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!
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