Reflections on MoodleMoot UK and Ireland 2022
We were once again very proud sponsors of the UK and Ireland online MoodleMoot (#MootIEUK22) which took place on the 9th,10th and 11th of May.
We were delighted to meet fellow learning professionals to learn about developments in the community and to outline progress and new features in our Moodle Accessibility Toolkit. Karen and Laia shared tips on improving course content for the neurodivergent student, whilst Gavin delivered a workshop on some of the big issues that needed consideration in your Moodle site.
Organised by the Moodle UK and Ireland Community and sponsored by Enovation, Catalyst IT, Brickfield Education Labs, IntelliBoard, Blindside Networks, Smowl, Dublin City University / NIDL, Moodle, Gradescope by Turnitin, the conference had attendees from across Ireland and the UK and beyond, as schools, colleges and universities. Over 20 countries were represented at the online event.
Brickfield presented the below sessions at #MootIEUK22:
- Web Accessibility – Fixing your content! – Gavin Henrick
- Creating accessible quizzes – Laia Canet
- The first steps of a Moodle developer – Clayton Darlington
- Creating courses for neuro divergent students – Karen Holland, Laia Canet
- 9 things to consider about your Moodle site for accessibility and inclusion – Gavin Henrick
- Moodle Accessibility Toolkit – Gavin Henrick, Karen Holland
Highlights of the 2022 Moot
Using the Accessibility Checker to support Universal Design for Learning - Monica Ward (Dublin City University)
This was a particularly rewarding highlight for us, hearing how educators and colleagues, institutions, staff and students can benefit from the Moodle Accessibility Toolkit continues to inspire us as a company, and contributes to our product roadmap.
Engaging Students with Moodle Board. - Dale Mineshima-Lowe - Birkbeck, University of London; Adele Cushing
Excellent presentation discussing and demonstrating the advantages of using the Moodle Board plugin to engage their students.
Moodle 4.0 and Beyond - #MootIEUK22 Keynote from Martin Dougiamas, CEO and Founder of Moodle
Founder of Moodle Martin Dougiamas greeted the attendees of the UK & Ireland Moodlemoot and delivered his keynote presentation entitled ‘4.0 and beyond’.
Martin Dougiamas joined us live from Perth, Australia. The session involved an overview of newly released Moodle 4.0. As seen in the screenshot below, Martin discussed the new features added to the 4.0 release including an improved Moodle login page, Atto text editor, accessibility improvements, and site admin presets.
Martin also spoke about Moodle’s certified integrations and their unique features and involvement in Moodle 4.0.
The attendees were left with plenty of food for thought regarding the future of online education and the involvement of Artificial Intelligence and smart devices for Moodle.
Academic Integrity - Panel
This panel provided a lively hour-long panel discussion around how the participants define academic integrity. They highlighted how they sought to use Moodle to proactively improve academic integrity in their respective colleges and learning institutions.
Joining Gavin Henrick was Mark Glynn from DCU, Sheila McDonald from the Limerick Education Training Board, Chris Nelson from the Open University, Aurelie Soulier from University College.
UDL, Moodle and Me. Suzanne Stone(DCU); Rob Lowney - Workshop
Suzanne Stone and Rob Lowney hosted a 50-minute workshop titled ‘UDL, Moodle and Me.’ Suzanne and Rob discussed Universal Design for Learning with Moodle, using their experience in Dublin City University.
As shown in the screenshot below, Suzanne and Rob finished with a cartoon by Micheal Giangreco illustrating the message that ‘Clearing a path for people with special needs clears a path for everyone”
We were delighted to be a sponsor of this wonderful three day event full of online sessions, and to network and collaborate with other education technologists! We look forward to the Moodlemoot next year – hopefully face to face in Ireland!!
The 2022 UK & Ireland Moodlemoot is now available to watch for all registered attendees.