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At the MoodleMoot in Miami (November 2017) we asked participants for their input to the MoodleNet project. The slides and etherpad from that session can be found below;

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We asked participants to think about their 'hopes', 'fears', and 'dreams' for the MoodleNet project.

Hopes

  • Packaged for competency frameworks (i.e. quality matters)
  • Trustworthy
  • Our faculty are willing to share some learning objects
  • People will provide feedback
  • Sharing good practice and experiences
  • People will improve content
  • Share content made with Moodle
  • Access to GOOD quality OER content
  • Addictive
  • Works in all LMS
  • It's easy to share and pull in resources into Moodle
  • Activity from HQ
  • A resource that all teachers, instructional designers, support people, etc. will go to for the best examples that Moodle could offer
  • Portals for different role communities w/ chat (like AOL in the 90's). Who's online?
  • Simple user interface
  • Place to share our work - like Facebook timeline. A gallery of what people have done.
  • Sharing of best practices
  • Is promoted / marketed effectively and appropriately
  • Contributed objects will have a review or discussion area so they can be community evaluated for appropriate uses
  • Integration of partners to provide support for questions. One-stop shop
  • Faculty development opportunities
  • Create amazing courses - fashion
  • Repository of activities for re-purposing
  • A place to see examples of ways Moodle is being used by others
  • A portfolio for teachers that REPLACES LinkedIn
  • Option to contribute anonymously; option to require attribution or not
  • It becomes a major player in the social media world
  • One button to update content pulled from MoodleNet
  • Great platform for sharing best practices
  • All user forums posts are responded to
  • Easy to navigate
  • Gallery of courses to view to get inspiration for developing my courses
  • Option to find others for content development
  • Definition of moodle.net - users and dev. where you ask for features?
  • Replace current Moodle community
  • Rating system and reviews on content
  • Have community facilitators
  • User interface feels like Yammer / Facebook / Teams
  • Share problems and quickly identify issues
  • More regular teachers involved
  • Access to great open courseware
  • Paid bounty for support
  • Students USE it =)
  • Open
  • Moderated
  • Sexy interface
  • Stays relevant for a long time
  • Highly configurable
  • Synchronous options to communicate
  • Enhanced engagement w/ community knowledge holders
  • Help me find Moodle resources
  • Access to free training from HQ and partners
  • Content is shared in such a way that it can be used by users of other LMSs too
  • Different sections for different user types (dev/teacher/design)
  • Feature to request someone review your content before you post
  • Content is tagged to make it easy to find content you can use
  • A place for users to connect with consultants for paid support
  • Features like Meetup to let teachers get together to have conversations
  • Find stuff easily
  • "Integration with every Moodle site" is not intrusive
  • Documentation will be kept up to date
  • An easy way to find information
  • Corresponding tags to identify pedagogy / curriculum / paradigm
  • Be very easy to use
  • A platform for students from different fields to connect
  • Be open to all interested
  • Will run the SAME as the original app
  • Single sign-on for all users for all sites
  • Connects people best practices + technical
  • Some filtering so it doesn't get weighed down with crap that isn't useful
  • Seamless
  • I can get paid or attributed for content
  • Way to connect with other Moodlers
  • Suggested tutorials broken down by role (teacher / admin / developer)
  • Have a great search function
  • To understand what MoodleNet is
  • Help me connect with other Moodle users
  • A place to share educational material
  • Bring the Moodle community together in a coherent way
  • Variety of realworld content for all industries
  • Different user roles so connections can be made at appropriate levels. Assignable groups.
  • Get traction with students actually using it
  • Have ability to favorite / follow content or creators
  • Market for helping others
  • Pull request like GitHub for improving content
  • Reuse activities from a course on one site on another
  • I could help people with Moodle and get paid
  • Manage to get contribution in my Moodle vs. having another login
  • High level of activity
  • Place to share ideas
  • Perfect place to learn Moodle
  • Channels for grouping and identifying self
  • Share/barter expertise with real-time feedback
  • Crowdsourcing solutions and/or finding community members who can help, troubleshoot, brainstorm, etc.
  • Easy to find usergroups
  • Provides an open stream of communication with the various groups in the Moodle community (e.g. devs, support, etc.)
  • Use Moodle FB to specifically show updates/videos
  • Collaboration
  • FREE TOAST =)
  • Helping place
  • Collaborative knowledge base
  • Places where developers, designers, and users can interact
  • Video tutorials
  • Knowledge base
  • Go to the help center
  • Help desk
  • Button to create audio file from a text file
  • Easy path to component installation
  • Includes discussion forums for asking questions of similar roled users
  • Repository of courses, packages, analytics. this could save instructors lots of time putting courses together.
  • Crowd sourcing for plugins
  • It facilitates positive change in Moodle core
  • Allowing different roles in Moodle to "cross-over" in a comfortable way
  • Better understanding of what MoodleNet is
  • Incentive based engagement
  • Share ideas on how to use Moodle

