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Virtual learning environments and virtual rooms for language learning. Class offered to my ICT in ELT 09 graduate course at Universidad Central de Venezuela.

Virtual learning environments and virtual rooms for language learning. Class offered to my ICT in ELT 09 graduate course at Universidad Central de Venezuela.

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  • 1. Virtual Learning Environments Evelyn Izquierdo ICT in ELT course facilitator [email_address] UNIVERSIDAD CENTRAL DE VENEZUELA FACULTAD DE HUMANIDADES Y EDUCACIÓN MAESTRÍA EN INGLÉS COMO LENGUA EXTRANJERA Nov. 17, 2009
  • 2. Agenda
    • Defining a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) / Virtual environment for learning (VEL)
    • Some samples of VLEs
    • Exploring some VLEs: Alado, Elluminate, Moodle, WiZiQ, virtual worlds
    • Activity: Creating your own online spaces as VLEs
    • Homework: Design a class or a course by using a VLE
  • 3. What is a VLE? According to Dillenbourg, Schneider, and Synteta (2009).
    • • A virtual learning environment is a designed information space.
    • • A virtual learning environment is a social space: educational interactions occur in the environment, turning spaces into places.
    • • The virtual space is explicitly represented: the representation of this information/social space can vary from text to 3D immersive worlds.
    • • Students are not only active, but also actors: they co-construct the virtual space.
    • • Virtual learning environments are not restricted to distance education: they also enrich classroom activities.
    • • Virtual learning environments integrate heterogeneous technologies and multiple
    • pedagogical approaches.
    • • Most virtual environments overlap with physical environments.
  • 4. Some virtual environments used for learning are:
  • 5. Alado virtual room
  • 6. Go to and click on enter the room. After installing the plug-in, you may log in.
  • 7. Logging in… Type a username and password. Save it if wanted.
  • 8. Wait a little bit while connecting… and here it is!
  • 9. Elluminate Virtual Room
    • To access Elluminate, first become a member of the Learning Times community (LT) and explore its features http:// ).
  • 10. Once you have created the account, you may log in.
  • 11. Go to the Meeting room and click on Enter now.
  • 12. Launch the virtual room and wait while connecting…
  • 13. Elluminate Virtual Room
  • 14. Moodle
  • 15. What is Moodle?
  • 16. Moodle features
  • 17. Dokeos
  • 18. Dokeos features
  • 19. Dokeos videoconferencing
  • 20.
    • To enter the WiZiQ virtual room you will firstly need to create a free WiZiQ account.
    WiZiQ virtual room
  • 21. See the following tutorial to create your account on WiZiQ.
  • 22. WiZiQ virtual room
  • 23. Virtual Worlds as a VLE: Second Life
  • 24. Let’s go in world. First, download the SL program from Then, create your avatar and log in. Go into the Virtual Learning Environment. Live it by yourself!
  • 25. References
    • Further readings :
    • Dillenbourg P., Schneider D., and Synteta, P (2002). Virtual Learning Environments. In A. Dimitracopoulou (Ed). Proceedings of the 3rd Hellenic Conference “Information and Communication Technologies in Education. [Online] Available at Retrieved on 2009, November 9
    • Videos:
    • Moodle
    • How to create a course in Moodle.
    • Moodle tutorials:
    • Wiziq Tutorial:
    • PPTs
    • González, D. (2008) Teaching in SL Vs teaching online/blended courses. Implications for teacher training. SLanguages 2008.
    • Sulsic, A. (2006). An Introduction to Virtual Worlds.
  • 26. Thank you very much! Evelyn Izquierdo [email_address]