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Dec042017

ACS Athens participates in MoodleMoot Greece 2017

ACS Athens had a strong presence at the first MoodleMoot Greece Conference which was held on December 1 and 2nd, 2017 at the Athens University of Applied Sciences (ΤΕΙ of Athens). MoodleMoot conferences take place around the world and are dedicated to users, developers and administrators of Moodle, the open-source course management system used by many educational institutions, including ACS Athens.

The focus was on how people are using Moodle to empower educators to improve education in Greece and globally and to discuss key open projects that the Moodle community can get involved in.

Two successful presentations were delivered by ACS Athens faculty members for the conference track involving "Best Practices in K-12". Dr. Maria Avgerinou, with input in the Q&A from Ms. Mary Manos, presented, "The Ecology and Evolution of Moodle in the K12: The case of ACS Athens". Ms. Christina Bakoyiannis, Dr. Antonis Karampelas, and Ms. Marianna Sidiropoulou presented, "Optimizing K12 Blended Teaching with Moodle: Perspectives of International Educators at ACS Athens".
Both presentations were so well received that the scheduled time had to be extended by a half hour to accommodate the rich Q&A sessions that followed.

In order to achieve a more holistic approach in representing the use of Moodle at ACS Athens, four ACS Athens students, from the Elementary, Middle and High School, volunteered to participate in the Q&A sessions. These students shared feedback on how they experience Moodle from their individual perspectives, and offered recommendations toward the improvement of the platform.

On the first day, Prof. Demetrios Sampson, Curtain University Australia and University of Piraeus, Greece introduced the ACS Athens faculty members attending the plenary sessions to Mr. Martin Dougiamas, CEO and Founder of Moodle, where they had the opportunity to discuss future collaborations with him.

On the 2nd day, Mr. Dougiamas attended the ACS Athens presentations and engaged actively with the students in the Q&A sessions that followed. He was particularly impressed with their focused and very detailed feedback on using Moodle for learning!

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