Moodlemoot Australia 2014, #mootau14

Three-hundred and twenty delegates (at least that’s what I was told) flew to balmy Cairns in North Queensland where smiles are abundant, time slows down and winter bones are warmed.

The conference opened with Alec Couros’ stimulating talk on Embracing Open & Connected Learning. Alec demonstrated some extraordinary examples of web connectivity and crowd sourcing for ideas and support. There were big laughs, ooo’s and ahhh’s, but the example that delighted me the most was a simple YouTube video of a young boy trying his best to make fire with the bow drill technique. Being unsuccessful, he shot the video and posted it on YouTube to ask for help: “If you have any suggestions can you comment below?” Well he did receive comments, and plenty of them for that matter! The most extraordinary thing is that there seems to be many fire bow experts out there, who knew exactly what the boy had to do for his method to succeed. Education by collaboration—excellent!

The conference theme, the evolution of Moodle, was really more about the evolution of education. This was proved out in a presentation by Mark Harwood from World Vision titled Helping African farmers with Moodle that was one of my favourite presentations from the Moot. With the help of Moodle, the PAL project helps group farmers together so they can sell their produce collectively and make a better living.

The other excitement was, of course, the subject of my own presentation: the national release of VET Commons, a ready-made content tool that plugs simply into Moodle. This wasn’t the only presentation focused on ready-to-use content. Others talked about the need for such content in the community, to support practitioners building better and more interactive courses. VET Commons has 15,000+ learning resources already, and keeps on growing. Anyone out there with content is more than welcome to become a publisher and help us support the Moodle community!

The closing keynote of the conference starred Martin Dougiamus, Moodle’s founder and CEO. Martin philosophised about why we educate, what shape we want to give education in the future, and ultimately what we want Moodle to be. While we considered these questions, he showed us the actual future of Moodle: the upcoming improvements in version 2.7, as well as what to expect in versions 2.8 and beyond, including Moodle 3. Help drive the development of Moodle and have your say at moodle.org!

Moodlemoot 2015? Moodle HQ will be taking over. Nothing confirmed yet, but it looks like it could be held in Melbourne, July 6-9. See you next year!

eWorks sponsors 2013 National VET Conference

eWorks is proud to be a gold sponsor of VELG Training‘s 2013 National VET Conference on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 September in Melbourne.

Evolve, Adapt, Embrace - 2013 National VET Conference - 19-20 September Melbourne

To learn about AFL SportsReady‘s use of e-learning, and for a chance to win a 12-month TrainingVC e-learning delivery package for 1000 students, don’t miss Matthew Hetherington’s presentation and the handball competition during the lunchtime break on day two of the conference.

About the 2013 National VET Conference

The theme for the two-day conference is Evolve, Adapt, Embrace and will focus on three distinct streams including:

  • Policy & Compliance,
  • RTO Business Management, and
  • Teaching & Assessing.

The conference is for all VET practitioners from RTOs, including policy managers, teachers and trainers, instructional designers and managers. Delegates will be exposed to informative presenters and a wide variety of topics. They will also have opportunities to meet with product and service providers, and network with peers from across Australia.

For more information about the TrainingVC, visit the eWorks booth where you will find special introductory offers for conference participants, as well as the chance to win a TrainingVC starter package by entering the handball competition.

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conVerge13 registrations open!

eWorks is excited to announce the opening of registrations for the conVerge13 e-learning conference in Melbourne, November 2013.

With four excellent keynote speakers confirmed, a range of presentations and workshops, and an entertaining networking function planned, we are confident that new and returning delegates will leave the conference informed and inspired.

At $395 plus GST per delegate ($315 for speakers), this two-day conference represents outstanding value for money. Take advantage of your 2012-2013 budget and register before the end of the financial year.

If you are interested in sponsoring conVerge13 please see our invitation to sponsors or contact eWorks to discuss your sponsorship options.

And don’t forget the deadline for our call for papers – Friday 2 August 2013.

conVerge13 – Invitation to sponsors

The venue is booked, the theme and keynote speakers have been announced – conVerge13 is shaping up to be our best conference yet. Now it’s your chance to get involved. eWorks is keen to hear from organisations interested in sponsoring conVerge13. We have a range of sponsorship options including a showcase, keynote speakers, the networking function and our fabulous mobile app.

What is conVerge?

conVerge is eWorks’ annual conference for anyone interested in e-learning. It is a friendly, intimate event, perfect for networking and initiating ongoing relationships.

Who will be there?

conVerge is attended by a range of e-learning practitioners including teachers, trainers, librarians, IT professionals, training managers, and learning and development, human resources and compliance staff. Some are getting started in e-learning, others are interested in the latest developments. conVerge caters for all of them. This is your chance to promote your organisation to the training sector.

Showcase sponsorship at conVerge13

There are limited showcase sponsorship opportunities, so please contact us as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Showcase sponsorship includes:

  • trestle table (and table cloth) in a prime location over the two days of the conference
  • power outlet and wireless internet access
  • space for a pull-up poster
  • free conference attendance (including meals) for one person staffing your showcase
  • presence on the eWorks website, on this very page (logo + 50 word synopsis + link to your company’s website)
  • presence in the Sponsors section of the conVerge13 app

Your showcase sponsorship investment is $1500 plus GST.

If you would prefer to have a presence at this event but a showcase sponsorship isn’t right for you, please call us to discuss other options.

Please visit the conVerge13 page or contact eWorks to discuss your sponsorship options.