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Moving to Moodle. Ingrid Mostert. Institute for Mathematics and Science Teaching University of Stellenbosch South Africa. South African Context. Under qualified teachers. - Advanced Certificate in Education. Limited access to further training. - Blended learning model. face-to-face.

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Moving to Moodle

Ingrid Mostert

Institute for Mathematics and Science Teaching University of StellenboschSouth Africa


South African Context

  • Under qualified teachers

- Advanced Certificate in Education

  • Limited access to further training

- Blended learning model


face-to-face

face-to-paper

COMMUNITY

face-to-screen

Center visits

ResidentialCourse

InteractiveTelematicSessions

Assignments

Discussionson LMS

Administration

Readings

Blended Learning Model for the ACE in Mathematics


long-distance travel

face-to-face

fax

email

bulk & personal SMS’s

COMMUNITY

post

internet & computer

face-to-screen

face-to-paper

Discussionson LMS


Specific Outcomes

  • Critical engagement with content

  • Establish long term network

Barrier

  • Lack of convenient internet access


Available tools

  • All students have a cell phone

  • SMS’s are very effective

Proposed Solution

Mobile LMS

= Moodle + Mobile Interface

= WebStudies + Opera Mini


long-distance travel

face-to-face

fax

email

bulk & personal SMS’s

COMMUNITY

post

face-to-screen

face-to-paper

Discussionson LMS

internet & CELLPHONE

internet & computer


Mobile Learning

  • Extension of eLearning

  • Increased access

  • Provision of support


2010

  • Move to Moodle

  • Increased access?


Increased access

(based on 33 teachers who continued with second year)


Increased access

(based on 33 teachers who continued with second year)

No. of “hits”

Students


Contributing Factors

  • New LMS

  • Additional Functionality

  • Added incentives for involvement

  • More clarity regarding schedule

  • Second year of study


Have you ever used your cell phone to access Moodle?

(all 76 students enrolled in 2010)

YES22

No response21

NO31


If NO, why not?

(students who didn’t use a cell phone)


Benefits

  • Anywhere, Anytime

Limitations

  • Small keyboard & screen

  • No chat function

  • No faces


Future Focus

  • Specialised mobile training

  • Simplify structure

  • Ensure mobile internet access

  • Greater focus on pedagogy

  • Effective monitoring & evaluation


Acknowledgements

  • Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

  • FINLO

  • WebStudies team

  • Pondering Panda (Mobile Surveys)


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