For me personally, using Moodle has been a slow start. My Moodle site has a set of half-completed units with discussion boards and assessments that have since passed their usefulness as the content was covered over September and October. Moodle is not to blame… I’ve been using musselmanscience.com more than ever before to post daily content and the student blogs on my google reader have been a regular place. As high school technology specialist, April Goran noted, “Moodle and other platforms are just like mac and PC users, people come to have their own preference.”
There is still hope for me on the horizon though. Last year, social studies teacher, Anne Low and I embarked on an ambitious research project with plenty of technology embedded within. Last years wiki seemed to work well, but students submitting work periodically proved a challenge as drop folders and file names filled up and became cumbersome. With Moodle, much of those tangles would quickly disappear and feedback can be placed online in a central location for students to read privately, as opposed to consuming valuable class time to conference face-to-face.
It is my personal opinion that Moodle is a nice forum for teachers new to online learning communities who haven’t yet already found their comfort zone using other online education tools. I have heard great reviews from math teachers, Kathy Favazza and Chris Freiberg regarding Moodle’s customer service too. Chris shared today how Moodle administrators and tech services setup their classroom to allow students to upload and download previously unfamiliar files from their graphing calculators! Still, both admit there is a great deal of work leading up to publishing your Moodle page. Bringing one’s own curriculum onto the digital landscape takes time, and adapting them to use technology in the ways that improve student performance and understanding can take even more!