Monday, September 30, 2013

Moodle MOOC 2 for Transpersonal Development and Moodle 2.5 Training

Get the full syllabus of Moodle MOOC 2.

Introduction to the MOOC

Live Introductory Class

Moodle MOOC 2 will start on October 1, 2013 on WizIQ (click here to access the course). The theme of the current MOOC is teaching and leading from the inside out for personal and professional development.

The MOOC will focus on Transpersonal Active Learning (TAL) and teaching through Moodle. Transpersonal development encompasses the whole person. The process takes place within and without as teachers and students learn to lead from the inside out. The live presentations will include the speakers’ reflective process on teaching and learning in fully online and blended learning formats.

Moodle MOOC 2 will also include Moodle for Teachers (M4T) courses for beginners and advanced Moodlers. The courses will be asynchronous (Moodle) and synchronous (WizIQ) with recordings on WizIQ, YouTube, and Vimeo.

There will be two learning areas: WizIQ course area and Moodle for Teachers (M4T) Moodle website. The live online sessions and recordings, tutorials (courseware) and ongoing discussions (course feed) will be available in the WizIQ course area.

Unlike the traditional MOOCs that stress content and course delivery, Moodle MOOC will focus on active learning, reflection, sharing, and collaboration. The aim of the course is for the participants to learn through meaningful connections and social interactions. Participants who wish to receive a certificate of participation will be required to document their learning experiences by keeping a blog, wiki, website, or any other artifact that will include a description and reflection of the live sessions and/or recordings.

Moodle for Teachers Learning Experience (M4TLE)

M4TLE is a self-paced component of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on WizIQ for teachers and anyone interested in teaching online using Moodle, WizIQ, and other web technologies. The course will take place in the month of October 2013. The MOOC is in the spirit of open education and is completely free.

Participants will become acquainted with Moodle as a course and learning management system. They will learn how Moodle can be used in fully online, blended learning, and the flipped class. The course will only include asynchronous (not dependent on time) element on a Moodle site called Moodle for Teachers. The course is self-paced with ongoing discussions (facilitator and technical support available), live online classes (recordings), videos, and other relevant content.


You will get ongoing support from the organizer of the MOOC, from the course feed on the course, and/or by filling in the following google drive form.


The workload for the MOOC includes participating or viewing the recordings of the  live session and developing a reflective artifact in the form of a blog, wiki, google drive doc, website, web page on a website and so on to sustain the information relevant to your needs and your learning experiences. In addition, participants will be able to learn to manage a Moodle website as a teacher or manager. The course activities and resources are available below.

Certificates of Completion (Badges on Moodle)

Participants, who are active on the coursefeed (discussions), attend all and/or view the recordings of all the sessions, reflect and write about the live sessions and share the link of their activities (blog, wiki, Moodle, facebook and other social networks) will be eligible for a certificate of completion. This aspect of the MOOC is ongoing, but time-based. The due date for the reflective practice is October 31, 2013.

Learning Environments for Moodle MOOC

There are 2 learning areas for the MOOC:

WizIQ Course

WizIQ course area for the live classes (recordings), content (tutorials), and discussions:

Moodle for Teachers Learning Experience (Self-paced)

Moodle Experience for a Moodle course: There are 3 courses on the Moodle Experience website:

  • Moodle for Beginners

  • Moodle for Non-Beginners

  • Moodle Practice Area including WizIQ live class plugin on Moodle (with teacher editing rights)

Course Highlights

  • Week 1: Active Learning

  • Week 2: Creating Engaging Activities

  • Week 3: Learning & Teaching Online

  • Week 4: Transpersonal Learning

  • Week 4: Live Online Class Experiences

Team of Facilitators

The MOOC and the live online classes will be coordinated by Dr. Nellie Deutsch and facilitated by a team of facilitators. Volunteers are welcome to join and help facilitate the event.

Participants will be able to ask questions in advance and throughout the course through the following google drive document. The live online classes will be recorded for future reference, so don't worry if you cannot attend or if you'd like to review the content.

Invited Guests

Live Online Classes (Click on the title)

1. Moodle MOOC 2: Leveraging Tribe as a Means to Self Actualization with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach  on Friday October 5, 2013 at 11 AM EST Toronto time. Check your timezone here.

2. How to find Joy in your everyday life with MeiMei Fox on October 7, 2013 at 2 PM EST Toronto time. Check your timezone here.

