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There were only a few main highlights for me on day two of MoodleMootAU.  These were Elisabeth Ellis and Solua Middleton's keynote on how the ABC connect with their staff learning community and an introduction to ABC Open, and how the Australian National University assessed their courses to inform staff professional development.

Elisabeth explained to us how the ABC have a huge mix of staff with roles you I know I don't really think about when I watch the telly like hairdressers, human resources, accounting and truck drivers in the warehouses. As with any large organisation these staff have various technological skills and attitudes towards online learning.  Elisabeth talked about how they ensure the range of learners is catered for in their strategy and how they keep things simple to ensure those who have difficulty with navigation can cope. Along with others in the room, I liked how Elisabeth had several images representing parts of her presentation on the slide and ask the audience to choose which story she choose to tell next by choosing an image.

Solua Middleton then introduced us to ABC Open.  This site is full of user generated content providing regional Australians a voice.  There are some wonderful stories here that will keep you engaged for hours and some great tutorials for generating your contents.

Luke Powter's presentation on how the Australian National University (ANU) used the sophistication of their Moodle courses to inform their professional development was food for thought.   I have talked to several other delegates this year about how they ensure courses go through assurance processes and I’ve seen rubrics before and always wonder if we need to do this more.  Having a snapshot of which parts are not used to it’s full potential can help determine what topics to provide in our monthly PD workshops.

Wednesday was a half day so there were only three presentations before the keynote (which unfortunately I had to miss).  The two highlights here for me were Shane Elliott's demonstration of the External Tool LTI and Renee Lance's practical and helpful advice on customising a Moodle theme.

Shane Elliott - The IMS LTI External Tool has huge potential from sharing a basic resource or activity from one course to another and pulling in sources from other external sites.

Theme development is something I'm keen to keep informed about as I would like to ensure our site looks the best it can.  The TAFE NSW decided they needed a theme that was configurable for their staff.  They achieved this by allowing the teacher to choose which other course's theme they would like to copy as well as settings that can be changed.


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The Gold Coast provided some wonderly warm weather for us today for Moodle Moot Australia 2012.  Apparently I missed another frost this morning in the Waikato - oh well!  There were lots of great opportunities to network and share today.  My presentation was well received with no time for all the questions so I've had to set up a forum for discussion.  

Read the full post to see my highlights of the day which included Martin's keynote, Integrating BigBlueButton, Using Moodle & eReaders in prisons, a plugin to detect similarities of computer code assignments, making Moodle accessible and 'tricking' staff into learning during training sessions!


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