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  • 1. The seamless learningenvironment: opening doors withLTI ... but which doors and why? Simon Booth (University of Stirling) Sue Murray (Queen Margaret University) Susi Peacock (Queen Margaret University) Stephen Vickers (The University of Edinburgh) Antwerp, April 2012
  • 2. Outline • The ceLTIc project • What is a seamless learning environment – possibilities of LTI? • Report of evaluation of user requirements for seamless learning environment • Future developments2
  • 3. ceLTIc project • Project: – “creating environments for Learning using Tightly Integrated components” – JISC funded (July 2010 – Dec 2011) • Aim: – integration of elearning applications with VLE using IMS Learning Tools Interoperability • Project partners: – The University of Edinburgh, University of Stirling, Queen Margaret University • Commercial partners: – IMS, Blackboard Inc, Learning Objects Inc and Pebble Learning Ltd • Case studies: – Elgg, WebPA, PebblePad, Campus Pack3
  • 4. Focus of the evaluation • What do learning technologists, academics and developers: – Want from a seamless learning environment facilitated through LTI? – Consider to be the advantages/concerns of a seamless learning environment? • Which other tools would learning technologists, academics and developers find most advantageous to4 be linked to their VLE through LTI?
  • 5. Data collection • Online questionnaire – promoted via mailing lists and project blog – 63 responses (59: HE; 3: FE and 1 other) – Complete for each application: WebPA, PebblePad, Elgg, Campus Pack • Face-to-face interviews – with developers, system administrators and academic staff – pilot (n=2) – main phase (n=6) • Ethical approval from QMU5
  • 6. The seamless environment? Group discussions: • What do we mean by a seamless learning environment facilitated by LTI? • What are the potential advantages/challenges for academics, learning technologists and developers?6
  • 7. Key element How useful would you find automatic sign-on for the application you are answering this survey about? 25 20 15 10 5 0 WebPA Elgg PebblePad Campus Pack very useful 14 7 22 8 useful 3 1 3 1 not useful 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 1 1 no answer 0 0 1 17
  • 8. Why single sign on • Ease of use - One secure sign-in • Access to core learning technologies through one interface • Reduced admin overhead (manual creation of accounts)8
  • 9. Respondent quotation “students tend to feel disconcerted when theyve got used to blackboard … and then find for some areas/modules they need to use a completely different log in / interface. Staff are also less enthusiastic about adopting multiple tools ...”9
  • 10. Some concerns…. “Ease of access I suppose but I think it could cause confusion. What’s the difference may be asked by lecturers.” “From the research I have been doing some students find the use of multiple platforms extremely difficult to use and coordinate. …Whether integration within the VLE would be a better option is yet to be tested...”10
  • 11. Prompted questions in questionnaire How useful would you find: • Synchronisation of groups from VLE to learning application? • Tutor messages distributed using the notification system within your VLE? • Transference of data to your VLE? • Copying of the application when VLE course is copied? • Tracking data reported in your VLE? • Allowing students to interact with students using different VLE?11
  • 12. Highest for very useful How useful would you find synchronisation of groups for the application you are answering this survey about? 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 0 WebPA Elgg PebblePad Campus Pack very useful 15 3 17 8 useful 2 3 4 1 not useful 0 1 2 0 N/A 0 0 3 0 no answer 0 1 1 212
  • 13. Key linking functionality How useful would you find tracking data combined with that reported by the VLE for the application you are answering this survey about? 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 0 WebPA Elgg PebblePad Campus Pack very useful 10 3 14 5 useful 6 4 8 5 not useful 0 0 1 0 N/A 1 0 2 0 no answer 0 1 2 113
  • 14. Other results • Copying of the application when VLE course is copied? – 78% (5th in interviews and especially WebPA and PebblePad) • Transference of marks to your VLE? – 77% (3rd in interviews and WebPA respondents) • Tutor messages distributed using the notification system within your VLE? – 76% (4th in interviews)14
  • 15. Future … Other applications requiring linking to their VLE: – WordPress – Question Mark Perception – Institutional tools • Library, timetabling, student information system – Others: – Web 2.0 – Twitter, Facebook, Delicious, Google Apps, Netvibes, Huddle, Skype - pull data from these – Adobe presenter – Second Life – A version of dropbox – “Too many to mention.”15
  • 16. Health check • Small exploratory study • Snapshot • Interviews were colleagues and/or members of the project • More research required on actual case studies using LTI regarding academic, learner and developer experience16
  • 17. Contact details Project site: www.celtic-project.org IMS: http://www.imsglobal.org/toolsinteroperability2.cfm17