Survived the MoodlePosium

MoodlePosium foldup toy

MoodlePosium foldup toy

While I probably wasn’t as essential to the organising of the MoodlePosium as the other members of the committee, which was made up of members from the Australian National University, the Canberra Institute of Technology and the University of Canberra (Alan Arnold, Helen Carter, Sue Demoor, Liz Gestier, Marina Lobastov, Annabel McCabe, Penny Neuendorf, Jaymie Parker, Caitlin Reid, Margaret Robson, Kerry Trabinger, Steve Watt, Louisa ‘Buzz’ Wright), I still am quite relieved that it’s over. In the end time passed so quickly and so much needed to be done. I am happy that nothing went majorly wrong.

I had a great two days wth lots of other moodlers, talking with others about how they used certain tools, what they were concerned about and what they were looking forward to in Moodle 2.0. I met the Moodle Possum, I got to catch up with some of the people I had met at the Moodle Moot in Brisbane last year, and spent an evening having fun with Netspot (among others).

While I unfortunately wasn’t able to listen to all of Denise Kirkpatrick’s opening keynote live as I was running around campus looking for lost delegates, I did enjoy hearing what the Open University UK was up to with Moodle.
Martin Dougiamas’ keynote was excellent as always, and he gave us a little more insight into plans for Moodle 2.0 in the afternoon, and how the upgrade process would work. I am very excited to play with the beta once it’s announced in December or January.
Julian Ridden’s keynote on Tuesday morning was inspiring, and as a result I have a list of things we should at least look at to implement in our instance of Moodle.

My own (hardly-worth-being-called-a) presentation about my myMoodle customisation went fairly well, I believe. The title of the short presentation was a mouthful: “User-determined order and number of courses on myMoodle“, which is the same title as the tracker item I created for my little hack. A shorter title here would have also helped the people who wanted to know where they could download it from. (more on this later)
As usual I forgot the dot points I had prepared and as such ended up forgetting to tell people that our instance of Moodle actually celebrated its first birthday on Monday. We changed the banner for the occasion, so hopefully somebody noticed. I also forgot to thank Ashley Holman from Netspot, who has helped me get the code right (read: maintainable).

I had great time at the moodleposium and hope that I will be able to attend the next Moot. People have also been talking about another ‘posium next year, again with a focus on Higher Education.

While we’re waiting for the next Moodle meeting of some sort to come along, you can look at the pictures from the MoodlePosium, the programme and another interesting writeup of the posium and some background information.

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