Wednesday, August 18, 2010

My Statement of Purpose for Moodle for Teachers - Advanced at

Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites. It has become very popular among educators around the world as a tool for creating online dynamic web sites for their students.

The M4T-Advanced workshop, hosted by IT4ALL is intended to develop educators' skills of using Moodle in online learning at the level of mastery of instructional design of online and blended online learning (BOL) to facilitate professional development programs to train educators and staff to use Moodle in its full potential.
This workshop perfectly fits into my needs: depending on my near job interviews, one of my tasks from next autumn could be, along with teaching English, working as a teacher trainer for a private University on how to use Web 2.0 tools and Moodle in their context. What could possibly come out next, is a job as instructional designer and/or project manager. I have done this kind of job in the past for a public University, but we used another LMS, Dokeos.
By the end of these 4 weeks, we have to present a final project: a Professional Development Program or Action Research Project Prospect. that we would use in our educational community to share the knowledge we gained within this workshop.
I would love to create a course that I will probably call “Moodle and Web 2.0 tools for Language Teachers” (still thinking about the title though). My idea is to give the teachers I'll work with, a first presentation on what can be done with technology and how their courses can improve their quality.
I firmly believe that teaching cannot be done without technology anymore.
I have loved this sentence since I first read it “Education is about personal change, or should be. It is important to know where you are, where you hope to go, and how your education can fit into those larger plans. The value of one’s education depends on conscious and reflective participation in the process.”
I hope I will do a good job and educate myself while I educate others.

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