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A presentation based on a paper that identifies some limitations of Learning Management Systems and attempts to address them with online learning networks

A presentation based on a paper that identifies some limitations of Learning Management Systems and attempts to address them with online learning networks

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  • 1. Online Learning Networks and Lifelong Learning
  • 2. Introduction
    • Colin Beer
    • Curriculum Design Support Officer
    • Division of Teaching and Learning Services
    • http://cddu.cqu.edu.au
  • 3. Introduction
    • Can online learning networks help address some of the limitations of Learning Management systems?
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  • 4. The Idea http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1288/981372736_74e2d99d8f.jpg?v=0
  • 5. The Idea http://farm1.static.flickr.com/23/40727794_d95dc73ecb.jpg?v=0
  • 6. Online Learning Networks
    • What are they?
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  • 7. Online Learning Networks
    • “ Learning networks are self-organized online communities designed to facilitate lifelong learning” (Berlanga et al)
  • 8. Examples of Online Learning Networks
    • Company Command
    • Established in 2000
    • For US Army Captains
    • Informal Learning
    • Tacit knowledge
    • Led to US Army Lieutenant LN
    • Success led to official support
  • 9. Examples of Online Learning Networks
  • 10. Why?
    • What are some advantages of participating in an online learning network?
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  • 11. Why?
    • What are some advantages of participating in an online learning network?
    • Tacit knowledge
  • 12. Why?
    • What are some advantages of participating in an online learning network?
    • Tacit knowledge
    • Informal Learning
  • 13. Why?
    • What are some advantages of participating in an online learning network?
    • Tacit knowledge
    • Informal Learning
    • Forums for Q&A
  • 14. Why?
    • What are some advantages of participating in an online learning network?
    • Tacit knowledge
    • Informal Learning
    • Forums for Q&A
    • Professional Networking
  • 15. Why?
    • What are some advantages of participating in an online learning network?
    • Tacit knowledge
    • Informal Learning
    • Forums for Q&A
    • Professional Networking
    • Sense of community
  • 16. Inhibitors to Learning Networks
    • Most Australian Universities are using an LMS and most Australian Universities are using a single product
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  • 17. Inhibitors to Learning Networks
  • 18. LMS limitations
    • Learning Management systems
    • Content focus
    • Orgainisational/Instructor design
    • IT culture
    • Informal learning facilitation
    • Course based model
  • 19. LMS limitations
    • Content Focus
    • LMS excel at Learner/Content interaction (Ladyshewsky 2004)
    • Not so good for Learner/Learner or Learner/Instructor interactions
    • Tools such as forums are quite recent and basic in features. (Siemens 2004)
    • Most of the tools are in a ‘locked down’ and ‘do it our way’ platform (Siemens 2004)
  • 20. LMS limitations
    • Organizational and Instructor focus
    • LMS give value to organisations by providing a means to sequence content and create a manageable structure for instructors and administrators. (Siemens 2004)
    • The use of ICT within tertiary education has impacted more on administrative services than on fundamentals of learning and teaching (OECD 2005).
  • 21. LMS limitations
    • IT culture
    • LMS were developed in the Web 1.0 era
    • IT departments make decisions based on centralising and controlling services with a view to reducing costs (Mossberg 2007)
    • Learners generally must use the tools provided by the institution
    • Technologies available to individuals has been outstripping the functionality and usability of the technology provided by institutions (Johnson & Liber 2008)
  • 22. LMS limitations
    • Informal Learning and Course Based Learning
    • Informal learning accounts for over 75% of learning in organisations (Siemans 2004)
    • LMS provide tools for instructors to deliver a single course for a single term which means:
        • Learning is limited to individual enrolled in a course for that term.
        • Its difficult to create a program or discipline wide community as each course is closed to all but the students currently enrolled.
        • Past students or industry practitioners can’t participate or share practical knowledge with learners or instructors.
  • 23. Can online learning networks help? Learning Management Systems Online Learning Networks Content focus Social Focus Organisational/Instructor design Learner centric IT governance restrictions User directed with minimal maintenance Generally doesn’t facilitate informal learning Facilitates informal learning Course based model No course restrictions
  • 24. Requirements for Online Learning Networks
    • Given the dominance of Learning Management Systems in Australian Universities today and their limitations what are the requirements for a discipline or program based Online Learning Network?
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  • 25. Requirements for Online Learning Networks
    • Homepage and shared workspace
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  • 26. Requirements for Online Learning Networks
    • Homepage and shared workspace
    • Conversation places
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  • 27. Requirements for Online Learning Networks
    • Homepage and shared workspace
    • Conversation places
    • Repository
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  • 28. Requirements for Online Learning Networks
    • Homepage and shared workspace
    • Conversation places
    • Repository
    • Search facility
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  • 29. Requirements for Online Learning Networks
    • Homepage and shared workspace
    • Conversation places
    • Repository
    • Search facility
    • Definition of membership
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  • 30. Requirements for Online Learning Networks
    • Homepage and shared workspace
    • Conversation places
    • Repository
    • Search facility
    • Definition of membership
    • Management tools
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  • 31. What is RSS
    • RSS or Really Simple Syndication allows users to customise, filter and syndicate content from the Web.
  • 32. Social Bookmarking
    • Social bookmarking is the practice of tagging web resources with custom tags in order to share with other users.
    • For example the Curriculum design and development group at CQU tags web resources with cddu. Multiple tags can be used to build a hierarchy of tagged content from which an RSS feed can be generated.
  • 33. RSS and Del.icio.us example
  • 34. What it might look like Yahoo Pipes is a free service from Yahoo that allows a user to filter and aggregate RSS feeds to suit their requirements
  • 35. What it might look like
  • 36. Summary
    • There are some shortcomings of learning management systems
    • Our experiment will attempt to address some of these shortcomings by developing an online learning network to enable degree wide conversation.
  • 37. Want more information ?
    • [email_address]
    • Phone: 49309593