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VLE – the discussion continues #VLE

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The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is a system/tool that sparks a fair bit of controversy when you mention it in any education setting. Whether it is the right classification for the tool is also up for discussion but the results show the term VLE as the one we use. Tim Dalton : “Feeling that the VLE is part of the assessment process so I filter what I write there?&#.

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WordPress as a VLE or CMS?

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My understanding of WordPress is that it is a blogging tool, but I have also used it to run corporate, commercial, charity, and special interest websites. It also runs some extremely powerful (and large) websites that are much more than a blog or news site. But what of WordPress as a learning management system – whether you call them VLE, CMS, LMS, or something else?

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A collection of VLE or learning ‘bad’ practices, pt.1 – Comments welcome

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What are your pet-peeves about how your VLE is used – are you the culprit or is this what you see others do? Come on, let’s have your examples of the things you’ve seen in your VLE that leave you in despair. eLearning eResources Flickr PLE Resource VLEIs it the technology at fault or how we / you / ‘they’ use it? Image Source: Naughty Funny Kids.

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Mapping Digital Skills in HE

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VLE … crossing ‘tools and technology’, ‘teach and learn’, and ‘communicate and collaborate’  . Technology Collaborate Collaboration Communication Digital Identity Digital Literacy Digital Skills Education Technology Educational Technology Higher Education Infographic Learning Technology Skills Mapping Teacher VLEExamples include the humble (?)

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Online courses must die!

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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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‘Out of Office’ emails put to good use

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If your query is urgent please contact …” “I am presenting at the XYZ Conference in [somewhere sunny] (link to research and/or Conference website) on March 26th, 2012 on [subject area] and will have intermittent email access during the day, etc.” Induction Activities: Some good examples using video … eLearning Conference EdTech Email Technology VLE

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How we think about learning influences our e-learning practice

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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.

Year in Review / 2013

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Working with the CreateSpace website I restructured the materials, redesigned the cover and worked on the 2nd edition of the book (also updating the eBook too to match). Will apps continue to dominate or will native/responsive websites gain momentum? May 2013). Most popular posts (by month): . January 2013: Creative Commons Infographic: Licenses Explained. What about you?

What’s your “elevator pitch”? Do you even have one? #eLearning

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Penny Loretto writing on the Internship website describes the practice that is the ‘elevator pitch’ as coming: “… from the time it takes to complete a normal elevator ride from the top to the bottom floor. eLearning Presentations Blogging Business Learning Technologist Presentation VLESo, what is the ‘elevator pitch’? question.

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

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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.

Designs on eLearning #DEL12: Student Showcase -’My Digital Life’

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These students use Ning and Wimba … all external tools to the institution website and/or systems – breaking relationship between students and the institution. At no point has anyone talked about the VLE today, isn’t that strange! The student portal does not reflect or address this: should it or should this be dealt with elsewhere?

What is a Learning Technologist (part 2)?

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have also enjoyed reading the post on the eLearn Magazine website by Sirin Soyoz: “ Identifying e-Learning Technologists &# – please read it. Tags: Blogging ALT CMALT Collaboration eLearning Learning Technologist Pedagogy Technology VLE David Hopkins, Learning Technologist. This is a question I always seem to be thinking about, probably because it’s something I get asked quite a bit. We’re a month into the new Academic Year, we have new students at all levels of study and ages as well as new staff, also at all levels of capabilities, ages, and background.

Why choose SharePoint for Education? Thought Leader Interview with Dave Coleman

SharePoint and Assessment

Do you think SharePoint is viable as a VLE (Virtual Learning Environment)? VLE” is quite an old term now, and if you were to ask five people in a room what VLE is, you’ll probably get 5 different answers. For example we have SharePoint as our managed learning platform, our learning platform but also as our website as well. As well as replacing Blackboard with SharePoint, one of the key things is that they have an extranet, an intranet and a website, and what we’ll end up doing is amalgamate them all into one platform. So we’re quite mature with the platform.

Online Induction: What happened?

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With one week set aside for their Online Induction, the students were asked to do the following (this was based on instructions given in a letter and a supporting website, with an introduction to the VLE / Blackboard): NB: these are mature students, often in full-time employment, and with family and social commitments. Support Website : In case they were unable to access the VLE, we had a set of flat HTML files that replicated the instructions for the activities, but not the activities themselves. Wiki support video ]. Test/MCQ support video ]. Blog support video ].

‘Dermandar’ Photography App

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Please, if you use this, don’t forget to edit the title of your image – when I searched the website there were thousands of ‘untitled’ panoramas to trawl through. Embed it in your materials, wiki page, blog, VLE, website, etc (not forgetting attribution to owner/creator). “The easiest-to-use panoramic picture app on the iPhone. How Zen!

Fold along the dotted-line #edtech

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deliberately searched for a website that had simple and advanced instructions so I could try one method (hard) while having the back-up of the other (easy). Not all websites with patterns for origami had both types of instructions, therefore allowing (or not) the ‘student’ to choose their own way to learn how to make the crane. How hard can it be, right?I

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Totara: re-shaping Moodle for corporate use

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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.

