EdTechx(11.133x)Training project to help Lecturers use Moodle effectively.

Assignment 1.1: Profile Your Target Environment/Implementation Context.

The target environment for my project is an Higher Education Institution.

This training project is aimed at developing an effective and efficient training programme for Lecturers at an Higher Education Institution to make use of Moodle E-learning platform in their teaching. The learners are Lecturers at the Institution whose experience ranges from one to more than 10 years on the Job, they are highly experienced and specialist in their subject areas. Most of them are reasonably tuned-in to the use of technology but not when it comes to teaching because of limited access or lack of availability within their teaching domain. All the Lecturers have their own personal Laptop for work and are owners of Smartphones at various level of complexity in technical configuration. On personal basis, most of the Lecturers do have access to the Internet for personal development, research and access to resources to help them in their work. For this you will notice some of these Lecturers carrying about Internet access dongles.

The Institution provide access to wireless Internet at a monthly rate to the Lecturers but the connection is very weak to the point that some of the Lecturers may not even be able to access the Internet more than once in a month before their subscription runs out and it is time to pay up again. Some Lecturers will have to come close to the network room where connection is more stronger when they have to do some very important work online, like uploading students’ assessment scores on to the server for processing and so on. The current situation of things is not really ideal but the Lecturers got used to making the most of what is available in the absence of any other alternative. They do use their own personal subscription outside of the University provided one but that adds a lot to their monthly costs.

The University subscribed to an Internet Service provider that provide them with metered Internet service on a yearly basis which they in turn provide to the University community. Not too sure how many GB of data connection that is but from what they provide to the Lecturers, during the day when everybody seems to be on the network, connections are very slow and sometimes could grind to a halt, some users needs to be dropped off the network for others to have access and sometimes, others will wait till evening time when connection is less heavy to gain access.

The University have their specialised ICT department that provides all the ICT related services to the University community, they run the University local area network services and they also host and run many of the University Internet based services, such as the University website, Students’ portal, SIS and the Moodle LMS. They provide hardware and software support to the University community and any other IT support service that may be needed.

The main stakeholders are the Lecturers, who needs to be trained to use the Moodle Platform for their teaching, then are the students who will access the platform for their learning once the Lecturer are able to use the platform effectively for their courses. The ICT staff, who provide the network access to the university community, required software and hardware as well as other support service to keep the ICT services up and running smoothly. University Key officials, these are the High-ups that sanction what goes at the University, their consultation, approval and support is highly essential for any major move at University that could change the way things are done or require financial input.

Then we have the person to design and facilitate the training programme, which could be me. I have previously implemented the moodle LMS on a volunteering basis and has provided the training but feels the training was not satisfactory enough  due to many factors and would like to design a training that will adequately meet the needs of the Lecturers to learn to use the Moodle platform effectively while at the same time addressing the issues encountered in the last training. Those issues include:

1. Slow Internet access.

2. Timing and availability.

3. Access to training resources.

4. Adequate Preparation for the training.

5. Face-face classroom versus Online Self-paced training

6. Consultation with the Lecturers.

Previous post relating to this training.

The University community welcome the implementation of E-learning platform to enhance their teaching and learning process, which was done. But the Question is would they use it?

To answer this question is to know exactly what they would like to use it for.

A department requested to use the Platform, they run the Entrepreneurship programme at the University, they have a lot of students on the course and would like to streamline their management of the students and the courses they provided for them. They cut down the subjects to 3 only and invite professionals from outside the University to give Lectures to the Students on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Some of these Professionals are busy and may not be available all the time. The E-learning platform would be ideal to address this issue, the Lecturers can record their Lectures, upload it to the platform, give references and course note as may be required with exercises and assessment questions for the students to answer.

Another department looking to use the platform is the Part-time school. They run part-time courses throughout the week mostly in the evenings and weekends. Students are mainly in full-time employment taking advantage of the part-time courses to develop themselves and earn a qualification, some of them come from very far places to attend and classes are spread over different locations. The availability of such courses online will surely reduce the traveling time of both the Lecturers and students and the stresses involved in trying to fit in so much in a day. It will also allow the department to streamline the management and assessment of so many part-time students if their courses are made available online with the necessary assessment tools.

The above undoubtedly answer the question if there is a need for the E-learning platform in the first place but the main question is, would they use it? If there is a need for it, they definitely would use it but to be able to use it, they have to know how to. Which is what this projects wants to address. To develop an efficient and effective training programme to help Lecturers use the Moodle E-learning platform effectively for their teaching.

EdTechx(11.133x)Slideshare for presentations.

This assignment is to find a useful software and provide some information about it to others while indicating where the software fits in the Domain/Approach chart.

I find Slideshare very useful for presentations, you can create and upload presentations to be shared with others. You can make presentations public accessible to anyone or you can make it private accessible to you only. The presentation is not just text and images only, video and audio presentations can also be uploaded and shared.

I have used Slideshare to produce presentations for my working on the Moodle implementation project as well as the Training bit of it and found is very helpful.

Slideshare is ideal for creating presentations that could be use in classes with links sent to students or embeded on websites, blog or an E-learning platform like Moodle. You can see how popular you slide is by checking the analytics, see who has viewed, downloaded or favorite your presentation.

Slideshare is free and very easy to use with thousands of other presentations to learn from, It links your profile to Linkedin for professional connections and you can also share your slides on Linkedin too.

