The first MEC run has been successfully concluded on Wednesday, 15 May 2019, with all four candidates receiving their MEC – Foundation Level Certification.
After a long period of preparation the first MEC run is a fact and it is finally the time to congratulate our first MEC graduates! So…
Congratulations Om Singh Chundawat, Sue Sugizaki, Tish Kirkland, and Vincent Basile for succeeding in MEC – Foundation Level!
A special run
This first MEC delivery, which I had the chance to facilitate, has been special not only because it was the first run for me and HRDNZ Moodle Partner, but it was the first offerred worldwide! Inevitably it has been the crush test of a product that followed a long development cycle. Technical and procedural issues were detected, reported and solved in collaboration with the four candidates and the Moodle HQ Education Team. The coordinated actions and the quick turnarpund helped to make this a successful run despite the challenges that occurred.
The delivery began on 1st April and followed a sequential order, dedicating a week to each Module:
Module 1 – Universal Design – 1-7 April
Module 2 – Open Content – 8-14 April
Module 3 – Guiding Learners – 15-21 April
Module 4 – Teaching Tools – 22-28 April
Module 5 – Learner Collaboration – 29 April-5 May
Module 6 – Assessment Strategy – 6-12 May
A typical week
Each week candidates had to review the Module’s (minimal) contents and complete two challenges that reflect their skills towards the Module’s learning goal. Canditates submitted their challenges for assessment and they could update them twice, based on facilitator’s feedback, to reach Competence or Mastery score.
For this pilot candidates had been carefully selected. We needed a small group of experienced Moodlers, thus we selected the above four as they were either holders of the Moodle Certification (MCCC), or they had completed MoodleBites online training. This proved to be a wise decision, as MEC has been created on the basis of the Digital Competences for Educators and its focus is on teaching, rather than on Moodle. With Moodle knowledge a given, candidates had the chance look beyond the Moodle tools and focus on what’s important in the online education: teaching.
The next MEC date for the Foundation Level certificate is on 1st June, when we expect to welcome a larger group of candidates who have successfully completed the MoodleBites for Teachers course.
I have been working with HRDNZ for long time, since I completed my Moodle Teacher Certificate in 2007. My key role is to manage Moodle Educator Certificate program for HRDNZ.