e-Learning Platforms Implementation
on a Virtual Campus Project
A Polytechnic Institution Case
Hugo Rego
Tiago Moreira
Fra...
Summary
Introduction
Context
Platform Implementation
Conclusions
Future Work
Introduction
e-Learning First Appearance in Portugal
Training Systems on enterprises
Education → appeared as small pilot p...
Context
Quantity DescriptionItems
76Wireless Access Points
Teachers (IT Courses) ± 30; Students (IT Courses) ± 300; IT
Tec...
Context
E-Learning Services
Continuous formation on Mathematics Web site
Bibliography
Classes Sumaries
Events and news man...
Context
Project goal to our institution → use e-learning
Mean to seek/catch new audiences for polytechnic education
Show t...
Platform Implementation
Nowadays → several e-learning platforms and tools
Commercial and open source/freeware
Difficulty o...
Platform Implementation
e-learning solution implementation → contribute to education success
Effective complement or alter...
Platform Implementation
Chronogram
e-Learning current approaches
Necessities Inquiries
Platform Usage Monitoring
Sensitiza...
Platform Implementation
Survey & Planning - Current Approaches
Accessibility
XXXXXXXLOs and other types of content Mng.
Co...
Platform Implementation
Survey & Planning - Current Approaches
XXXXXXXLO Search and Indexation
File upload/download mechan...
Platform Implementation
Survey & Planning - Current Approaches
ReloadAuthoring & Packaging
Tiki CMS/Groupware (aka TikiWik...
Platform Implementation
Survey & Planning - e-Learning Framework Paradigm
Platform Implementation
Certification Strategy
On this phase
Noticed the users had no experience on e-learning environment...
Platform Implementation
Certification Strategy – e-Learning Platforms Analysis Criteria
Functionalities of the platformFun...
Platform Implementation
Certification Strategy – e-Learning Platforms Evaluation Grid Example
Platform B
Platform D
Platfo...
Platform Implementation
Post-Certification Strategy
Before the end of the first year of usage of the platform
Analyse the ...
AHKME PLATFORM
Platform Implementation
Post-Certification Strategy
Communication Tools
Collaborative Tools
Evaluation Tools
Ecommerce Too...
Conclusions
In projects like Virtual Campus
Consider the implementation context
In a first phase → Choose a reliable platf...
Future Work
Ending the Platform Certification
Implementing Post-Certification Strategy
Sensitization process
Beginning of ...
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e-learning solution implementation → contribute to education success
Effective complement or alternative to presential classes
Synchronous and asynchronous collaboration
Share resources and messages
Allow real time interaction between students and teachers

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e-Learning platforms implementation on a Virtual Campus Project - A Polytechnic Institutioin Case

  1. 1. e-Learning Platforms Implementation on a Virtual Campus Project A Polytechnic Institution Case Hugo Rego Tiago Moreira Francísco García University of Salamanca
  2. 2. Summary Introduction Context Platform Implementation Conclusions Future Work
  3. 3. Introduction e-Learning First Appearance in Portugal Training Systems on enterprises Education → appeared as small pilot projects Virtual Campus Project, e-U Infrastructure component Wireless component Content component Institutional Portal and Virtual Academic Services E-learning Make e-learning gain a national importance All higher-education institutions have to implement it This case reports to implementation Polytechnic Institute with about 7500 users Located on an interior region
  4. 4. Context Quantity DescriptionItems 76Wireless Access Points Teachers (IT Courses) ± 30; Students (IT Courses) ± 300; IT Technicians 8; IT Specialists 5 333Expert Employees (IT area)20Advanced Employees, Teachers, Students± 7147Basic Users 1Studio and Video Conferencing Rooms 25IT Labs 8Auditorium rooms 10Multimedia Labs Building Structures 0E-learning Tools Macromedia, Adobe, Corel, Microsoft Tools.223Authoring Tools WindowsPer computerOperative Systems Software Headphones. Microphones, Webcams223Multimedia equipment 102Laptops 971Desktop PCs Hardware
  5. 5. Context E-Learning Services Continuous formation on Mathematics Web site Bibliography Classes Sumaries Events and news management Courses Information Grades review Departments’ Web pages Classes’ Web pages Teachers’ Web pages Information about E-learning e-U Project E-learning Web page
