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Using Your Moodle Los Angeles Virtual Academy May 18, 2006 Best Practices in eLearning Distance Education Evangelist I’ve been an Online student Online teacher Online faculty mentor I’ve been Moodling for the last 4 years

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using your moodle

Using Your Moodle

Los Angeles Virtual Academy

May 18, 2006

Best Practices in eLearning

distance education evangelist
Distance Education Evangelist

I’ve been an

  • Online student
  • Online teacher
  • Online faculty mentor

I’ve been Moodling for the last 4 years

I cannot teach anyone anything. I can only make them think. ~ Socrates

Debby Kilburn


what is your online teaching experience
What is YOUR online teaching experience?
  • First time online teacher (newbie)

B) One to two years (intermediate)

C) More than two years (experienced)

Debby Kilburn


what do you think
What do YOU think?

What are the elements of a good online class? What sets an excellent class apart from the rest?

Use the whiteboard tool to brainstorm some ideas.

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best practices
Best Practices
  • Lots of research in this area
  • Chickering and Gamson (1987)
  • Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education

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seven principles
Seven Principles

Good Practice:

  • Encourages Student-Faculty Contact
  • Encourages Cooperation Among Students
  • Encourages Active Learning
  • Gives Prompt Feedback
  • Emphasizes Time on Task
  • Communicates High Expectations
  • Respects Diverse Talents and Ways of Learning

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Do you think these principles can

apply to K12 Education as well?

Yes / No

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student faculty contact
Student-Faculty Contact

Frequent student-faculty contact in and out of classes is the

most important factor in student motivation and involvement.

(p. 1.)

  • Discussion Forums
  • Private Messages
  • Online Text Assignments (Journals)
  • Profiles – Personalization

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cooperation among students
Cooperation Among Students

Working with others often increases involvement in learning.

Sharing one's own ideas and responding to others' reactions

sharpens thinking and deepens understanding. ( pp. 6f.)

  • Online Users
  • Groups
  • Workshops
  • Forums
  • Private Messages

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active learning
Active Learning

Learning is not a spectator sport. Students do not learn much

just sitting in classes listening to teachers, memorizing pre-

packaged assignments, and spitting out answers. (pp. 7.)

  • Groups
  • Glossary
  • Discussion Forums
  • Wiki
  • Students as Teachers

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prompt feedback
Prompt Feedback

Knowing what you know and don't know focuses learning.

Students need appropriate and frequent feedback on

performance to benefit from courses. (p. 8.)

  • Assignments
  • Gradebook
  • Peer Reviews
  • Help Desk Forums

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emphasizes time on task
Emphasizes Time on Task

Time plus energy equals learning. There is no substitute for

time on task. Learning to use one's time well is critical for

students and professionals alike. (p. 2.)

  • Participant’s List
  • Activity Reports
  • Allows instructor to easily follow up with students who are falling behind

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communicates high expectations
Communicates High Expectations

Expect more and you will get it.... Expecting students to

perform well becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy when teachers

and institutions hold high expectations of themselves and make

extra efforts. (p. 2.)

  • Set expectations in the syllabus
  • Active learning = responsible learners
  • Rating System (forums, glossary)
  • Group accountability (journal reviews)

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respects diverse talents and ways of learning
Respects Diverse Talents and Ways of Learning

There are many roads to learning. People bring different

talents and styles of learning to college.... Students need the

opportunity to show their talents and learn in ways that work

for them. Then they can be pushed to learn new ways that do

not come so easily. (pp. 2f)

  • Multimedia integration
  • Podcasting
  • Blogging
  • Video

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it just works
It Just Works
  • Moodle is smart technology that facilitates student learning, promotes a sense of community in the classroom, and makes a teacher’s job a lot easier!
  • Are you ready to Moodle with me?

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my moodle
My Moodle
  • Login to one of my classes
    • Username: Susan
    • Password: Student
  • Intro to Computers (beginner level)
  • HTML (advanced level)

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now what
Now What?

Online Moodle Workshop (INST 299A)

  • 5 weeks starting June 12th
  • CRN: 50651

Faculty Training Certificate Program

  • 2-3 week courses
  • Completed in about a semester – Contact Lori

Olivera for more details

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Q & A
  • Anything else you’d like to know?
  • Contact me:
    • AIM: fourhweb
    • Yahoo: dkilburn
    • MSN: (not email)
    • Skype: profkilburn

Debby Kilburn



Student Centered Learning. Provost's Task Force on Student-Centered Learning. November 19, 1997. California State University, Chico.

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