3. Blending technologies and feedback for EFL writers with  Benjamin Stewart

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 4 PM (EST Toronto Time). Check your timezone here.

4. Supernormal (Random House, July 2013) from a scientific perspective -- ancient legends about supernormal powers developed through the practice of yoga with Dr. Dean Radin on October 12 at 4 PM EST Check your timezone.

5. Yes! You CAN make your class interactive with Dr. Rachel Sale on October 13, 2013 at 12 PM EST.

6. Flipped Learning in an Online Course for Teachers with Dr. Marshall

Thursday, October 15, 2013 3:00 PM (EST Toronto Time) Check your timezone here.

7.  Technology That Tutors: Integration of the Blog as a Teaching Tool with Dr. Cheryl Kulikowski-Lentz on Friday October 18, 2013 at 12PM (EST Toronto Time) Check your timezone here.

8. Collaborative arenas for learning, a culture of sharing with Dr. Ebba Ossiannilsson on Saturday October 19, 2013 at 10 AM EST. Check your timezone here.

9. Habits of Effective Connected Learners with Stephen Downes on Sunday October 20, 2013 at 12 PM EST. Check your timezone here.

10. Wanted Home for Courses or Teaching Potential Researchers at the Edge of Science and Spirituality Online with Dr. Nancy Zingrone on October 25, 2013 at 4 PM (EST Toronto Time) Check your timezone here.

11. Moodle MOOC 2: Learning via teaching and sharing online

with Dr. Ramesh C. Sharma on Saturday, October 26, 2013 12:30 PM (EST). Check your timezone here.

YouTube Playlist

Subscribe to the Youtube playlist for the Moodle MOOC and watch some of the participants’ videos and digital artifacts.

Spread the word

You’re invited to second Moodle MOOC of its kind on WizIQ on October 1. 2013. The theme of the MOOC is Transpersonal Active Learning (TAL).


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Instructor Experiences with Implementing Technology in Blended Learning Courses in Higher Education: An Abstract

Instructor Experiences with Implementing Technology in Blended Learning Courses
Instructor Experiences with Implementing Technology in Blended Learning Courses

Authored by Dr. Nellie Deutsch Ed.D 

You may buy the book on Createspace, Amazon, Barnes & Noble or ask for it at your school library. 

Publication Date:
May 21 2010
1463594526 / 9781463594527
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Education / Research

About the Book:
Organizational leaders in institutions of higher education expect instructors to implement blended learning courses without understanding instructor experiences with technology. Requiring faculty to teach blended learning courses without fully understanding the experiences instructors had implementing technology may lead to developing inappropriate professional training programs, ineffective use of technology, or to instructor disuse of technology in the future. The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological research study was to explore the experiences instructors had implementing technology in blended learning courses in campus-based institutions of higher education worldwide. This qualitative phenomenological research study used a modified van Kaam method by Moustakas (1994) with in-depth, semi-structured interviews to explore the experiences instructors had implementing technology in blended learning courses. The analysis of the transcribed interviews revealed four themes: (a) facilitating instruction and learning, (b) frustrating, ©satisfying and rewarding, and (d) socially connecting. The conclusions derived from the study suggest that learning about the experiences instructors had implementing technology in blended learning courses may guide educational leaders in providing support and in preparing professional development workshops on how to teach blended learning courses.

About the author:
Dr. Nellie Deutsch is a Canadian English teacher to speakers of English as a foreign language (EFL), researcher, writer, and leader in organizing free online professional development workshops for educators around the world. Nellie founded Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL), an international volunteer network that provides free professional development workshops, to connect educators from around the world. She coordinates and facilitates professional development workshops and conferences for teachers on how to integrate technology into the face-to-face and online classrooms using Moodle, WebQuests, web 2.0 tools, social networks, e-portfolios, and Wikis.
Dr. Deutsch organizes the annual Connecting Online for instruction and learning (CO09-CO12) and Moodlemoot (MMVC11) free online conferences, hosted by IT4ALL and supported by WizIQ online virtual class. Dr. Deutsch has provided consultation on how to integrate Moodle and Elluminate learning environments for distance education at Open University and at WikiEducator supported by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and Otago Polytechnic (New Zealand in developing Open Education Resources (OERs) and facilitating the international free and open online courses.

Nellie earned her doctorate from the University of Phoenix from the School of Advanced Studies in 2010 in education and leadership specializing in curriculum and instruction.

Monday, May 31, 2010