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VLE Standards

Vicki Weavers - Weston College

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    • VLE Standards
      Vicki Weavers
      Weston College
      June 2011
    • What are the VLE Standards?
      A set of criteria that we use to assess the quality and content of our courses on the VLE
      A means of demonstrating and sharing good practice.
    • Student evaluations showed perceived value of good VLE courses
      Little consistency in quality of provision
      More structured approach to eLearning
      SMT determined access to online resources as a student entitlement
      Move from the ‘digital filing cabinet’
      Why were they developed?(1)
    • Why were they developed?(2)
      Sets minimum expectations for online learning (Bronze)
      Structures training
      Coherent development & quality improvement plan
    • Bronze
      Bronze Level Courses should have ALL of these:
      Scheme of Work or similar document
      Course handbook (may contain the above)
      Uses weeks/topics layout to group resources effectively
      A completed Course Summary (including key words) to enable course searching
      A Tool for communicating notices to students (eg News Forum or course calendar)
      Links to external websites
      Uploaded Assignment documents
      Active students
    • Silver
      Silver Level Courses should have ALL of these:
      Evidence of online interaction between students and lecturers (eg.active discussion forum or scheduled chat sessions)
      Multi-media / visual or audio resource (eg NLN, Youtube resource)
      Use the Upcoming Events function in the Calendar (eg assignment dates, visits, tutorials)
      Interactive self Marking Quizzes (or Hot Potatoes or similar)
      Use ‘Assignments’ to set, collect and mark student work or
      Use ‘Gradebook’ to record student achievement
      Use ‘Glossaries’ to build up a searchable bank of terms or concepts
      Feedback forms or similar to collect student opinion / data
      Clearly signposted extension and support activities / resources to provide differentiated learning
    • Gold
      Gold Level Course should include at least three of these
      features:
      Use of student blogs (or similar reflective tool) to aid reflective learning or record progress
      Use of Wikis to allow collaborative student work
      Make use of Moodle forums to deliver Podcasts
      Embed self created video or sound clips in Moodle course
      Include some self created interactive content (egEXE, Glomaker, Xerte or similar)
      RSS Feeds to stream relevant news to your course page
      Use the HTML block to provide custom content
      Evidence of weekly activity from ALL learners on the course
    • Timeline
      VLE Standards 2010/11
      All fulltime courses are to have a corresponding Learning Portal course by 1st September 2010
      All fulltime students must be informed of their Learning Portal log in and course details by lecturing staff by 20th September 2010
      All fulltime Learning Portal courses must meet the Silver standard by 3rd Jan 2011
      All fulltime courses will be assessed against the VLE Standards, and results passed to Faculty Heads by February 2011
    • Why is it working???
      Training
      Competition!
      Monitoring/Reporting (written in to Course Reviews)
      Senior Sponsorship
    • Impact...
      Staff and Learner Voice
    • Next Steps
      Self Assessment
      Re-write the Standards
      Differentiate the Standards (WBL, HE, Inclusive Learning)
      Keep moving the goalposts!
    • Questions?
      vicki.weavers@weston.ac.uk
      Or after 31st July - vicki.weavers@gmail.com