Moodle VLE at the Center for English Academic Writing
Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites.
The word Moodle was originally an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. It’s also a verb that describes the process of lazily meandering through something, doing things as it occurs to you to do them, an enjoyable tinkering that often leads to insight and creativity. As such it applies both to the way Moodle was developed, and to the way a student or teacher might approach studying or teaching an online course. The design and development of Moodle is guided by a social constructionist pedagogy.
In 2009 Moodle VLE was installed and tested at the CEAW website. Since then writing center volunteers have been able to use it for developing courses and seminars on writing, critical reading and similar issues.
Distance course “Fundamentals of Academic Writing: Writing an Essay”
The course has been developed within the Partnership program between the University of Oregon (USA) and the Ivan Franko National University of L’viv (Ukraine)
Course duration: six weeks
1) to introduce the conventions of English academic writing and pinpoint differences between the English and Ukrainian academic discourse features; 2) to give the general notion and practice initial skills of writing activities necessary for writing an academic essay in English.
It is generally known that English is now the world language of various spheres of life. To learn how to efficiently write in English means to get excellent opportunities of expressing one’s thoughts and ideas in this dominant language and of becoming able to communicate with colleagues and friends throughout the world. It is from this perspective that I believe the distance course “Fundamentals of Academic Writing: Writing an Essay” will be of great benefit for Ukrainian students, teachers, and professionals. This comprehensive on-line material compiled on the basis of the most advanced research ideas and writing manuals helps to better understand what writing is and how to master it most quickly and successfully. I strongly recommend “Writing an Essay” to all those interested in mastering English academic writing and encourage them to study it from the beginning to end. This excellent course deserves your time and efforts!
Associate Professor, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
author of the textbook “English Academic Writing for Students and Researchers”