In the Spotlight- Robin Popow-CID
Instructional Associates Robin Popow and Ginny Cathcart from the CID and VCC colleague Rita Dickson from TESOL attended the very educational and exciting Moodlemoot Canada 2009 conference in Edmonton Alberta April 1st – 4th 2009. Congratulations to Robin Popow for his contributions to distributed learning in Canada through his work with the Moodlemoot Canada steering committee. Robin spent a year working with the organizing committee resulting in the best attended and most inspiring Moodlemoot, Canada to date. There were hundreds of laptop-loaded onsite delegates and vicariously virtual attendees present at the conference. Virtual delegates were brought into the proceedings via Elluminate Live video conferencing sites across Canada and around the world.
Topics included everything you could possibly want to know about Moodle, VCC’s online Learning Management System (LMS). This included topics of interest to Information Technology (IT) experts and/or adult educators. The theme “Open Space-Open Minds” fit well with the many open source opportunities of Moodle as well as many interesting adult education innovations in distributed learning. Most of all delegates created and solidified their Moodle networks, learning communities and social ties.
There were so many plenary sessions both onsite and online for the four days of the conference that one had to be very selective indeed. Topics included the use of adult education theory online such as promoting collaborative learning online with your students; using eportfolios for reflection or research; managing research projects online and integrating Moodle best practices into the curriculum of your online courses. No problem if you missed a session because you can still get the PowerPoint® slide presentations by using search terms “Canada Moot” after you have logged onto the free Slideshare site at http://Slideshare.net
Moodle creator, Martin Dougiamas, was the moot’s inspirational and fun loving keynote presenter, attending in person all the way from Perth Australia. Martin made several excellent presentations about integrating Web 2.0 social networking features into the new Moodle 2.0 that will be launched in early 2010. He also answered many questions and was always approachable to delegates as if he were an old lifelong friend. Check out Martin’s site here at http://dougiamas.com/
Martin also “rocked the moot” at the Friday evening gala with his foot stomping drum licks. He played with long time Edmonton blues band the “Hot Cottage” in existence since 1970. Hot Cottage plays everything from big band blues to barn-burning boogie. Martin appeared as if he had been playing in the band forever as he delighted us with his first time guest appearance with the band. Click here for Robin’s Youtube video of Martin’s performance. Bet you can’t sit still. What a talented guy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMbBlPbdlw8
For more information on Moodlemoot Canada 2009 click here for the official website at http://moodlemoot.ca/moodle/index.php