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Minding your (Department) Business with Moodle. Dana Bryant, Ph.D. Science Education Technology Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Program Spelman College Baltimore Moodlemoot July 2013. Overview.

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minding your department business with moodle

Minding your (Department) Business with Moodle

Dana Bryant, Ph.D.

Science Education Technology Specialist

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Program

Spelman College

Baltimore Moodlemoot July 2013

overview
Overview

Describe using Moodle as a digital meeting space and repository for the Biology Department at Spelman Collegeinitially for department review.

Highlight some of the Moodle tools used

Lessons learned from this case will also be discussed

background
Background
  • Science Education Technology Specialist role
    • Instructional design and technology direction & faculty support for technology enhanced instruction
    • Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics
  • Spelman College, Atlanta GA
    • www.spelman.edu
    • Women only, HBCU, Liberal arts college
    • Using Moodle as LMS since 2011
proposed project
Proposed Project
  • Departmental Review for Biology
    • Fall 2012-Spring 2013
  • Discussions with biology chair about how to best manage document collection & collaboration
  • Desired “living” dept review report, but concerned about security
solution moodle
Solution: Moodle

Collaborative, dynamic, secure space already used by department faculty

Requested department page (vs. course page) from campus LMS administrator

All Biology faculty & staff

Organized by topics

moodle functions used
Moodle Functions Used

Adding Resources

Forums

Latest News

Messaging

lessons learned
Lessons Learned

Was not initially embraced by all

Encouraged more LMS usage + training moments

Housekeeping and maintenance essential

Facilitated community of practice (COP)

going forward
Going Forward
  • Keeping site as departmental resource
    • Department meeting minutes repository
    • Collaboration + communication for sub committees
    • Good News! (Announcements)
  • Plan to document and explore use of Moodle within academic science community of practice
acknowledgements
Acknowledgements
  • Biology Department @Spelman College
    • http://www.spelman.edu/academics/majors-and-programs/biology
  • HHMI
    • http://www.hhmi.org/