Moodle Mayhem Podcast #3 - Interview with Julian Ridden
This past Sunday, Moodle Mayhem Podcast Co-hosts Diana Benner and Miguel Guhlin had the opportunity to interview Julian "Moodleman" Ridden (pictured above). He shares a variety of fascinating ideas in this hour and 15 minute chat that is well-worth listening to. Some of the key points that he makes include the following:
- how to handle Special Education within Moodle
- Blackboard's acquisition of Elluminate and Wimba (he reluctantly discussed this as a private agent, not a Moodle Partner)
- The model of Moodle construction as prisons rather than inviting and the power to modify the fundamental look of Moodle by editing themes.
- The fact that many school districts pick Moodle for the wrong reasons--it's free. He makes the point that Moodle is like a free puppy.
- How to provide necessary support to staff when adopting Moodle.
- Dialogue module
- Biggest strength of Moodle is the 3rd party plug-in creation that expands the functionality of Moodle. He cited the Dialogue module as an example.
- The social element is key to Moodle
- Education is about sharing, collaboration and contribution. [I love this part of the interview]
- Connected learning sometimes creates disconnect learning.
- "Learning already has an 'e' in it" on the word eLearning.
And much more. We're planning to do a follow-up interview with him this Sunday, so be sure to listen, think up some questions and share them!
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