Together, we grow Moodle. Working Groups at MoodleMoot.
This MoodleMoot offers the opportunity to create and improve Moodle features in dedicated sessions. This is a truly unique opportunity to contribute to the Moodle open source project, with a collective vision and hands-on work.
What is a working group?
Working groups will bring together users, researchers and developers who are interested in working together to make Moodle better.
Working groups have the following characteristics.
- Topics are suggested from the MoodleMoot survey (results) and from forum discussions.
- Generally there is a leader (or leaders) who establishes the working group; the leaders may maintain some leadership during the project, such as mediating discussions and documenting ideas, but work is done by all participants.
- Most participants will be end-users (teachers, admins, researchers, IDs) rather than developers. Advanced technical skills are not required.
- Participants may be asked to be involved in preparation prior to the working group in focussed discussions about the target Moodle function.
- On the first day of the MoodleMoot, working group members will meet together. A developer will be available to provide technical advice to the group, if necessary. The day is likely to progress as follows.
- Introductions and group formation
- Sharing of pre-existing solutions
- Discussion about target areas and generalization
- Iteration over work areas, recording the review in a collaborative document
- Possibly transforming the report into a Moodle Docs wiki page and Moodle Tracker issues
- Preparing a report to share with the MoodleMoot (short session on second day)
- In the next two days of the MoodleMoot, working groups will be given the opportunity to put their ideas to the community at the MoodleMoot and to gather feedback. Short plenary sessions are planned for this purpose.
- On the day after the conference there will be a Hackfest that will bring together Moodle developers. Developers will have a chance to consider how the ideas of the working group can become a reality. Working groups will be represented by the working group leaders at the Hackfest.
- After the MoodleMoot, working group members are encouraged to remain involved as changes are implemented in later Moodle versions.
- Working group members may wish to experimentally test the value of their work as a research project, collaborating towards publishable results. While this is encouraged, it is not a mandatory part of working groups and will depend on the nature of the project.
Are the Working Groups for everyone?
A working group is not the same as a workshop. Working groups actively involve experienced Moodle users who have an interest in improving Moodle for the community. They are not intended to be a training exercise.
I want to be involved, how do I volunteer?Note that people attending the working groups will be committed all day and will not be able to attend other sessions on the first day of the MoodleMoot.
There are two working groups at MoodleMoot Australia 2015. If you wish to participate enrol yourself in your chosen working group then introduce yourself on the Introductions forum.
- Working group 1: Course Archiving and Roll-over
This working group will be of interest to administrators involved in actions at the end of courses and the beginning of new course instances.
- Working group 2: Assessment Analytics
This working group will be of interest to teaching staff who are interested in getting better information about student behaviour and performance and to professional and technical staff who want to find better ways of managing and handling student assessment.
Working groups will be run in 16 Rainforest Walk, ST1 & ST2