MoodleMunch: A Lunchtime Webinar Series Showcasing Digital Teaching and Learning Practice

The Teaching Enhancement Unit (TEU), part of the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at DCU, is delighted to lead a collaborative initiative to share innovations and stories of good practice around Moodle.

‘MoodleMunch’ is a lunchtime webinar series commencing 21st April 2020, in which members of the Irish and UK Moodle community can showcase digital learning and teaching practice, and share knowledge and innovations from their own institutions. It’s an opportunity to learn from one another, get a flavour of Moodle activity taking place across these islands, chew the fat, digest interesting developments and munch on ideas! And the great thing is that you can even participate in each session whilst munching on a sandwich. 


In keeping with Moodle’s mission to empower educators, each webinar will explore Moodle innovations and stories that support the development of educators’ competencies on the European Framework for the Digital Competence of Educators (DigCompEdu). These stories will also relate to the broad categories of findings of the Irish National Digital Experience (INDEx) survey of 2019.

Each webinar will comprise two short presentations, related to a competence on the DigCompEdu framework. After each presentation there will be an opportunity for Q&A and rich discussion about the innovations showcased.

A full schedule of webinars and links to register attendance are available in this documentWebinars will take place on:

    • Tuesday 21 April, 13:00-14:00
    • Tuesday 12 May, 13:00-14:00
    • Tuesday 2 June, 13:00-14:00
    • Tuesday 23 June, 13:00-14:00

Presenters from DCU, Maynooth University, Hibernia College, Dublin Business School and Marino Institute of Education will dish up meaty stories that we can all tuck into! The initiative is supported by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, and participation in the webinar series is a form of professional learning categorised as “Structured, non-accredited (non-formal)” as per the National Forum Professional Development Framework.


Reflections on #Openteach: A Blog Series…

By Orna Farrell 

Over the next few weeks, the NIDL team involved in the #Openteach project funded by the National Forum will be publishing a series of blog posts reflecting on facilitating and participating in the first run of their free online course offered in March 2020. This blog series will be written by the course facilitators and participants and you can read the full series on the #Openteach website.

My highlights

pasted image 0.pngAs the project is nearly finished, I thought I would share and reflect on my highlights of working on the #Openteach project over the past year. One of the major milestones was the publication and launch of our literature review of online teaching and approaches to professional development for part-time online educators. This report called Teaching online is different: Critical perspectives from the literature was launched at the World Conference on Online Learning in November 2019. The report was so well received at the conference, printed copies became a precious commodity and the Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor mentioned it in her speech.

Go Team!

pasted image 0-1.pngAnother highlight for me has been working with the amazing #Openteach project team. It’s rare to find a group of people that are easy and fun to work with while being productive and really effective! During the two weeks facilitating the #openteach course, although we were very busy facilitating such a large cohort, we had a lot of craic!

Course design is fun

I really enjoyed collaboratively designing the #Openteach course. Starting with the interactive ABC learning design workshop.

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Then acting on that design plan and making it a reality. The idea for a scenario based approach really resonated with me and was realised in three online educator dilemmas in the course. Getting the scenarios right took a lot of work, there was about five drafts of the first scenario Eimears dilemma as we got to grips with using Videoscribe.

450 participants….eekk!

The first run of the course oddly coincided with the Corona virus pandemic. So we went from having about 150 participants to 450 in the space of a few days, as educators were thrust into online teaching at short notice and really needed some support. Despite the big numbers, the vibe from participants and facilitators seems positive.

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I really enjoyed the strong interaction by participants and the intensity of engagement, although we haven’t finished the evaluation yet! The two live sessions were really fun and interactive.

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Concluding thoughts

It feels very strange to be nearly finished the #Openteach project, it has been exciting, interesting and a very satisfying experience and I hope we have supported people to develop their understanding of teaching online.