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Moodle for Mobile Learning

By : Mark Aberdour
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Moodle for Mobile Learning

By: Mark Aberdour

Overview of this book

Mobile devices have become ubiquitous and offer many new possibilities for learning. Moodle, when combined with a mobile device, opens up a new world of possibilities to teachers, instructors, and training professionals to develop their courses. The learning experience can be hugely improved by playing to the strengths of mobile devices, and Moodle for Mobile Learning helps you do just that."Moodle for Mobile Learning" is a practical, hands-on guide that provides you with ideas and step-by-step exercises that will help you leverage the features of mobile devices in your Moodle course designs. It also aims at providing you with hands-on knowledge in creating mlearning courses so that you can create your own effective mobile learning interactions.Looking at the underlying theory of mobile learning, "Moodle for Mobile Learning" aims to enable you to apply this to course design using Moodle. Organized into key sectors including schools, further and higher education, and workplace learning, this book will take you through a number of clear, practical recipes that will help you to take advantage of mobile technology in your Moodle course design.You will learn how to develop your mobile learning strategy and whether to use a mobile friendly Moodle theme or a Moodle mobile app to deliver your strategy. There are certain types of learning activities that are perfectly suited to mobile delivery. We look at delivering podcasts, engaging with social media, setting up photo, video and audio assignments, setting up eBook and App libraries, uploading audio assignment feedback, submitting reflective logs, using chat and messaging tools, using web conferencing and much more.Mobile devices already form the backbone of your learners' daily lives. If you want to use Moodle to bring those devices into the learning process, then this is the book for you.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Moodle for Mobile Learning
Credits
About the Author
Acknowledgments
About the Reviewers
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
Appendix
Index

About the Reviewers

Anthony Borrow, S.J. is a Jesuit of the New Orleans Province who has been active in the Moodle community since 2005. Anthony has an MA in Counseling from Saint Louis University and a Masters of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. Anthony has worked on the design and implementation of various database systems since 1992.

Anthony serves the Moodle community as plugins facilitator. In that role, Anthony has presented at various MoodleMoots across the United States, in Australia, and at the iMoot. Anthony has taught at Dallas Jesuit College Preparatory and Cristo Rey Jesuit in Houston, Texas. He provides technical advice to the Jesuit Virtual Learning Academy (http://jvla.org/). Anthony is currently serving as Associate Pastor of Immaculate Conception Church (http://iccabq.org/) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Anthony wrote a series of spiritual reflections based on the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius entitled Toward Greater Freedom. These reflections are available at http://towardgreaterfreedom.com/index.html. Anthony co-authored the chapter on Honduras in the book Teen Gangs: A Global View. Anthony has also served as the technical reviewer of various other books on Moodle.

Anthony is passionate about Moodle and the use of open source educational tools to help make education available to all. He finds inspiration in the Moodle community and enjoys working with others to help them share their creativity and expertise with the larger Moodle community. Anthony greatly enjoys being part of the Moodle community where every voice contributes to advancing the use of Moodle in a variety of settings around the world.

Silvina P. Hillar is an Italian who has been teaching English since 1993. She has always had a great interest in teaching, writing, and composing techniques, and has made a lot of research on this subject. She has been investigating and using mind mapping for more than 10 years in order to embed it into teaching.

She is an English teacher, a Certified Legal Translator (English/Spanish), and has a Post Degree in Education (graduated with Honors).

She has been working in several schools and institutes with native English speaking students, and as an independent consultant for many international companies as an interpreter, translator, and VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) course designer.

She has always had a passion for technological devices and their potential application to education. Videos and cassettes were a requirement in her teaching lessons; computer use was—and still is—present. Her brother, Gastón C. Hillar, designed some programs and games for her teaching. Currently, she is teaching using Moodle and Web 2.0. She believes that one of the most amazing challenges in education is bridging the gap between classic education and modern technologies.

She has been doing a lot of research on multimedia assets that enhance teaching and learning through VLE platforms. She tries to embed students' learning through new resources that are appealing and innovative for them. Thus, multimedia stimulates different thinking skills as well as multiple intelligences.

She has authored three books by Packt Publishing, which are Moodle 1.9: The English Teacher's Cookbook, Moodle 2 Multimedia Cookbook, and MindMapping with FreeMind.

Ben Reynolds is a Senior Program Manager of CTYOnline at The Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth (CTY, http://cty.jhu.edu). An award-winning fictionist, he began CTY's face-to-face writing program in 1978 and launched CTYOnline's writing program in 1983. He began administrating CTYOnline's writing and language arts division in 1985. CTYOnline serves over 13,000 students a year in writing/language arts, math, science, computer science, Advanced Placement, and foreign languages.

In the 1990s, Ben left the classroom for full-time administration both of CTY's writing/language arts program and of a residential site for CTY Summer Programs. Ben has also taught writing and the teaching of writing for the Johns Hopkins School of Continuing Studies. He holds a BA from Duke University, where he part-timed in the computer center, trading print out for punched cards, and an MA from Johns Hopkins in Fiction Writing. He is an active member of the Using Moodle community.

Ben has also had his hands in the hardware. With his second son, he built his own PCs between the mid 90s and last year, when he settled on a plain vanilla laptop. He has been technical reviewer of two books by Packt Publishing: Moodle 2 for Teaching 7-14 Year Olds Beginner's Guide and Moodle 1.9 Top Extensions Cookbook. He believes that spending 99 percent of the time uninstalling and reinstalling is just wrong.