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December 13, 2007 / Ben Chun

Moodle Stats and Thoughts

Of the 26 students in this class, 15 of them (that’s 58% or so) have logged in to Moodle from a non-school IP address in the past week. That’s pretty interesting for a class that rarely has homework assignments. I haven’t told them to log in or work outside of class. Would it be too much of a stretch to say, Field-of-Dreams-style, “If you give them a space, they will populate it?”

Of course, from here the real trick is figuring out how to turn that space into something that’s inherently educational, or that serves the educational purposes well. Here are some things I’ve done so far this year:

  • Slap some questions up and require responses from everyone. (Lots of variations here, including reading an article first or watching a video to provide a starting point for the questions.)
  • Pose a challenge and offer the forum as a place to work together towards an answer.
  • Have students each post their work on a problem in a new thread and then give feedback to others.

I’m suggesting that there’s some progression here in my own use of the medium, and also that I’m not sure where else to go with this. One issue I have is that assessment seems to be more difficult as I move further down the list. I’m having a tough time figuring out how to fairly value this work in the larger context of the class. Obviously this road has been travelled before. Whose stuff should I be reading?


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