Gamifying-a-Moodle-course.-What-difference-does-it-make-Week-9

Week 9 of experimenting with gamified and non-gamified Moodle courses. Today marks the beginning of iMoot 2013, the Worldwide e-conference on all things Moodle, and this year there are a few presentations on the gamification of Moodle. In this post, I list all of the sessions that ‘gamifiers’ might be interested in (all session times in Perth time, Australia, or UTC+8). If you have not registered for iMoot 2013, you can do so here.

Using Gamification to Increase Course Engagement and Autonomy of Non-Traditional Online Students

Presenter: Thomas Wilson

Sessions: Friday 24th May 2013 02:00, Saturday 25th May 03:30

[quote style=”boxed”]Thomas works for an institution that provides online courses for non-traditional students, namely, persons who are ordered by a court or agency to complete a specialized class such as anger management, alcohol/drug awareness, or DUI risk education to satisfy court requirements. Since students are responding to the game elements of the courses, i.e., maximizing “points”, he decided to use this game principle to (1) keep students more engaged and (2) increase autonomy, i.e., to reduce the number of phone calls for support.[/quote]

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Gamification in Moodle. More than just Moodle badges

Presenter: Natalie Denmeade

Sessions: Saturday 25th May 2013 14:00

[quote style=”boxed”]This presentation includes demonstrations of core Moodle features and plugins to provide learners with rewards, feedback, levels, progression loops, boss fights, and achievement badges. You will see examples of Conditional Activities, customised Progress Bars, custom scales, and the newly released Badges Block.This presentation includes demonstrations of core Moodle features and plugins to provide learners with rewards, feedback, levels, progression loops, boss fights, and achievement badges. You will see examples of Conditional Activities, customised Progress Bars, custom scales, and the newly released Badges Block.[/quote]  

Dissection of a Gamified Moodle Course

Presenter: Julian Ridden

Sessions: Friday 24th May 03:30Sunday 26th May 06:30

There is no excerpt for this session (yet) but having seen what Julian, aka Moodleman has done before, I would strongly recommend you to drop by one of his sessions.

Open Badges in Moodle

Presenters: Emily Gogligoski, Julian Ridden

Session: Saturday 25th May 05:00

[quote style=”boxed”]Hear about Open Badges from Emily Gogligosky from the Mozilla foundation, whilst Julian Ridden will talk about the implementation of Open Badges into Moodle. I am really excited about this session. This session will talk about the exciting potentials offered by OpenBadges and Moodle.[/quote]
I am *really* excited by this session; It’ll be interesting to hear about Open Badges from someone who works at Mozilla foundation.

Gamify your Moodle courses – Increase student engagement with conditional activities & badges

Presenter: Frederic Nevers

Sessions: Sunday 26th May 14:00, Monday 27th May 06:30

[quote style=”boxed”]It is possible to ‘gamify’ your Moodle courses using out-of-the-box Moodle capabilities (i.e. without relying on third-party modules). In this presentation, Fred will show you how to gamify your existing courses, using free and easy-to-use tools. He will be sharing all of the tips & tricks he has gathered building & using gamified courses, and also talk about the mistakes he has made.[/quote]

Right, I’d better go and finish preparing for my session…

Big Blue Button Welcome screen

[pulledquote]I have used my trusty iMac 24″ for over 4.5 years with no issues whatsoever, until today that is when the heat got the better of it for a few hours. Fortunately all iMoot sessions are recorded and I was able to view some of the presentations that I missed.[/pulledquote]

One of the presentations that caught my eye was about Big Blue Button, an open-source online conferencing system that “enables universities and colleges [and schools] to delivers a high-quality learning experience to remote students”.

Those of you who follow my blog know I used to teach at a school in Thailand that had to close down during a period of political unrest. Although Moodle helped us function as a school during that time, teaching & learning would not have been impacted on as much had we had the ability to interact ‘face-to-face’ with our students (some of us used Skype but it was less than ideal). Big Blue Button would have allowed us to provide students with a quality education during those unsettling times.

It is unlikely that my current school will be closing due to political unrest (I now teach in Hong Kong), but I am still keen to install Big Blue Button as I have a few ideas up my sleeve (more on that in a future blog post). This open-source software clearly has hug potential for training & tutoring.

The Big Blue Button team reckon that you’ll be able to install their software on your server ‘within 30 minutes, or your money back’. Obviously the software is free (the team don’t even accept donations), which is good for them otherwise they would have had to give me my money back. It took me about 90 minutes to install Big Blue Button following the relatively easy, and detailed set of instructions. The only issue I ran into was my fault, as I was trying to run Apache alongside Nginx (silly me!). I now have a working server but have not yet had time to test it – that’ll happen tomorrow so stay tuned.

I’m off to catch some of the iMoot 2012 sessions I missed today, with the air conditioning on to make sure the trusty iMac makes it through the evening. On a side note, Apple please refresh your iMac line up, I need a new one!