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Online courses must die!

E-Learning Provocateur

Occupying a place on the continuum somewhere between a VLE and a PLE, an ILE is an informal learning environment that a facilitator manages on behalf of a group of learners. Essentially, an ILE is a space (like a website or intranet site) that centralises relevant learning resources in a particular domain. Unlike a VLE, an ILE is strictly informal. But you know what?

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How we think about learning influences our e-learning practice

Connect Thinking

Author : Buffer, Inc Website : [link] -->. Learning Strategy Our Changing Practice Performance Support Research - Work-Based VLEMy EdD Supervisor is Emeitus Paul Hager , an educational philosopher who keeps it ‘real’ for me when it comes to the inter-relationship between learning and technology. recently read a number of Paul’s papers about learning in the workplace.

The survival of higher education (3): The Social Web

Learning with e's

In this activity, each of the students took individual responsibility to seek out, evaluate and then post useful websites and online learning resources that were deemed indispensable to the group. If they wished to change this kind of restrictive provision and depose the ‘tyranny of the institutional VLE’, universities would need to undergo a radical shift in policy. Yeomans, P.

Totara: re-shaping Moodle for corporate use

Clive on Learning

typical VLE is designed to support formal academic courses, whether face-to-face, online or blended. In essence, most VLEs house a collection of course websites. So it has been more than a little surprising to me over the past few years to see Moodle, an open-source VLE, used so enthusiastically by corporates. Last week I asked Can the ‘big LMS’ break clear of formal training? - I wanted to know whether Saba, one of the most successful of the big LMSs, could reinvent itself to accommodate informal learning. Totara is a joint venture of Kineo and New Zealand-based Catalyst.

Good morning Barcelona!! Jim Groom at #EDEN15

Learning with e's

Over 500 people's blogs were aggregated onto the central ds106 website, and the creativity was supported further. There was a serious underpinning philosophy, where students gain a personal space on the web which they can control, and which is the antithesis of the institutional VLE/LMS. Listening to Jim Groom speak is a lot of fun. Dave Kernohan). Not a good start. shout.

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Dead personal

Learning with e's

For those who don't, the institutional VLE (or perhaps no web based use at all) is an option. This may sound like a climb down from my position on the death of the VLE, but It is not. There should also be plenty of opportunity during the Fringe (F-ALT) sessions - see the F-ALT website for more details on these informal discussions. The two are not to be confused.

Facebook for e-Learning


News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 11/07/2010 Facebook for e-Learning Facebook objective is " to help you connect and share with the people in your life ". 50% of Facebooks active users log on to Facebook in any given day. Average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events. Thanks.

Preparing for elearning the first run

Moodle Journal

This week finally saw the launch of the third phase of our Moodle vle roll out at the college with the delivery of a new 2 hour cpd staff training session Preparing for e-learning. After the initial production work we exported the material in scorm format and upload onto the vle. Please stay in touch for future posts and feel free to comment.

Changing times

Moodle Journal

Recently I started to record the time I spent running my side of the VLE operation. So if you are running a VLE how do these compare, please let us all know by replying if you have time And apart from the obvious use, I realised that its going make an interesting chronicle of how my activities change with the rollout.


New Experiments in e-Learning

Moodle Journal

After all the inevitable turmoil of applications and enrolment for the new academic year, I finally got down to some regular classes. I met with my new first year level 3 students and during the session introduced them to the vle. At the end of the class I suggested that they might like to join my Facebook; so much faster communication than college email for some reason!


Video formats and storage

Moodle Journal

I received a request recently from a client to produce my Moodle training resources as a set of video files, which does make a lot of sense; I have also been using more video this year on the VLE. At the Yasasoft website you can download a limited free version, it will convert just about all format up to five minutes and its a really nice and easy to use piece of desktop software. If you are finding this emerging trend, then you may like to have a look at a couple of resources for video conversion and storage.


Punk it up

Learning with e's

I'm also speaking in the fringe event F-ALT entitled WTF Edupunk , where I will try to show how the punk rock ideology has parallels with contemporary thinking about going outside the walled garden of the institutional VLE to use free, open content, social software tools. I'm getting ready for the 310 mile drive up to Leeds tomorrow to participate in ALT-C 2008. Punk it up!


Newsletter,feedback and eMaterials

Moodle Journal

The other day I received an email from our Technology department asking if I could install some new eLearning materials onto the vle for them, which naturally I was more than pleased to both do and also take the opportunity to review. One aspects of eLearning that I have been very keen to get established is a newsletter. Well thats all for now , please stay in touch.

Best of Elearning! 2015 Finalists Revealed


VLE Platform. magazine, e-magazines, e-mail newsletters, Alerts, website, Web Seminar Series, Enterprise Learning! Executives Nominate 100 Solutions Across Expanded 30 Categories for Excellence. Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines, the industry voices of the enterprise learning and workforce technology market, announced today the Best of Elearning! Awards 2015 Finalists. Readers and professionals from both the private and public sector cast more than 4,000 nominations for the best-in-class solutions across 30 product categories. and Government Elearning! Conference.

e-Factor Conference

Moodle Journal

must say that I felt particularly encouraged with regard to the emphasis on the vle and eLearning especially with relevance to the new Common Inspection Framework. have since grabbed a copy from the website along with the ‘ Handbook for the inspection of further education and skills’. Yesterday 27th June 2012 I went along to the RSC e-Factor “It’s all about the learner event” in London. There were just on 200 delegates, so a sizable gathering, with some really useful presentations from Colleges, I took ten pages of A3 notes, always a good sign, so will be following up on those.


Once more with feeling.

Learning with e's

The provisional programme for the 4th Plymouth e-Learning Conference is complete and has been posted onto the Conference Website. Now I can take a breath and sit back (even if it's just for a few hours). It's an exciting programme I think, and tops all the previous ones in both scope and depth. There are over 70 paper presentations dealing with such diverse subjects as using Web 2.0


and my nominations are.

Learning with e's

For me, the most influential blog post of the year contained the video (Movie) of the ALT-C debate on the death of the VLE. Recorded and posted by James Clay onto his blog e-Learning Stuff , the video has been downloaded countless times, and copied/embedded into dozens of other websites and blogs around worldwide. He is @mweller on Twitter. You can find him as @jamesclay on Twitter.


Multi-Generational Learning in the Workplace

Janet Clarey

Google, Google Scholar, and Wikipedia for homework, the school’s VLE/LMS, instant message, text, profile on a social networking service like Facebook or MySpace.). Neomillennial Learning Styles: From Websites to Distributed-Learning Communities. Here are the slides from an online session I did yesterday on Multi-Generational Learning in the Workplace.  This was the first time I presented on this topic and the first time I led a session using Saba’s Centra platform. Great questions, great crowd, no big tech issues. Bibliography (below). Keep your own bias in mind. 2005-2006.