E-learning and agriMoodle, OER Growers Autumn 2012


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Prepared for the 3rd Online Training Seminar of the Autumn 2012 season of Agro-Know's OER Growers pilot project (http://wiki.oergrowers.gr)

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E-learning and agriMoodle, OER Growers Autumn 2012

  1. 1. OER Growers Autumn Season 2012 3rd Online Training Introduction to e-learning platforms and agriMoode Anastasios Koutoumanos OER Growers Team wiki.oergrowers.gr oergrowers@agroknow.grThis work is licensed under a CreativeCommons Attribution-NonCommercial-  Agro-Know TechnologiesShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. wiki.agroknow.gr
  2. 2. Contents e-Learning: a short introduction Modes for e-Learning e-Learning for the agronomists agriMoodle – a short introduction Discussion: what would you expect from agriMoodle?
  3. 3. e-Learning - definitions E-learning includes all forms of electronically supported learning and teaching – The information and communication systems, whether networked or not, serve as specific media to implement the learning process. E-learning is the computer and network-enabled transfer of skills and knowledge CBT (Computer-Based Training) WBT (Web-Based Training)
  4. 4. Technology & Education books, print, projectors, 1840 radio, Distance Education television, (post, correspondence) video, ... 1960 Computer-Based Tranining 1990 Internet and the WWW e-Learning 2.0
  5. 5. The e- merry Bringing down barriers: Any-time ● distance barriers, ● disabilities, Any-place ● language barriers, Any-one! ● economic barriers, ● ... Just in time ... Many-modes Cost reductions: – synchronous, ● commuting, – asynchronous ● buildings, ● equipment, Blended learning ● printed resources, ... ● updates, ● ... e-skills e-literacy
  6. 6. And the e-worries (usually) Need for more time investment – both for teachers & creators of learning courses / resources – and for learners Quality control? e-skills and demanding technology competencies Intrusive to established educational practices, techniques and methodologies New techniques for studying and making up for the affordances of established learning tools – books, pen & paper, the blackboard, the lecture hall
  7. 7. Short history WW II : soldiers trained to use complex equipment 1960s – Palo Alto: Stanford Univ. psychology Pr. P. Suppes and R. Attkinson: math to children 1970s - 1st generation, PLATO system, CBTs: knowledge transferring, usually self-paced ... 1980s - Computer Supported Collaborative Learning: encourage shared development of knowledge 1993 – W.D.Graziadei: online computer-delivered lectures, tutorials and assessment project 1994 – CompuHigh: 1st online high school Today: e-Learning == reading literacy Classroom 2.0, e-Learning 2.0 –
  8. 8. e-Learning 2.0 Computer Supported Collaborative Learning – shift of paradigm: Assignments → Teacher → Grades → Learner – becomes: social learning! Web & Web 2.0 tools and software: – Blogs – Wikis – Podcasts – virtual worlds (Second Life) – connected Classrooms (e-Twinning) – ePortfolios
  9. 9. e-Learning in the Web 2.0 eraMade by Jose G. Lepervanche, http://josetoons.wordpress.com/2008/11/19/e-learning-overload-2/
  10. 10. Some examples Online Course - Integrated Pest Management – http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/training/index.html TUFTS Open CourseWare (OCW) – http://ocw.tufts.edu/CourseList Video-Lectures – http://videolectures.net/dataforum2012_morteo_unfao/ KHAN Academy – http://www.khanacademy.org/science/cosmology-and- astronomy/v/development-of-agriculture-and-writing Multimedia – http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/media/traini ng/2009/05/bees/
  11. 11. Huge set of courses, already!
  12. 12. Moodle Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment Software for producing Internet-based courses Serving > 58 million users in > 5.8 million courses Released on 20 August 2002, now in 2.3 version Open Source Software (GNU General Public v.3)
  13. 13. A typical Moodle course (screenshot)from the ITEMS project - http://www.itemspro.net/
  14. 14.  provides great green/agri- templates and themes is linked to interesting green/agri- information sources trainers can use tools to import resources from relevant agricultural repositories trainers can easily create and export metadata for their courses and resources learners can benefit from (automatic) references to useful material, through various widgets
  15. 15. agriMoodle Extends Moodle – with ready-to-use functionality, services & tools – targeted towards uses in agricultural context Links Moodle – to existing agricultural information sources & data Creates a network of agriMoodle installations – Facilitating location of educational resources – Promoting open access and re-use of resources
  16. 16. The agriMoodle HUB
  17. 17. A Hub for what? Many more services! “Advertise” courses Match courses against user preferences Provide intuitive statistics Export course details (metadata) to relevant portals and harvesters Foster “Communities” Push agriMoodle-related notifications (updates, etc.)
  18. 18. A central search for agri-courses!