After the Moot is before the Moot has become true in Munich in a a double sense: Before the next MoodleMoot in Leipzig in February 2014 there will be the first German MaharaMoot in September organized as a Barcamp.
But let me start at the beginning. The German annual MoodleMoot took place in Munich last week with more than 400 participants and a great variety of sessions. I am writing this blogpost in English as a tribute to our English speaking guests who had come a long way or were online to make their contributions to Change in Learning.
Julian Ridden aka @moodleman who had the longest trip from Sydney and who was a star at the conference with his “Moodle muss schöner werden” session and his theme building preworkshop enjoyed being able to meet the German Moodlers and exchange ideas with them.
Then there was David Mudrak from Moodle headquarter , normally coding from his home office in Czech Republic but a “usual suspect” at
all German Moots , doing a developer workshop for the Moodle geeks and fulfilling the Mojito mission with some hardcore moodlers on the last evening ….
A first time visitor from Britain from her freshly painted orange kitchen was Mary Cooch, well-known as @moodlefairy and it was unbelievable how she did her presentation in flawless German though she had not been in Germany for decades! Stephan Rinke has written about that in his blog. Note that whatever Mary was wearing there was always some orange piece in it!!!! You get a glimpse of it in the picture with Julian and David above.
Again I had the great pleasure to have Kristina Hoeppner aka @anitsirk from Wellington give us a talk on Mahara directly from the Catalyst headquarter. Kristina is German so she did her presentation on the MAHARA community and collaboration in German with her nice New Zealand accent . And as she is the nicest and most helpful person you can imagine, you can watch her uploaded presentation with audio on slideshare. So for all interested in Mahara who missed this presentation, here it is:
Mahara again filled a whole track during this Moot and I could welcome another big player of the international Mahara network, Don Presant who also did an online presentation on professional development in Manitoba, Canada.
But there were not only experts from abroad working with ePortfolio and Mahara but we had one of the best German teams using Mahara for competence centered learning in individual learning steps: “Lernen mit Lernschritten” was presented by a team from Oskar von Miller Schule who use Mahara and the ePortfolio concept in a very student centered way, changing the paradigms of learning and teaching at their school. They covered several aspects of the ePortfolio work and it was fascinating to see how passionate the team was about their project.
At the end of day one and after my Preworkshop on MAHARA I am convinced that Mahara is now going one step further in Germany getting into productive status. There are so many good projects all over Germany and Austria that school and university officials can no longer ignore the existence and importance of ePortfolio work. It looks as if we had passed the stage where we are laughed at….
While I am writing this blog entry I got another call for an ePortfolio workshop in Prague at DISCO conference where I will meet my Czech network.
Here you can view my presentation I gave to introduce into Mahara