Fears

  • The capabilities in Moodle will not be appropriate for instructors to use objects from MoodleNet w/o admin assistance
  • Don't want to be forced to use the service
  • Safety/security for K12 student involvement
  • Not well moderated/monitored
  • Schools will be afraid to move/change
  • Lack of administration or moderation to the website
  • Doesn't work - won't use it
  • It becomes too commercial and loses primary focus
  • Moodle goes away
  • No-one cares or notices content
  • Big Brother danger with all websites connected
  • Accessibility issues
  • It's another platform I have to remember to use
  • Takes too much time
  • Participation takes too much time
  • High barrier of entry
  • Lack of activity
  • We use 3rd party modules; wouldn't be supported
  • Too many new things going on - quantity trumps quality
  • It might get outdated quickly
  • We don't want to lose our Moodle.org PHM status + reputation
  • It becomes work
  • It can't pay for itself
  • Easy to ignore
  • Increase complexity for Moodle owners
  • What we create does not improve what is already available
  • To be able to interact socially in person & not only in social networks
  • MySpace blink tags
  • Have to provide course support
  • Ends up with too much content that makes it hard to find the "good stuff"
  • Too complex
  • Poor UI resulting in less usage
  • Inadequate documentation
  • Not used by the vast majority of Moodle users
  • It won't happen for years
  • Effort fizzles, nothing materializes
  • It will cost too much
  • Getting closer to online education may lead to lack of direct interaction with teacher & other students & discipline
  • Becoming too relaxed, not being innovative
  • Data used to sell me things
  • Fear of sharing because others will steal my stuff
  • No-one uses it
  • Copyright violations and lawsuits
  • Too technologically intimidating for instructors
  • Management of content
  • Content control
  • Content layout
  • Bad content
  • Also open
  • Blackboard buyout turns it into a for-profit and injects ads
  • People won't know how to share
  • Make teachers and staff need me less
  • Anti-techy, educator-only
  • Will get as much HQ attention as mod.lesson
  • Another MySpace site
  • Only works in IE6
  • MoodleNet becomes the "education" Facebook
  • Content does not apply to customized Moodle sites

Dreams

  • World peace through understanding + education
  • Community builder using LTI to build larger collaborative learning communities
  • It is used by >80% of educators in the world
  • Facilitators recruitment in information educational technologies
  • Snake wearing vest pushing do-nut down a hill
  • Forum threads with answered questions - moodle.stackoverflow.com
  • Machine translation between Moodle that is as good as a human so that anyone can take any class
  • Digital MoodleMoot (meet others using Moodle)
  • Open
  • Critical mass where education + reason hold sway over fear + anger
  • MoodleNet displaces textbook publisher OER
  • Filtering through the information
  • Q&A
  • Troubleshooting
  • Help agent
  • Facilitates: recruitment + hiring resources
  • Instant popup notification each time user logs in based on your interests & history
  • More regular teachers engaged on Moodle
  • Have Patreon model
  • Connecting students across the globe
  • Connect students with experts
  • Seamless integration with Moodle using an interface within Moodle to upload and download content
  • Collection of all OER sources by topics
  • "Social media" transfer protocol
  • Connect w/ others w/ the same goals
  • Link to other Moodle sites/guests
  • Cool UI features like video service integrations, live streams, virtual events
  • Collaborative plugin BETA releases
  • FREE!
  • Sign into Facebook using MoodleNet
  • Shared technical specifications
  • Revolutionize education and learning
  • A person can take over my screen and fix the problem
  • LTI support
  • Have content marketplace for not just Moodle
  • Way to get someone to help fix/set up site in realtime - for free
  • Universal badges for everyone
  • Better world
  • All plugins will be moved here as well
  • Augmented reality

Affinity group responses

Participants also split into affinity groups to think about what people in a particular role or position would find it useful for MoodleNet to provide.

Admin (techie)

Why?

  • Big supply of expertise available - for $
  • Provide easy quick options for one time support beyond forums (paid?)
  • Empower more people who need that little push to be successful
  • Big supply of expertise available - for free
  • Moodle users work in many contexts
  • Effective use of Moodle requires expertise from many disciplines - multiple skillsets
  • Need immediate feedback / input / help
  • Moodle itself is not a great repository of resources, knowledge (i.e. forums, documentation insufficient)

How?

