November 28, 2010
EDUC – 6715 Application 4
E-School provides an alternative to the
traditional classroom environment.
In an E-school, school takes place any time
and virtually anywhere, as long as the student
has access to a computer and the Internet.
Allows for unique opportunities for 21st
century students to use the skills they are so
Home schooled students
At risk students
Home bound (sick, suspended, etc.)
Gifted students (enrichment activities)
Students with disabilities
Students whose first language is not English
Students in rural areas where access to
resources is limited
“Moodle is a Course Management System
(CMS), also known as a Learning Management
System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning
Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application
that educators can use to create effective
online learning sites” (http://moodle.org/)
Moodle is the abbreviation for Modular Object-
Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment
free and open-source e-learning software platform
Focus on interaction and collaboration
Moodle philosophy includes a constructivist/social
constructionist approach to education
“RCampus is a comprehensive
System and a collaborative
learning environment... [with]
innovative productivity tools
[that]connect students and
educators with important
information crucial to student
success while allowing school
access to data for better
tracking of institutional
“Educators, students and
school administrators can
manage courses, build
ePortfolios, create websites,
join eCommunities, assess
school work with rubrics and
much more, from a single
location. Everyone will find
RCampus a familiar
environment with tools that
are easy and effortless to
Free and open access ~ tools are openly and freely available for you to do
your academic work. There's nothing to download or install.
Quick and easy ~ quickly build courses and classes, websites, ePortfolios,
rubrics, and much more.
Highly secure ~ extra measures taken to provide a highly secure
Collaborative ~ Students/faculty can collaborate in a number of ways,
through communication tools within their courses, websites, communities,
and ePortfolios, to collaboration on building and sharing content
Lifelong ~ “Build for free - Keep forever”
Comprehensive ~ Do all your work within a single login
Cross-Campus ~ Build cross-campus clubs/groups, teach or learn at
multiple schools using a single system, exchange books with students and
find tutors at other campuses and schools around you.
User-Centric ~ tools are truly user-centric - you are in control.
To fill the instructional gaps, educators must:
“Become familiar with new technologies and knowledge resources, even
those that at first blush do not seem at all related to their teaching.
Incorporate new knowledge resources into the learning program of each
Leverage these rich online tools to differentiate learning and engage
Promote self-directed learning for all students.
Seek out real-world applications of content and integrate those
applications in student learning.
Give students opportunities to communicate their understanding
through a variety of media—print, video, Web 2.0, and more.”
- Lemke & Coughlin, 2009
“The advent of low-cost global communications
has led to mass collaboration in the social,
economic, and political sectors. Young people are
no exception; they expect to interact with and have
a voice in everything they do—and that includes
learning” (Lemke & Coughlin, 2009).
“Today’s society is fraught with economic,
environmental, social, and political challenges.
Students are eager to learn in the context of these
real world issues(Lemke & Coughlin, 2009).
PROS of E-LEARNING CONS of E-LEARNING
Students can access work
Work can be completed
online and corrected online
(time and $ saving)
using a variety of technology
Allows for collaboration
and/or discussion between
class members and the
Allows for timely and relevant
Face to face interaction is
all but eliminated
access to computer and the
Technological abilities vary
Students who procrastinate
Lemke, C., & Coughlin, E. (2009). The change
agents. Educational Leadership, 67(1), 54–59.