Join us in beautiful Glasgow for #MootIEUK18
Moodlers in the UK & Ireland, we are back for another MoodleMoot conference! This year we have a new look, new program. We hope to see you on 26 – 28 March in Glasgow at the University of Strathclyde.
Take centre stage! Share your Moodle stories
What’s your latest Moodle development project? How are you empowering educators with our platform through unique Moodle uses? How are you fitting education in Moodle? We want to hear your Moodle stories. Share them today!
Don’t miss out on #MootIEUK18. Register today!
A keynote from our Founder and CEO, Martin Dougiamas, inspirational Moodle presentations, workshops to empower your Moodling, planning sessions to get your valuable feedback, devjam, and a Moodle Party. Hurry, register your spot now!
MoodleMoot UK and Ireland 2018 will be held on 26-28 March at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, with a focus on encouraging collaboration and sharing of best practices of the open source learning platform.
MoodleMoots are the place to recharge your practice: discover the state of the art in online learning, meet peers using Moodle in other institutions, and share your discoveries in an open, inclusive environment.
One of the things we like to make sure our Moodlers receive at our MoodleMoot events is exposure to similar or supporting software that will further extend your own Moodle sites.
We have of course, WIRIS, who is attending #MootIEUK18 is showcasing the best in maths and science education software and our Moodle Partners - Catalyst IT, Titus Learning and Moodlerooms - will also be at hand to discuss all the latest edtech innovations for your Moodle.
We’re also pleased to announce URKUND attending #MootIEUK18!
URKUND offers a fully-automated system for handling plagiarism, and we are taking the opportunity to talk to them today to find out more about the software and why you should see them at the Moot.
Moodle HQ: James, thanks for taking the time to talk to us today about URKUND. For those unfamiliar with URKUND’s work, would you be able to please provide a bit of a background?
James: URKUND was started in 1999 and has since become, in some markets at least, synonymous with plagiarism prevention. Our methods of working actually prevent academic dishonesty. As we do not permit students to self-check and then submit for real, they write properly first time. They are more than welcome to see their results, but the teacher will also see them. Should they need to rewrite parts of the essay and resubmit, this is perfectly fine and the system will see that the second draft is indeed a second draft and will analyse it appropriately. We are also, as far as I am aware, the only system that does not sell analyses to ghost-writers or contract cheaters.
Moodle HQ: What can Moodlers expect or look forward to from URKUND’s presence at the upcoming MoodleMoot UK & Ireland 2018 in Glasgow?
James: Friendly faces, friendly conversations and a solid demo. The proof is in the pudding, so being able to show exactly how we work in Moodle tends to be what people want to see. Plus, Glasgow is a great city and a personal favourite, so we shall be chirpier than usual.
Moodle HQ: What has been one of the best and memorable Moodle projects that URKUND has worked on and supported?
James: I have to choose two. The building of a script for Dublin City University that extracts documents from their different Moodle instances so that they can be made available to us for indexing; this makes the results we provide DCU better but also potentially improves the results for all of our clients as our database is that much bigger. The second is some work we are doing at the moment on behalf of Murdoch University that adds more functionality to the plugin and, also, a few changes to our system. Of course, we have our plugins built (by Catalyst), tested and released for each Moodle release so we are always ahead of the curve. Sorry...you asked for one and I gave three. But that is URKUND - you get three times the service!
Moodle HQ: How can Moodlers stay in touch with news from URKUND or find out more about your company?
James: Our Twitter @URKUND is a good one to follow as we only tweet about interesting stuff. For more information, we have our website www.urkund.com but the absolute best way to find out more is to talk to us! We are happy to answer questions at the Moot. Alternatively, I can be reached at email@example.com or the sales team can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org
Moodlers in UK & Ireland, have you heard the good news?
We at Moodle HQ are pleased to bring to you another MoodleMoot event in 2018, to be held at University of Strathclyde in the heart of Glasgow, from 24 - 26 March.
