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    Dr Alan Masson - Moving from content to people centred e-learning services - challenges and opportunities Dr Alan Masson - Moving from content to people centred e-learning services - challenges and opportunities Presentation Transcript

    • Moving from content to people centred e-learning services - challenges and opportunities Alan Masson, University of Ulster
      • e-learning – the story so far
      • Physical campus developments
      • Emerging learning support tools
      • Issues around virtualising the LRC?
    • Timeline of e-learning @ UU
      • Establishing phase
      • Staff Development
      • User orientation / support
      • Remote resource access
      • Scaling Phase
      • Meeting increasing demand
      • Impact phase
      • Changing practice (impact)
      • Next Phase?
    • Key initial milestones
      • VLE / SRS integration
        • Enrolment addressed
      • VLE / Athens authentication
        • Athens related resource access addressed
      • VLE / Library integration
        • Resource lists and related library services embedded
    • Scaling (2004 - 06)
      • Exponential growth in usage
      • Need to respond to technical challenges of supporting rapidly scaling service
        • Performance
        • Resilience (risk)
      • Response - migration to WebCT Vista 4.x on a tiered architecture 2006
    • VLE usage (2006-07)
      • Metrics:
      • >15k unique users
      • circa 5k unique users / typical teaching day
      • >9k user sessions / typical teaching day
      • Typical peak loads c.650 users / 30Mbits/sec
      • Benchmarks:
      • 75% of UU student FTE
      • equiv to Coleraine campus student enrolment
      • equiv to combined daily LRC access @ Magee and Jordanstown campuses
    • Recent e-learning developments
      • “ Enterprising” of VLE
      • Integration of additional tools and services with VLE
      • Enhancing “teacher moderated” virtual classrooms
      • Teaching focus
    • Recent campus developments
      • Learning Resource Centres (LRCs)
      • Wireless connectivity
      • Development of “social spaces”
      • Informal learning focus
    • Learning - independent of space and place
    • Learning - independent of space and place
    • Learning - independent of space and place
    • Informal learning online
      • Explosion of Web 2.0 tools
      • Students use these in their own lives
      • Functionality transfers to learning
      • Learners own tools – more advanced than HEI offerings
    • Learning Centre
      • Brings together people and resources
      • Supports range of “learning” styles
        • Individual or group
        • Formal or informal
        • Resource supported or shared space
      • Use defined by learner!
    • People and resources together
    • Web 2.0 tools for learners
      • Information / resources
    • Learners doing stuff together
    • Web 2.0 tools for learners
      • Communication / community
    • Web 2.0 tools for learners
      • Collaboration / creation
    • Web2.0 tool challenges
      • Support and guidance
      • Inclusivity
      • Loss of added value information / engagement opportunities
      • Perceived (lack of) value by fee-paying learners
      • Do we / should we provide a “semi formal” virtual LEARNING centre?
    • Building blocks for Virtual Learning Centre
      • Elgg (social network – walled garden?)
      • Confluence (wiki with defined templates), collaborative document tools
      • Wimba Pronto, e-mail and SMS
      • Missing – tagging service to complement Talislist & catalogue
      • Common toolset to (and integrated) with VLE and outside services
      • Learner managed
    • Benefits of Virtual Learning Centre
      • Learner led
      • Bridge between formal and personal environments
      • Access to people / resources / tools are facilitated and supported
      • Learners - participants in resource workflows (tagging, resource lists….)
      • “ spaces” can have defined lifecycles
    • Community consideration
      • “ A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.”
      • Woody Allen (Annie Hall)
    • Cultural challenge
      • Leadership for this “service”?
      • Teaching and Learning
      • IT department
      • Library
      • E-learning
      • Estates
    • Possible context?
      • “ It seems to me that it now makes more sense to associate the library with emerging support for e-learning and e-research, creating a set of capacities aligned around academic systems and services, and the management of research and learning data.”
      • Lorcan Dempsey blog posting, 15/06/08
      • http://orweblog.oclc.org/archives/001656.html