As Moodle is one of Packt’s bestselling topics, we were excited to attend this year’s MoodleMoot UK 2010 at Senate House in London and meet the readers – and some of the authors – of our books. We were happy to see how many people had already heard of Packt, many of whom already had a number of Packt books on their bookshelves, and were keen to find out about further areas of Moodle on which they would like to see a book.
Packt has recently published a number of subject-specific Moodle books – and have even more in the pipeline, including Moodle for Design and Technology, an English Teacher’s Cookbook, and Moodle Science – and I was eager to find out if there were any suggestions for other subjects. One of the most common requests I had was a book for teaching History using Moodle. No sooner said than done and, working with a teacher that I met at the conference, a Moodle for Teaching History book is being put together!
On the Tuesday, I attended the morning workshop on 'Moodle in Other Sectors'. I had heard a lot about Moodle being used in healthcare and was interested in branching out from the traditional Moodle books which are aimed at educational institutions. It is pleasantly surprising to see how widely Moodle is now being used among non-educational institutions. The NHS is starting to adopt it all over Britain, and independent charities such as Marie Curie Cancer Care are starting to use it to coordinate their staff training.
Speaking to a number of people who attended the parallel workshop on 'Moodle in the Corporate Sector', it became clear that there is a rising demand for information on using Moodle outside of schools, from corporate training to the health services mentioned above, a development which we will be keeping a close eye on.
The most popular question that we were asked over the course of the conference was definitely ‘When are your Moodle 2.0 books coming out?’ Happily, Mary Cooch’s Moodle 2.0 First Look book has just been announced. This book introduces the reader to the new features of Moodle 2.0 and shows you how to upgrade to the new version. We shall start updating our existing Moodle books as soon as possible, so watch this space.
It is great to see how Moodle has grown so much in the last few years and that there was such a wide variety of people there who were either thinking about using Moodle for the first time or were looking for new ways to extend their Moodle expertise. If there are any specific areas of Moodle that you would like to see a book on, we’d love to hear from you.