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A Summary of eLearning styles and methods as well as some eLearning tools and LMS

A Summary of eLearning styles and methods as well as some eLearning tools and LMS

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  • eLearning is the use of electronic resources to provide training to an audience of people. The resources can be delivered in a variety of methods. There are three primary types of eLearning: Asynchronous, Synchronous, and Blended. Asynchronous eLearning – The instructor creates a series of electronic modules or resources which are accessed by the learner at any time. The learner communicates with the instructor or other participants via email or online discussion boards and must wait for a response. A typical platform for asynchronous eLearning is Blackboard or Moodle.Synchronous eLearning – The instructor prepares a series of electronic modules or resources which are delivered in real-time via tools such as WebEx, ™ Adobe Connect, ™ or GoToMeeting™. The learner has the opportunity to interact with the instructor and other participants directly and get feedback almost immediately. Face to face classes are the most common form of synchronous learning.Blended Learning – This is a combination of Asynchronous and Synchronous learning. It is not uncommon to use a platform such as Blackboard or Moodle in a face to face course so students can access resources electronically while in class. A “best practice” form of this would be for students to read resources on the course site and come to class to have small group discussion or application of the material.A Learning Managements Systems (LMS), which combines various functionalities such as discussion boards, collaborative tools, quizzes, and video chat capabilities, are most commonly associated with eLearning. However, the tool to deliver eLearning training could be anything (CD-ROM, Web 2.0 tools, YouTube Videos, Google Hangouts, etc.) The attached chart outlines some tool for delivering eLearning using popular LMS. There is a blend of tool types that will fit almost any organizational budget.
  • Training is a critical component of the fire service. It needs to be done to keep members skill sets current and to stay sharp on the scene. Planning for a training course requires several factors on both the instructor’s part and the learners part (Travel Time, Expenses such as lodging and meals, Location costs if any, and the logistics of finding a good time for the course.
  • There are many ways to reach today’s learner. Face to Face learning is still the most common practice but is often the least flexible option for the learner.Asynchronous Learning allows the learner to learn at his/her own pace and respond to lesson prompts and activities on a time table that is flexible for them from a location that is convenient for them.Synchronous Learning requires all learners to be available at the same time, but they can get information remotely and not have to travel.Blended learning combines all three methods to allow some face to face conversations as well as get resources from remote locations and time.
  • Face to Face Learning – This is how we have done business in the past. The members sign up for a location and time to take a class by an instructor in front of the class. There is theory and practical applications with hands on or simulated experiences. Generally it is difficult to provide instructional options for different learning styles. Face to face classes require the learners to adjust their busy life around the class meeting time and location. Often, this can’t be accommodated for every class and some learners miss opportunities because of commitments to family and departments.
  • Asynchronous eLearning – The instructor creates a series of electronic modules or resources which are accessed by the learner at any time. The learner communicates with the instructor or other participants via email or online discussion boards and must wait for a response. A typical platform for asynchronous eLearning is Blackboard or Moodle.
  • Synchronous eLearning – The instructor prepares a series of electronic modules or resources which are delivered in real-time via tools such as WebEx, ™ Adobe Connect, ™ or GoToMeeting™. The learner has the opportunity to interact with the instructor and other participants directly and get feedback almost immediately. Face to face classes are the most common form of synchronous learning.
  • Blended Learning – This is a combination of Asynchronous and Synchronous learning. It is not uncommon to use a platform such as Blackboard or Moodle in a face to face course so students can access resources electronically while in class. A “best practice” form of this would be for students to read resources on the course site and come to class to have small group discussion or application of the material.
  • Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is an Open Source Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It has become very popular among educators around the world as a tool for creating online dynamic web sites for their students. To work, it needs to be installed on a web server somewhere, either on one of your own computers or one at a web hosting company.There are about 20 different types of activities available (forums, glossaries, wikis, assignments, quizzes, choices (polls), scorm players, databases etc) and each can be customised quite a lot. The main power of this activity-based model comes in combining the activities into sequences and groups, which can help you guide participants through learning paths. Thus, each activity can build on the outcomes of previous ones. There are a number of other tools that make it easier to build communities of learners, including blogs, messaging, participant lists etc, as well as useful tools like grading, reports, integration with other systems and so on. Moodle is free with a web hosting package, the cost of which will vary.- From Moodle.org web site
  • Moodle is an Open Source Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It has become very popular among educators around the world as a tool for creating online dynamic web sites for their students. To work, it needs to be installed on a web server somewhere, either on one of your own computers or one at a web hosting company.There are about 20 different types of activities available (forums, glossaries, wikis, assignments, quizzes, choices (polls), scorm players, databases etc) and each can be customised quite a lot. The main power of this activity-based model comes in combining the activities into sequences and groups, which can help you guide participants through learning paths. Thus, each activity can build on the outcomes of previous ones. There are a number of other tools that make it easier to build communities of learners, including blogs, messaging, participant lists etc, as well as useful tools like grading, reports, integration with other systems and so on. Moodle is free with a web hosting package, the cost of which will vary.- From Moodle.org web site
  • Blackboard is an Enterprise level LMS software tool that delivers content for schools and universities. It’s the most popular LMS at the post secondary level with multiple products bundled into its line of offerings. Blackboard Learn is the main LMS for schools and companies. It allows all expected required features of an LMS – quiz, discussion boards, wikis, blogs, Gradebooks, etc. Blackboard is not free
  • Blackboard is an Enterprise level LMS software tool that delivers content for schools and universities. It’s the most popular LMS at the post secondary level with multiple products bundled into its line of offerings. Blackboard Learn is the main LMS for schools and companies. It allows all expected required features of an LMS – quiz, discussion boards, wikis, blogs, Gradebooks, etc. It has integrated both synchronous and asynchronous tools. University of Missouri has a demo site that allows people to experience their Blackboard.Blackboard is not free and is more appropriate for a large organization.
  • CourseSites is a free, hosted online course creation and facilitation service that empowers individual K–12 teachers, college and university instructors and community educators to add a web–based component to their courses, or even host an entire course on the Internet. You even choose your own URL, so students can find your page easily. CourseSites is powered by Blackboard and targeted toward individual instructors. You can have up to 5 courses with unlimited participants. It has all the core features of Blackboard.
  • CourseSites is a free, hosted online course creation and facilitation service that empowers individual K–12 teachers, college and university instructors and community educators to add a web–based component to their courses, or even host an entire course on the Internet. You even choose your own URL, so students can find your page easily. CourseSites is powered by Blackboard and targeted toward individual instructors. You can have up to 5 courses with unlimited participants. It has all the core features of Blackboard.
  • Adobe Connect is a Flash based platform that is truly cross platform, working on all major desktop computers, tablet computers and smart phones. However, only the webinar features are available for individual instructors to use for about $40/mo as part of a shared hosting solution. Larger companies can purchase the package which gets the elearning package for about $1500/mo. The webinar tool if very valuable for providing Synchronous training and can be recorded for reference later. You can add various functionality or “Modules” to enhance the learning experience.
  • Adobe Connect is a Flash based platform that is truly cross platform. However only webinar features are available for individual instructors to use for about $40/mo. Larger companies can purchase the package which gets the elearning package for about $1500/mo
  • Edmodo is a free social learning tool that has the basic features of a basic LMS. It’s design is similar to social networking sites like Facebook. It can facilitate discussions, polls, quizzes, post discussions (not threaded), create assignments, and grade papers. It has a built in grade book as well.
  • Edmodo is a free social learning tool that has the basic features of a basic LMS. It’s design is similar to social networking sites like Facebook. It can facilitate discussions, polls, quizzes, post discussions (not threaded), create assignments, and grade papers. It has a built in grade book as well.Learning can be extended through the use of various APPS that can be installed in the class.
