You make Moodle. Working Groups at MoodleMoot US 2015.
This MoodleMoot offers the opportunity to create and improve Moodle features in dedicated sessions. This is a truly unique opportunity to contribute to the Moodle open source project, with a collective vision and hands-on work.
Three working groups will be taking place on Tuesday, 4th August from 10.30am. Please take note of the room, capacity and topics below, and if you wish to attend, enrol yourself in a (single) working group and post an message on the relevant introductions forum.
What is a working group?
Working groups will bring together experienced users, researchers and developers who are interested in working together to make Moodle better.
Working groups have the following characteristics.
- Topics are suggested from the MoodleMoot survey (results) and from forum discussions.
- Generally there is a leader (or leaders) who establishes the working group; the leaders may maintain some leadership during the project, such as mediating discussions and documenting ideas, but work is done by all participants.
- Most participants will be experienced end-users (teachers, admins, researchers,
IDs) or developers, but advanced technical skills are not required.
- Participants may be asked to be involved in preparation prior to the working group in focussed discussions about the target Moodle function.
- On the first day of the MoodleMoot, working group members will meet together. A developer will be available to provide technical advice to the group, if necessary. The day is likely to progress as follows.
- Introductions and group formation
- Sharing of pre-existing solutions
- Discussion about target areas and generalisation focussing on the "what" rather than the "how".
- Iteration over work areas, elaborating and prioritising ideas in a collaborative document
- Preparing a report to share with the MoodleMoot (short session on second day)
- Preparing questions for developers at the Hackfest
- In the next two days of the MoodleMoot, working groups will be given the opportunity to put their ideas to the community at the MoodleMoot and to gather feedback. Short plenary sessions are planned for this purpose.
- The day after the conference there will be a Hackfest that will bring together Moodle developers. Developers will have a chance to consider how the ideas of the working group can become a reality. Working groups will be represented by the working group leaders at the Hackfest.
- After the MoodleMoot, working group members are encouraged to remain involved as changes are implemented in later Moodle versions.
- Working group members may wish to experimentally test the value of their work as a research project, collaborating towards publishable results. While this is encouraged, it is not a mandatory part of working groups and will depend on the nature of the project.
Are the Working Groups for everyone?
A working group is not the same as a workshop. Working groups actively involve experienced Moodle users who have an interest in improving Moodle for the community. They are not intended to be a training exercise.
Working groups generally have about 10 participants but more or less is OK as long as everyone can be involved in open discussions.
Moodle Instructional Assistant
Room: Bruininks 530A (45 seats)
Moodle is uniquely designed to foster collaboration and creation, yet most courses are used as file repositories. We want to design a Moodle Instructional Assistant (Mia) to guide teachers to use Moodle more fully. Mia will resemble guides like those built into LinkedIn and Salesforce that help users get the most out of these services. Mia will exist as a block in Moodle, offering timely, contextualized support to teachers.
GradebookRoom: Bruininks 131A (54 seats shared) then after lunch 530B (45 seats)
The Gradebook Working Group will collaboratively identify improvements and provide direction for future development of Moodle gradebook. Taking into account the current Moodle gradebook tracker items, we will identify and discuss gradebook bugs, evaluate current usage, and provide recommendations for improvements to Moodle developers. We seek to represent the full diversity of applications for Moodle gradebook with our work, so all users are welcome to join and share their unique perspective.
Learning AnalyticsRoom: Bruininks 131A (54 seats shared)
Learning Analytics (LA) have been around a very long time, but little real progress has been made toward creating workable solutions. One barrier is how much community members disagree on what LA constitutes. Right now there is a mountain of focus on LA from all the major learning management systems, including Moodle.
The focus of this working group is to determine a course for Moodle to implement LA from a 'student retention' view. This in itself can be widely misconstrued from
- helping students monitor and improve their performance to
- helping an institution determine if it is meeting students personal goals to
- monitoring for at-risk students and setting interventions of various kinds.
This group will begin with the latter interpretation as an initial target for both blended and entirely online courses.