We held a Moodle User Group meeting in a Hotel in Warrington yesterday. There was a really good turn out of over 80 delegates and our whole team were in attendance. The morning was given over to various presentations from colleges, Adult and Community Learning and a Work based Learning providers. There were some interesting ideas and I was particularly impressed with the way that Tameside College had customised their Moodle so it looked – well not like a typical Moodle. If you’re not sure what Moodle is or what a VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) is there is a decent explanation on wikipedia.

After an excellent lunch, our colleagues from the West Midlands did a very good demonstration of Dimdim which has a Moodle add-in for video conferencing. It’s astonishing how enthusiastic moodlers are. There was a real buzz in the room with lots of chatting and networking and the nice people at the hotel gave us doggy bags to take the delicious muffins home in. The line of the day though must go to Sheena from Trafford College, as we were discussing someone who may be suitable for a particular job she asked, ‘John, is that the one who died?’