  6. 6. Context Project goal to our institution → use e-learning Mean to seek/catch new audiences for polytechnic education Show the public what is taught in these type of institutions Way of spreading and sharing information and knowledge So it is imperative Define an e-learning plan Define strategies Choose best e-learning solution
  7. 7. Platform Implementation Nowadays → several e-learning platforms and tools Commercial and open source/freeware Difficulty on choosing the best solution to fit our needs Open Source/Freeware Solutions Lack of / few documentation Maintenance Support Extensibility of the platform Cost of licensing Installation Maintenance Commercial Platforms Problems Important decision factor Users Know-how Users IT skills
  8. 8. Platform Implementation e-learning solution implementation → contribute to education success Effective complement or alternative to presential classes Synchronous and asynchronous collaboration Share resources and messages Allow real time interaction between students and teachers Institution wants a solution based on technology that allows Expansibility of functionalities High level of availability Integrate, Import and Export data from existent systems To implement the e-U Project e-learning component we propose Flexible implementation process → divided in the following great phases Inquiries about the necessities of the Polytechnic Institute community Initial phase → Identify available e-learning techniques, tools and software Development/Acquisition Phase Production phase → contents are inserted in the platforms Evaluation phase Focus on the strategy followed to choose platforms and tools
  9. 9. Platform Implementation Chronogram e-Learning current approaches Necessities Inquiries Platform Usage Monitoring Sensitization 17 18 19 20 21 22 2313 14 15 167 8 9 10 11 Decision about future solutions Impact Evaluation Integration of e-learning component on courses curriculum Production phase e-U Project post-certification strategy Certify Platform Training Platform Customization Software installation Technological platform licensing e-U Project certification strategy Planning Survey & Planning 2412654321Months
  10. 10. Platform Implementation Survey & Planning - Current Approaches Accessibility XXXXXXXLOs and other types of content Mng. Content Authoring and Editing Resources Management XXTracking users Admin. workflows quality & functio. XProduce reports XXDatabase Access mechanisms Student Manage. / Monitor. tools Administrative XXXXXXXXCourses and Resources adaptability XXXXXXXXStudents previous knowledge XChoose Interface Language XInterface Costum. and personaliz. Adaptation and Personalization XXXXExtensibility (6)(6)(1)(1), (2)(1), (6)(1), (2), (3), (4), (5) (6), (1)(1), (2), (3)Standards and specs compliance Interoperability/integration Technical Aspects .LRNSakaiMoodleATutorAngelIntraLearnWebCTBB Open SourceComercial Platforms Tools/Features SCORM - (1); IMS - (2); AICC - (3); LRN - (4); Section 508 - (5); Some IMS Specifications - (6)
  11. 11. Platform Implementation Survey & Planning - Current Approaches XXXXXXXLO Search and Indexation File upload/download mechanisms XXXXXXX XXXXXXXX Resources Management Evaluation of quality of resources Learning Objects Sharing/Reuse Student Portfolios XXXXStudent Communities Groupwork Collaborative Documentation NoneNoneNoneNoneHighHighHighHighCosts XXXXInquiries Tests Self Assessments Evaluation Email XXXXWhiteboard XChat Forum Communication .LRNSakaiMoodleATutorAngelIntraLearnWebCTBB Open SourceComercial Platforms Tools/Features
  12. 12. Platform Implementation Survey & Planning - Current Approaches ReloadAuthoring & Packaging Tiki CMS/Groupware (aka TikiWiki)Help & e-learning/Web design Open Source iLife '06Apple Packages Macromedia Breeze Presenter & Training Higher Education Edition Macromedia Director MX 2004 (Mac/Windows) Macromedia Authorware 7.0 (Windows) English Macromedia Captivate 1.0 (Windows) English Help & e-learning Adobe Photoshop CS2 (Education version)Digital Imaging Commercial ProductTypeSolution Authoring & Annotation Tools
  13. 13. Platform Implementation Survey & Planning - e-Learning Framework Paradigm
