Unlocking CARIMAC’s Potential: A Case Study of How One University Department Increased its Use of Moodle – MoodleMoot Global 2024 Skip to content
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Unlocking CARIMAC’s Potential: A Case Study of How One University Department Increased its Use of Moodle

The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, introduced The Moodle learning management system in 2005, but as recent as shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Caribbean School of Media and Communication’s (CARIMAC) lecturers’ use of the platform remained low.

This case study documents how CARIMAC promoted the use of various Moodle activities and resources by developing an online course – CARIMAC Online Teacher Training (COTT) – using the University’s learning management system. The University’s IT department advised that the approach of the training initiative should be that the School gets each lecturer to an intermediary level and then they could assist with advanced training. Approximately 42 CARIMAC full time and adjunct lecturers participated in weekly one-hour online sessions to explore the use of various activities including workshop, gradebook and quizzes. The approach involved various lecturers sharing their experience in using these activities while facilitating sessions to encourage their fellow lecturers to consider using these features.

The training began in late 2019 and participants grew to appreciate the effort when in early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to engage in emergency remote teaching. Since then, lecturers have been using more aspects of the Moodle platform and the School continues to host workshops led by members of its faculty to explore using the advanced features of Moodle to enhance the teaching and learning experience. This process demonstrates how a self-directed learning approach where lecturers continue to use various online Moodle and user-generated resources to develop their understanding and use of the platform features can work in limited resource environments where training opportunities are not readily available, thus unlocking human potential. The presentation reflects on strategies for improving the use of all features of Moodle to address learning challenges identified by tertiary-level students in Satisfaction Surveys.  

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