Greetings to all participants of #mahoodle18 from Aotearoa. Have a great day discussing using #mahara and #moodle for assessment purposes. Look forward to hearing about your ideas, research, and suggestions.— Kristina DC Hoeppner (@anitsirk) April 26, 2018
The clans are gathering at Cranfield, the coffee is out and we're all up for a great day of chat about Mahara, Moodle and all things edtech/assessment/etc :) #mahoodle18— Richard Oelmann (@Oelmann_Richard) April 26, 2018
48 keen and eager 'Mahoodlers' attended this event at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom's Heaviside Lecture Theater. The focus was on Digital Assessment and followed a format similar to the previous event held in Cambridge in October 2017. You can read all the tweets by following #mahoodle18
The day consisted of a wonderful keynote by Dr Mark Glynn (Dublin City University); 10 'Show and Tell' sessions that gave a glimpse into various institutions' assessment processes, activities and work in progress; a workshop (delivered by myself and Aurélie) that explored the development and assessment of an ePortfolio activity; and a lunchtime presentation by Joey Murison of Catalyst IT on the importance of community engagement, supporting open source, and the future plans of Moodle and Mahara.
Photo by Sam Taylor (Workshop in full swing!!!)
Scattered throughout the day were opportunities for attendees to mingle, with a special guided tour during lunch of the Technology School's Artillery and Focus areas 1 and 2, organised by Lt Col Jane Watt from the D-TEL team at the Defence Academy. Oh and cake...next hosts must have cake!
The day finally ended with a quick discussion about the types of issues we all have, and used Padlet to collect them all. Kristina Hoeppner (Catalyst) has kindly answered any questions that she could about Mahara (see PDF at the bottom of this report), however it has become apparent that there needs to be a 'forum' for Mahoodle discussions. Therefore I've set up a google group that you can join: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/mahoodle-uk
Regarding the recordings... we have some issues. Some recorded fine, some didn't at all, and some only recorded the speaker and not the slides. I am very sorry about this.
Massive thanks to Andrew Field for doing the Kahoot quiz session at the end of the day, such a great way to end a fantastic and lively event, and thank you to Lt Col Jane Watt and the Defence Academy for working with us on the logistics and enabling us to enjoy their fantastic new lecture and seminar room facilities.
Finally thanks to Aurélie for all her help and support with the administration and running of the event, and to all those who presented.
Photos by Gill Ritchie
Our Mahoodle Keynote speaker:
Dr Mark Glynn, Dublin City University
Using Moodle and Mahara to promote academic integrity
Academic Integrity is an issue that affects us all. DCU is a partner in an Erasmus plus funded project led by Ilia State University in Georgia. The purpose of this project is to investigate the whole area of academic integrity and to investigate ways to address the challenge of this very relevant topic. This paper will highlight the opportunities available through both Moodle and Mahara, essentially taking a “prevention is better than cure” approach.
Show and Tell session 1:
TEL implementation for enhancing student learning
I have been implementing various elements of TEL in my teaching and module support. I will be presenting the implementation of these and how they have benefited me as Lecturer/Module Leader/Course Director and the students we teach.
Ah the Moodle progress bar...there's nothing that gets the competitive spirit going quite like these....people get obsessed with "filling their bar" #mahoodle18— Gill Ritchie (@gsritchie) April 26, 2018
(Video kindly re-produced after the event by Aimée Helliker, Cranfield University)
Looking at competency based frameworks and apprenticeships in Mahara
We are working with business degree apprenticeships, who are already using Mahara, and how we can support them with competency frameworks. Students are required to complete a portfolio showing proficiency in a number of areas. Tutors need to be able to sign off these competencies and an audit by the professional standard body need to be able to quickly see which standards have been met. We are looking at how we can develop a framework that would support this portfolio.
Great to hear how other instituions are starting to use Smart Evidence framework. Hopefully some opportunties for collaboration #Mahoodle18— Jane Atkinson (@JaneAtkinson15) April 26, 2018
(Video kindly re-produced after the event by Edd Bolton, Southampton Solent University)
April 26, 2018
and some public samples from Solent
The challenges of introducing digital assessment within the Ministry of Defence
Defence’s preferred Virtual Learning Environment is currently an interim capability called the Defence Learning Environment (DLE). We will share the constraints and aspects of our plan for moving forward to introduce a digital assessment tool within this environment.
From paper to screen: our experience of using Moodle to provide digital feedback for assessments
For many years, students have submitted their assignments online via Moodle for the majority of our modules, but up until recently feedback has still been provided on paper in most cases. The Institution has made a commitment to provide electronic feedback as standard, and in the last two years we have been working with academics and Moodle developers to provide the necessary functionality in Moodle so that the University can fulfill its ambition of providing our students with their feedback digitally. This is a brief description of what we have achieved and how we did it.
@LTGLancsUni sharing their experiences of moving all assessment and feedback online in Moodle (and away from Turnitin Grade Mark) - good advice to keep collaborating and communicating with users pic.twitter.com/Bj3xoK6nkM— Alicia Owen (@OwenMarie) April 26, 2018
Moodle Turnitin Mahara
We have been using all three systems for almost ten years. I’ll describe our set up, how we have aimed at a standardised experience for users (students and staff), some of the benefits we have achieved and some of the challenges we still face.
