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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. Unlike a VLE, an ILE is strictly informal. A touch dramatic, isn’t it?

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Learning first, technology second

Learning with e's

Let me give you an example: Many schools, colleges and universities have by now implemented a managed learning environment (MLE) sometimes referred to as a virtual learning environment (VLE) or Learning Management System (LMS).

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

Learning with e's

Military students for example may be serving overseas, or in submarines. The MentorBlog project for example, employed the use of two-person blogs to connect students with their professional mentors, who may never have had the opportunity to meet face to face (Wheeler and Lambert-Heggs, 2008).

Reciprocity learning

Learning with e's

It is very much rooted in the traditions of symbolic interactionism (see for example the work of Charles Cooley or George Herbert Mead). Mark Curtis self disclosure George Mead Grainne Conole reciprocity learning #pleconf Charles Cooley PLE VLE learning PLN social comparison Leon Festinger

Facebook for Educators

Moodle Journal

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.

Design for life

Learning with e's

The user interface on most VLE/LMS technologies is often too complex for students, who spend much more time trying to navigate and discover content than they do actually learning that content. This is number 30 in my series on learning theories.

The past tense of open badges

E-Learning Provocateur

That would give the student a sense of accomplishment while in the midst of a multi-year program, and I imagine showcasing one’s backpack on the university’s VLE would become rather competitive. Some commentators are heralding open badges as the nemesis of the college degree.

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Viva la evolution

E-Learning Provocateur

An example I use is the mandatory fire safety course. Encouraging more of a user-generated and peer-to-peer learning environment may not be to everyone’s taste so a VLE such as Moodle will give more control. Last week, Laura Layton-James stumbled upon my post Online courses must die!

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Improve Quality of Life With Virtual Learning

CLO Magazine

Sodexo’s learning team sought feedback and made some changes and enhancements for 2010, laying the groundwork for more learning and its virtual learning environment (VLE). To create a sense of place, Sodexo’s VLE incorporates renderings of the company’s North American headquarters building and the following features: • An auditorium to view webcasts and listen to updates from senior management. Designed to involve the organization’s 4,500 U.S.-based

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False frontiers

Learning with e's

You could see where we might place formal learning using a VLE, or where students might meet to chat using Facebook, for example. Collaboration is where two or more people work together to achieve a common objective.

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Lost in translation

Learning with e's

There has been a bit of discussion on Twitter, and at our recent ALT-C VLE symposium, on the importance of naming things. At the VLE is Dead symposium , there was an issue over the term PLE (Personal Learning Environment).

Wisdom of clouds

Learning with e's

There were many people at a session titled " the VLE is Dead " hosted by James Clay, Josie Fraser, Graham Attwell, Nick Sharratt and Steve Wheeler aka Timbuckteeth :). Martin Weller blogged about the death of VLE/LMS too in Nov 2007. This is different from a PLE, a VLE and a PTE.

Using Facebook as a learning platform

eFront

Examples include the following (and much more): Do – build a separate teacher page for your “teacher” presence. Let’s start this post by stating that Facebook was not actually created as a learning platform, it can however clearly be used to enhance and support elearning.

Breaking the mould

Learning with e's

The ALT-C 'VLE is Dead' Symposium got a mention, as did my reference to the work of anarchist philosopher Ivan Illich. Always an emotive subject, the BECTA discussion on the institutional VLE descended to the level of name-calling.

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From EDUPUNK to ds106. 10Q: Jim Groom

Learning with e's

None of this happens in an LMS (or VLE), in fact, that systematic design of that system is anathema to all of these crucial elements of educating in the digital era. I''l be using ds106 as an example of how this played out in my own work over the last 5 years.

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The New-School Virtual Leader

CLO Magazine

For example, it is now possible to host training sessions via a live webcast, allowing an unlimited number of individuals to join from pretty much any corner of the globe. Food service and facilities management company Sodexo created a virtual learning environment, or VLE, for employee development. By avoiding in-person training, Sodexo’s VLE has generated more than $1 million in cost savings, and the company has doubled its training attendance rate.

Facebook for e-Learning

eFront

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 ".

End of Year Conference

Moodle Journal

I was asked this week to provide a short session on using our Moodle vle for the for our end of year Teaching and Learning Conference here at the College. Lets face it, getting a vle to work for you is not simply about knowing your way around the menu options, its equally about deployment in support of a blended teaching delivery, at least that’s the way that I am seeing it.

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Running The Survey

Moodle Journal

Following the trial of our eILT skillset questionnaire for staff, where I ran it past a sample of nearly twenty, this week I applied the finishing touches and launched the survey for real.

