Noodling Moodle: Motivating and Engaging Extension's Online Learners

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Why do many online courses fall flat? How can I motivate and engage online learners in my program area?

If you’ve been asking yourself these questions, I hope you’ll check out our new online course Noodling Moodle: Motivating and Engaging Extension’s Online Learners. This isn’t a ground-up basics of Moodle course -- you can get that from central IT. Instead, this is a course that aims to show you how to plan a quality online course for non-credit learners that will get and keep your audience motivated and engaged.

Our learning objectives for the online Noodling Moodle course are to provide an opportunity for you to:
  • Understand backward design and how to implement it for student clarity and intuitive course structure
  • Recognize assessment strategies designed to evaluate learner progress and provide opportunities for hands-on learning
  • Become exposed to diverse modes of content sharing for sufficiently comprehensive and engaging delivery
  • Learn accessibility and usability basics and where to find more detailed information and support
  • Experience various forms of interaction designed to motivate learners and increase learning
Be a part of the special preview run of our online Noodling Moodle course before Program Conference (August 10 through September 20) to provide valuable feedback for the online course as well as what you’d like to see covered when we host a session by the same name at Program Conference. At the conference, we’ll have 60 minutes to dig into:
  • Where to start when designing an online course
  • How to provide opportunities for hands-on, active, and interactive learning
  • Exciting methods of content sharing
  • Awesome ideas for interaction designed to motivate learners and increase learning
You’ll also come away from our Program Conference session with a user-friendly checklist for great course design and peer review.

Better yet, we’re hoping to grow an online community (via a Google Group) of Noodling Moodlers who have completed the course and want to share successes, challenges, and insights -- as well as offer rubric-supported peer reviews for friendly feedback on in-development courses.

 Happy Moodling!

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