These are lonely times. It’s easy to feel shut-in, isolated, alone. While my state isn’t in lockdown, my family is isolating from the outside world as much as possible right now. I don’t think I’ve been more than 20 km from this desk in a month.
It feels like it’s going to be this way for a while, so we are looking for different ways to connect. My work colleagues and I use Microsoft Teams to hold our morning and afternoon scrums, and anytime we need to virtually hang our heads over the cubical wall and talk through a problem. That’s working pretty well, we’re a well functioning distributed team. My family and I meet every Saturday Night for “family chat” in a Facebook room. It took the pandemic to get everyone to meet weekly, something we should have been doing all this time. And this week coming up, I’m going to attempt virtual game night with a few friends and we’ll figure out if it’s possible to play a party game in Zoom.
But how do I connect with other Moodlers? Well, there is the ElearningWorld monthly open Zoom meeting. Now, I have to admit I have trouble attending because the times don’t exactly line up great for me. I tried hard to get to the July afternoon session, but work got in the way.
There are a few Facebook groups you could join. Specifically, the New Zealand Moodle Users group is a good place to drop a line and meet other Moodlers. And they’ve been nice enough to allow non-New Zealanders like me to join.
There’s plenty of other ways we can stay connected, and I’d like you to share in the comments other groups and virtual get togethers that you know about. It’s easy to feel isolated right now, so reach out to each other online. If you have a group of Moodle or EdTech friends, why not organise an online meet-up? It doesn’t have to be big or fancy, just a few colleagues and a cup of coffee and maybe a show-n-tell. Let’s keep our Moodle communities communicating!