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Mars Hill College Hosts ‘Mini-Moot’
Mars Hill College hosted its first “Moodle Mini-Moot” on Friday, March 18
Approximately 90 people attended the meeting, which is a learning conference for “Moodle” users. Moodle is a web application that educators can use to create online learning sites. Students at Mars Hill College use Moodle to obtain class assignments, and participate in forums related to their classes. Some online classes at MHC are conducted entirely through the Moodle site.
The Moodle Mini-Moot held at Mars Hill College included workshops for educators, instructional technologists and designers, server administrators and support personnel who use Moodle.
|MHC Assistant Professor of Math Jennifer Rhinehart, leads a Mini Moot Session.|
|MHC Computer Science Instructor Marty Gilbert|
According to MHC computer science instructor Marty Gilbert, who coordinated the event, the purpose of the Moodle-Mini-Moot was to foster collaboration among Moodle users, primarily in western North Carolina (WNC), but also in the rest of NC and through the Southeast.
“Moodle is a tool with tremendous versatility for use in both public school systems and institutions of higher learning,” Gilbert said. “The one-day ‘mini-moot’ allowed professionals who use Moodle to network, to exchange ideas and to find new ways of using the technology, while enjoying the beautiful Mars Hill campus in the springtime.”
In addition to Instructional Technology professionals from school systems and colleges throughout the region, several sessions at the Mini-Moot were led by MHC professors, including Gilbert, Dr. Jim Brown, Associate Professor of Education; Dr. Julie Fortney, Professor of Music; Marie Nicholson, Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies; Dr. Jim Robinson, Adjunct Professor of Psychology; Jennifer Rhinehart, Assistant Professor of Math; and AnneMarie Walter, Assistant Director of the Teaching with Primary Sources Program.
Brad Hughes, an MHC Senior majoring in computer science, led a session about writing code for the Moodle platform.