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.

 

Honor code Certificate for Edtechx(11.132X)

Ma sha Allah ! I got me a honor code certificate for the Edx Design and Development of Educational Technology course. It was a very interesting and challenging course. I learnt many new things and the area I found most intriguing is the aspect of education theories of Contructivism and Constructionism. I first came across these terms in my research into moodle. Then, I read without much thought into the real meaning of these terms and what message is being conveyed in the text. But When I came across the terms again in this course I was able to relate more to the meanings from the materials and the video discussions on the topic. I went back to Moodle and read it again with better understanding this time. I equally found the topic on Teaching for understanding intriguing not forgetting about Social contructivism and deep learning. In short I found all these educational philosophies and theories very fascinating, not that they are new but things you knew and practised all along but have no words to express them.

The downside to this course for me was my internet connection that made it absolutely frustrating to fully participate. I was unable to join any of the live broadcast, hangout, reddit, unhangout and whatever else. I could not practise on scratch because the page just won’t load but I did a bit on logo. I did downloaded a scratch programme to install and practise but just did not get round to doing it.

I accessed most of the reference links and downloaded what I could for catch-up and it wasn’t bad in that sense.

The collaborative part was a disaster, enough to say….hint……my connection.

I didn’t submit my final pitch though I finished it all. I had a project presentation that was overwhelmingly approved by the management board of the Institution I was doing my project at.

This course was my very first MOOC execperience and I liked it a lot despite my frustrating internet connection. I feel motivated to continue and I already have a budding plan to go full on a MSC/PHD on EdTech if funding permits.

Working my way to Job Lecturing and Moodling too…

EdTechx(11.132x) Assignment: The Elevator Pitch

My project pitch is to design:

  • A Moodle course around software Engineering with focus on Assessments and Exam.
  • A Moodle course around Entrepreneurship with focus on Mentoring.

Elevator Pitch:

Good day Prof. Klopfer, sorry I’m rather late, nice to catch up with you today. Would you spare me a minute of your time to listen to this great ideas I have for two courses I am planning to design.  The first one is “Software Engineering without tears” and the second is “Business planning for success”. Software Engineering without tears will help students to learn and understand the principles of Software Engineering and processes and be able to apply them in real-life software development situations. While Business planning for success will equip students with the skills and understanding they need to bring their business ideas to life. With mentoring from an expert in the area of their business ideas, students will develop an actionable business plan at the end of the course.

I thought you might be interested in knowing more about my design plans for the courses, how about an appointment at your convenience so I can give you more details.

Thank you for your time.

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EdTechx (11.132x): Peer Assignment

Peer Assignment.

What I want to learn in a weekend.

1. Screen casting
2. Video Editing
3. Audio recording and voice over.
4. Classroom video presentation (PowToon) or the Khan Academy style
5. On-screen Quiz maker (If I can get the application free & open source)

I would like to know how to edit Videos. I have created a screencast for the first time that is rather long but I have no idea how to cut and edit it to shorter lengths, removing necessary clips or just cutting the length into smaller chunks.

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First ever screencast-Moodling

I made this screen cast to demonstrate how to cross-link courses in Moodle using a workaround suggested by someone on the Moodle forum. By default Moodle does not allowed cross-link courses with the same ID, a workaround is used to achieve this. This is my first ever screen-cast. I lost the initial video recording I made showing the process. I later recorded a tour of the finished outcome to show what I did.

I will be spending this weekend to learn more about screencasting, video editing and animated presentation using Powtoon.

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Education is Liberty

Education is Liberty
Liberty to Think
Liberty to Question
Liberty to Learn
Liberty to Speak
Liberty to Act upon goodness
Liberty to Read
Liberty to Write
Liberty to Teach
Liberty to Live
Liberty to Create and Innovate
Liberty to be as I desire to be
But my Liberty was taken away from me
My aspiration to learn, grow, achieve and give was stifled
Only to be consigned to a corner in the world I never dreamt to be
All because of whom I am
I fought long and hard, all to no avail
But the strongest weapon I have is my mind, my determination
The deeply entrenched root upon which I rise
No one can take that away from me
I shall rise tall and high again
I shall prevail and conquer
I shall regain my Liberty
With my greatest weapon
A strong mind put to work
A determination not to give in
Even with this epileptic power supply
A data connection that take hours to load
In a hapless village so depressing I cry
With means so limited I lament
Over the airways through my Laptop
Right here in my room
I shall overcome and regain my Liberty
To be as I desire to be
That Lemon thrown at me
Shall make me the sweetest Lemonde ever
Education + Technology + Giving = Me
So shall it be

Free & Open Source Software

Bridging the digital divide A coursework report I wrote 5 years ago about the role of open source software in bridging the digital divide, I guess still have relevance today. 5 years on, I guess the divide is a little bit narrower but still a long way to go, especially in the developing countries. These days, we all can get on the Internet and do virtually anything we want especially with the proliferation of social networks. But we should not forget that not everyone enjoy this luxury. There is even a talk on Internet access being a fundamental right, with 4 out of 5 people in a survey of 27,000 people in 26 countries agreeing to this, I sure do agree to this too. But let us spare a thought for those people, even in the developed countries, who cannot even afford to buy a computer let alone access the Internet for reasons of social/economic disadvantage. Continue reading

Stars shine the brightest at the darkest of nights.