The Curricular Technology (CT) team will be organizing workshops this summer on new technologies for teaching, learning and research including the new Course Hub and the Moodle learning management system (LMS). The first series of these workshops will be offered next week. Here are details:
Curricular Technology Platforms Overview
1:00 – 2:00 pm, Tues, June 21, Library 105
This workshop will give an overview of the platforms that will be available in the next academic year for creating course websites including the Course Hub, Moodle and WordPress. For more information on the Course Hub, which will become the definitive starting point for all online course resources, see: The Course Hub > About
2-3:30 pm, Weds, June 22, Library 105
This workshop will introduce Moodle, one of the platforms that will replace Segue for creating course sites. For more information on Moodle, see: Moodle @ Middlebury
1-2:30 pm, Fri, June 24, Library 105
This workshop will introduce WordPress, another platform that can be used as a replacement for Segue for creating course sites. For more information on WordPress, see: WordPress @ Middlebury
The first workshop in the 6th annual CTLR Pedagogy Series was a discussion of LMS platforms lead by Mary Ellen Bertolini, Jason Mittell and Louisa Burnham. Online discussion, assignments and grading were all hot topics.
Sakai Overview and Training
Yesterday, Scott Siddall from Longsight, an open source service provider, lead a day long training session in Sakai. A number of faculty have agreed to pilot Sakai this spring and attended the afternoon session to get an overview of the platform and hands-on training. There will be more training sessions next week. Here are dates:
Tomorrow and Friday, I’ll lead a workshop on Moodle, providing an overview of this LMS platform and then hands-on training for faculty who have agreed to pilot it. Here is schedule:
2 – 3:30 pm, Thursday, January 13, Library 105 – Alex Chapin
2 – 3:30 pm, Friday, January 14, Library 105 – Alex Chapin
While all of these training sessions are primarily for pilot participants, other faculty and staff are encouraged to attend at least the first part of these sessions where we’ll give an overview of the platforms and their distinguishing characteristics.
The Curricular Technology team is currently evaluating learning management systems (LMS) for use at Middlebury. To this end the team will work with the Web Application Group to make a number of these platforms available for faculty to pilot over the winter and spring semesters. For more information about these LMS pilots and how to participant, we encourage faculty and staff to come to one of our LMS pilot information sessions:
NITLE Camp 2010 was 4 days of in-depth discussion and learning about assessment activities and the pedagogy and support of mobile devices. For me, it was a fantastic intro. to these topics and I have so much more to discuss than what you’ll see here (so find me and we can talk if you want to hear more!) but here are some highlights of what I learned:
I recently created a version of the ShadowBox theme for Measure, an instance of Moodle used at Middlebury for online assessments. As a starting point, I used the Anomaly Theme Pack, created by the Patrick Malley, the Themes Manager for Moodle.org and the Creative Director of the NewSchool Learning design shop. I merged some of the styles and markup Patrick had developed with code from the WordPress ShadowBox theme to create a similar look and feel to the WordPress version. This is a great example of the power of open source to build upon and synthesize the work of others (much of this theme designers current work in no longer open source…)
Screenshot of Measure ShadowBox theme header
The goal is to create a more unified user experience (UX) and make it easy for faculty and students to move from one platform to another. You’ll noticed that Measure has links to WordPress and Segue in the upper right corner. These same links can be put in the same place on WordPress blogs that use ShadowBox. I’d also like to put these same links on all Segue sites to help with the transition away from Segue to other platforms.
As new platforms are introduced, they can be added in much the same way as Google Apps lists its various applications.