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by Carmen-Mirela Butaciu - Saturday, 10 November 2018, 2:09 PM
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by Carmen-Mirela Butaciu - Saturday, 10 November 2018, 5:02 PM

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by Tiziana Angiolini - Friday, 17 August 2018, 2:24 PM
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My reflections on Week 2
by Tiziana Angiolini - Friday, 17 August 2018, 12:16 PM
event on 10th August

This is my task for week 2- I am simply catching up as I was not at home last week and I had to finish some tasks before starting the Mooc again.

I am going to watch more recordings but  I will try to be online on SL too.

The event and the description

The event: “ Web based virtual worlds in education”

It was presented live on SL In the VWMOOC HQ:

The event took place on Friday on 10th August 2018. The speaker was Dieter Heyne alias Edward  Tarber on SL. He presented an interesting platform online which is free and helps him run and organize collaboration for 400 students.

I was not online but watched the recording.  He set up a virtual college online by creating  a school online which doesn’t need any special browser to be accessed and educators can use any content they have to share with the student. You simply need to be registered with a name , an avatar and  a password.

What I liked when he presented it was the idea of not having to download any app and the fact that what he is doing is free. The platform seems to be a safe learning environment where students can collaborate, share ideas and  he said that he could have 40 groups.

More information can be found online

  • Did you connect with the other attendees or the speaker? If so, how?

It was not possible as I watched the recording

  • What questions came up as you watched the event?

It is simple and user-friendly. I would like to  try it

  • How did the content relate to you as a teacher and/or learner or individual?

Online working can be hard sometimes but in some projects this might be the ideal room/school where we might collaborate

  • What were some of the thoughts that went through your mind as your watched the event?

What age are your students?  Which age do you think it might be  good to start introducing this platform?

  • How did you feel as you watched the event? If you felt good, what made you feel good? If you felt discomfort, what made you feel discomfort?

It was fine to learn about  it

  • What challenges might you encounter in implementing some of the ideas presented?

Not all the teachers in my school might be the ones ready to learn

  • What steps can you take to resolve the challenges?

There might be the possibility of trying to use it together with the teachers and then we might try it in some classes to begin with

  • What would you like to do in the future as a result of the event?

I have already registered online and I am going to explore it

  • Write a question or 2 that you would like to research (look into) as a result of the event.  

Has the way of working of your students changed since you started using this virtual classroom?

On the whole I really loved the presentation because  I realized that the online learning  environment can help work with lots of students.


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by Carmen-Mirela Butaciu - Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 5:42 PM
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Re: Discussion topic 1
by Helen Chenoby - Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 4:10 PM

Please show your workings out


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by Carmen-Mirela Butaciu - Wednesday, 9 May 2018, 5:40 PM
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by Carmen-Mirela Butaciu - Wednesday, 9 May 2018, 5:52 PM

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by Nellie Deutsch - Friday, 23 February 2018, 7:03 AM
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Welcome to CO18
by Nellie Deutsch - Thursday, 22 February 2018, 3:34 PM

Dear Members of CO18,

I'd like to welcome you to the 9th annual CO18. CO18 will take place from February 23-25. This year, the event includes 20 Presenters from 11 countries: 

  1. Dr. Nellie Deutsch (Canada)

  2. Dr. Rachel Sale (USA)

  3. Rob Howard (Poland, Brazil, USA)

  4. Ewa Kozłowska (Poland)

  5. Dr. Robert N. Diotalevi (US)

  6. Harshita Kapoor (India)

  7. Susan Brodar (Italy)

  8. Ebba Ossiannilsson (Sweden)

  9. Revathi Viswanathan (India)

  10. Parminder Mitter Chaudhuri (India)

  11. Anne Fox (Denmark, UK)

  12. Maha Hassan (Egypt)

  13. Nives Torresi (Italy, Australia)

  14. Sheryl McCoy (USA)

  15. Luis A. Palma, M.A. (USA)

  16. Judy Wong (USA)

  17. Alessandra Machado (Brazil)

  18. Virgínia Borges (Brazil)

  19. Dr Nan Zingrone (USA)

  20. Zoriana Diak (Ukraine)


Please join the following live online events: 

Sunday February 25 (Webinars)


Click on the "W"


Re: Welcome to CO18
by Nives Torresi - Thursday, 22 February 2018, 5:12 PM

Thank you for all the links Dr Nellie! 

What an amazing line up and back to back learning!

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by Natasa Bozic Grojic - Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 4:15 PM
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My reflections on the collaborative course
by Natasa Bozic Grojic - Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 10:12 PM

When I started M4TEVO18 and reviewed the syllabus, I was really worried about Week 4. This was the collaborative week and I knew I was going to be out of town then. I had worked collaboratively in some previous online courses and I was aware that I wouldn't be responsible just for my own work, but for the success of the whole team. Yet, I wasn't sure how much time I was going to have for this on my holiday, whether my work was going to be too disruptive for my family and whether the WiFi signal was going to be strong enough. There were additional concerns, such as how well we were going to fit in together. 

