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VLE Introduction


LSE Staff development session introducing teaching staff to the VLE

LSE Staff development session introducing teaching staff to the VLE

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  • 1. VLE Overview
  • 2. What is a VLE?
    • Virtual Learning Environment
      • WebCT, Moodle, Blackboard
    • Website
      • Login, modular
      • Content
      • Communication
      • Assessment
  • 3. VLE at LSE
    • WebCT (Campus Edition 4)
      • 430+ uses
      • All depts but varied use
      • WebCT Designers / Funding
    • Future – 2 Current Pilots
      • WebCT (Campus Edition 6)
      • Moodle
  • 4. Staff and Student responses to WebCT “ Brilliant! keep up the good work. Add more!” “ WebCT is a very good idea and should be extended to other courses.” “ Excellent resources, very impressive. It has helped learning immensely” Ideas and questions are floated on the discussion board prior to seminars so students have the chance to begin discussing them before coming to the class. This offers a new way of addressing student engagement in the course, of building interest. Staff responses If a lecturer answers a question in a discussion area, then it is available to everyone….it has taken pressure off my (student) office hours WebCT has not changed what I do radically but it’s created a far better learning environment for students. Student responses
  • 5. Content
    • Course information
    • Reading Lists
      • E-packs
    • Multimedia
      • Images, Video, Audio
      • Lectures, Broadcast
  • 6. Using Digital Media
      • Conflict in Kashmir (Fathom seminar)
      • Text only
      • With images and video
    Copyright: Getty images. Genetically Modified Crops;
  • 7. LSE Media Examples
    • Image-based lectures
    • Video lectures (WebCT PS429)
      • Visualiser recordings
      • Video with slides
    • Audio lectures (AN100)
    • Interviews with academics
    • Bring the outside world into the classroom – language learning
    • Television and radio programmes (LN719)
  • 8.  
  • 9. Communication
    • Discussion Boards
    • Audio Boards
    • Chat, Who’s Online?
    • Class Lists, Student profiles
  • 10. Discussion
    • Open Questions
    • Resource Sharing
    • Pre-seminar
    • Post-Seminar
    • FAQs
    • Community
  • 11. Student Profiles
    • IR405 (Campus Based course)
  • 12. Assessment
    • Collecting Work
      • TurnitinUK
    • Quizzes / Surveys
      • Economics – data for Class teachers
      • Languages – diagnostic, formative
    • Collaborative Project work
      • Wikis
  • 13. Plagiarism Detection
    • TurnitinUK
    WebCT Assignment Tool TurnitinUK Students’ individual essays Individual Originality Reports Zip File Save to PC (Temporary)
  • 14. Blogs / Wikis
    • Blog: MC416 Bloglobal
    • Wiki: Econ B Wiki / CLT VLE Wiki
  • 15. Sources of media: Education Image Gallery
    • LSE holds a licence for the Education Image Gallery (EIG)
    • Available at:
    • Use your ATHENS password off campus
    • 55,000 images copyright cleared for teaching and research
    Copyright: Getty images. Genetically Modified Crops; Mud huts; Last Hitler Photo; Demonstration Against US Position On Kyoto Treaty
  • 16. Video
    • Illustrate, reinforce, explain, motivate
    • Can be controlled, replayed etc
    • Bandwidth issue
    • Combined with text and resources
  • 17. Audio
    • Can be practical alternative to video
    • Low bandwidth
    • Lecture mode /discussion
    • Specific uses in Language teaching