Using a Virtual Learning Environment to
Promote Learning & Communication




                  Sheilla Norton
            ...
Global vs.

  Classroom
 Preparation for the
  working world of
  the future
     Global
      Collaboration
     Crit...
Definition:

     “Social constructivism
      emphasizes the
      importance of culture
      and context in
      und...
How can it be

    fostered?
     Create communication
     &collaboration in
     curriculum
    Technology Tools

   ...
MOODLE’S CREATOR        MARTIN DOUGIAMAS

    Martin Dougiamas

    designed Moodle
    based on the social
    construct...
MOODLE - Modular

  Object-Oriented
  Dynamic Learning
  Environment
 CMS – Course
  Management
  System or VLE –
  Virt...
Open access to

  world-wide
  information with
  teacher control
 Differentiate learning
  & accommodate
  multiple lea...
Social Networking Tools

  Calendar & Personal

  Content
 Resource Tools
     Files created in Moodle,
     Office, P...
Classroom Website

     Place for students and
      parents to get
      information
     Calendar of Events
     Dis...
Blogs – individual

    writing projects
     Reports
     Reflections
     Journals
    Wikis – collaborative

    w...
Chat Tools

     Peer tutoring
     Synchronous collaborating
    Forums

        Questions
    
        Parent infor...
Podcasting & Wikis

    Activities
     Collaborative script
      development
     Performance

    Slideshows

    o...
Use PowerPoint to
•
    construct a
    WebQuest.
    Students can access
•
    from anywhere
    Only need Acrobat
•
    ...
Online Testing Using

    Quiz Option
     Practice computer
        testing
        Offer practice
    
        exams
...
Many types of

    questions:
        Multiple choice
    
        Calculated
    
        True/False
    
        Emb...
Promote Collaboration and

  Communication
 Meet NETS and ISTE
  Standards
 Consistent method for
  online content and
...
About Moodle


• Web Resources
   •Moodle.org
   •howtomoodle.com
• Print Resources
   •Using Moodle by Jason Cole
  •Mood...
Kenny, J. (2006, March 10). Platform for change [Special section
   4]. Times Educational Supplement, 4676, p.12. Retrieve...
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  1. 1. Using a Virtual Learning Environment to Promote Learning & Communication Sheilla Norton St. Cloud State University Summer 2007 nosh0502@stcloudstate.edu
  2. 2. Global vs.  Classroom  Preparation for the working world of the future  Global Collaboration  Critical thinking skills Social  constructivism
  3. 3. Definition:   “Social constructivism emphasizes the importance of culture and context in understanding what occurs in society and constructing knowledge based on this understanding” (Kim, 2001, ¶9). Examples? 
  4. 4. How can it be  fostered?  Create communication &collaboration in curriculum Technology Tools   Web2.0 and Classroom2.0 ▪ Tools for social networking and collaboration
  5. 5. MOODLE’S CREATOR MARTIN DOUGIAMAS Martin Dougiamas  designed Moodle based on the social constructivist pedagogy.  Built-in social networking and collaboration tools  Most students will already know how to use these tools
  6. 6. MOODLE - Modular  Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment  CMS – Course Management System or VLE – Virtual Learning Environment  Open source – Free!
  7. 7. Open access to  world-wide information with teacher control  Differentiate learning & accommodate multiple learning styles  Create communication & collaboration channels
  8. 8. Social Networking Tools  Calendar & Personal  Content  Resource Tools  Files created in Moodle, Office, PDF and web links Activities Tools   Online and offline assignments  Individual and group  Graded and ungraded
  9. 9. Classroom Website   Place for students and parents to get information  Calendar of Events  Discussion Forums  Questions for Teacher  Homework help ▪ Web links ▪ Forum for tutoring
  10. 10. Blogs – individual  writing projects  Reports  Reflections  Journals Wikis – collaborative  writing projects Study guides  Glossary  Scripts  Collaborative  presentations
  11. 11. Chat Tools   Peer tutoring  Synchronous collaborating Forums  Questions  Parent information area  Student information area  Peer to peer communication  Teacher to teacher collaboration  Question Button 
  12. 12. Podcasting & Wikis  Activities  Collaborative script development  Performance Slideshows  or Video files Embedded  Remote teaching  Reviewing in-class materials  Material for absent students
  13. 13. Use PowerPoint to • construct a WebQuest. Students can access • from anywhere Only need Acrobat • Reader Example: Energy • WebQuest
  14. 14. Online Testing Using  Quiz Option  Practice computer testing Offer practice  exams Immediate  feedback option Paperless testing  Eliminating student  dishonesty
  15. 15. Many types of  questions: Multiple choice  Calculated  True/False  Embedded  answers (Cloze) Matching  Description  Short Answer  Essay 
  16. 16. Promote Collaboration and  Communication  Meet NETS and ISTE Standards  Consistent method for online content and communication  Easy to use and customizable  Readily available documentation and online community support.  Class templates for ease of development  Free!!!
  17. 17. About Moodle • Web Resources •Moodle.org •howtomoodle.com • Print Resources •Using Moodle by Jason Cole •Moodle E-Learning Course Development by William Rice
  18. 18. Kenny, J. (2006, March 10). Platform for change [Special section 4]. Times Educational Supplement, 4676, p.12. Retrieved August 8, 2007, from Lexis Nexis database. Kim, B. (2001). Social Constructivism. In M. Orey (Ed.), Emerging perspectives on learning, teaching, and technology. Retrieved August 10, 2007, from http://projects.coe.uga.edu/epltt/ Krechowiecka, I. (2005, October 4). Open source:Please sir, can we have some more?: Virtual learning environments are getting kids excited about education. The Guardian: London (UK), p.5. Maikish, A. (2006, May). MOODLE: A free, Easy, and constructivist online learning tool. MultiMedia & Internet@Schools, 13(3), 26- 28. Retrieved August 8, 2007, from Academic Search Premier database. Perkins, M. & Pfaffman, J. (2006). Using a course management system to improve classroom communication. The Science Teacher, 73(7), 33-37. Retrieved August 8, 2007, from Platinum Periodicals database. (Document ID: 1148188121)
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