I would love to see iMoots, perhaps one day, quarterly and each each in a different timezone. The lack of sleep is gonna kill me.
I think the iMoot is great. If we can get the timetable with repeated sessions (even if they are recorded with a concurrent discussion) it would mean if a session was the middle of the night in your time zone you can watch it at a 'normal for your zone' scheduled time with a discussion among others in your time zone - not sure if that makes sense!
I also agree that local Moots are important, but I am not sure an iMoot would adversely affect our local or regional Moots. I would "attend" both and many school budgets in our region have very limited travel funds. I am enjoying this format and would love to have more opportunities like this.
Moodle Moots happen all around the world. These days there is nearly one every week happening somewhere around the globe. At each of these events local passionate educators get together and share their knowledge. Sadly however that is typically as far as the content gets.
iMoot was envisaged as a place that users could present the same sessions that did at the local Moot to a global audience. In this way iMoot was designed to augment the local Moots, not detract from them. We also wanted to unite attendees from these local events with like minded educational/development professionals from around the world. In short......community build.
The challenge has been to convince these local experts that their knowledge is worth spreading on the international stage. Each brings cultural and pedagogical differences that offer widely diverse points of view.This is also why we let presenters in, not for a discount, but for free. We want to encourage more educators to share their passion and knowledge with like minded peers.Thought it might be useful to give the back story of where iMoot came from.
At this point I would not foresee a formal iMoot at more than once a year. I honestly believe that is enough and gives time to gather these fantastic presenters together from the year's worth of local moots. But, that being said, we go where the interest lies. Nothing is locked away.
Thanks for coming to iMoot and being part of the event. Keep the discussion going and let's see what ideas you generate!
Teresa - As a presenter, I must say that I have greatly preferred being able to repeat a presentation for a different timezone. The first year, they used the recording from the first and then allowed questions; however, I have liked being able to respond to questions and comments during the presentation and also being able to tweak the presentation. I greatly enjoy the international flavor of the iMoot and am grateful to Julian for all he does to make this a tremendous success. Peace - Anthony
Please come to the session that Natalie and I are hosting Session B-15 Moodle4Educators: Connecting You To Other Moodlers
We tried to get something going last year and have finally got it figured out.
iMoots after each release sounds great to me and also gives the community a chance to thank developers for their hard work. I like the sense of community that gives to Moodle. The iMoot format is definitely a favorite for me, rather than a local one.
Another advantage of twice yearly after each release is that it would give us a chance to give feedback at the beginning of the development cycle for the next release.
For instance, it's obvious Badges and Bootstrap are a big hit this week. Hopefully iMoot attendee feedback will translate into clearer prioritizing of the future feature sets for them.
Since a lot of Moodle sites lag behind in upgrading, such early feedback on a new release should be even more valuable in planning the next development cycle.
Maybe it would be better to have Moot camp. Maybe a one day event. I've been to Helena, MT (USA) - Mountain Moodle Moot and it was fantastic. Would like more like this as well.
I'm looking forward to going to the Mountain Moodle Moot this year! It will be my first time to Montana. Also, here is a picture of the parish where I serve as Associate Pastor in Albuquerque, NM. Peace - Anthony