‘The Survival of Higher Education’ by @timbuckteeth

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Students ‘pimp’ their pages, adding colour and textures, favourite images, links to their favourite websites, including mashups to video sharing sites such as YouTube and photo sites such as Flickr. The survival of higher education (1): Changing roles. Now students can assume more responsibility for their own learning and  design their own study trajectories. Norman, 1990).” WordPres

Migrating Moodle

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The last couple of weeks including the usual half term have certainly been busy given that we took the opportunity to move a Moodle vle from a Linux to Windows platform. I can now say that apart from a couple of misplaced course units and what appears to be an issue with the odd mime type the whole exercise has run very smoothly. Being a merged college as we are, we now have two instances of the Moodle running on a single server and it all seems to be holding up extremely well. Please feel free to comment on these postings, regards Barrys

Are you ready Tin Can

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If you have been around the Mood le vle or for that matter any vle for a while, then you will have I am sure over the years developed and or deployed in support of eLearning various scorm packages. And I would judge that you are still enthusiastic about scorm, and if you are regular to this blog then you will know that we make good use of Wimba Create for College generated content.


IMU-LS-15: Hacking Harvard: My Teaching & Learning Experience (Nor Fadzleen Sa'don)


Her research focuses on VLE governance and implementation in Malaysian schools. ONLINE TALK IMU Webinar Series is back! The first speaker for this round ( 11:30 am, 28 Aug ) will be Nor Fadzleen Sa''don, who gave an inspiring online talk during LIT03 about innovative ways we can reinvent dynamic and lively learning environment in Malaysian schools. IMU_Learning_Series

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Facebook for Educators

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The Movie walks you through the layout and tabs, which include:- Discussions, that student can join and post into Standards, that relate to course and using the medium Documents, that teachers can upload for students to access Strategies, on the use of social media and Facebook Polls, these can be setup to gather student feedback Basically it all looks very much like a Facebook / vle / teachers website solution, and if you are in need of such a facility then this would seem as good as any. went on to look around the net for more on this and soon discovered [link].

Blackboard Guide for Tutors

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A while ago I posted about a guide to Moodle that  Joyce Seitzinger had created – “ Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers “, and I am pleased to say it was well received and gained quite a lot of re-tweets and hits, both on my website and even more importantly on Joyce’s. VLE Web 2.0At the time I said I was working on a version (copy?) Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers.

What is a Learning Portal?

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Imperial College London classes a Learning Portal as; “A Website that offers learners or organizations consolidated [.]. I’ve heard a few people on Twitter talk about a ‘Learning Portal’ recently, so have been doing a little digging to try and figure out; what is a Learning Portal, and why are they talking about it? So, what is a Learning Portal?

Dear Blackboard …

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Steven Verjans: Is the VLE/LMS dead? Paul Vaughan: Is your VLE really a virtual learning environment? Lyndsay Jordan: The VLE/PLE debate. just wish I didn't have to constantly defend it against an overwhelming barrage of abuse which, for the most part, is justified and relevant; from students, from fellow Learning Technologists, from tutors, from my peers on social network websites, etc, etc. Is the VLE dead, and is this the end for Blackboard? Tags: eLearning Blackboard CMS LMS Moodle myBU Platform PLN VLE Dear Blackboard. It IS that easy.


eLearners Lose Focus

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I've just finished reading the post by Susan Doctoroff Landay on eLearnMag website: " Tips and Tools for Fostering a Creative e-Learning Class ". eLearning Blackboard Collaboration eAssessment eDelivery eJournal eResources mLearning Mobile Learning Presentation Technology VLE Web 2.0All I can say is. just what I was thinking. Despite the effectiveness of e-learning, online learners remain notorious for losing focus, getting bored, checking email, chatting, texting, sorting through piles of neglected mail, or tuning out altogether. It's not their fault.".

Good morning Barcelona!! Jim Groom at #EDEN15

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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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ePortfolios: Back on the agenda again

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The article continues by saying traditional VLE-type environments like BlackBoard, Moodle, etc, are at the end of their ‘decade’ and that “electronic portfolio systems are more and more the new center of campus strategic thinking about learning and technology.&#. Trent Batson has created this website for all information and links to ePortfolio resources: Tags: ePortfolio Blackboard Collaboration eLearning eResources Presentation Social Media Technology VLE Wiki It’s about time.&#. Please share by commenting below. Pt.1).

New ways to distribute content: part 3


It’s probable that your organisation uses a content management system (CMS) of some sort (such as Microsoft SharePoint) as a platform for your website, in which case you can work directly within this. An advantage of having your learning content on your website is that it will be easily searchable and linkable alongside all your other website content. You want users to be able to easily search for and link to your content from within your website. Whichever format you choose for your content, you need a way to make this accessible to learners. An LMS.

BlackBoard 9: links and resources

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I’m really looking forward to our upgrade to Blackboard version 9 this summer. I’ve had a play on the BB development website (last year!) CMS LMS Mobile Learning Upgrade VLE Web 2.0and on the test server here at BU, and I want to like it … I really do! So, do I like it? I’m not sure yet, and I want to be fair to the system and the people who have worked, and are continuing to work tirelessly, to get it installed, configured, and integrated with our internal systems. University of Syracuse: BB9 Testing Issues:

Embrace web 2.0 technology or die - that's an order!


Relying on subject expertise will not be enough, the online delivery and communication techniques used will sort out the winners from the losers It would seem that a lot of higher education institutions may think that by providing a VLE such as Blackboard they have done their bit for distance and e-learning and that is the end of the matter. cannot always remember where all the action is or will be so I want notification by the killer internet application email or I want all the action sucked into my central website base. VLE higher education Blackboard web 2.0

Dead personal

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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.

QR Codes: The nuts and bolts #QRCode #edtech #ukedchat

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There are many good and reliable places/websites you can go to generate your own code (for free), and here are a few I have tried and continue to use: Kaywa - I’ve had some amazing discussions with some colleagues recently about QR Codes and how we can use them. When I got over the initial “huh?&# What is a QR Code? Source: Wikipedia. Your phone number.

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.