  • Staff to consolidate knowledge FACILITATORS therefore making it easily searchable
  • Ability to identify help for appropriate user types (i.e. bus intelligence)
  • Search like Google - what do anyways
  • Use Google - access topic within Moodle AND other resources
  • More effective search
  • Consolidated knowledge of optics - maybe lists, active, of 'who can help'

What?

  • Moodle (match.com) - matching ppl who need w/ people who can offer
  • Way to access other experts and collaborate
  • Quick reliable responses to help requests
  • User-friendly documentation
  • Better documentation
  • Way to connect and pool resources

New users (less than one year)

Why?

  • N/A (answered by Moodle mission)

How?

  • Course template builder
  • Site building wizard (a match.com version for Moodle)
  • A separate area where new users can access with ease
  • Answer critical early stage questions

What?

  • Moodle integration wizard
  • A regular website for new users

Learners

Why?

  • Moodle mission

How?

  • Connect learners with instructors for the purpose of improving course design and usage
  • Learner friendly roadmap vs Jira dev roadmap
  • Measuring learner/educator efficacy
  • Learners request new features into Moodle
  • Student feedback about Moodle within Moodle

What?

  • Shared learning techniques & resources for similar courses at possible different locations
  • Professional note taking
  • Paid & enhanced services that learners buy into (professional help)
  • Learners share self-created educational resources
  • Learners able to connect with devs
  • Learners can go for career opportunities in education
  • Student consulting groups for disciplines / professions
  • Tutoring & mentoring
  • Office hours with educator not tied to location where learner is
  • Portfolio for learners
  • Moodle.net certification / degree
  • Student focus groups for educators, companies, schools

Educators

Why?

  • Empower, improve, connect, effect, vision

How?

  • Direct connection to similar educators
  • Filtered search to find materials
  • Badges + certification
  • Strong facilitator
  • Open source content
  • Incentive + challenges
  • Direct connection to resources

What?

  • Resources
  • Best practices
  • User rating + reporting
  • Fun practices

Developers

Why?

  • Connect
  • Contain valid and current docs
  • Feature request trend tracking
  • Earn a living as a developer
  • Development community support
  • Build & value analytics based on communication
  • 3rd party plugin support
  • Make users jobs easier

How?

  • Service matchmaking
  • Anonymiser share data sets
  • Move dev docs in git version ctrl
  • Non techie & legal language for techies to use
  • Anon donations of code or data
  • Gather needs of users
  • Sysadmin matchmaker for short-term assist
  • Meeting coordination for devs & others
  • Connects clients w/ devs
  • 3rd party support recruiting
  • Connect devs w/ devs
  • Theme/plugin marketplace
  • Tag questions & answers w/ versions
  • Test LTI etc.
  • Feature bounties
  • Data sampling - abstraction
  • Instructions for enhancing courses w/ out plugin - LTI-like
  • Needs matchmaker
  • Reputation
  • Tag contributions by intended audience

What?

  • Meeting space e.g. BBB
  • Rating of support as well as dev't & clients
  • Live chats?
  • Moderation? Filters?
  • Report repository SQL etc.
  • Shared data sets
  • Crowdfunding features for plugin

Out of scope

  • Diaspora*
  • Easier updating Moodle
  • Hidden pointed pixels all apps
  • Ability to isolate test case data for behot?

Instructional designers

Why?

  • What other users are using?
  • Desire content sharing across users
  • Communicate to other IDs using Moodle
  • ID focused connected users

How?

  • Profile account history
  • Profiles tell MoodleNet what content to show based on role
  • Can we see other people course design?
  • How did you do the course?
  • Courses are designed
  • Need to collaborate
  • Share designs for constructivists
  • IDs able to help other users
  • Most popular stuff - have it notify IDs to use it
  • Consultant meet need of problems - experience in certain area
  • Links to Learn Moodle etc.
  • Share training resources

What?

  • "Follow" other IDs
  • List of institutions w/ profiles of what plugins & integrations
  • Moodle product reviews - integration, feedback, etc.
  • See + share course designs
  • Collaboration & build a model
  • Watch someone interact with my course? - see how stumble
  • Open source to see other course?
  • Shared course shells
  • ID live chats?
  • Showcase the courses
  • Venting area - overcome issues / how to fall into line
  • Like & dislikes feature (saved to profile)
  • Moodle research project (portal)

Out of scope

  • How to install plugins - easy explanations (non-developer)
  • How-to courses for all roles
  • Moodle HQ live chat
  • Moot takeaways info