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Broadband in Education

  1. 1. Broadband for Education John Jennings ICT Specialist Tipperary Institute Email: [email_address]
  2. 2. Bio <ul><li>ICT Specialist </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lecturing on BSc in IT (Multimedia & Communications) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Web Programming </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Content Management Systems </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>eLearning Coordinator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Moodle </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Outline <ul><li>Broadband at last… ! </li></ul><ul><li>Education / eLearning </li></ul><ul><li>Why broadband? </li></ul><ul><li>How? </li></ul><ul><li>TI’s focus </li></ul><ul><li>References & Links </li></ul>
  4. 4. Broadband at last…! <ul><li>Essentially a faster, ‘ always-on’ internet connection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows users to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Video conference, VOIP, … be connected… </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows educators to electronically </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>manage interaction with students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>manage interaction between students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Pervasive? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not yet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In all homes by ?? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In 2004 Ireland had 3.4 broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>OECD average is 10.2 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Korea has 24.9 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In all schools by late 2005 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Education & Broadband <ul><li>E-Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Computer-Based Training (CBT) </li></ul><ul><li>Web-Based Training (WBT) </li></ul><ul><li>Web-Based Instructional Systems (WBIS) </li></ul><ul><li>Web/ Electronic Performance Support Systems (W/ EPSS) </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Distributed Learning Programs/ Systems (DLP/ S) </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Management Systems (LMS) </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Objects </li></ul><ul><li>Learner Support Systems </li></ul><ul><li>So where do we start? </li></ul><ul><li>Why start at all? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why Broadband? <ul><li>Educational Benefits Arising From The Use Of Broadband </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transforming The Learning Experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improving Inter-Institutional Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Achieving New Potentials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improving Efficiencies In Existing Provision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Widening Access To Education </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. How? <ul><li>Communication is key </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>An interaction, transaction, communication </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual communities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Socialisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use of ICT affects number and type of social ties </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Conflicting theories: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Time on internet wasted time socially? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Causes alienation and isolation? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>But emerging evidence that use of broadband internet enhances and multiplies social ties. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Need managed communication </li></ul>
  8. 8. How can I get started? <ul><li>Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A system designed to facilitate teachers in the management of online educational courses for their students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A VLE is a system within which learners and tutors communicate and participate in “on-line” interactions of various kinds, including online learning. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What does a VLE really do? <ul><li>Delivers course content </li></ul><ul><li>Enables course organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Provides means of communication </li></ul><ul><li>Delivers assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Manages learners </li></ul>
  10. 10. Main Players Include <ul><li>WebCT - </li></ul><ul><li>Blackboard - </li></ul><ul><li>TopClass - </li></ul><ul><li>And now there is </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle - </li></ul>
  11. 11. Benefits of Moodle <ul><li>Simple intuitive web browser interface </li></ul><ul><li>International focus (supports 60 languages) </li></ul><ul><li>Modular design allows third-party development </li></ul><ul><li>Unique Benefits: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Moodle is free , distributed under GPL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vibrant learning community of users and developers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For an online demo see: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. TI Technology Outreach - Schools <ul><li>Independent Advice </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity building not solution delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Training, Training, Training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IT Essentials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cisco CCNA </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Facilitation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TippNet - Web Developers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TippNet - Digital Plumbers (SME, Schools, Residential IT Support) </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Quote <ul><li>“ Broadband will shape our children’s future in ways we can only dream about, offering instant access to the world’s reference libraries, and networking with other schools and colleges at the touch of a keyboard.  It will also require changes in teaching methods and curriculum content to reflect the huge opportunity such access to information presents.” </li></ul><ul><li>Noel Dempsey T.D., </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National Broadband Conference Galway, 13th May 2005 </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Summary <ul><li>Broadband at last… ! </li></ul><ul><li>Education / eLearning </li></ul><ul><li>Why broadband? </li></ul><ul><li>How? </li></ul><ul><li>TI’s focus </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Thanks </li></ul>