This year, we are in particular looking at Moodle presentations, workshops and updates that focus on:
- Moodle development in terms of performance enhancements, Moodle in the clouds, modernisation of the UI/UX, Moodle Mobile and more;
- GDPR compliance for your Moodle sites;
- Education in Moodle & enabled pedagogy;
- How Moodle can and is being used in unusual, creative and advanced ways throughout the country (and beyond).
Our three day conference this year will also end with a Moodle Party, where you can network and celebrate three full days of learning!
Now, if you have never been to a MoodleMoot UK & Ireland before and want to know what you can expect out of attending one of our Moots, then you’d want to read our interview with Lewis Carr.
Lewis is a long time and passionate Moodler, with a diverse career as an e-Learning manager and professional web developer across some of UK’s largest higher education institutions.
Lewis is also a regular at our Moots, having attended nine MootIEUK so far. So let’s see what Lewis has to say about MoodleMoot UK & Ireland.
Moodle HQ: Thanks Lewis for taking the time to chat to us. Can you tell us your first MoodleMoot experience and what attracted you to attend initially?
Lewis: My first Moot was back in 2009 held at Loughborough University. I was working as a VLE Manager at a Further Education College. It was a road trip for my team and I, we were excited to get out of the office as we didn’t get out much.
I didn’t know what to expect at the time, we were there looking for ideas to take our Moodle site further. The number of delegates was smaller back then, we all fit into one classroom and I met Martin Dougiamas for the first time. I got to meet so many like-minded people and remember coming back to work feeling so enthused that we spent the next several months hacking every bit of code we could to make our Moodle site even better. From then on, I was hooked.
Moodle HQ: Since that initial attendance we have seen you at other Moots - what are the highlights that entice you to keep coming back to our Moots?
Lewis: The social element for me is one of the most important parts of a Moot. These days it’s all too easy to do things virtually, but you can’t beat meeting a Twitter contact you’ve known for years in the flesh. You can watch presentations on YouTube, you can chat in forums, Skype and on Slack, but nothing will ever beat having a beer (or two) with fellow Moodlers, discussing ideas, sharing problems and putting the world to rights, oh and the presentations and workshops are great too.
Moodle HQ: What are the things you look forward to most?
Lewis: I look forward to seeing the keynotes, especially when they feature the Moodle roadmap.
I also look forward to what madness Gavin Henrick has in store for us, he’s had us all singing at Moots in the past. I’m particularly looking forward to hearing more about Moodle mobile, and hopefully seeing what others are doing with the app.
I also enjoy catching up with Moot veterans, and meeting new attendees.
Moodle HQ: As an attendee, what do you think you get most out of MoodleMoot UK & Ireland?
Lewis: I love hearing stories. I enjoy listening to others talk about their Moodle experiences and it’s great when I get to see what others are doing with Moodle. Although I’m an old hat at Moodle, it’s great to still see so much innovation and enthusiasm.
As a designer, I love to see themes and UX elements, anything that inspires me. Whether it’s a dashboard, a menu or a pretty course, I’ll soak it up.
Moodle HQ: And from the perspective of someone who is presenting, what are the benefits of sharing your Moodle stories, projects and ideas?
Lewis: I’ve presented at several Moots, and I love to share my ideas. What’s great about presenting is that you get to speak to even more people afterwards. And if your talk inspires anyone to push their Moodle site further then it’s a great feeling. People open up to you more afterwards, as they realise that even Moodle experts get it wrong and wrestle with all sorts of challenges.
Moodle HQ: Lastly, if you have a colleague or a peer wanting to attend the Moot but is slightly unsure on what professional and/or personal benefits they will get out of it, what would you say to them?
Lewis: It’s worth the expense! I know lots of people who want to attend Moots, but often the cost is prohibiting, especially for schools and small Further Education colleges. But it’s a solid 3 days of CPD and worth every penny.
It’s about convincing your employer that the workshops, break out sessions and keynotes and crammed so full of useful information that it would take you months to get this type of information solely online.
If anyone is unsure about attending, then just read the twitter backchannels. I guarantee that attending a Moot is a great investment for anyone working with Moodle.
Thank you Lewis for taking the time to chat to us! We really appreciate your time and look forward to seeing you and our many Moodle community members at MoodleMoot UK & Ireland 2018.
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