What are they? What do they do? Why are they useful?

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What are they? What do they do? Why are they useful?. Virtual Learning Environments. What is a VLE ?. A tool for delivering and/or supporting distance and flexible learning using Web technology. Made easy. Virtual classroom. Virtual Learning Environment. What is a VLE?. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<ul><li><p>What are they?</p><p>What do they do?</p><p>Why are they useful?Virtual Learning Environments</p></li><li><p>What is a VLE?A tool for delivering and/or supporting distance and flexible learning using Web technology</p></li><li><p>The Virtual Classroomon-line deliveryinteraction/ responseassessment/ monitoringlearning programmematerials creation/importtutor supportadvice/ guidance/interactionlearning processteaching &amp;learning supportsense of living cultureidentity/ belongingpeer interactiondynamic changeThe Virtual ClassroomWhat is a VLE?</p></li><li><p>MLEs and VLEs</p></li><li><p>ExamplesWebCTVirtual CampusCOSELearnwiseTopClassAnd many more....Blackboard</p></li><li><p>FunctionsShell for content</p><p>Communications</p><p>Assessment</p><p>Student tracking</p></li><li><p>Content - key issues</p><p>How is it created?</p><p>How is it uploaded into the VLE?</p><p>How easy is it to navigate round system?</p></li><li><p>Content navigationBackwards/forwards through hierarchyJump to anywhereSearch routinesInternal and external linksGlossaryResume where left offPost it notesetc.</p></li><li><p>Communications: bulletin boardsAsynchronous ThreadedMultiple boards/forumsTutor supportPeer group support</p></li><li><p>Communications:emailInternal to WebCT and other VLEs</p><p>Useful for Web-based access</p><p>Useful for those with no Internet email</p></li><li><p>Communications: chatSynchronousNot threadedStudents like itEffectiveness as teaching tool?</p></li><li><p>Assessment techniquesFree-text submission - e.g. email an essay to tutor.</p><p>Multiple choice, boolean, fill in blank, list matching, image maps, multiple correct answer, etc.</p><p>cannot be automatically marked.</p><p>can be automatically marked;can be set up so student must take at a particular time/date, lasting a certain time;can restrict number of attempts;can automatically tailor courseware on results.</p></li><li><p>AssessmentFormative </p><p>versus </p><p>Summative</p></li><li><p>Student trackingTypically: </p><p>What theyve read, and when;Results recording and stats;What tests completed and outstanding;Plus, of course, logs of email, bulletin boards, chat.</p></li><li><p>Advantages forstudentsAccessible anytimeAccessible anywhereAlways up-to-dateElectronic supportInteraction with peer groupFlexible access to learningEasy to use</p></li><li><p>Advantages for staffBetter support for students</p><p>Ease of management</p><p>Some automatic marking</p><p>Easy to use</p></li><li><p>Advantages for technical supportBespoke packages - integrated;</p><p>Little technical support needed after installation;</p><p>May need an administrator to create courses and upload content.</p></li><li><p>What does it cost?Cost of VLE software;Purchase/production of content;Staff training;On-going costs.</p></li><li><p>Other key issuesJISC developing standards/specification for VLE (which existing VLEs will be invited to meet)to link to MISinteroperability</p></li><li><p>For more info....</p><p>For more information see the Ferl VLE Focus Area at:</p><p>http://ferl.becta.org.uk/focus/vle/index.html</p><p>A sum of money available for ILT materials development out of the 74m total for NLN.</p><p>2</p></li></ul>