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Regent Organizes E-Learning Content Development Workshop

Moodle workshop

Regent University is organizing an e-learning content development workshop for its academic and IT support staff. The facilitators of the workshop are Dr. Nick Fobih and Chilli Leung from George Brown College Toronto, Canada, Mr. Benjamin Y. Agyemang from Greenwich University, School of Management, UK and Mr. Sampson Botwe from KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana.

This workshop, which has been broken down into three phases is meant to prepare Regent University’s faculty and staff, to offer online courses to students in different programs. The workshop will run from June 9- 18, 2014 between 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

Facilitators (from left - right) Mr. Sampson Botwe, Mr. Benjamin Agyeman, Chilli Leung and Dr. Nick Fobih

The first phase of the training termed ‘Building a Course in Moodle’, specifically focuses on creating online courses in Moodle. MOODLE is an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. It is a free software e-learning platform to help educators create online courses with a focus on interaction and collaborative construction of content, and is in continual evolution.

The second phase of the training termed ‘Teaching in the Online Environment’ focuses on teaching strategies that can be used in the online environment. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Create online versions of the courses they teach using Moodle.
  2. Use the features in Moodle to manage their courses
  3. Analyze various online teaching strategies to practice how and when to use them.
  4. Create a list of best practices for online course development and online teaching.

The contents of both workshops will provide participants with information and resources to achieve the outcomes outlined above. In the end, participants would have created the courses they teach in the online format and the university can offer those online courses to students at any time. It is important to note that courses that are developed online can still be offered in the traditional classroom format if the university chooses to keep both options.

Some participants of the moodle workshop exchanging ideas

The third phase, which is the final part of the program, termed ‘Technical Training for IT Staff’ will focus on the back end operations of Moodle. Participants will learn how to resolve potential Moodle issues and set up a system for supporting all users in the school. By the end of this part of the training, the trained IT Staff will be able to provide technical Moodle support for Students, Faculty and the Administrative staff at Regent University.