Podcast 4 - Ian Wild #Moodle Mayhem




Remember, you can listen to other Moodle Mayhem Podcasts online at http://moodlemayhem.org

Earlier today, I had the opportunity to chat with Ian David Wild, author of Moodle Course Conversion and Moodle 1.9 Math. In spite of some fascinating Skype obstacles--mostly on Ian's end, so they were resolved quickly--we managed to connect for about an hour conversation.

This wide-ranging conversation touched on many of the initiatives Ian's been involved with over the last few years, and I'm afraid we barely touched on a subject of great interest to many listeners--Moodle and Mathematics instruction online. For that, we've agreed to have a later conversation. For that, I'm hoping the EdTechTalk or Classroom 2.0 LIVE folks will be willing to help out so we can encourage math educators and moodle enthusiasts to join the conversation live. And, no, I haven't even asked either group if they'd be interested.

There are a variety of remarks that resonate throughout the conversation, including ones such as "Engage early and engage often," and how Moodle can be used to protect student data (as opposed to the "puffy cloud" that gets blown away...I hope Dan Rezac is reading! (smile)).

Jump in and listen!

On a podcast hosting note, Diana Benner has decided to step out of being Moodle Mayhem podcast co-host! While I'm not sure how long her absence may be, and look forward to welcoming her back, it occurs to me that it would be fun to bring on various Moodle Mayhem members to future podcasts so that we can all get a chance to meet!

So, here goes the announcement of a Moodle Mayhem Co-Host Round up!

Moodle Co-Host Roundup - Looking for a High School Math Teacher Using Moodle. If you would like to be the co-host, please send me an email at "mguhlin@gmail.com" letting me know what your experiences are. Co-host duties include:

1) Sharing how they use Moodle with others on the podcast
2) Preparing for the podcast interview with the guest(s)
3) Having fun!

Remember, you can listen to other Moodle Mayhem Podcasts online at http://moodlemayhem.org


Twitter: iandavidwild
Plurk: Ian Wild



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Ian in his own words:
In North Wales I was involved in the rollout of a network of Moodles to schools, colleges and work-based learning organisations. I've also been providing the training for "CLEO" - Cumbria and Lancashire Education Online - approximately 1000 K-12 schools... which also includes Mary Cooch's school! For Synergy Learning (that's the Moodle partner part-owned by "Moodle Administration" author Alex Buchner) I've also been involved in fascinating work for organisations as diverse as the Ordnance Survey (a government organisation that produces maps for military purposes), the Royal College of General Practitioners (medical doctors receiving, and being tested on, their 5-yearly "Essential Knowledge Updates" in Moodle) and, most recently, cascading essential updates using Moodle to government-funded lawyers via the UK's Legal Services Commission. I've also been involved in a pilot project for the National Health Service (NHS) that is supporting moving face-to-face university medical training online using Moodle.
Again in school: Birmingham City Council - who are the largest local authority in the UK (bigger than London, in fact) are rolling out Moodles to all K-12 schools (starting with about 400 "junior" schools - right now I can't remember how many "senior" schools!). In Birmingham we also have a city-wide document management system - called "The Hive" and rather like the Alfresco DMS that Julian Ridden was describing in his second podcast - that is fully integrated into Moodle. The Hive means teachers can share resources and best practice across the entire city. In the UK it's a unique and fantastic project.
At the moment I am working for Nord Anglia Education. We are implementing an international network of 10 Moodles (I'm the senior architect working with a great team of guys here in the UK). Regarding international collaboration, there are lots of issues regarding data protection and the legal issues involved with hosting and transporting children's data across international borders that I could tell everyone about. E.g. why you have to be careful with children putting their work into GoogleDocs when Google can't actually guarantee where in the world that data is stored!

oh... and, when I get the chance (which isn't very often these days!), I also teach math - and, of course, use Moodle to support my math teaching.

You can see that my Moodle background is very diverse and I've been very lucky to be involved in some facinating projects. I don't know if any of this would be relevant and/or interesting to your audience.




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