Monday, April 11, 2016

Moodle Conference - NERCOMP

April 11, 2016. Attending the NERCOMP Moodle Conference at UMASS Lowell.

9:50 - Moodle Gradebook Outreach Tactics - 
Speaker: Sarah Oelker, Science Librarian, Mount Holyoke College
They have reached out to faculty about best practices for the Moodle gradebook, in an attempt to encourage instructors to set up their gradebooks well from the start. Pre-empting problems. Teach high level decision making and early setup with rubrics. Showed us their "Getting Ready to Grade Workshop."

Talking Points:

  • What is Moodle Gradebook good at? It's good at actual numbers. Basic arithmetic.
  • What is Moodle Gradebook not good at? Changing horses in mid-stream.
  • Do you already have amethod you like
  • Is there something you'd like to do that you can't right now?
Workshop Agenda:

  • Do you HAVE to use Moodle gradebook?
  • Things to consider before deciding
  • Discussion of wants and needs
  • Split the group. Offer setup examples (rubrics and natural weighting)
10:45 - Where are my courses? - Managing Content Among Multiple Moodle Instances- Wesleyan University. 
Speaker: Jason Simms, Academic Computing Manager for the Social Sciences, Wesleyan University
Managing backup and restore operations, and archiving policies. “Moodle Ecosystem” at Wesleyan University simplifies issues. Using a combination of plugins and leveraging Moodle’s web API, they have one entry point to Moodle content.

12:30pm –  Supporting the Moodle Gradebook: How to talk about it, how to teach it, and how to deal with changes
Speaker: Alexandra Deschamps, Instructional Design & Faculty Support Coordinator, University of Massachusetts – Amherst

2500 courses each semester. Instructional Media Lab supports grading in Moodle. The process of communicating changes, assist instructors when functionality shifts, and helping both qualitative and quantitative grading.
March 2016 Moodle News and Events Newsletter
Workshops - What's New in Moodle 3.0, Building a New Moodle Course (12 each semester), Moodle Gradebook  http://www.it.umass.edu/support/moodle

Natural aggregation methods for homework, extra credit, drop the lowest (all have to be the same weight).