You can use a VLE as a starting point for a classroom session, allowing you to quickly access web sites, NLN materials and presentations, etc.. with the advantage that you can also allow your learners to access the “lesson” again on the VLE at a time and place to suit them…
You may already be familiar with using PowerPoint on a laptop and a data projector in a classroom situation.
If you have internet access you can use the VLE as a lesson planning tool with the ability to quickly access notes, NLN materials, PowerPoint presentations, web links, images and so on…
Of course once the lesson is there (whether it be a set of links, a package or a chapter) the learners can access the “lesson” again at a time and place to suit them.
Learners who were absent from the lesson can also access the “lesson” therefore avoiding the need to find out what they missed and thus saving you and them time.
Evidence shows that using a VLE in this way actually improves attendance at sessions rather than as you might think result in a drop in attendance.
The lesson can be extended on the VLE through adding additional resources and web links; and the use of discussions groups to continue and further any discussion in the classroom. These virtual discussions can certainly benefit reflective learners and those that lack confidence to speak in class but are happy to write down their views and opinions.
This lesson will also be available for the rest of the year, supporting revision for example.
The lesson will also be available next year, saving time on preparation and planning.
The VLE will never replace classroom teaching, but it can be used to supplement and enhance a classroom session that was never possible before.
I am in Bristol for the JISC Pedagogy Experts Meeting.
The aim of the meeting is to inform the group of the current issues and investigations into many of the JISC e-learning Learners’ Experience projects, also to consult the experts own expertise in relation to learners’ experiences.
The meeting will also explore implications of these issues for teaching practice, organisational strategies and for technical development.
The group will also be consulted on the direction and priorities for learner centered development in the future.
This is very much a meeting and a discussion and not a series of presentations with a few questions.
Personally I will be on a panel this afternoon looking at how can we help to meet learners’ changing needs and expectations?
I will be adding more stuff over the day (fingers crossed).
Online learning package for hairdressing students and practitioners to be made available free to UK colleges.
Funding from the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) makes Hairdressing Training free of charge to all UK further education institutions from August 2007. This funding has enabled JISC Collections to purchase Hairdressing Training on behalf of UK further education institutions for the next three years.
Having a high level of technology for learning equipment in a school or college will dramatically improve performance, so long as there is the right support and enthusiasm to embrace it.
In terms of FE, there was recognition of the value of VLEs (or learning platforms) in enhancing and supporting learning.
In the further education colleges it was found that learning platforms extended students’ learning into the home, and the management information systems provided greater efficiency and effectiveness for managers and teachers.
The BBC is reporting on the story and they pick up on the fact that though there was greater success in the primary and secondary schools, the impact on FE was marginal, there was little change.
It can be difficult to measure the impact of technology on retention and achivement, but there is now much more evidence that it can and does make a difference.
Yesterday I presented at the QIA Conference in London on the use of technology to support 14-19 education.
It was a good session, though not a large number of people. Having said that there were some really good questions and debate.
The photo is the view from the conference window!
Travelling to conferences sounds like fun, the reality is that you spend most of your time either on the train or in a car and then the rest of the time is spent in a conference hall or a workshop room.
Conferences though (for me) are a good opportunity to see what other people are doing and I found it really interesting to see what an e-enabled college like Crosslands is doing to further retention and achievement. They have an intergrated system which allows staff to get hold of information about learners really quickly and more importantly easily.
One of the useful aspects of the Gloucestershire College VLE is the ability to store a series of bookmarked web links on a course.
These links can be accessed from any computer which is something that Internet Explorer fails to do as it is restricted to one computer.
Also these links can be accessed by your students at a time and place convenient to them (whether that be at home, in college, or at work). Rather than type them out they can click and there the page is there for them either within the campus or in a new window.
You could always use a social bookmarking site such as del.icio.us, but one of the advantages of using the VLE is that it can track who has clicked the links.
On Friday the 29th of June Gloucestershire College will be moving its Learning Gateway (library) from their old 1930’s Brunswick campus to their new state of the art new campus on the Gloucester docks.
Moving seventeen thousand odd books, fifty computers and lots of other stuff, makes you realise how moving from one VLE to another though complicated and complex, can be relatively simple to physically moving a learning environment.
The move won’t impact on the VLE as the VLE runs on servers on our Cheltenham campus, however it does mean that I personally will be quite busy and therefore won’t be online as much as I am now.
Today I was at the JISC Regional Support Centre (RSC) South West annual conference in Bridgwater. I missed the morning as I was in a meeting in Cheltenham, but did manage to get there in time for lunch!
I had missed some great sessions in the morning (according to the attendees I spoke to) but did manage to see the exhibitors in the exhibition whilst eating my lunch.
Met with David Sugden and had a chat about Web 2.0 and banning amongst other things and also Jaiku.
I meant to take some photographs and post them, but forgot once I was inside talking and listening.
Overall a good event and well worth making the effort to attend.
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