Slideshare is a General domain application that change approach to procedure, instead of having your slide presentation locally, you can have it online and widely available to your students, others and get some statistics too. It could also change approach to instruction for instance, students can comment on the content of the presentation and can even create their own spin-off, it can also be used to create and generate ideas for students to work on.

EdTechx(11.133x)Learning just about anything, even with a low-tech phone.

This is week one activity break which is required to ask someone  the following question

How has technology helped you to learn a concept or topic (does not have to be from formal schooling)?

I asked a woman in her mid-thirties through WhatsApp messaging and here goes our conversation:

I had to breakdown the question and re-frame in my own words so I can get as much information as I can from the woman.

My questioning goes as follow:

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EdTechx(11.133x)- Not so successful user-training.

Assignment 0.2: Talk About Educational Technology.

I implemented Moodle LMS at a University, a voluntary initiative as part of my National Service not thinking through how to get the Lecturers to use the platform when done.

Fortunately, a department requested to use the platform because they have a new programme of study they would like to start off in both the traditional classroom mode and E-learning mode. I was happy about this, so I prepared to train them to use the platform after I was done. I had imported all freely available training courses I could get on the platform for the users but they preferred I come in and teach them in a classroom face-face mode.

Continue reading EdTechx(11.133x)- Not so successful user-training.

EdTechx(11.133x: Implementation & Evaluation of Educational Technology)

I have joined the new EdTechx course on Edx again. A follow-up on the last one I did. Hoping to follow it till the end to help in my current work.

I will be posting all my assignments and anything relating to the course on my blog and hopefully, it will all go well.

Still battling with slow Internet connections, so I might not be able to participate as much as I would like to. Let’s see how it goes.

So far the course has been quite interesting and very informative and I am focused on what I want to achieve from it. How do I improve on my last project especially the training bit that did not go so well as I have hoped?

E-learning project completed and handed over.

I finally finished and handed over the E-learning project to the University on Friday 22nd May 2015. It was a very interesting learning experience for me, both the project, the National Service and the working culture in the country.

What’s next ?………

Looking for Job, Starting a business or going for PHD as planned. Considering all options, whichever comes first.

Meanwhile, a snapshot of the platform home page.



Moodle Mooc ends today…

4 Weeks of Moodle Mooc ended today and I can say that it was the most interesting online course I have ever done.  As far as participation and engagement is concerned.

I tried to focus on what I really wanted to learn without being distracted by others, lesson learned from the Edtechx course.

The method of engagement draws me in and the lessons were very focused without being overloaded with too much.

My participation was minimal but focused on what really matters to me which is simply following the course and completing every tasks and activities given to make sure I cover everything without omission.

There were a lot I could get involved with but they will distract me from my focus but still I got involved with the forum, made relevant postings and read as much as I could from others with very limited comments.

I liked the workshop, it gave me ideas on how I can use it for my course and I also like the Glossary bit and database. I like the idea someone dropped about using the Glossary in a carrot and stick way of getting students engaged in using the online  course.

The activity completion was brilliant, it helps to track your progress on the course and you can tick it off as you go along, it kind of motivated me to stay on the course and finish because I keep on going back to tick each activity off when I am done and then I look at what I have got left without the tick and I aim to get that ticked so I go back on the activity to continue. Guess what can keep you motivated! I also got a very generous link  on how I can develop my own user guide.

I completed my practice course  with a snippet of my test course on Software Engineering.  Trying to explore and consolidate my use and understanding of  the various activities and resource in Moodle. I used,  Q&A forum, file, book, quiz, assignment and wiki. I did not use the workshop but it was in my original test course but still I got the idea of how I can use it from the workshop activity on the course.

The two coordinators of the course were brilliant too. The course wouldn’t have been great without them. Listening to them talk on the course brings back some of my smiles

Ahh, my Internet connection isn’t that bad this time around. That’s simply because I am in a city now, no longer in that Village in the middle of no where.  Service done, volunteering done and I ran as far as I could from that corner of the world.  I still continue to volunteer though, but off-site.

My Moodle journey continues and I am also looking forward to the next Edtechx too.

I got the badges too..


The next Moodle Mooc is slated for 9th of August, I hope the course will be a little more advanced that this.

I joined Moodle Mooc

Joining the ongoing moodle mooc is a natural step forward after the last edx mooc on EdTech. I based the EdTechX course on my project which is based on implementing Moodle at an Institution. I have done a lot of readings and research on Moodle from the technical side to the user side. Doing this Moodle mooc helps me to put structure to everything I have learnt so far on my own reading the Docs and from the moodle forum. I consider myself no longer a beginner in Moodle but learning from the beginning re-enforces what I have learnt previously and also help plug holes in the areas I have missed out on.

I have just completed the first week of the course and it wasn’t bad learning afresh how to set up a course and knowing more about the blocks and how to use them.

The way the  Book resource was used gave me idea of how to use it because previously I did not see any example on using it, I just made up my own idea of how to use it based on what I read. I made a book of my project proposal just to see how it works. Now I know I can make a book of anything I want, like my handout…

There are so many options on enrolling users in Moodle.  Manual enrollment,  self-enrolment, cohort sync and more.  I find this part very useful in that you can have a course but without enrollments its all useless and the many option of enrollments makes it quite easy to get learners enrolled on courses.

I am more interested in the User authentication bit of this. First you have to get users authenticated on the system before you can enroll them on courses.

I concluded at the end of this first week that the more you know the more there is to know.

Learning continues.