  • Create an online meeting to share files, presentations, and other information via the web. WebEx also works with major tablet and smart phone operating systems (iOS and Android). Great for long distance training where people can‘t physically attend or it is cost-prohibited.
  • Create an online meeting to share files, presentations, and other information via the web. WebEx also works with major tablet and smart phone operating systems (iOS and Android). Great for long distance training where people can‘t physically attend or it is cost-prohibited.
  • Target Solutions is the premiere online learning platform for Fire/EMS training. TS Features over 250 hours of Fire/EMS recertification courses using video based and content based instruction. Instructors can track all aspects of training whether it is hands-on or online. Track your vehicle and equipment inspections as an added layer of accountability and safety.
  • Center Learn is an LMS platform developed specifically for EMS through the RapidCE learning platform. It contains an extensive library of expert created and accredited courses or use the CentreLearn LMS to develop your own content courses.
  • 24-7 EMS/Fire provides award winning, easy to use courses with interactive video, quizzes, scenarios, and documents for a balanced learning approach. Courses can be delivered online or using traditional DVD.
  • A Learning Managements Systems (LMS), which combines various functionalities such as discussion boards, collaborative tools, quizzes, and video chat capabilities, are most commonly associated with eLearning. However, the tool to deliver eLearning training could be anything (CD-ROM, Web 2.0 tools, YouTube Videos, Google Hangouts, etc.) The attached chart outlines some tool for delivering eLearning using popular LMS. There is a blend of tool types that will fit almost any organizational budget.Pair up or make triads with others in the room. Use the comparison chart to discuss with people which of the 6 elearning tools might best fit your organizational and/or individual instructor needs. Be prepared to share your rationale with the group.
  • PollEverywhere is a free polling tool that will allow up to 40 people to respond to a question (M/C, T/F, Y/N, Open Ended) using a smart phone or web browser (computer or tablet based).Which eLearning platforms presented today may best suit your needs? Give 2 reasons for your choice.To learn to create your own PollEverywhere, copy and past this YouTube video address into your web browser.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W62QngEHGyg

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  • 1. eLearning Tools Delivering Content effectively and efficiently
  • 2. How Do You Reach Your Members? Delivering Content effectively and efficiently Challenge of Delivery
  • 3. How Do You Reach Your Members? Delivering Content effectively and efficiently st 21 Century Model of D
  • 4. eLearning Tools Delivering Content effectively and efficiently Face to Face Learning This is the “tried and true” model. But does it meet the needs of an ever increasingly on-the-go world?
  • 5. eLearning Tools Delivering Content effectively and efficiently Asynchronous Learnin
  • 6. eLearning Tools Delivering Content effectively and efficiently Synchronous Learning
  • 7. eLearning Tools Delivering Content effectively and efficiently Blended Learning
  • 8. Screen Capture of a Moodle Course
  • 9. Screen Capture of a Blackboard Course
  • 10. Course Sites Screen Capture
  • 11. Adobe Connect
  • 12. Adobe Connect
  • 13. Edmodo Screen Capture
  • 14. Screen Capture of WebEx Interface
  • 15. Discussion Which tool would work best for your needs?
  • 16. Which tool would work best for your needs? http://www.polleverywhere.com/free_text_polls/FwKnU2vGH5eJJx4
  • 17. References Blackboard, Inc. (2013). Learn more about CourseSites online learning resources for the classroom. Retrieved May 21, 2013, from https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creationBBLEARN/pages/learn.html G-Cube (2013). Types of e-Learning and what type of elearning suits me best?. Retrieved May 21, 2013, from http://www.gc-solutions.net/resources/articles/typesof-e-learning-and-what-suits-me-best/ University of Alabama Institute for Interactive Technology (2012). CompareIT Learning Management Systems. Retrieved May 16, 2013, from https://sites.google.com/site/compareitlms/home