board: https://padlet.com/samtaylorcatalysteu/mahara
She then talked in more detail about the magic block mentioned by Lisa from DCU, ways to lock blocks and instructions, and plugins that support design like Gridstack.js http://gridstackjs.com/
Sam recommended Kristina Hoeppner’s slides: https://slides.com/anitsirk/scaffolding-eportfolio-use#/
Jane gave an overview of the work Cambridge Assessment are carrying out with portfolios.
Preparing Your Soil for Growth – Aurelie Soulier, Chantal Schipper and Marieke Guy, RAU
We gave an interactive presentation on the work we have been doing at RAU to increase use of Mahara.
Competencies and Smart Evidence – Gavin Henrick, LTS
Gavin explained that Competency Frameworks aren’t just about what a student has done or achieved, or pass or fail. “They’re a way to illustrate progress along the learning journey, their level of understanding at that moment in time”. However smart evidence is often seen as too complicated for teachers to implement and learners to complete. As one audience member explained – unless you’ve got highly competent technical staff, there is a real barrier to access.
Applying Competencies, A Follow Up – Edd Bolton, Solent University
In a follow up to last year’s Mahoodle talk Edd covered where Solent have got to with competency frameworks. Edd also shared some tips for JSON editing: https://atom.io/packages/atom-json-editor
H5P Workshop (BYOD) – Dan Jefferies – @DevelopWithDan
After lunch we had a H5P training session from Dan Jefferies. It covered similar ares to our recent training session:
Dr Mahoodle: Q&A panel – pedagogy, use and a bit of tech
The panel comprised of our Aurelie Soulier, Sam Taylor (Catalyst), Marcus Green (Titus learning) and Gavin Henrick
Community User Groups MUA/MUGSE – Aurelie Soulier, RAU
The day concluded with another talk by Aurelie on how the Moodle/Mahara user community can get more involved. Richard Samson, chair of the Moodle Users Association was also on hand to answer questions.