Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Using Moodle for University Learning

Professor Shannon Johnston and the team from University of Western Australia's Centre for the Advancement of Teaching (CATL, pronounced "Cattle") presented an interactive seminar on  "Utilising the LMS for learning" today. UWA use the popular Moodle Learning Management System, but rather than the usual training session on how to use features of the LMS, this was on what forms of teaching it supports.

The seminar presented several case studies drawn from successful UWA courses, many of which blend e-learning with the classroom.

This was a useful seminar, but perhaps could gone a little further and shown how the teaching technique is implemented with Moodle. Also it would be good to have some templates for different types of courses.

Like ANU (where I teach), UWA is facing the issue of how e-learning is to be used. This is most difficult for elect research universities where staff have considerable autonomy. Professors can't be simply told to use a particular technology and pedagogy, as they have considerable autonomy. Instead they must be gently educated and persuaded. However, I suggest a more direct approach can be used with junior staff and adjuncts. In particular, induction courses for new early career academics and adjuncts from industry can teach the pedagogy and how to support it with the LMS.
Utilising the LMS for learning : An interactive seminar which will examine the role and purpose of an LMS in an institutional context. Other events...
Assistant Professor Shannon Johnston will be leading this interactive seminar with the assistance of the team of LMS Trainer / Educational Developers at CATL. She will examine the role and purpose of an LMS in an institutional context, and with the team will explore uses of the LMS for learning, with case studies highlighting the usage of the LMS to enhance the student experience in University teaching contexts. The session will involve audience discussion and exploration of potential for learning focused activity in the LMS. This session is suitable for all staff involved in the delivery and support of teaching.
Speaker(s)Assistant Professor Shannon Johnston and guests
LocationOceans Institute Seminar Room G.05

ContactFASE Administrator <fase-ecm@uwa.edu.au> : 6859
StartTue, 08 Oct 2013 12:30
EndTue, 08 Oct 2013 14:00
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Last UpdatedFri, 20 Sep 2013 14:40
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