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MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Rob BRIGHT -
Number of replies: 30

Morning,

Does anyone have any information, besides on their website, about the MAJ Chapter in Tokyo? It seems to be all in Japanese, which, with my poor Japanese skills wink, I am a bit hesitant in joining?

If anyone is a member, or has some information about it, I would very much appreciate it.

Thanks.

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Re: MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Shawn R. WHITE -

No idea about Tokyo Rob, but... 

In the roundtable, weren't you Tokyo Moodlers going to start up your own group? I think Don Hinkleman was open to the idea of supporting more local organic groups. 

Here is Osaka we are beginning the discussion about forming a local group of English speaking Moodlers.  Nothing concrete yet but ... 

Let us know what you guys in Tokyo are up to. 

Shawn

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Re: MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Rob BRIGHT -

We were but there seems to be one after I did a search; however, I have emailed them but have not received any response form them yet.

It would be good to have a mixed language chapter, rather than English only. 

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by Don HINKELMAN -

Hi Rob,

The Tokyo Chapter is active and I am sure will welcome you.  They will be open to any English-language activities that you would like to organize.  Just contact the leader, Takayuki Matsuki, by email and tell him what you would like to do. I sent you his email address in a separate email message. 

May I suggest you start by either joining one of the Moodle Cafes that they organize or schedule one yourself that is held in English. Just choose a place to gather, announce it, and see who turns up.  smile

Cheers, Don

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Re: MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Takayuki MATSUKI -

Hello Rob and Shawn,

Thanks Don.

Tokyo Chapter is active. Almost every other month we have a meeting. However, most of the members are mainly administrators of the moodle in each university. This Chapter is also supported by Canon IT technology members.


I would like to form another kind of a group, a normal user group like the one in Hokkaido. In that case, one can exchange ideas or subtle things to solve problems. Unfortunately all the members of Tokyo Chapter are Japanese and they may hesitate to include native speakers to the group.


I know Jason Hollowell of Musashi University who recently becomes a member of the MAJ board. He can be a core of this kind of a group if he helps us. Let us discuss to form a group where one does not care which language he/she speaks. I will ask Jason if he is interested in forming a group and helps us.

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Re: MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Rob BRIGHT -

Takayuki,

That sounds like a great idea.

I was thinking along the same lines, something that is non-commercial and between educational places, without any borders.

I'll talk to some people in my school and perhaps we could go about organising something every two months or so, with workshops, genius bar etc. Kind of like a mini moot, but for mainly Kantou members.

How does that sound? Cafes sound like a good place to chat but I would prefer actual presentations and workshops. What Peter did for the advanced workshop was brilliant, as did others during the MOOT conference.

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by Stephen DALY -

Hi, 

Long time lurker on these posts. I am also in Kanto and would like to join a somewhat informal group on Moodle. 

My experience is limited but right now I have over 100 trainees enrolled in 9 different courses. I'd love to hear and share solutions/best practices with other people who use Moodle. 

I'm also starting to learn Adobe Captivate so any advice on AC and Moodle would be great as well. 

 

Steve

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Re: MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Takayuki MATSUKI -

Hi Rob and Stephen,

I will contact a couple of people who can join, give seminars, and help us to form a group. Please wait for a while. We can apply for a fund of MAJ to invite Peter and other people from remote places to give us a seminar.

Takayuki

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Re: MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Rob BRIGHT -

Thanks Takayuki for being so active about this.

I have to admit, I did feel a pang of jealousy during the roundtable at MOOT when I heard about the Hokkaido chapter and how connected they are. 

Would love something like that, perhaps with an online space as well for everyone to share files and slides etc.

If need be, I could ask my school if it would be possible to hold something. There are plenty of spare rooms and projectors if wanted.

Looking forward to your reply.

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by Jason HOLLOWELL -

Takayuki & all,

Yes, I would be happy to be involved. From time to time I'm sure I could arrange some space on campus although I don't know how formal it would be. I'd also be happy to get together for even less formal socialising and idea sharing at a cafe or bar. 

I'll keep my eyes on this thread and the forums to see what develops.

Jason

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Re: MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Takayuki MATSUKI -

Hello All,

I would like to ask you whether you are interested in having a workshop on one day of May. I am thinking one of the sequential holidays in May (3, 4, 5, 6). This is a trial to have a workshop both of Japanese and English-speaking people. If you are interested in this, please let me know. Or if you have any other idea, let us discuss it here.

Meanwhile another person is going to ask Japanese if they are also interested in this kind of a workshop.

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Re: MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Rob BRIGHT -

Any of those dates, besides the 5th May (Kodomo no hi) would be great.

