Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Moodle and Change at The Southport School

Key Information

Title: Case Study: Moodle and Change at The Southport School
Presenter: Richard Jones
Theme: Envision
Type: Presentation
Audience: Education - Secondary


The Southport School (TSS) is in its third year of using Moodle/Mahara and the second year of using Moodle 2.  The uptake was gradual during the first year or two and consisted mainly of resource uploading.  

In the second year, a project to investigate different methods of professional learning was undertaken and yielded some valuable insights.

At the beginning of Year 3 (2012), the concept of eLearning leaders was introduced.  These are volunteer teachers, one from each faculty, who take responsibility for leading the development of eLearning within their areas.  We meet 8 times per year and have 4 training days outside the school.

This case study will relate how this has led to the increased uptake of Moodle in several; key areas: Use of the gradebook and assignments, use of Mahara as an assessment tool, use of discussion forums and conversion of paper-based to online courses. 

A key addition to Moodle, which allows parents to view homework without logging on to the system, will also be described.

The project is supported by the Australian Government Quality Teacher Program and Independent Schools Queensland.