MoodleBites for teachers, MEC and the WIIFY question.

“What’s in it for you?” “WIIFY” is an issue in today’s life. More often than not, most of us find ourselves wondering whether it is worth investing our time, money, patince, effort, etc. on something. Well,  if you have a passion for Moodle (and have experience using it), I suggest you take “MoodleBites for Teachers“. I hope this brief textx comes up with a suitable answer to the question you might be asking yourself now: “O.K., so WIIFM?”

I should start by stating that I have done it, and that it helped me be ready for the Moodle Educator Certification program: I took “MoodleBites for Teachers” in June 2020, and in July 2020 I started the first of the six MEC courses, which I completed within two months.

I had used Moodle extensively in High School since 2013, and also took part in excellent free courses, such as Learn Moodle. However, taking “MoodleBites for Teachers” has made a difference: The course I took went well beyond basic Moodle courses filling gaps in what I knew (or thought I knew) about Moodle features. The explanations and video tutorials covered each tool thoroughly. I found the sections that dealt with advanced features, such as Workshop, Database, Lesson and Gradebook particularly useful. Incidentally, I understand that the course has been updated in 2021 for Moodle 3.10.

With so many free courses available on the Internet, you might ask why you should invest time, money and effort on a paid course before you take MEC, which is also not free. The “WIIFM” question is important, of course. I can say about myself that while I was taking MEC, I realized that one major benefit of  “MoodleBites for Teachers’ was that it motivated me to delve into different Moodle features by referring me to Moodle Documentation. I turned to consulting those pages in a way I had not done before. This has proved to be a significant change in how I have used Moodle ever since then. 

To sum up, “MoodleBites for Teachers” helped me both bridge gaps concerning how to use Moodle tools and be ready for MEC: I was better prepared to suggest solutions to case studies when that was required in the program.

I hope to be sharing my experience with MEC, and the impact the program has had on me as a teacher soon. Who knows? You might find an answer to the “WIIFM” question you ask yourself before reading what I will hopefully write.

Be well!

Eduardo Lina
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Eduardo Lina

Born in Argentina, Eduardo has been living and working in Israel since 1979 - and he loves to use Moodle! Married to Susy, with two daughters: Gabriela and Maia, and one granddaughter, Sol, Eduardo is teaching English at school. Having completed with HRDNZ both MoodleBites for Teachers and the six MEC courses, Eduardo is a Moodle Certified Educator. He is a Certified Israel Ministry of Education Teachers’ teacher. He has developed and facilitated several Israel Ministry of Education's Spanish and English as a Foreign Language online workshops.

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