Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Moodle Course Creator Certificate (MCCC) as Performance Benchmark for Teachers

Moodle is a very successful "free software" learning management system (LMS). It is currently being used by UKOU and UPOU (and 51,596 sites from 206 countries as of today).

Moodle is offering a certification program called the Moodle Course Creator Certificate. What I like about this program is it lists performance criteria for a course creator. The eight MCCC skill sets are (MCC Skill Sets overview):
  • Environmental technology (has to do with the client-server environment of the LMS)
  • Generic Moodle skills
  • Moodle Blocks
  • Using Resources
  • Using Activities
  • Media and content
  • Participant management
  • Course management
"A successful MCCC candidate will: "Demonstrate competence in using the Moodle Course Management System to design, create, deliver, and manage courses." (Moodle Certification Guiding Principles)

I am not actually going to take the MCCC yet because of four things: first, I don't have the money yet. I would need to finish my Master of Distance Education degree to free up some resources. Second, I am waiting for a Moodle Administrators Certificate (MAC). Third, I am waiting for the landmark Moodle 2.0. And last but not the least, I got an 80% in the sample quiz. I definitely need to review my Moodle skills.

So what I am going to do is blog about my review of Moodle following the excellent MCCC performance benchmark. The 1.9 skills sets are available here in pdf (you may need to register):

Btw I am going to try to extend this skill set with the concept of "loosely coupled teaching" and "loosely joined" course design.

Going back to Moodle, I am currently comparing the look and feel of it in three browsers (environmental technology) available to Ubuntu Intrepid. These are Firefox, Konqueror and Opera. It's always good to start with the basics as advance users take it for granted. I will try to report on that later.

See you in my next post :-)...

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