In case you are still deciding whether to share your Moodle story, tips or discovery with the Community, we have chatted to Tim Hunt, a long-time Moodler and presenter in many MoodleMoots, about why presenting at a MoodleMoot is a win-win experience for both the Moodle Community and yourself!

Moodle HQ: Hello, Tim! We are very happy to talk to you. For those who might not know you, could you tell us a little about yourself, what you do, and what relationship you have with Moodle?

Tim: I am a Senior software developer working at the Open University, UK. We have been using Moodle since 2006, which means we started with Moodle 1.6. I have been doing Moodle development ever since. As well as the work I do for the OU, I am also maintainer of the Quiz module and Question bank components of the code in the community. I am one of the more active contributors to the forums.

Moodle HQ: We know you have been attending MoodleMoots for a while. What is your favourite thing about Moots?

Tim: It is difficult to give just one thing, because what makes Moots great is the combination of everything:

  • Most obviously, it is a great way to learn about all the latest developments in the Moodle world.
  • Perhaps less obviously, attending gives you and your organisation, a voice. Normally several of the session either explicitly or implicitly help set the priorities for what happens next (see, for example, Come along and help steer Moodle in a good direction.
  • And those first two reasons just relate to the formal conference sessions. Some of the best interactions at a Moot happen during the breaks. As you talk to other Moodlers you find people with similar situations to you, and you can share ideas for what to do about them, or cool plugins you might want to use.

Moodle HQ: As a software developer and very active member of the Moodle Community, you have also contributed to many Moots with presentations. What would you say is the best about presenting to Moodle Users, and Moodle HQ, at a Moot?

Tim: We all get a lot from Moodle, and it is nice to be able to contribute back. If you have done something, and what you did, or what you learned about effective use of Moodle, could help other Moodlers, then please share. There is also the phenomenon where the person who learns most from any conference talk is the person who prepared and delivered it. So, it can really help you reflect on what you have done. If you present, you will get questions and feedback from the audience, which might well give you more ideas for doing what you did even better. So, really there are so many benefits of taking the plunge and presenting. The kind of talks I particularly like to hear are ones where people talk about how they are using Moodle in their teaching, and what worked and what did not. So, if you could give a talk like that, please submit something. Those talks tend to be much more interesting than talks by developers 😉

Moodle HQ: Some of our readers may have never attended a MoodleMoot yet and might be considering joining us in Manchester in April; what would you say to them?

Tim: Go for it. You will certainly enjoy yourself, and learn a lot. Those two things normally go together.

Moodle HQ: And finally, will we be seeing you at MoodleMoot UK & Ireland this year?

Tim: Yes, of course 🙂

Moodle HQ: Thank you for your time again, Tim! We are looking forward to seeing you in Manchester!