How, When and Why of Forest Farming – Designing a site/community

Below is an attempt to lay out the design rationale for development of an online course and learning community for forest farming. This process is underway now and involves a core group which is geographically dispersed over New York and Pennsylvania.

“Our initial motivation in using MOODLE to work with, as the core HWWFF group, was that it would allow all of our members to become acquainted with the tool they would ultimately be using to host online learning communities. MOODLE is a learning content management system which relies strongly on the social aspects of learning and knowledge construction. It has a range of tools which bring learners together online to engage in activities and discussions meant to form a “community of learners”.
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