#mahoodle18 Newman Uni provides a uniform and consistent user experience across modules by including assessment info in Topic Zero— Katie Janota (@katiejan) April 26, 2018
Show and Tell session 2:
Moving from Student Records to Moodle+ for assessments
At UoG we are undertaking a project to migrate student submissions from the Student Record system to Moodle, Mahara and eStream. This talk will be a brief look at the reasoning and process behind that as well as introducing some of the plugins we are planning to use to answer some of the staff queries during pilots.
#mahoodle18 @Oelmann_Richard all assessment goes to #Moodle and through #TII and grades and dates will be passed back. (No feedback at this point but using #MyFeedback in Moodle - @jgramp ) pic.twitter.com/aXMXSo4y3k— Aurelie Soulier (@EdTechYogi) April 26, 2018
4 Quick Wins to Make your Moodle Magic
Whether you’re experienced in online learning or just starting out, building courses in Moodle can be a challenge. How do you lay out content? How do you make it visually appealing? In this short talk, I’ll show you some useful tricks to making your site and course more vibrant, focusing on: Snippets, Buttons, User Tours and H5P.
Quick wins with rubrics, badges and a custom plugin
Sharing the results of a pilot programme making use of Moodle to support a formative assessment cycle, record group assessment with 11 year olds and record more formal written assessments with 13 year olds. Making use of Moodle to save teachers time and link into existing processes. Plugins used will be publicly available soon.
Now you get it, now you don't - using Mahara for assessment over the years
We've been using an e-portfolio (Mahara!) to assess our PGCAP module on teaching with learning technologies for a number of years now. It's safe to say that it hasn't ever gone the same way twice. One year it clicks and we think we've cracked it. The next year everyone, including us, seems to struggle. We'll share our highs and lows.
#mahoodle18 interesting presentation from @gsritchie on the highs and lows of using Mahara for assessment. Things that work well: reflective activity after each session, sharing work , comments and feedback given via Mahara. Good for process not necessarily for product portfolio. pic.twitter.com/sWP4rr6PJR— Alicia Owen (@OwenMarie) April 26, 2018
Developing social and cultural capital with the ‘QMUL Model’
Queen Mary University of London has recently launched an ambitious new teaching and learning initiative to broaden opportunities for all its undergraduate students - It is called ‘The QMUL Model’. The Model involves a proportion of the undergraduate programme (approximately 10%) being given over to activities that help develop social and cultural capital. The timetable for delivery of these new model modules was very ambitious and the E-Learning Unit were tasked with developing a technology solution to support the delivery of the model. The solution developed incorporates development work in both Moodle and Mahara. In Mahara a bespoke Student dashboard has been built and several new plugins have been developed that may ultimately get incorporated into core including institutional tagging.
Quality presentations continue #mahoodle18 Great to see the @QMUL Model plugins and enhancements. A really powerful implementation. Group membership syncs linking to some great dashboard and user tools pic.twitter.com/lWQpvXye1e— Andrew Field (@andyfield) April 26, 2018
Describe and design a portfolio activity that will allow students to demonstrate knowledge, skill, application and/or reflection on a topic/subject of your choosing.
(Slides and worksheet for workshop attached)
#mahoodle18 using a portfolio assessment workshop to develop activities which will allow students to demonstrate knowledge, skills, application or reflection @samwisefox @EdTechYogi pic.twitter.com/GPofqRe0qz— Katie Janota (@katiejan) April 26, 2018
Photo by Katie Janota
Photo by Roger Emery
Many thanks to Roger Emery for the talk about usergroups and community involvement.
If you'd like to join our Mahoodle UK user group Google group, then please go to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/mahoodle-uk and sign up!
(Padlet responses are attached)
Many thanks to Andrew Field for organising this :)
Thank you to those who have given us feedback either via twitter, email, the feedback form (or combination). Lots of great suggestions for what to do next time, as well as ideas for what to include.
If you are interested in hosting the next one, a little birdy has told me the time around the end of November/beginning of December could be good if we wanted to invite a key Mahara supporter ;)
Well done to @samwisefox and @EdTechYogi for organising a great #mahoodle18. Great content all from the speakers and it's always fab to see #Mahara and @moodle in action and catch up with old friends - and make new ones!— Dan Jeffries (@developwithdan) April 26, 2018
This. Wonderful communities often rely on wonderful efforts by a handful of wonderful people. You know who you are. Heartfelt thanks. https://t.co/rptim6TRMa— Don Christie (@normnz) April 26, 2018
Good day at #Mahoodle18 - thanks to my @CambridgeInt colleagues for driving and @samwisefox, @EdTechYogi & all their colleagues for the organisation, catering and most importantly the excellent presentations.— Andrew Field (@andyfield) April 26, 2018
Download the programme
Links to mentioned resources
As this page is created using Mahara, please remember that all links open in the same window, so remember to 'right click' on each first to ask it to open in a new tab:
- SmartEvidence support and files >
- Moodle User Tours to download >
- Cambridge for Teachers video (good use of Moodle and Mahara) >
- ePortfolio rubric >
- Downloadable rubric files (Moodle & Turnitin) >
- The Learning Portfolio (A Game of Snakes and Ladders) DCU >
- Mahara and GDPR video (Catalyst IT) >
- Moodle and GDPR video (ALT) >
- Cranfield Mahara Induction Activity >
- Mahoodle UK User Group group >