  14. 14. Platform Implementation Certification Strategy On this phase Noticed the users had no experience on e-learning environments Acquire an e-learning platform with consistent functionalities Wider spectrum of implementation Applied to several other educational institutions with success Minimal number of errors Users can acquire knowledge and get familiarized with e-learning Adopting this kind of platform we can benefit From all the engineering project already made for other national institutions Access to all the information, documentation and events Making easier the beginning of the process Regarding the certification process we must cover e-U Project objectives Short Implementation Time due to Project Financing Set of requirements for certification Conformance with the level A directives of Accessibility on Web 1.0 contents Support of Portuguese language and provide information in foreign languages Assure data interoperability through SCORM 1.2 compliance
  15. 15. Platform Implementation Certification Strategy – e-Learning Platforms Analysis Criteria Functionalities of the platformFunctionalities Usability of the platformUsability Licensing meritLicensing Availability of the source codeSource Code Integrability with other applicationsIntegrability Quality of the support and maintenance of the platformSupport & Maintenance 5%Execution TimeExecution Time 20%Price of solutionPrice 20%Execution staff allocatedExecution Team Documentation providedDocumentation Level of Conformance of the web contentAccessibility Takes care of the assessment issuesEvaluation Takes care of the communications tools provided by the platformCommunication Takes care of issues regarding the management the resources like creation editing and authoringResources Management Takes care of issues regarding the management of the platformAdministrative Takes care of issues regarding user personalization, adaptation and customizationAdaptation and Personalization The standards and specifications that the platform supports.Standards and specs compliance Takes into account some technical aspects that should be considered regarding the platforms flexibility Technical Aspects 55% Technical Merit WeightDescriptionCriteria/Factors
  16. 16. Platform Implementation Certification Strategy – e-Learning Platforms Evaluation Grid Example Platform B Platform D Platform C Platform A Support&Maintenance(10%) Integrability(20%) SourceCode(5%) Functionalities(25%) Usability(25%) Licensing(15%) Total ExecutionTime(5%-1) Price(20%-4) ExecutionTeam(20%-4) Technical Merit (55% - 11) Platforms Evaluation → Scale 0 to 20
  17. 17. Platform Implementation Post-Certification Strategy Before the end of the first year of usage of the platform Analyse the impact of the platform Choose the strategy to follow The analysis we consider Collection of data and statistics of the platforms’ usage Inquiries to measure the users level of satisfaction After the analysis the e-learning solution should be revised 3 scenarios Continue with the current platform Start looking or develop a new one Combine different solutions Taking into account these scenarios We have been developing an e-learning platform AHKME in a PhD context Combine with an open source/freeware solution
  18. 18. AHKME PLATFORM
  19. 19. Platform Implementation Post-Certification Strategy Communication Tools Collaborative Tools Evaluation Tools Ecommerce Tools Accessibility Mechan. .LRN Moodle Sakai ATutor
  20. 20. Conclusions In projects like Virtual Campus Consider the implementation context In a first phase → Choose a reliable platform low percentage of errors Wide implementation level Gradually aim for the development of a platform → Best fits your needs The paradigm of analysing an e-learning system deals with many factors Know the e-learning systems and tools to analyse Make the choice regarding the architecture of the system you want to implement In a real scenario Consider the environment and factors regarding the implementation Define the criteria and its weights for selection of platforms an tools Consider context and project management factors unlike on an empirical analysis Accessibility → Make the system accessible to everyone The system should support several languages Native language Information in foreign languages – preferentially English and optionally French or Spanish. So, analysing and choosing an e-learning system requires Planning Knowing very well the variables and factors that influences the decision
  21. 21. Future Work Ending the Platform Certification Implementing Post-Certification Strategy Sensitization process Beginning of the Production phase Continue AHKME e-learning Platform development

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