If you're on Facebook (which appears to be creaking a little today - under the strain of a big Guardian article?) you'll easily be able to find today's subject. I discovered a few fellow Moodlers in FB's millions of users and, after not much digging, came across some interesting groups:
It just gets rediculous when you ask your lecturer something when they're right infront of you and your told to go ask it on Moodle when they could easily answer you there and then! Stupid!It becomes fairly clear where the issues might lie:
i love how our teachers tell us to check moddle for our assignments...hello?!?!why cant they just tell us instead of having to refer to Moodle it makes life ten times easier for us and for them cause then we have the homework they assigned
- Pupils / students are very savvy in terms of technology - and an "adult" pointing them towards technology in lieu of something useful will be seen a mile off (and, nowadays, derieded publicly...);
- The thing about ICT (or any tool) is knowing when using it helps and when it makes things more complex / harder / pointless. Again, easily spotted a mile off by someone who lives on somewhere like FB;
- Why not ask your students what works for them? Of course, until you try something they might not have a clue, but to plough on regardless when some of your intended audience are objecting might be a little... short sighted? Of course, if they love it, go for your life;
- Make sure "it" works - and always works. Whatever you have to do to make sure that things are (to coin a Becta-esque phrase) robust and reliable then Do It;
- Good teachers will almost certainly benefit from the process of online learning - less-good teachers might be distracted and see it as an answer for All Sorts Of Things Which Are Probably More Fundamental Issues. Go and read The Good Teacher on the Moodle Documentation site if you want some further food for thought.
Anyway, I'm off to add Jimmy Wales as a friend...