Learning2gether with Moodle MOOC#7

Learning2gether episode 303

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Learning2gether Episode 303 Sun Nov 29 1400 to 1900 UTC – Moodle MOOC 7

Learning2gether meets Moodle MOOC 7, EVO, and gamification in TPD


The mp3 is taken from the YouTube version of the presentation, which the audience could not actually hear. The audience could hear only Nellie, but Nellie’s sound does not appear on the YouTube recording, so there was a separation of sound tracks where the live audience did not hear Vance, and you hear only Vance on the mp3. There was a lot of discussion of this problem during my presentation, which caused distractions in the audio you can hear on the YouTube video, but I have edited these out in this recording, so that what is left is 45 minutes of the substance of Vance’s presentation.


Vance Stevens has been presenting lately on gamification in teacher professional development in the context of EVO Minecraft MOOC. Today’s talk expands the context to the 16th iteration of Electronic Village Online, currently in preparation, and its varying approaches to TPD. EVOMC16 takes an approach which appeals to its moderators, which is to learn about gamification through experiential play. Vance will talk about how this works in EVO Minecraft MOOC, and how anyone is welcome to join us in January, 2016.

Moodle MOOC #7 schedule entry


Vance Stevens

Minecraft as a model for gamification in teacher training

Minecraft is popular with young learners and enjoyable for teachers. Strong arguments have been made for its adaptability to a range of learning contexts including languages, particularly English. All players can be story-tellers who act out and record narratives set within the game in ways that engage them to develop their language skills.

This presentation will examine what teachers (who are learning about the game through the experience of playing it as learners) are learning about designing worlds within the game that will meet their curriculum objectives and create an engaging and enjoyable experience for learners and how they can be made aware of the affordances of Minecraft by creating such spaces for one another and interacting in those spaces with young learners who in effect become their teachers.



Also in the program before and after Vance’s presentation Nov 30


Susan Hillyard

blogspot: http://susanhillyard.blogspot.com.ar/

From “I Can’t” to “I Can” Multisensory Activities for Inclusion in ELT Classrooms

As English language classrooms become more and more diverse, often with students who have a variety of learning difficulties, so the teacher must develop new relationships, new resources and new strategies. Much work is being done around the world recently, to offer every student, no matter their disability, the possibility of enjoying their rights and being included in the general curriculum offered to their peers.

However, many teachers are voicing their anxiety and their feelings of helplessness or lack of support in dealing with the added burden of inclusion in classrooms which already have too many students and few resources. They may believe they are not trained to deal with students who have special needs and feel at a loss as to how to approach the situation.

In this live on-line session we will define SEN, explore teachers’ beliefs and teachers’ feelings related to the inclusion of students with different learning difficulties in the English language classroom. The range of anticipated SLDs

(Specific Learning Difficulties) will be discussed and a few myths exploded. Finally we will try out some multisensory strategies so that teachers can change the refrain of all from “I can’t” to “I can!!!!”

Susan Hillyard has work experience in seventeen countries as a teacher, Head of Department, Director, speaker, workshop facilitator, consultant, researcher, Professor and on-line tutor. She was Prof. Language IV in Lenguas Vivas and UTN  Teacher Training Colleges, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has co-authored  a Resource Book for Teachers Global Issues for OUP and also TDI-TKT On-line Course for Pearson, New York. She has been involved  with two Theatre in Education troupes, based in Buenos Aires, as diction teacher, backstage hand and as an adviser. Former Coordinator, English in Action, teaching English through Drama  in Special Education, Ministry of Education, City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, training 20 teachers through blended learning courses to teach English through Drama in Special Education.


Halina Ostankowicz-Bazan: Culture of Learning

Typically, when we think of culture, we think of an existing, stable entity that changes and evolves over long periods of time. In a New Culture, we should explore a second sense of culture, one that responds to its surroundings organically. It not only adapts, but it also integrates change into its process as one of its environmental variables. By exploring play, innovation, and the cultivation of the imagination as cornerstones of learning, the authors create a vision of learning for the future that is achievable, scalable and one that grows along with the technology that fosters it and the people who engage with it.

The result is a new form of culture in which knowledge is seen as a fluid and evolving, the personal is both enhanced and refined about the collective, and the ability to manage, negotiate and participate in the world is governed by the play of the imagination.

A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change ,

by Douglas Thomas (Author), John Seely Brown (Author)

Halina Ostankowicz-Bazan is a teacher from Poland. She teaches Polish as a second language and English. She also conducts lectures in English on Polish History and Culture for students from all over the world.


Mon Nov 30 1700 UTC Moodle MOOC #7 closing ceremony




More about Moodle MOOC #7

Sun Nov 1 1600 UTC Moodle MOOC 7 begins and ends Nov 30

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Schedule in progress here:


You’re invited to enrol in the free bi-annual Moodle MOOC in November 2015.

Syllabus | WebinarsMM7 Moodle CourseYouTube PlaylistGet your CertificateMoodle Training

Moodle MOOC 7 (MM7) is scheduled to take place from November 1 – 30,  2015 on Moodle for Teachers. The purpose of the MOOC is to connect for instruction and learning, reflective practice, social and collaborative learning, cultural exchange and peace, personal and professional development, community building, best practices and challenges involved in teaching with technology, student engagement with the content, peers, and the facilitator, and learning to teach online with Moodle course and learning management system.

MM7 includes webinars and Moodle training. The presenters of the webinars will focus on connecting online for collaborative learning and teaching with technology, education technology, professional development, and topics that pertain to teaching and learning online and/or on mobile devices/smartphones.

The Moodle training will take place on Moodle for Teachers (M4T) Moodle website and will focus on active learning, reflection, sharing, and collaboration. The aim of the course is for the participants to learn through meaningful connections and social interactions. Participants, who wish to receive a certificate of participation, will be required to document their learning experiences by keeping a blog, wiki, website, or any other artifact that will include a description and reflection of the live sessions and/or recordings.

The Moodle training will include Moodle, Google Drive Docs, blogs, Google Apps, Mobile Devices, Virtual Classes, and other online learning environments for face-to-face, blended, and fully online learning. In addition, participants will learn to use Movenote, Screencast-o-matic, PresentMe, SlideSpeech, Plotagon, Smore, Quizlet, eMaze, Slideshare, Evernote, Movenote, and other technologies for effective and engaging student-based activities. The live presentations will include the speakers’ reflective process on teaching and learning in fully online and blended learning formats.

Meanwhile …

Nellie Deutsch‎ has created Moodle MOOC 7 on Facebook 

Instead of having a Moodle MOOC group or face for each Moodle MOOC, I thought it may be more practical to have one group for all the Moodle MOOCs around the world. So spread the word and join educators, technology developers, and Moodlers for the next Moodle MOOC in the month of November on Moodle for Teachers for free teacher development and training on how to teach and learn online using Moodle and other technologies.

Here’s the link

Earlier this week

Learning2gether Episode 302 Sun Nov 22 Ali Bostancioglu returns with details of his research into Webheads in Action


Mon 23 Nov 1800 UTC Globinar – Henry Rademacher From Newbie to Near-Pro: Making the most of Moodle tools in a listening course

Post-paratory information from Jürgen Wagner regarding this and future LPM GLOBINARS 🙂

Find further free webinars for teachers of foreign languages

Sat Nov 28 and Sun Nov 29 EVO Moderator at the end of Training Week 4

The EVO session moderator training syllabus schedules live sessions of week four as follows:

  1.  Week 4 wrap-up chats were held in the Webheads Virtual Room

Where: http://learningtimesevents.org/webheads/,

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