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Free Moodle classrooms are available to your teachers at www.eclasscloud.com

The provision of quality education continues to get more difficult and may present significant challenges to your organization and your teachers. At the moment, you may be exploring alternative ways of delivery of teaching that may include some form of online or remote learning.

As a response to the unprecedented challenges of the Corona pandemic, iCampus21 is making available free Moodle classrooms. Moodle is the world’s most popular Learning Management System and it is suitable for K-12 schools.

Free Moodle classrooms are available to your teachers at www.eclasscloud.com

Top three reasons why now is the time to work with a Learning Management System such as Moodle

A Learning Management System (LMS) is specialized software that is build for the purpose of assisting teachers in going about their business of teaching. Many teachers are looking for ways to continue their instruction in an online format. They are looking for ways to combine synchronous and asynchronous methods to deal with the challenges of many students being absent or schools being closed, possibly for long periods of time.

Elearning has been around for a long time and luckily many choices and tools are available for teachers to choose from, many being free. Below are my top three reasons to choose an LMS such as Moodle to start utilizing some elements of elearning quickly.

1) Onboarding of students: Introducing elearning in the middle of the school year needs to be easy for students and teachers. Your students may not have email accounts and they may have limited Internet access in their homes. We can not assume that by simply sharing a link with students that they will be able to join your online spaces on their own, wherever they might be. A system such as Moodle allows for multiple approaches to help students join their teachers classroom. Teachers may do the leg work of creating accounts and enrolling students themselves or they may enable self-registration and self-enrollment for students. Guest access may be used to rapidly make available content to students even if they don’t have an account or not even an email account. In addition, students may view resources and participate in the course without being connected to the Internet at all times.

2) Organization and pacing: Most teachers organize their instruction by developing unit and lesson plans. We typically plan ahead our instruction and organize what we teach into topics and units. Timing, and consequently pacing, is an important part of instruction for most teachers. Out of the box, Moodle offers a highly organized course canvas or template that supports the organization of teaching and learning very well. The teacher simply drag and drops resources and activities into the appropriate units. Timed and conditional release features can be used pace when resources become available.

3) Knowing what your students do: To help students be successful, in elearning and in a building, teachers observe their students. In a building, observation takes place in many ways – watching students follow a lesson and interact with each other, watching them read and write, assess their assignments and so on. Systems such as Moodle offer the ability to observe student engagement in a variety of ways. From simple log audits to sophisticated predictive behavior analysis, Learning Management Systems can help teachers get to know their classes and students.

Emergency Remote Learning

Currently, education providers are challenged to continue to provide uninterrupted, quality instruction. Many choose to switch to online delivery by asking their instructors to upload assignments and resources complimented by video meetings with their students. While this may be a relatively straight forward approach, it is certainly not without challenges and may not be sustainable for the longer term.

We can help you think thru the challenges and help develop workable solutions that will allow your teachers to continue to deliver quality instruction.

Some things we can help with immediately:

  • Rapid deployment of Learning Management System (Moodle)
  • Rapid deployment of WordPress blogging system (multi-site) in which each teacher or student or both get their own blog space
  • Expert configuration and best practices advice
  • Expert support via phone, email, chat and video
  • Development of a robust communication strategy and more
  • Quick on boarding of staff and students

You can contact us via the following:

email: info@icampus21.com
phone: 1 403-862-1431

H5P webinar

Hello awesome teachers working with Moodle.

iCampus21 is committed to supporting teachers to build awesome, interactive course content One tool teachers love to build interactive content with is called H5P ( www.h5p.org) While H5P.org is free, iCampus21 customers receive a complementary account to the premium service on H5P.com for an even better content building and LTI reporting abilities.

If you are interested in a no commitment demonstration of the H5P platform then please get back to us. We are presently planning a short series of webinars.

BlendEdAlberta and ATLE Convergence

I hope your school is off to a good start. We have been upgrading many sites over the summer and we deployed several new servers. I am happy that in the past two years, all customer sites have been rotated into newer and faster servers at no extra charge. I am committed to keeping this a standard practice well into the future. At iCampus21, your site is not rocking in ancient infrastructure.
I wanted to share with you that we will have a table at both ATLE Convergence conference, October 16-18 , 2019 in Red Deer, Alberta (https://www.atle.ca/conferences/convergence-2019) and at BlendEdAlberta conference, October 23-26, 2019 in Edmonton (https://www.blendedalberta.ca/). In April of this year we were part of the BC Digital Learning Symposium (https://canelearn.net/symposium19-2/) and I recently attended the CANeLearn Leadership Summit in Toronto (https://canelearn.net/summit19/) Furthermore, we presented at the Alberta CTS council conference in Red Deer, as we have in many past years.
We are well informed about trends, challenges and good news stories in K-12 elearning topics across Canada and beyond. Want to start an online program? Want to expand your elearning efforts? Want to know what’s going on with mandatory online learning in Ontario? Will it spill into Alberta? Want to save thousands of dollars by outsourcing hosting and support services? If the answer is yes to any, please stop by at our table for discussion.
The BlendEdAlberta will be a special treat this year as the pre-conference will be all about Moodle. iCampus21 will have extra staff on hand to help with anything Moodle and discuss your needs. Send your teachers to these awesome conferences!
Have a wonderful September and hopefully I will see some of you in October.

Moodle AuthorBlocks plugin now available

Hello customers and Moodle enthusiasts!

The previously announced AuthorBlocks plugin for Moodle can now be tested at our demo site.
The plugin can be installed to your existing site at request and at no cost to existing customer. We are planning to make it available for general download soon. We have developed it against Moodle 3.6 and backwards compatibility might be tricky but not impossible.
The plugin is a helper block that assists teachers to utilize bootstrap code snippets in their Moodle environment. Some samples that were created using AuthorBlocks are below. You may also watch a short demo video. If you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. (more…)