The Constitution of the Moodle Association of Japan specifies that 50% of the net annual income of the association shall be donated to the Moodle Trust (Moodle HQ), 40% spent on local research and development projects with just 10% being apportioned for operating expenses. Here is information on how you can participate by calling attention to a person or project worthy of a recognition award or to request a grant from MAJ to further enhance the operationality of Moodle as an educational tool.
Each year awards will be made for the best developments related to Moodle by members of MAJ. These might be the development of a new module or block, or even a suggested patch to the current code which adds greater functionality to a current version. The development itself need not be specific to Moodle as used in Japan.
Once nominations have closed, MAJ members will then cast their votes, the results of which will be announced at the 2013 MAJ Moot.
These awards will be presented annually at the MAJ Moot:
Recognition Awards (Best Open Courseware)
Dear Moodle Association Members,
Reminder: A few days remain to upload your best Moodle course for the “Best Open Courseware Awards”. The deadline to receive your course is February 25th, 10pm.
Your course will be shared with MAJ members and the public at this site here: http://hub.moodlejapan.org
The purpose of the Hub is to collect and distribute free, open courseware for any school or teacher using the Moodle learning management system. The MAJ Hub is intended to focus on Japan-related courseware, produced in Japanese, English and other languages. (Note: samples of commercial content that are provided for free distribution, may also be available through the Hub)
A four-person courseware judging panel has been selected (and kept secret). J They will start reviewing your courses on February 25th according to the following criteria:
Then on February 28th, the judging panel will meet by skype and decide the winners:
First prize, Second prize, Honorable Mention (x2). A framed certificate with your name as the author will be awarded at the MoodleMoot closing plenary, 4pm on Sunday.
Special Bonus: Mug Cup for all contributors
Any one who contributes and uploads a course during the next five days will receive an MAJ Moodle mug cup as a prize at the Moot. We are especially looking for courses in fields such as Math, Science, Computer skills, Music, Corporate training, and High school subjects.
How to send your course: you can follow the instructions on the MAJ Hub site to upload your course. However, the fastest way is to send your course as a backup file (.mbz or .zip) directly to Don Hinkelman (email@example.com). If your backup file is over 10mb, you should put it in a Dropbox folder or other cloud folder and share that folder with me for downloading.
Applications will be accepted from individuals, groups or commercial developers. Any current member of MAJ, apart from those on the vetting committee are eligible to apply for and receive an award.
The application must:
Applications will receive particularly favorable consideration if they:
The deadline for submission for MAJ Grants is: January 15, 2013.
Announcements of the decisions of the Research & Development Committee will be announced at the annual MAJ Moot, to be held at Tokyo Kasei University on 2-3 March, 2013