Welcome and opening remarks
Geoff, Director of Digital & New Product Development for Cambridge Assessment English, opened the event by sharing his thoughts and ideas about open source development, including a brief overview of their use across Cambridge Assessment. Geoff clearly established one of the aims of the day to share best practice for mutual development.
Cambridge Assessment English beta
High Stakes; High Value - an approach to summative assessment.
Esther Chesterman and Jane Atkinson
Esther and Jane, from Cambridge Assessment International Education, shared details of their ePortfolio project to support Professional Development Qualifications.
They provided the background, plans and practical examples showing the use of ‘Smart Evidence’ for collaboration and feedback.
Here we saw how ePortfolios are being developed for use at scale in the global context of an international examinations board. It was great to see a working, practical model for formal assessment purposes.
New Moodle features and developments
Mary, Community Educator from Moodle HQ, delivered a presentation entitled ‘Empowering Educators’ including details about Moodle developments in Europe, significant investments in the Moodle Association, together with the key features of Moodle 3.4.
Photo by @UniGlosLTS
Mary shared how this version will focus on improving the usability of existing features such as the calendar, course management, activity management, and 100% support for all key functionality within the mobile app. The excellent presentation concluded with an overview of Moodle Cloud, Learn Moodle and how MoodleNet will link everything together.
Photo by @moodlefairy at #mahoodle17 with Joey from #Moodle partner Catalyst
Advanced Analytics in Mahara
Lisa Donaldson and Antony Coombs
Lisa, Learning Technologist Dublin City University, and Antony, Learning Technologies Manager, University of Sussex, delivered an engaging presentation that the entire audience could follow on their devices in real time using Zeetings.
They provided an overview of the enhancements to reporting capabilities with Mahara sharing the significant benefits of using detailed analytics.
In addition to the excellent technical details, this project also provided an insight into best practice open source developments – all of the project developments have become part of Mahara core code.
Mahoodling for Accreditation
Sam Taylor and Aurélie Soulier
Mahoodle workflow @UniGlosLTS
Sam, Learning Technologist and Aurélie, Senior Learning Technologist from Cranfield Defence and Security, Cranfield University, provided a detailed overview of how their university is using Mahoodle to support accreditation.
The end to end system that they demonstrated showed how they delivered on every requirement from their brief using a Mahoodle workflow.
Effective use of Moodle and Mahara
This combination of Moodle and Mahara has created defined spaces of delegates and facilitators, making delegate portfolio clear and simple for examiners to follow, including tracking of delegate progress.
Cranfield Defense and Security, Cranfield University
LearningTools Interoperability (LTI)
Joey, Business Development Manager for Catalyst IT, provided a live demonstration of how LTI functionality is the future for Moodle and Mahara communication.
Live demonstration of LTIs in practice
This high paced, practical presentation showed how content and activities can be shared across varied Learning Management Systems.
Joey provided clear examples of how he felt MNet connectivity should now be replaced by the LTI model offering far greater flexibility and functionality as Moodle and Mahara develop further.
Proof that it works
The Online Learning Area
Andrew, eLearning Manager for Cambridge Assessment International Education, delivered a presentation showing how the online learning Area provides a true Mahoodle instance to support learners and teachers.
He shared details how Cambridge International have developed a flexible and dynamic Moodle and Mahara based platform that adapts to the curriculum requirements. This includes Global Perspectives, support for pilot developments and Resource Plus, providing high-quality learning materials for a growing range of subjects.
Examples of flexible use of the Mahoodle platform
Creating Engaging Experiences through UX design
Bea, Head of UX at Cambridge Assessment, shared her thoughts about the fundamental importance of User Experience.
She explored engaging experiences leading to the UX design process including need to know your users, pre-empt problems, proving users clear paths, dreaming big and avoiding feature bloat.
Bea’s presentation encouraged us all to move away from the specific tools and focus on how learners want to interact with digital content. It provides a great deal for all attendees to think about with future developments.
Delivering a blended learning programme for the Cambridge context
Sara, Digital Learning Instructional Designer from the Judge Business School, Cambridge University, took us though their use of Moodle and how its functionality is used to support a blended programme of learning.
Sara explained the design concept behind the sequence of learning and activities. Of particular interest was how the use of video, and green screen technology enabled lecturers to explain key theories in advance of the face to face residential.
This had supported the use of a 'flipped learning' pedagogical strategy allowing the knowledge input to take place online with the face to face being used to support the application of theory.
University of Cambridge Judge Business School
A developer’s perspective - future ideas
Bas, a freelance web developer from Sonsbeekmedia delivered his presentation live via Skype from the Netherlands. Bas shared his Moodle utopia suggesting the direction he’d like to see open source tools such as Moodle and Mahara actually developing in the future.
He considered the technology revolution we’ve seen since 2007 and what that might possibly lead to by 2027. The desired end point is a reduction in complexity, with fewer features and options but significantly better usability, performance and user experience.
Key point - we are not alone. Work together with other tools...