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Theory-informed design tips

E-Learning Provocateur

For example, rolling the mouse over Italy on a map can display “Rome&# , while rolling the mouse over Spain can display “Madrid&#. • Employ real-world examples and scenarios. • Develop an informal VLE to centralise all the resources.

First light, well maybe

Moodle Journal

After my last post on the CMS / VLE debate, I have started to get some feedback on new learning materials at long last, this week my level 3 Software Development students currently working through Software Design methods where surprised by the arrival of an assessment (formative) on Tuesday afternoon, the colour did appear to drain from a couple of faces.

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Project case studies arriving

Moodle Journal

Well in the first instance everyone completing a project will complete an evaluation document, there is an example of the template here so just click on the link. With July well underway, the first of the eLearning project case studies have started to arrive.

Top 74 eLearning Posts from September 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Examples and Samples of Game Design Documents - Kapp Notes , September 15, 2010 Here is a collection of several game design documents and information about game design documents. These samples will give you some ideas. Examples. met with my new first year level 3 students and during the session introduced them to the vle. Best of eLearning Learning in September 2010. As always, great stuff found in the eLearning world in September.

LMS & LCMS Directory

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Example: Lotus LMS by IBM is no longer offered and support will cease to exist on September 30, 2010. Some vendors use the words “VLE&# – but in a deeper dive, it is a LMS for them. Contains over 200 systems. To view the specific system, click on the system’s name and it will take you to the site or if possible, directly to the information on the system.

e-Factor Conference

Moodle Journal

I 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. Inspectors will capture evidence from a variety of learning activities, for example through: direct observation; evaluation of learning materials and their use by learners; the use of technology to deliver and assess learning; and examining what learners can do and make as a result of their learning.

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Twibal Drums

E-Learning Provocateur

But then David me asked a probing follow-up question… yes, it can be used as personal message board, but is that good for education when we have a VLE for that kind of activity? For example, the members of the Gardening Twibe enjoy gardening, the members of the DepecheMode Twibe are fans of Depeche Mode, the members of… well, you get the idea. Do you think Twitter is a self-indulgent waste of time? You’re not alone.

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Keeping Up - April's Big Question

eLearning Cyclops

Not only am I often made aware of new tools, but also get opinions, tips, and examples of their use. April's Big Question from Learning Circuits is "How to Keep up?" This is in reference the immense and rapidly expanding technology tools. It is tough to stay on top of all the emerging tools. However, being involved in an e-learning community is a big help. For me it is a blog community and following many experts on Twitter.

In theory.

Learning with e's

In online learning modes for example, some of the rules of traditional learning no longer apply, or are changed or extended. Intuitive teachers generally have a reasonable understanding of the processes of learning and how humans acquire knowledge and skills.

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Point Solutions vs. Suites and Composition

Tony Karrer

However, LAMS does not attempt to replicate the course administration functionality of a typical LMS/VLE/CMS. As an example, here's a screen shot of a workflow defined: LAMS allows the specification of a blended learning sequence via a workflow diagram.

Good sport

Learning with e's

The strobe effect in Dartfish for example was being used to capture and display multiple images of dancing, gymnastic, bowling and jumping sports to show students how they could improve their performances. The subject I hated most at school was Physical Education. You know -sports.

Lost in translation (again)

Learning with e's

He argued for education as the answer to all the world's needs, including climate change, and gave the example of climate change simulation games where the first thing children do is destroy the world. Most appeared to be VLE vendors.

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Social Learning and LMSs Marketplace

eLearning 24-7

When so many potential customers are seeing the advantages of open source, creating their own learning or VLE portals or seeing the value of various social media types and incorporating them into some type of social learning community, the “do nothing&# spin is well, a time warp into the past. for example. As social learning continues to grow, LMS/LCMS vendors are taking various approaches.

35 Top eLearning Articles and 6 Hot Topics for March

eLearning Learning Posts

PLE vs VLE - Learning with e’s , March 22, 2010 Excellent video to associated with the paper: Integrating Personal Learning Environments into the Primary Classroom and goes beyond web tools, and even personal learning networks. Instructional Design by Example - Janet Clarey , March 19, 2010 I launched a new blog this week for showcasing e-learning examples. Best of eLearning Learning.

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.). Description: Overview of this important immersive environment, discuss its advantages and disadvantages for corporate training, and show examples. Here are the slides from an online session I did yesterday on Multi-Generational Learning in the Workplace.