Moodle Founder and Open Learning Expert, Martin Dougiamas to Deliver Keynote Address at Moodle Moot US- West Coast 2011

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Organized by the California State University System and enterprise Moodle service provider, Moodlerooms, open source community gathering will highlight the recent release of Moodle 2.0 and feature six session tracks

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“Moodle Moots always provide a great opportunity for Moodle community members to meet, collaborate and network with one another,” says Dougiamas. “I'm looking forward to participating once again."

The California State University System and Moodlerooms, Inc., provider of enterprise Moodle-based e-learning solutions, are pleased to announce their co-sponsorship of the Moodle Moot, US-West Coast 2011 (conference) in Rohnert Park (Sonoma County), CA. The event, taking place July 12-14, will feature a keynote address by Martin Dougiamas, founder and lead developer of Moodle, the most widely adopted learning management system worldwide. Moodle provides open source teaching and learning tools to nearly 40 million educators and learners. Keynote addresses will also be delivered by David Wiley, Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University, Susan Ko, author of “Teaching Online: A Practical Guide,” and educational technology blogger, Michael Feldstein.

Since Moodle’s inception, Moodle Moots, official Moodle User Conferences, have provided an opportunity for developers, users and educators throughout the world to meet and discuss Moodle developments and its role in today’s classrooms. Delivering a keynote address on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, Dougiamas will provide background on the current state of Moodle and insight into the new features, functionality and pedagogical direction of the recently released Moodle 2.0, the most progressive new release of Moodle since version 1.0 was launched in 2002.

“With seven California State University (CSU) campuses in full production with Moodle, and two additional campuses seriously considering it, the CSU is honored to contribute to the Moodle community, as well as learn from the experiences of others for the best implementations possible,” says Kathy Fernandes, Director of System-wide Learning Management Systems and Services, CSU Office of the Chancellor and CSU Chico.

“Moodle Moots always provide a great opportunity for Moodle community members to meet, collaborate and network with one another,” says Dougiamas. “I'm looking forward to participating once again."

On Thursday, July 14th David Wiley, Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University and an internationally renowned speaker, will present a keynote on open content and informal learning through online communities.

Delivering an additional keynote on Wednesday, July 13 is Dr. Susan Ko, co-author of Teaching Online: A Practical Guide (3rd edition, Routledge) and a consultant working in the area of online education. She spent over a decade teaching in the Cal State U. system and most recently served as Executive Director of Center for Teaching and Learning at University of Maryland University College.

The Moot’s closing keynote will be delivered by Michael Feldstein, author of e-Literate, a blog covering educational technology and related topics. With a long history supporting the advancement of learning management technologies, Michael has spoken on topics including e-learning usability, LMS evaluation methods, ePortfolios, and edupatents for organizations, and has been interviewed as an e-learning expert by a variety of media outlets, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Associated Press, and U.S. News and World Report.

Moodle Moot US- West Coast 2011 will provide a forum to explore and discuss Moodle within six distinct session tracks that appeal to a wide range of Moodle interests and include Moodle in Action, Moodle Support and Governance, Moving to Moodle, Moodle Under the Hood, Moodle 2.0 and a track for Vendor and Sponsor presentations. For more information on Moodle Moot US- West Coast 2011, visit http://www.moot-us.com.

About the California State University System:
The California State University System is a leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education. With 23 campuses, almost 433,000 students, and 44,000 faculty and staff, we are the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country. We offer unlimited opportunities to help students achieve their goals. We prepare graduates who go on to make a difference in the workforce. We engage in research and creative activities leading to scientific, technical, artistic and social advances. And we play a vital role in the growth and development of California's communities and economy.

About Moodlerooms:
Moodlerooms provides educators and learners across the globe with proven e-learning solutions that are flexible, scalable, reliable and affordable. By combining Dell Cloud Hosting, Managed Open-Source, and Software-as-a-Service delivery, Moodlerooms’ customers receive the benefits of open-source Moodle with the comfort and assurance that come from enterprise-level deployment, implementation, value added support, and consulting services. With an unwavering commitment to creating a more effective and engaging education community, Moodlerooms is the CHANGE you want e-learning to be.

About Moodle:
Moodle is an open-source learning management system (LMS) that is free for anyone to download. With a robust set of teaching and learning tools for creating online dynamic web sites, it has become very popular among educators and learners. With more than 30 million users globally, Moodle has become the most widely-used LMS in the world.

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