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.