Founder and CEO of Moodle, Martin Dougiamas is best known as leading the team of software developers at the heart of the Moodle project. Martin has a mixed academic background in Computer Science and Education, and his major goal for the future is to improve the quality of education by encouraging social constructionist and collaborative practices within online learning communities.
First Keynote: Active Learning in Moodle
Moodle was designed from the beginning to support an education approach that forces students to be active over the internet, even if it has not always been used that way. Being “active” means having direct interaction between learners and teachers (forums, chats, workshops and more), not just interaction with teaching materials (texts, quizzes, videos, or audio files). Martin will talk about and demonstrate some of the things you may not have realised were possible in Moodle.
Second Keynote: "Moodle 3.2 and the Roadmap Ahead"
The newest Moodle is version 3.2 and it was just released in December. In many ways, this release has made dramatic changes to Moodle that deserve the "level up” ranking to 3.x. In this presentation, Martin will demonstrate the new core theme of Moodle based on “Boost”, the new HTML5 editor/player and other changes that will help educators and learners become more active. In addition, he will outline directions of change on the horizon that will continue Moodle’s leadership as the global open-source learning management system.
Shigeru Hoyashita 穗屋下 茂
Prof. Emeritus at Saga University, Japan
Prof. Hoyashita has an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Graduate School of Kyushu University Japan. He held a wide range of teaching posts, from lecturer to Professor, in the Department of Engineering at Saga University, and became Professor Emeritus there upon retirement. He currently devotes most of his time to working as coordinator of ICT-enabled Education at the National Center for Education in Japan. His main research themes are new ways of measuring the surface pressures in gear systems, and the management of ICT-enabled education. He belongs to the Japan Association for Developmental Education, the Japan Society for Information and Systems in Education, and other like-minded organizations. His is also chair of the University e-Learning Association in Japan.
Talk Active Learning using Moodle and Construction of Joint Use Hub for University ICT Education
Abstract Within university education, society demands real reform in terms of both "educational reform for students" and "educational reform to change the quality of teachers." In order to establish "a virtuous circle for qualitative change of education", it is necessary to fully or partially introduce ICT tools such as LMS that can be integrated without greatly increasing the workloads of teachers and staff. However, as the knowledge and skills required for ICT utilization are constantly evolving, it is not easy to build and maintain a system that utilizes ICT for education. It is also not easy to effectively implement active learning strategies such as autonomous and collaborative learning institution wide. In order to implement such useable systems at many universities, it is necessary to have a base where anyone can share knowledge, skills and teaching materials that are being effectively used by universities across throughout the country that enables anyone to acquire the skills needed. In this lecture, we will focus on the case of Saga University, introducing the development of the e-learning system (Moodle, teaching materials, support from mentors etc.), human resource development program to cultivate the autonomy, imagination and creativity necessary for the advanced information society; and the Creative Learning Center certified by the Joint Use Hub for Univeristy ICT Education.