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MOODLE-enabled Learning Communities 05 May 2014

Dr. Indira Koneru, eLearning Manager, IBS India led the weekly discussion on the topic “MOODLE-enabled Learning Communities”. The session was broadcasted live through A-VIEW on May 5th, 2014.

MOODLE is an open source learning management system. Its functionality enables us to build online learning communities. Dr. Indira started this session by giving introduction about MOODLE and its module and functionality that help in building learning communities. The main agenda of this session was about what is Moodle and why do we need Moodle?

The Highlights of the talk

What is MOODLE?

Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment – a free and open source LMS for managing courses and users; facilitating student’s learning process and for creating dynamic learning environments

What is LMS?

Learning Management Systems – Create courses; manage users and assign roles; build learning communities; assess performance and generate reports

Roles and Capabilities

  • Moodle administrator – create categories and courses
  • Manage users – authenticate, enroll, generate reports, add new plugins etc
  • Manager – access and monitor courses without participation
  • Teacher – add/upload/embed learning resources, create learning activities (quiz, forum, assignment) and evaluate students’ performance
  • Student – view resources, participate in activities

• Moodle functionalities • e-Resources management • Course format and editing controls • Resources and activities • E-interaction and collaboration • Forums for Asynchronous Discussions • Synchronous Discussion • Question bank • Activity completion report • Benefits to faculty, students, Learning community

Dr. Indira concluded her talk with a quote from Smith and Hunter, 1988) – “A learning community is a deliberate restructuring of the curriculum to build a community of learners…so that students are actively engaged in a sustained academic relationship with other students and faculty over a longer period of their time than is possible in traditional courses.”

Speaker’s Profile

Dr. Indira Koneru is an eLearning Manager at IBS India. She administers Moodle for blended learning and distance learning programs and trains Professors and Moodle Administrators.

She is a volunteer director at Instructional Technology Dept., International Professors Project. As a resource person, she trained Professors at IIT Bombay, Dr. BR Ambedkar Open University, NIRD, Maris Stella College etc.

Earlier, she designed, developed and evaluated Distance Learning Materials for ICFAI University