I thought it be nice to look back at this year’s Moot and share our experience of running it and show where we are trying to improve for MootUK11.
All in all, I think it’s fair to say that this year’s conference was a great success and the feedback from delegates (at the event, on social networks and in the formal questionnaire) supports this.
In an effort to get feedback on this year’s Moot and delegates to provide input for next year’s conference we invited all 285 attendees to fill in our online survey. At closing of the polls on 7 May 2010 we had received 81 responses, giving us a 28% response rate.
There was an equal split of Moot first-timers (49.4%) and more seasoned Moot attendees (50.6%).
Most (81%) respondents gave this year’s Moot the thumbs up with either an Excellent (37%) or Good (44.4%) rating of the conference.
This trend continues with 87.7% rating the conference venue and facilities at Senate House as Excellent (45.7%) or Good (42%).
However the catering didn’t fare so well with over a tenth of attendees rating it either Very Poor (3.7%) or Poor (8.6%).
The majority (78.4%) of delegates felt this year’s Moot provided value for money, with a fifth (21.6%) feeling it did not.
What went well?
Prof. Sugata’s keynote on Whole in The Wall project was named most as an inspirational opening-keynote. Networking, meeting like-minded people to share experience and expertise and the good quality of workshops & presentations were named by many as key advantages of this year’s Moot.
‘I liked the sense of enthusiasm and drive of those there and it was great to see teachers and technicians with a common purpose. Good to see relative absence of commerciality.’ MootUK10 delegate
What could be improved?
Many felt that the 1h workshop sessions were packed with too many small presentations allowing less time for Q&A and felt rushed at times, as one delegate said ‘quality instead of quantity on workshops’. More detailed information on workshops upon sign-up and facilitation of all sessions for time-keeping purpose have been mentioned as areas for improvements, as well as considering to live stream all keynotes and workshops as they happen.
There was also a general trend for delegates asking for more technical presentations, even suggestions of a technical strand running throughout the 2-days conference.
What’s in store for MoodleMoot UK 2011
One of the key issues last year was the shear lack of time. Meaning we had our hands full in pulling of the 2-day Moot and had less time to offer (or even look into) additional conference features. I’m happy to say this isn’t the case this year and you might have heard already that planning for a developer pre-Moot is well and truly underway.
In an effort to keep prices at an affordable level we are also looking to expand on the sponsorship and support we received at MOOTUK10. We are currently working on the sponsorship brochure and hope to release it in early November.
Pre-registration is now open and as mentioned on the ticket page signing up won’t guarantee your ticket. We are still working out which ticket options to offer and if to include the evening entertainment rather than having it as a separate option. There are pros and cons for either and from an organiser point of view it comes down what is manageable on the scale of MoodleMoot. Another factor is the previously mentioned sponsorship as this is likely to help with additional costs for the pre-Moot and evening entertainment.
We will release tickets in batches and announce the date in advance, which hopefully allows people to make the necessary arrangements to get approval to attend. Please note that payment will be by credit/debit card only.