Moving into the new Decade

IMG_0978-300x171The first decade of the 21st century has seen the e-volution of learning technologies move from experimental to mainstream delivery. The small band of enthusiasts who led on specialist, small scale projects have now seen the sector transformed with e-Learning an institution-wide solution at the heart of organisational strategy.

VLEs are now commonplace (90%+) and e-learning embedded throughout the academic and training sectors, in the workplace and lifelong learning. Personalisation is no longer an abstract concept but driving the quality framework of learning providers across the UK.

Learners are turned onto broadband connectivity, got their iPod, and utilising social networking and web2.0 technologies for the studies. Access to information has never been easier.

Equally, we’ve witnessed Open Source software coming of age and firmly at the centre of the rapid collaborative development of e-learning solutions. Moodle, often closely coupled with other open source applications, has played a pivotal role in this with the ease of adoption by practitioners, ease of customisation to local requirements, and the attractive cost model have all been key factors in it becoming the world’s most popular CMS.

MoodleMoot UK 2010 provides an opportunity to look back and map the highlights of the journey travelled so far, reflect on where we find ourselves now, along with sharing in the excitement and anticipation of mapping the future (Moodle 2.0 will be the first of many advances in the second decade of e-learning).

This conference will explore where Moodle sits within the e-Learning revolution and will be of interest to anyone using or planning to use Moodle for delivering e-learning and training. You may be from the education sector (FE, HE, Schools, WBL or ACL) or using Moodle in a different environment (e.g. health, staff development or commercial training). The conference will provide a forum to share experience with others in a similar role (e-learning manager, teacher, learning technologist, administrator, technical support, developer or event learner) but also an opportunity to understand the perspectives of those in other roles. There will be sessions that reflect the range of experience with Moodle, with something for those just starting out as well as those who have been using Moodle for years.