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What is Virtual Learning? Presentation Transcript

  • 1. What is Virtual Learning anyway?
    Kate Boardman
    March 5th, 2010
  • 2. Teesside University
    Regional
    Demography
    FT/PT balance
    HEBP – FE network
    NHS contracts
    Police training provision
    25000 students
    60% part time
    60% mature
    60% Health
    Increasing WBL
    6 autonomous Schools
  • 3.
  • 4. Minimum Standard
    Clear navigation menu
    Organise content in folders
    Avoid empty areas
    Module Guide or Handbook
    Module delivery schedule
    Assessment information
    Submission instructions
    Assessment feedback
    Staff contact details
    Copy of teaching materials
    Regular Announcements
    Link to DISSC Live
    Link to current reading list
  • 5. Learning
  • 6.
  • 7.
  • 8.
  • 9.
  • 10.
  • 11. E-learning
  • 12. Electronic method of learning & teaching
    Electronic learning
    Tool for communication
    Online learning
    Learning delivered in an electronic environment (eg Blackboard) or in an electronic format (eg electronic journals etc)
    Online learning resource
    Interactive learning process
    Access to materials from anywhere
    Information over the internet
    Support tool for teaching
    Another place for materials
    Content availability/organisation
    Facilitate learning
    Learning & teaching facilitated via IT
    Delivered by computer
    Learning online
    Via web/internet/intranet
    Extending the teaching environment
    Study/teaching via a computer link
    Distance learning
  • 13. What is e-learning?
    explore
    educate
    enthuse
    explain
    entertain
    excite
    = e-learning
  • 14. Supporting student learning
    Encouraging student involvement
    Encourage contact between students and lecturers
    Develop reciprocity and co-operation among students
    Encourage active learning
    Give prompt feedback
    Emphasise “time on task”
    Communicate high expectations
    Respect diverse talents and ways of learning
    Chickering and Ehrmann (1996)
  • 15. Supporting teaching & learning
    Supporting the phases of learning
    Presentation
    Remediation
    Consolidation
    Elaboration
    Entwistle and Entwistle (1991)
  • 16. Supporting teaching & learning
    Supporting the types of teaching
    Delivery
    Elaboration
    Motivation
    Orientation
    Feedback
    Diagnosis
    Evaluation
    Entwistle and Entwistle (1991)
  • 17. E-learning roles
    Material and content delivery
    Support material for conventional approaches
    Reinforcement of previously-learned concepts
    Online self-study packages
    Multimedia rich
    Information retrieval
    Structured recording and presentation
    Enables browsing/searching as required
    Online databases, e-journals, www
  • 18. E-learning roles (cont.)
    Tutorials
    Cover new material
    Include examples with assessment
    Similar to human tutorial guidance
    Simulations
    Model a real-world or experimental situation
    Enable exploration in a “safe” environment
    Normally use “what if…” approach
    Virtual Worlds
    Attempt to model complete environment
    Allow students to become part of environment
  • 19. E-learning: are you up for it…?
    It’s about enhancing.
    It’s about time saving.
    It’s about starting where you’re comfortable.
    It’s about thinking holistically.
    It’s about making a difference.
  • 20. Virtual Learning
  • 21. Virtual Learning Environment
    Course content – resource distribution
    Group communication and collaboration
    Assessment
    Student management
    Customisable
  • 22. Virtual Learning Environment
    Course content – resource distribution
    Group communication and collaboration
    Assessment
    Student management
    Customisable
    = Learning Management System
  • 23. Valuable Learning Experience
    Promotion of learning through discussion groups
    Self-test assessment with feedback
    Media-rich content
    Enhanced use of existing CAL applications
    Development of ‘e-tivities’/PBL
  • 24.
  • 25. Virtual Worlds
    • 3D immersive environments
    • 26. Simulations
    • 27. Collaboration
    • 28. Exploration
    • 29. Creation
    = Virtual Learning Environment
  • 30.
  • 31. Kate Boardman, October 25th 2008
  • 32. Kate Boardman, October 25th 2008
  • 33. Kate Boardman, October 25th 2008
  • 34.
  • 35. Kate Boardman, October 25th 2008
  • 36. Kate Boardman, October 25th 2008
  • 37. Palomar Medical Center
  • 38. VLE: Valuable Learning Experience
  • 39. Learning in Virtual Worlds?
    • Virtual Learning
    • 40. Virtual Teaching
    • 41. Virtual World
  • Learning in Virtual Worlds?
    • Online Learning
    • 42. Online Teaching
    • 43. Online World
    • 44. Real Learning
    • 45. Real Teaching
    • 46. Real World
  • DevelopingVLEs
    • What do youwant?
    • 47. What’s the learningoutcome of this?
    • 48. How detaileddoesitneed to be?
  • DevelopingVLEs
    • What do youwant?
    • 49. What’s the learningoutcome of this?
    • 50. How detaileddoesitneed to be?
    • 51. How detaileddoesit (really) need to be?
  • DevelopingVLEs
    • What do youwant?
    • 52. What’s the learningoutcome of this?
    • 53. How detaileddoesitneed to be?
    • 54. How detaileddoesit (really) need to be?
    • 55. Do you have real/virtual images, or only mental ones?
  • DevelopingVLEs (==LMSs)
    • Relevant
    • 56. Look good (believable)
    *not necessarily L$ or time*
    • Easily navigable
    • 57. Allow focus on the learningoutcome
  • Good Practice
    Encourages contacts between students and faculty
    Develops reciprocity and cooperation among students
    Uses active learning techniques
    Gives prompt feedback
    Emphasizes time on task
    Communicates high expectations
    Respects diverse talents and ways of learning
    Chickering A W & Gamson Z F (1987), "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" AAHE Bulletin