As it turned out, my teammates were also short on time. Sneza was out of town too and Kim was on her way to a conference. Still, we made the time. I think the key factor was that we agreed in our team policy that we were going to communicate on a daily basis. That way we all had an obligation to go online once a day. We fitted in perfectly. We were all "badge collectors" on Moodle at this stage and we really cared both about our own success and about the success of our collaborative course. 

It was a bit of a surprise to find out that there were only three of us who remained in Group 4, but I think that was a good thing. We all worked at the same pace and we understood each other well. We all wanted the same thing. I personally believe it is easier to work in a small group than in a big one.

The way our work was set for us was very helpful. We first completed the team policy and after that things were much easier. We treated each other with respect and everyone's suggestions were heard. Every team member worked hard and there was no need to allocate tasks to people because everyone took initiative. The syllabus completion task helped us get organised and, once that was done, we could focus on our individual tasks. 

The funny thing is that I might have dropped out of the course in Week 4 if it hadn't been for the collaborative task. Or at least I would have taken a break and come back in Week 5. I was on a holiday, after all, and it was very hard to focus on anything after a 4-hour hike in the mountains. The WiFi was all right, but I did disturb my family when I kept my light on at night. I had to be efficient and cut the time I spent online to one hour a day, but that forced me to get organised better. The part I enjoyed the most was creating the course activities and I know now that this is the kind of work I want to do in the future. 

I am so grateful to my team members for everything.

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by Zahra Shafiee - Saturday, 3 February 2018, 2:42 AM
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Adding Blocks in Moodle
by Zahra Shafiee - Saturday, 3 February 2018, 7:47 AM

Hi Everyone,

Here is my video tutorial about adding block here in Moodle.


Hope you find it useful.


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by Zahra Shafiee - Saturday, 3 February 2018, 2:30 AM
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Exabis Portfolio on Moodle
by Zahra Shafiee - Saturday, 3 February 2018, 10:08 AM

Exabis portfolio is a space in which we can store and/share some files, links, views, sources, etc.

We can encourage our students to upload their assignments there so that their progress can be evaluated by themselves, their peers, and teachers.


Below you can watch my video tutorial of the Exabis Portfolio.





(Edited by Nellie Deutsch - original submission Saturday, 3 February 2018, 12:48 AM)

My hero
by Beatrice H. C. Alves - Friday, 2 February 2018, 3:14 PM
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School and Moodle course managers
by Beatrice H. C. Alves - Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 10:43 AM

If we take the basic definition of a manager - one who handles, controls, or directs -, then we have a common point between the school manager and the Moodle course manager. However, what they handle and their backgrounds can be quite different.

You don’t always need to be a teacher or even have an education in teaching to be a school manager, as long as you are able to handle teachers, resources - among which maybe a Moodle course-, goals, leadership, finances among others, and, of course, comply with the education system you are operating in.

On the other hand, from what I have seen of the Practice Area in Moodle so far, you need to be a teacher to be a Moodle course manager, as well as to be able to design a curriculum and syllabi in the area you want to teach which can be independent from any education system, handle a very specific tool, not to mention being willing to follow and support very closely both collaborators and students to ensure the outcomes you intend are reached.

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by Ella Russell Baccouche - Friday, 2 February 2018, 2:55 PM
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Authentic Learning
by Ella Russell Baccouche - Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 1:15 PM

In education, authentic learning is an instructional approach that allows students to explore, discuss, and meaningfully construct concepts and relationships in contexts that involve real-world problems and projects that are relevant to the learner.[1] It refers to a "wide variety of educational and instructional techniques focused on connecting what students are taught in school to real-world issues, problems, and applications. The basic idea is that students are more likely to be interested in what they are learning, more motivated to learn new concepts and skills, and better prepared to succeed in college, careers, and adulthood if what they are learning mirrors real-life contexts, equips them with practical and useful skills, and addresses topics that are relevant and applicable to their lives outside of school."[2]

 Recent studies in neuroscience inform us that the brain likes novelty and especially topics that are relevant to the learner.  Authentic learning produces effective engagement on the part of the learner.  In scaffolding, there should be no transmission of knowledge on the teacher’s part.  The teacher’s role is that of a facilitator.  The students have agency and must make their own decisions.

 The difference between active and authentic learning is that active learning requires students to interact and engage in constructing their knowledge by using meaningful and authentic materials.

 Herrington, J. and Kervin, L. (2007) Authentic Learning Supported by Technology: Ten suggestions and cases of integration in classrooms. Educational Media International, 44 (3). pp. 219-236.