Does learner engagement and understanding increase with the use of asynchronous discussion in a blended learning environment?

Introduction In 2008 I was granted an e-learning fellowship allowing me to research if the use of online discussion forums in a high school history class had enhanced student engagement and led to deeper learning. I recently read two papers that caused me to reflect on my research. Holmes (2005), while analysing the benefits of…

Do interactive video tools lead to more active and deeper learning?

Introduction Last year I completed a Masters research paper with Waikato University (NZ) called “Digital Technologies in the Classroom: New pedagogies, new practices”. I was tasked to choose and analyse an emerging technology within a teaching and learning context. I chose to explore how interactive digital video tools, used in the classroom, could enable more…

MyColl (Our New Moodle Site) – 2 months in

Well our new Moodle Site (MyColl) has now been going just over 2 months. The idea to replace our school Microsoft File Sharepoint(less) site with Moodle grew last year as some staff started using a “Rebel” Moodle site that I provisioned. By early October I also had a handful of students requesting that we replace…

Moodle takes off…

Well its been a long time since I have posted – 7 weeks. Co-incidentally this seems to be the same length of time as our summer school holidays. Unfortunately I have not been slumbering in the sun as some have. I have been hard at work writing 3 Moodle courses and preparing for my new…

Canterbury University to adopt Moodle

Canterbury University (New Zealand) has just announced that they will be ditching Blackboard for Moodle and have started the shift process for full adoption by the start of 2010. Canterbury University implemented a steering group which recommended Moodle be trialled against their current Blackboard CMS. The steering group’s final decision based process had these criteria:…

Moodle Explained

This video explains Moodle as a set of course building blocks – illustrated with Lego. It was made last month by Tomaz Lasic who is also the author of videos in one of my previous posts showing how Moodle changed his High School in Perth, Western Australia. [Note: This video is high quality and you…

Implementing Moodle in a High School

It is my belief that the implementation of an interactive Learning Management System such as Moodle is best accomplished using a ground up rather than top down model. The following two videos show what Belmont City College in Perth, Western Australia accomplished within a short space of time. After 10 months over 50% of teaching…