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Interestingly, the engaged 21stC citizen is learning more form PLNs (personal/proffesionlal learning networks) than traditional forms of instruction. According to Francis Kneebone, this is due to a quest for life long learning and demonstrable and relevant employability skills. Eportfolios and platforms such as Linkedin are high profile tools for PLNs.
Intro Moodle. Francis maintains that it is necessary to build social media into Moodle so that learners become natives of it They are able to go out into the big wide world (read industry) as in-touch and capable.
Chad Outten continues the theme. He advocates the use of forums (asynchronous) and chats (synchronous) as well as discussions boards and calendars. He says they are popular and engaging. More so he says students find them empowering. It gives them the freedom to be creative and have control over their own learning. They are able to be ‘constructive’ by sharing and asking for help. In addition, they can develop and build learning through others.
Why Moodle though? it’s a one stop shop. All the above features and tools are available under one login. It”s safe, secure and able to be moderated. That said, Moodle is a LMS – anything posted or contributed is able to be used for grading etc: