The first Moodle research conference took place in beautiful Crete last weekend and I was lucky enough to be in attendance to present Enovation’s work with the Percolate project on providing personalised help to students within Moodle.
The conference began on Friday with a keynote from Moodle founder, Martin Dougiamas. Martin’s keynote was entitled “Back to the Classroom”. The keynote called on participants to consider why they were involved in education and a call to action on how we can use technology to make education more effective and efficient allowing humanity to evolve. Martin posed the question how can we do this either through Moodle (extending core or through plugins) or perhaps not through Moodle, through some “new thing”. As he says himself of Moodle – it is what it is.
The speakers during the conference could be arranged along the following themes:
Really interesting talks and really interesting people. Just can’t wait for next years event now!
If you are interested in reading the papers from the Moodle Research Conference they are freely available at http://research.moodle.net/MoodleCon_Proceedings_program/index.htm. Be sure to have a read of our paper entitled “Supporting Problem-based Learning in Moodle using Personalised, Context-specific Learning Episode Generation” and let me know if you have any feedback or comments!