I'd be happy to do some workshops, perhaps three different levels of beginner, intermediate and advanced. I can also ask some coworkers too if they would be interested in joining us.

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by Christian THOMPSON -

I'm definitely interested, but will have to check with Mrs. Thompson! smile

For me, it would have to be on the weekend, as we do not have off the 6th.  International schools tend to follow a different calendar, so taking this into account is crucial if we want to expand our reach to that demographic.

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Re: MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Rob BRIGHT -

Has there been any progress on this? 

The reason I asked is that next month, I am going to start doing some small workshops for the teachers where I work and I could replicate them. 

I'm looking at doing a beginner, an intermediate and an advanced user workshop.

Thanks.

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Re: MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Christian THOMPSON -

On a related note, any Tokyo Moodlers are invited to an informal Moodle meetup this coming Tuesday, March 11th.  The details are in the following discussion thread: Informal Tokyo Moodle Meetup on March 11th, 2014

Come one, come all!

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Re: MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Takayuki MATSUKI -

Hi All,

I am planning to hold a meeting with workshops/talks on May 5 (Mon) from the morning till the mid-afternoon. How many of you are interested in attending? If you prefer non holiday season, then please mention when you would like to hold.

Bright Rob and Hiroki Inoue (the former Blackoard representative of Japan branch, now operating his own company) are going to give us a talk/workshop. Who else is going to give a talk? Hiroki is now experimenting a flipped classroom with a couple of people and universities.

I can hold a PC room in my university or Jason Hollowell may keep one in Musashi University.

Takayuki Matsuki

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Re: MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Christian THOMPSON -

I will most likely attend and present.  I'll have to get back to you though.

Who will be the attendees?  Will we be able to invite colleagues (especially teachers)?  If so, I think once the presentation schedule is set, it will be easier to invite teaching colleagues - they tend to prefer more practical skills and classroom-focused presentations.

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by Takayuki MATSUKI -

Hi Rob, Christian and Hiroki,

I need your title and brief abstract to announce the meeting to other people. If your colleagues would like to have a session, I need theirs, too.

One or two sessions in the morning and two in the afternoon starting from 10:00 till 16:00. How about this schedule?

Takayuki Matsuki

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Re: MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Rob BRIGHT -


Do you have an email address I can send the abstracts to?

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Re: MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Rob BRIGHT -

Hi,

Sounds like a great idea.

I'm going to be doing a few workshops at my school, so I can bring them over as well. I'm going to be doing three different levels; beginner, intermediate, and advanced, so if people are interested, I can use those.

Thanks again for setting this up.

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by Takayuki MATSUKI -

Hello Christian and Rob,

Could you, either Christian or Rob, mind to apply for an announcement of our meeting to JALT Tokyo, http://www.tokyojalt.org?

Attached please find an announcement made by staffs of Tokyo Chapter. You may correct them if you find anything erroneous.

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Re: MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Takayuki MATSUKI -

Hello All,

Since nobody answered, I asked an announcement of our meeting to Tokyo Chapter of JALT.

Takayuki Matsuki

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Re: MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Rob BRIGHT -

Apologies; however, I have been busy at work this week due to a recent school camp and trying to catch up on work.

I'll send off the proposals this weekend to you, if that is ok?

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Re: MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Takayuki MATSUKI -

Fine. I'll wait for your proposals.

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Re: MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Rob BRIGHT -

Here you go, this is a proposal for a moodle quiz workshop.

If this goes ahead, I do have a test Moodle server that can be used.

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Re: MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Takayuki MATSUKI -

Hello Rob,

Do you need a moodle server in your workshop? Or do you have one outside for attendants to work with? Do you want me to prepare one for you? If you could have one, it is very helpful. If not, then I have to prepare. Please let me know.

How about Christian? Do you have a moodle server or do you want me to prepare one?

Takayuki Matsuki

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Re: MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Rob BRIGHT -

I have a moodle testing server I use for work purposes so I can alter that to include some extra test users.

Has time and place been set for this as I need to let my boss know asap?

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Re: MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Takayuki MATSUKI -

I reserved a room from 9:00 so that you have a plenty of time to set it up. When would you like to come?

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Re: MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Rob BRIGHT -

Sounds good but which university is this going to be at?

I'm south of Yokohama so would be a long trek to get somewhere for 9am.

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Re: MAJ - Local Chapter Tokyo

by Takayuki MATSUKI -

Hi Rob,

I made another thread and attached a map and explanation for you. Probably you better take the Shonan-Shinjuku line till Ikebukuro and change to the Saikyo Line which is just the opposite of Shonan-Shinjuku line on the same platform. Don't sleep on the train otherwise you miss Ikebukuro. In that case, just call me at 090-1268-7699.

Takayuki