Yesterday was the first day of MoodleMoot 2014 in Edinburgh and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. This is my first Moot, and what a great way to start it. A day of workshops starting with pedagogically driven quiz building and an afternoon of Gamification, which in many ways said what I said here but with a Moodle focus.
What I have really enjoyed so far is the networking opportunity an event like this offers. Being a Learning Technology Manager in a small college without a large, or indeed small, development team can at times leave you feeling cut off from the rest of the e-learning community. Events like the Moot and Saturday’s event allow us to build bridges with people and organisations that will make the sector stronger. We can’t share good practice or drive change on our own, we need a collective voice. Those colleges who go it alone and are reluctant to work at a grass routes level with other organisations will struggle…I truly believe that. The Gazelle and 157 groups have been known to do great things, but they can be exclusive. Far reaching sector improvements are, in my opinion, far more likely to come about from the bottom up. Let’s get lecturers and middle managers passionate about having an impact, let’s help them feel like they can make a difference, after all, that’s why most of us work in this amazing sector. We just need to toss in that pebble and watch the ripples spread.