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MM4: Opening Ceremony

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My reflection on the opening ceremony

1. MM4: Opening Ceremony and Introduction to Moodle MOOC 4

          Presented by:Dr. Nellie Deutsch

Date: Sunday, June 01,  2014

Course details: http://www.wiziq.com/course/48101-moodle-mooc-4

2. The opening ceremony,  presented by the organizer of the course Dr. Nellie Deutsch, was not only an opening to a month long event of learning but a real introduction into getting into ‘moodling’. Dr Nellie led the way with a visual presentation of the program for the event and showed how to follow the tasks on the moodle platform. The MM4 (moodle mooc 4) was open to those with no experience in using the Moodle or WizIq platforms as well as those experienced on both or one of the platforms.

3. WizIq is a brilliant layout for learning and teaching especially in a group format, while the class is being carried out live by the presenter, the learners can interact in the chat box. On this first day I was lucky to see some old faces and many new, I quickly caught up with Melissa and Tom, also Safaa, got an Italian greeting from a new to me connection David.  Most importantly though is the full on connection also with Dr. Nellie who does take the time to ‘connect’ live by greeting everyone verbally during the beginning of the presentation and as others join in during the presentation. This whole ‘connection’ makes the process so much more human and fathomable!

4. The many questions in this first encounter were mostly centred on ‘how’ to use the moodle platform and what was the difference between ‘beginner’ and ‘non beginner’. These were important questions as most of us had to either join in the course using our moodle login from a previous session or sign up as a first time user of the moodle.

5. The content in this lesson was important as it paved the outline of the expectations of the whole course and as Teacher-Learners our commitment to understanding the system in order to ‘get around’ without getting lost.

6. The main thought running around my head was the negative sensation I had with my first encounter in the moodle via a previous moodle mooc and which I was constantly losing my way around the moodle. This time I was promising myself to persevere and ‘learn’ as the moodle platform is also an integral part of the learning strategy for the Italian regional study program for whom I often teach.

7. The engaging lesson by Dr. Nellie Deutsch, together with the ongoing chitter chatter in the chat box made me feel part of a growing learning community with world-wide connections meeting together in one place. A sort of ‘brewing stew’ of learning and connecting online. It created a sense of strength and personal satisfaction to be lucky to be here participating in an invigorating live event.

8.  The challenge was getting started with the ‘real’ tasks in the moodle set up by Dr. Nellie Deutsch and facilitated by Tom Hodgers. Two people whom worked very hard and spent many hours putting up such a workable learning program. My personal challenge was to avoid my eternal attention blinks, caused unfortunately by a brain running forward while my eyes are foggy on what’s happening in front of me. May sound confusing….imagine me!

9. The main step to avoid getting lost or confused in the moodle for me was to stop and think, read and re-read, then if all else failed reach out and ask for h-e-l-p! This was done easily enough via the ‘support lounges’ throughout the tasks in the moodle, thank goodness!

10. My objective is to become a Moodle Manager and be able to use the Moodle platform as naturally and easily as I would a textbook for teaching. Why? Because Teaching is what I do, I teach English as a Language, English Literature and English Drama – and I am looking forward to doing away with textbooks for good! I believe in ‘Blended classrooms’ and use online learning management systems (OLMS) with any text book I use, but I also believe that the blended and flipped classroom is also a step in the right direction.

11. Two questions came to mind in this particular presentation: How do we go about creating our own Moodle environment?  How reliable is the Moodle tracking system? – Both of these questions came to mind quickly in that when I use other means of ‘tracking’ my students’ progress online I am able to see what the programmer of that system has made available. Sometimes as a Teacher I would like to see many other details that are not always included, so if I could create the ‘tracking’ path I require then it would also need to be reliable.


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Author: Nives Torresi

Nives Torresi is a Teacher of English as a foreign language; English Drama; Business English and English Exam Preparation (Cambridge FCE). Nives also translates from Italian to English (with a specialization in Business Manuals, Historical archives and Medical papers), works as Interpreter and Mediator for Business negotiations. Currently also teaches online via interactive learning platform for Business English courses and Language tutoring. Participates actively in online Teacher Training or development courses such as M4T Moodle for Teachers, Teaching with Technology, Learn to Blend and Flip with Technology, Action Research Projects to improve Instruction and Learning. Moderator in the Moodle courses for M4T EVO 15; M4T EVO 16 - TEFL2YL EVO 16 Recent online live webinar Presentations include: - The "One Foolish Monkey" series on History of Blogging with co-Teacher Tom Hodgers - CO15 - Connecting Online live Conference - "Understanding Pair Teaching in Micro Teaching Online" with Tom Hodgers. - Webinars for IATEFL YLT SIG: 2015 - "Play, Learn and Grow Together" an After school English language learning project. 2016 - "Play, Learn and Grow Together" a Pre-school English language learning project. - MM7 Moodle Mooc 7 by Integrating Technology - M4T moodle for teachers - Live Webinar presentation "Teaching and Learning Along the Way" November 16, 2015 - EFL Talks - Answers webinar February 20, 2016 "Using a Board Game in the EFL classroom" - EFL Talks - TERMS "PODCASTS" - MM9 co-Presenter with Thomas Hodgers "Teaching Online with Moodle" - MM9 Panelist on Digital Badges Discussion - HeartELT project - contributing author letter "W" - EVO Moderator Training 2014; 2015; 2016 - TEFL2YL EVO 2017 Session moderator and presenter "Board Games in the EFL Classroom" CO 17 Connecting Online live Conference Presenter with Tom Hodgers "Teamwork Online" Other projects include Business English Conversation; Business English for Managers; Business English for Engineers; Courses in digital format wholly online.

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