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MoodleMoot UK & Ireland 2019 will be held from 15 – 17 April at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, with a focus on encouraging collaboration and sharing of best practices of our 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.
Since attending the official launch of Moodle Workplace at the 2019 Learning Technologies conference in London, the team at Titus Learning have been discussing the implications of the new LMS with excitement.
As a certified Moodle Partner of two years’ standing, we’re naturally extremely interested in any development or upgrade to Moodle, but the launch of Moodle Workplace is in a class of its own when it comes to the effect it will have on our business, our clients and the Moodle community worldwide.
Of course, it’s early days yet, and we’re keenly scrutinising each new piece of news which emerges from HQ about Moodle Workplace to find out more about the build and rollout.
Nevertheless it’s clear to all of us at Titus Learning how transformational Moodle Workplace is going to be, in a number of ways.
When we started Titus Learning, we were heavily focused on the education sector, particularly international schools - in fact that was a core specialism of our ours which helped to build the business in the early days.
Working across international borders, with a diverse set of customers with disparate needs was a great learning curve for our team, as we took advantage of the customisable nature of Moodle to deliver made-to-measure learning platforms with a healthy dose of bespoke development work involved.
As the company matured though, and particularly as we moved towards and finally gained certified Partner status, we found that interest from outside of the education sector was growing, and increasingly fielded enquiries from businesses, not-for-profits and public sector organisations.
With these enquiries came a whole new level of requirements, in terms of tailoring the platform, enabling specific workflows, allowing for particular infrastructure requirements, and so forth.
We’ve always been enthusiastic in rising to new challenges, and providing creative solutions, and so in most cases were able to use Moodle, perhaps integrated with some third party solutions, and some custom work on the dev side to meet these wider ranging briefs.
The fact is, that while Moodle was a great starting point upon which to build any custom learning platform, the core platform was of course still very much education focused. As you would expect it to be, after all, it had remained true to its roots, and to its historic user base.
The stumbling block was though, that while we were confident in our ability to create Moodle-based solutions for business, it did mean that convincing the prospective client that Moodle could meet their needs was sometimes a harder conversation.
It was difficult, to be honest, impossible sometimes, for a training manager or L&D head to accept that a “schools & colleges” product would serve their particular needs.
So from our point of view, Moodle Workplace has arrived at just the right time.
It’s not just the raft of features which make it a more direct fit for the needs of business users that matters, it’s the deeper implication that Moodle is now officially an enterprise product.
It’s the confidence boost for prospective buyers knowing that workplace learning is at the heart of the Moodle project, with Moodle HQ driving it forward. Not an adaptation of a solution designed for a different market.
For partners like us, it means maybe less development time spent on tweaking the basics to bring them into line with a company’s specification, but more time to spend on the creative bespoke work beyond that, continuing to push the boundaries of what’s possible.
Ultimately though, it means more Moodle users. And as tireless advocates for the Moodle project and committed Moodle Partners both for the UK and Hong Kong, that’s always a big win in our book.
About Titus Learning
We’re Titus Learning, a certified Moodle Partner providing smartly tailored e-learning services to the education and business sectors around the world.
We handpick services to address specific Moodle requirements: whether that’s bespoke themes making Moodle effortless to use; integration with other systems to save valuable time; or custom development ensuring you get the perfect fit. And, of course, all of the above is paired with our unparalleled hosting, training and support services.
With clients ranging from schools, colleges and multi-school groups, to international businesses supporting 50,000+ users, and plenty in between, we’re perfectly placed to help a range of organisations meet their Moodle needs.
Marketing and Communications, Titus Learning
MoodleMoots are events where the Community of Moodle users, developers and administrators get together to share experiences and good practice with our open source LMS, and also expand their knowledge and skills. It also provides them with the opportunity to hear about the latest developments from Moodle HQ, our Moodle Partners and also our MoodleMoot sponsors, who offer a wide range of solutions and services to expand e-learning projects and training platforms.
Today we speak with Johanne Ménager from Wiris, a Silver Sponsor for MoodleMoot UK and Ireland 2019, who will be at the event in Manchester next month.
Moodle HQ: Hello, Johanne! We are very pleased to have Wiris in MoodleMoot UK & Ireland as one of our Silver sponsors! For those who might not know Wiris, could you explain what your math and science solution does, and how it can enhance online teaching with Moodle?
Johanne: WIRIS is a mathematical software company based in Barcelona. We offer a suite of math (STEM) tools for Moodle and other LMS platforms. Let me introduce you our two main products:
With MathType it's possible to type and handwrite mathematical notation and easily include quality math equations in documents and digital contents.
Wiris Quizzes comes as a bundle of new question types for Moodle, including open answers, automated grading and random parameters for math questions in the Moodle Quiz module.
Moodle HQ: What can delegates who visit your stand find out more about?
Johanne: For those working to improve their math teaching-learning process with support of EdTech we can share our experience! Especially if the projects need outstanding mathematical tools.
Beyond Moodle, if your project involves tools like Google Docs, Microsoft Word or iPads used on a daily basis MathType is also there to improve the teacher and students user experience.
Wiris team can share it’s wide experience in deploying STEM related projects. Not only regarding Wiris Quizzes as an assessment tool but also covering training, learning analytics, content creation and teacher support aspects.
Moodle HQ: You have sponsored many Moots in the past, and are sponsoring more this year too. Why do you choose to sponsor MoodleMoots?
Johanne: It's exactly as you say, we have participated many times in MoodleMoots events in Europe, Asia, America, Australia and Oceania looking for those famous Mojito parties during the Moots. Now seriously, Moodle is the Open-source LMS with the most dynamic user community. It is a pleasure to continue participating, exchanging experiences and getting feedback to improve our math tools.
Moodle HQ: And finally, how can delegates keep up to date with the latest news about Wiris and contact you before the event?
Johanne: We are active in different social networks with the @mathtype and @wirismath profiles. You can get updates at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
If you want to sit down with us simply send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org