Prof. Hiroaki Ogata
CEO Moodle Pty Ltd
Founder of Moodle
Prof. Hideto Harashima
Maebashi Institute of Technology
First President of MAJ
Moodle and MAJ: an Expanding Road from the Past to the Future
It's been 22 years since Moodle was born and 18 years since I first used it. The Moodle Association of Japan (MAJ) has been in existence for 11 years. As the founding president of the MAJ, I would like to look back with the audience on how the MAJ came to be and to remind ourselves of its original purpose. I also reexamine the research and development that I and the other members of the MAJ have done, and think about how that might contribute to the future of Moodle. I will finally present my personal predictions for the future of Moodle and the expansion of MAJ.
Dr. Jingjing Lin
Toyohashi University of Technology
Center for IT-based Education
Crafting Hackerspaces with Moodle and Mahara: The Potential of Creation-based Learning
Moodle is a familiar platform to many educators but making Moodle-supported online learning a student-centered active learning journey is not so familiar as a teaching practice. Japan’s adoption of educational technology (edtech) in the classroom has been slower than other developed countries, and as a result many Japanese teachers are underprepared to use edtech in their teaching. Hence there is a necessity to introduce simple and easy-to-follow educational approaches for teachers to experiment with offering active learning experiences in Moodle online classrooms. Creation-based learning (CBL) is an educational approach that aims to scaffold online active learning. Together with its associated instructional design model "CLEAR" the approach offers a promising pedagogical foundation for crafting online hackerspaces, where teachers use "creation" as a teaching tool in Moodle, and students deliver their "creations" as learning output in Mahara. Combining such pedagogical considerations and technical capabilities is a powerful way for educators to improve their online classrooms with hackerspaces in Moodle and Mahara.