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Reading – Transition to Moodle (Florida International University)

Dont Waste Your Time

The question of whether your current VLE (or LMS or CMS or whatever you classify it as) is the right one for your Institution seems to be one of those questions that people would rather you didn’t ask. I’m not sure why considering the costs involved in maintaining a VLE infrastructure; surely we can ask if we are getting value for money? The article outlines the FIU’s position in the development of their VLE, from WebCT to BlackBoard via the BlackBoard purchase of WebCT, through to the evaluation of alternative systems.

Proactive, Not Reactive: Strategic with Technology

Web Courseworks

Cost – The financial investment needed to create the materials. Certainly costs, time, and revenue are key components of any corporate strategy.  To achieve success, and thus to increase satisfaction in terms of revenue, costs, and time, Cobb and Steele’s research emphasizes several steps. A Research Review. “…we abandoned the term e-learning entirely.”

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The Three Dubya's - Wimba, Webex and WiZiQ

Learnadoodledastic

These are just my initial comparisons, I intend to go into much more depth on these and other applications at a later time. Can be integrated to Blackboard VLE, but was not for this trial. Wimba: Wimba are a company that look to agree institutional wide solutions which would involve integration with Blackboard VLE. Agreed a year long trial with a personalised Wimba website.

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Google Wave - Learning Environments - Best of eLearning Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

Cost Comparison: Instructor-Led Vs. E-Learning , October 14, 2009. Blackboard reinforcing the Status Quo , October 12, 2009. Best of eLearning Learning. October 9, 2009 to October 16, 2009. Upcoming Free Online Events. New Possibilities with Mobile Learning 2.0. Wednesday, October 21, 2009. Mobile Learning Gains Momentum. Wednesday, October 21, 2009. Tips for Teaching Synchronous Virtual Classes. Saturday, October 24, 2009. Online Interviews In Real Time: Webinar And Book Release Party. Monday, October 26, 2009. Unleashing The Power Of Social Learning. Featured Sources.

HE Institutional Strategies for E-learning

Learnadoodledastic

Well just as higher education embraces the notion of e-learning and start investing heavily financially, strategically and emotionally in commercially driven e-learning VLE’s such as Blackboard along comes those damn pesky web 2.0 After all the staff and student training that has gone into learning how to make that cumbersome beast (my view) Blackboard be a useful catalyst to promote and develop a sustainable and consistent e-learning strategy it is hard to contemplate that their may be a better way forward other than via Blackboard or similar VLE’s. technologies.

EduTools (Decision-making tools for e-learning)

ZaidLearn

URL: [link] "WCET’s EduTools provides independent reviews, side-by-side comparisons, and consulting services to assist decision-making in the e-learning community. Course Management System – Compare reviews of the CMS products most commonly used in higher education and also used by many K-12 virtual schools. Study the EduTools decision making tool to get a better idea, if you are not sure.

EduTools (Decision-making tools for e-learning)

ZaidLearn

URL: [link] "WCET’s EduTools provides independent reviews, side-by-side comparisons, and consulting services to assist decision-making in the e-learning community. Having said that you better use commercial e-learning decision-making tools from Brandon-Hall and Bersin & Associates , if you are planning to compare tools such as SumTotal and Saba (It might cost you a bit, but it could save you from wasting precious time and buckets of golden coins later). Study the EduTools decision making tool to get a better idea, if you are not sure. mail, CRM, ERP, etc).

Moodle is an Airport, Not a Total Solution!

ZaidLearn

If you need a tool to facilitate your online course and learning environment, Blackboard is certainly out, unless they have dramatically improved since the last time I tried it (2008). EduTools is a pretty good free course management system comparison and selection tool to use, compared to the commercial alternatives that Brandon Hall and Bersin provide (last resort, if EduTools fails!).

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More Quick Links

aLearning

See this ASTD article, “Cost Comparison: Instructor-Led vs. E-Learning,&# by Paul T. If you’re considering Blackboard and want to see what they offer associations, you can find descriptions here. . Read on for another series of summaries to save you time and give you leads to posts you might find of value: Social Learning and Social Media. And here’s the Wild Apricot Blog’s recommendation for Jay Baer’s One-Page Social Media Strategy Worksheet and how to adapt it to your nonprofit.  . eLearning vs FTF. Learning Objectives Debate. Walliker.

#ASTD09 Web-Based Instruction - Design and Technical Issues

In the Middle of the Curve

Continous self-regulation + Prompted throughout entire course - Delayed self-regulation + Prompted only in 2nd 1/2 - Control + No prompts to self-regulate - Study 1 - Using Blackboard LMS, 93 trainees, Avg age = 44 Mult choice + performance - Study 2 - TANDEM, PC based radar-tracking, 171 undergrads, Avg age = 19 Performance - Study 3 - MS Excel avg age = 42 Exams - Results across all studies. Presentation: Web-Based Instruction - Design and Technical Issues that Influence Training Effectiveness Presenters: Traci Sitzmann, Katherine Ely, ADL Wow! Results apply to all settings. Types.