<ul><li>LEARNING COMMUNITIES </li></ul><ul><li>Exploring the potential… </li></ul><ul><li>An introduction to DB as a VLE (10 mins) </li></ul><ul><li>Case Study of a VLE – Geography (20 mins) </li></ul><ul><li>Logging in and uploading resources to personal area (15 mins) </li></ul><ul><li>Adding resources to Online Learning communities (1 hr 15 mins) </li></ul>Advanced Digital Brain: VLE TRAINING ST IVO SCHOOL ICT TRAINING – Monday 25 th June 2007 [email_address]
What is a Virtual Learning Environment? <ul><li>“ A virtual learning environment is any electronic space where learning can take place or where interactions occur.” Source: http://www.ukcle.ac.uk </li></ul><ul><li>“ It is an environment that is accessed via the Internet for teaching, learning and communicating.” Source: http://www.kirklees-ednet.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Brain is a company that provides the online education service which we are using as our VLE. </li></ul>
Possible Functions of Digital Brain as a Virtual Learning Environment 3. File Sharing Each user has an online storage area – files can therefore be stored and shared. – e.g. students handing in work or staff making available resources from lessons. 1. Electronic Communication All digitalbrain users have an e-mail account. Threaded discussions can also be set up – to encourage debate. A live discussion ‘chat room’ facility is available with or without moderator . 2. Personal Organisation Each user has a series of personal organisational tools – include online contacts, personal calendar etc.. (and when part of a course – assignment deadlines etc. are automatically added. 4. School Portal The overall school portal gives the school a web presence – all staff and students can interact with portal logging in at home and in school and a network can easily be set up to link staff / students through departments / year groups pages. 5. E-Learning Content Content can be uploaded to Digital Brain as powerpoints, word documents, existing web pages etc.. Or staff and students can easily create their own web pages by simply adapting on line templates and adding content 6. Learning Manager – it is possible to combine exisiting resources to create on-line communities. Assignments can be set online with links to useful resources, deadlines, supporting files etc.. Students can submit completed work online – marks can be stored in personal online mark books etc..
What is an Online Learning Community? <ul><li>In its most basic form a community gives a user access to shared resources, shared links to websites and access to discussion forums </li></ul><ul><li>Students / Staff can be given membership of an online learning community which gives them access rights – the level of access rights can be set according to different types of user. They can be readers or contributors. </li></ul>
Some ideas for using Online Learning communities for Teaching / Learning… <ul><li>Uploading / sharing resources used in lessons (e.g. worksheets / powerpoints etc.) for use by students as follow up </li></ul><ul><li>Setting assignments online and providing the relevant links to online content </li></ul><ul><li>To create own web based learning content that students can use </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage students to create their own online content - for example within a group, students research different aspects and present their findings online – results can then be shared by all; </li></ul><ul><li>Create / upload revision resources that students can access; </li></ul><ul><li>Support students through discussion threads / e-mail (remember all members of digital brain (staff & students) have e-mail; </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage student debate on subject specific issues through the online poll function / discussion threads </li></ul><ul><li>Departmental Uses - Share ideas / resources / good practice within the department / Department Calendar / Store worksheets / resources online for access both in school and at home; </li></ul><ul><li>These are just a few ideas – online communities have lots of potential! </li></ul>
Over to You…. Task 1 – Making a Calendar Entry Task 2 – Setting up a Discussion Task 3 – Adding Weblinks for Students Task 4 – Creating an online poll for students Task 5 – Uploading Resources Task 6 – Editing the Online Learning Community Page and adding hyperlinks to resources NEXT STEPS – CREATING PAGES Making Use of an Online Learning Community
Accessing your Community 1. Click on eLearning in the top left of the tool bar and then select My Communities 2. You will then be given a list of the communities of which you are currently members – select your community from the list. 3. Once you have reached your community homepage you are ready to start editing and creating content.
Creating Content <ul><li>Creating online content as a webpage is very simple using Digital Brain. You simply edit a given template. The edit functions are simillar to word – e.g. font size, font type, bold, italic etc.. In fact it is far more basic than word and therefore very easy to use. You can add photographs and images in some pages, however there are two different types of web page you can use to create content. </li></ul><ul><li>1. A Learning Module page (which you create in a Learning Module Folder) </li></ul><ul><li>2. A Powerstation Document (which you create in a Powerstation Folder) </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t let the terms confuse you – they are simply different in how they look and how the pages are ordered. The next two slides explain the difference between the look of a powerstation document and a learning module folder. </li></ul><ul><li>The advantage of a powerstation document is the clear indexing of the pages – however it is more limiting for editing. </li></ul><ul><li>In contrast a Learning module folder gives more flexibility for editing – can add as many images as you want where as – you simply have arrows to move between the pages – just change the order of the pages in the folder to control the ordering of the pages for navigation. </li></ul>
Powerstation Documents One way of creating content is by setting up what is called a powerstation folder and then creating Powerstation documents within it. This example from the Teaching & Learning ICT community is a powerstation document. The benefit is that all powerstation documents within a powerstation folder are indexed from each page – like the example to the side (see the red bar). Powerstation documents are very simple to edit but they are limited in what you can do – you can only add 1 picture at the top – see the Revision pages in the Geography Community & the Teaching ICT community for examples To set this up from your community homepage, click view on the toolbar and select folder listing. Click new and select new folder e.g. AS Geography. Open folder and click new, this time select powerstation folder – e.g. named Unit 1. Open folder and click new again – this time add a powerstation document e.g. Waterfalls. Any powerstation documents within the folder will be shown in the index (like above). To edit any page – simply open it and click on edit
Learning Modules Learning Module folders provide greater flexibility than powerstation documents in terms of editing as they allow you to keep inserting photographs / graphics. Again create a Learning Module folder and within the folder you can then create Learning Module Pages. You can navigate through the pages in the folder in the order they are in the folder as arrows appear on the pages. (you can change the order in the folder)
What is an Online Course? <ul><li>An online course can provide interactivity for an individual member of staff and a particular class for a specific course – e.g. Cb’s AS Geographers etc.. </li></ul><ul><li>Assignments can be set online – details of the assignments given with links to pertinent online resources; resources can also be uploaded (e.g. worksheets, powerpoints etc..) and can be made available through links for students to use in their assignments; deadlines set are automatically entered on the course calendar for students; </li></ul><ul><li>Work can be submitted online or e-mailed to staff, or the actual work may be paper based and handed in that way. </li></ul><ul><li>Each member of the course and the Staff Leader has a personal mark book </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback can be recorded electronically and therefore logged as part of online markbook </li></ul><ul><li>Self assessment / multiple choice tests can be given – these are marked automatically. </li></ul>
An Example of an Online Course: GOLC - Year 12 – Online Course Discussion (Threaded or Live) Links (relevant to course) Student / Staff members Calendar Online Polls Resources Assignments Individual Mark Book
Next Stage… Where to find out more / get further help… <ul><li>Workshop Handouts </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Brain have comprehensive Help pages – simply click on help on the top tool bar and then select contents. </li></ul><ul><li>You can e-mail me [email_address] </li></ul>A two hour session is not long enough to really get into detail on setting up communities or courses and further training will need to be provided…. but now you have access to your community area you can try adding content / adding dates to the calendar etc. and there are a number of places where you can get more help with this. Please note the look of Digital Brain may be changing slightly over the next couple of months as it is still been upgraded although many changes are already in place – this will not affect any content that is created – but the look will just be a little different as improvements are made.