I’m in the train, on the way back from LEAD’s first Moodle Camp, and I’m hooked. For those that don’t know LEAD: They are one of my favourite training organizations (right after the Kurs Zukunftspiloten, that is).

Moodle Camp’s task was to create ten innovative e-learning courses on sustainability and leadership within 2.5 days. Impossible, you say? Well, I thought so, too – until I met the rest of the team. No less than thirteen nationalities were represented in our group of twenty-six, all of them engaging leaders and experts in their fields.

We’re not completely done yet, but lo and behold: We presented our ten modules to an expert panel yesterday afternoon and received a very positive and constructive response.

How do you make such magic happen, you ask? Here are a few things that certainly helped:

  1. Create Accountability. The organizers of Moodle Camp dared to take a leap of faith by making appointments with a group of external experts to review the modules after only 2.5 days of work. By setting themselves up for failure, they gained the trust of the group – and everybody stepped up their game to deliver.
  2. Crosspollinate. I worked in three different teams in parallel during Moodle Camp. This way, ideas and innovation could travel more easily between groups – and we quickly picked up the importance of using mixed media and interaction in elearning.
  3. Diversify. Especially for a global training program like LEAD, the diversity of
    experiences and approaches in the room enriched the design of the modules, not only in the choice of case studies, but also in making sure that we take different cultural viewpoints into account.
  4. Distort Reality. Apparently, Steve Jobs had a habit to tell his engineers “It can be done. Don’t be afraid” whenever they claimed that projects and timeframes were impossible. This story became a meme during Moodle Camp.
  5. Check in and Celebrate. When heads started smoking, chocolate appeared out of nowhere. When people started working through the night, an excursion to a nearby pub was at hand. While breaks hardly happened, Moodle Camp’s premise was that pressure and exhaustion wouldn’t help us to reach our goals.

I’m excited about seeing these modules taking shape – and ultimately about seeing more and more people benefit from the insight and approaches that LEAD has to offer. Personally, I’ve learned tons about good strategies for e-learning design (and the software system Moodle), and am looking forward to applying that knowledge in other contexts.

Over to you: Have you ever achieved an impossible task with a group? How?


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7 thoughts on “Collaborative design for engaging e-learning

  • 3 February 2012 at 19:30

    An engaging summary of what sounds to be a great event. I look forward to hearing more.

  • 3 February 2012 at 19:31


    What a well written, well structured blog about what for me was an inspiring event for all the reasons you mention.
    Thanks for all you help

  • 3 February 2012 at 23:56

    Hey Wiebke,
    what a great way of reliving these last 2.5 days.

    Let’s do magic again soon!

  • 6 February 2012 at 14:41

    Fabulous blog Wiebke and great to finally meet you! Looking forward to next time 🙂

  • 8 February 2012 at 13:04

    Wow, You have such an organised thought process! You have described the Moodle camp so succinctly yet with such depth, its amazing.
    It was great working with and meeting you. Looking forward to reading more from you.

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