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Moodlemoot – Canada 2011

We (as in TEKRI) are sponsoring/organizing the upcoming Moodlemoot in Edmonton from May 1-5, 2011. Stephen Downes and Martin Dougiamas are keynote presenters. I’m looking forward to the discussion opportunities around where learning management systems are heading.

Martin, as chief Moodler, has contributed enormously to the adoption and development of learning management systems (with Moodle 2.0 apparently being a significant step forward in social networked learning: site-wide cohorts, portfolio support, external blog feeds, updated wiki, community hubs, etc) in education. I’d happily nominate Moodle as the “technology with the greatest impact on education over the last decade”.

In contrast, Stephen and I, under the banner of open online courses, have been progressively moving away from the LMS model to a fully distributed course approach. In our current course CCK11 we’ve moved to an aggregation-centric/personal learning environment model. Opportunities exist for some great discussion around those two differing views.

4 Comments

  1. Hi George,
    Interesting to learn this coming event. I have recently written two posts relating to the Moodle (LMS) verus PLE, including my views on their pros and cons. I have been learning more with PLE, though have experienced much with LMS. I have been using LMS for years, and still using it. Have found that I need to introduce PLE to counter-balance the needs of so many of my learners, so they could continue with their learning journey. So, my verdit seems to be: LMS could be useful for novice and those who haven’t got enough skills in online learning or social networking, but once they have mastered those metacognitive skills, wayfinding and sensemaking, then PLE would serve them better. That’s only my pair of shoes. So how about yours and others?

    Monday, March 14, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Permalink
  2. gsiemens wrote:

    Hi John, the relationship between an LMS and PLE is still not entirely clear for me as it applies to formal education. On the one hand, I see concerns about learners being dropped into an open/distributed environment if they don’t have the needed skills to orient themselves to the structure. An LMS better replicates class-based learning models than a PLE does. The question should really be: which approach best helps learners to learn in a complex environment?

    George

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Permalink
  3. Hi George,
    I fully agree with you. My “verdict” also aligns with your question: Which approach best helps learners to learn in a complex environment? That could relate to the context, background skills and experience of learners, and their needs and expectations. I suppose each learner learns differently, and so when one is immersed in a certain complex environment, the questions that follow would include: How would this approach (LMS, PLE, or a hybrid of LMS/PLE, or a customised/personalised learning) would help you (as an individual learner) to learn “best” or “successfully” in your environment (as this could be a closed or open complex one)? Why?/Why not? Would this inform the learner what and why he/she prefer to have one approach over the others? Thanks George for your helpful question.
    John

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Permalink
  4. Hi George,
    Sorry that I have amend some typos.
    I fully agree with you. My “verdict” also aligns with your question: Which approach best helps learners to learn in a complex environment? That could relate to the context, background skills and experience of learners, and their needs and expectations. I suppose each learner learns differently, and so when one is immersed in a certain complex environment, the questions that follow would include: How would this approach (LMS, PLE, or a hybrid of LMS/PLE, or a customised/personalised learning) help you (as an individual learner) to learn “best” or “successfully” in a complex environment (as this could be a closed or open complex one)? Why?/Why not? Would this inform the learner what and why he/she prefers to have one approach over the others? Thanks George for your helpful question.
    John

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Permalink