Current Trends and Tempos on Using Internet Based Virtual Environments for Education

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  • 1. CURRENT TRENDS AND TEMPOS ON USING INTERNET-BASED VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS FOR EDUCATION
  • 2. SHAI OMARALISM PAP HajahMasna, Brunei
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    CURRENT TRENDS AND TEMPOS ON USING INTERNET-BASED VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS FOR EDUCATION
  • 3. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
  • 4. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    INTERNET-BASED LEARNING
    “The internet has upgraded impactful learning technologies of the past such as reading, visual and audio materials, and communication.”
    “Information and communication technologies have become mightily useful that formal education, which itself is dependent on information as knowledge, and communication to relay the knowledge, cannot discount the benefits of the internet.”
    Omarali, p.13, 2008
  • 5. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    WEB2.0
    Web elements that facilitate communication, secure informationsharing and collaboration on the World Wide Web.
    Examples of web2.0 tools:
    • Social networking sites
    • 6. Video sharing sites
    • 7. Blogsites
    • 8. Wiki sites
    Adapted from wikipedia/web2.0
  • 9. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT (VLE)
    An amalgamation of the many Web2.0 tools being used for learning, and it allows its {administrators} to create an online community where learning through collaboration and personalisationof experiences are possible.
    Omarali, p. 2, 2008
  • 10. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    CHARACTERISTICS OF A VLE
    • An organised all-in-one space
    • 11. Orderly learning interface
    • 12. Controlled by the educator
    • 13. Web 2.0 tools embedded in the environment
    REAL VLEs
    Blackboard . Drupal . Joomla . Moodle
    VLEs CREATED FROM WEB2.0 CONVERGENCE
    GoogleApps . Live@Edu
  • 14. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    PERSONAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT (PLE)
    A loose “learning environment” made up of several Web2.0 tools that are favoured by the learner, mainly because of familiarity and useability, to assist and accomplish learning.
  • 15. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    CHARACTERISTICS OF A PLE
    • A personal-level, organised, one-in-all space
    • 16. Different learning interfaces depending on Web2.0 tools chosen
    • 17. Controlled by the learner
    • 18. ‘Web 2.0 tools’ is the environment
    POPULAR WEB2.0 TOOLS USED IN PLEs
    Blog . Chatbox . Synchronous Chat . Forums . Video Gallery
    SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES USED AS PLEs
    Ning . Facebook . Secondlife
  • 19. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    4 POPULAR VLEs
  • 20. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    WEB2.0 IN GOOGLE APPS FOR EDUCATION
    • Gmail (with voice and video chat tools)
    • 21. Google Talk
    • 22. Google Calendar
    • 23. Google Site (online space)
    • 24. Google Docs (with synchronous collaboration)
    WEB2.0 ADDITIONS
    • images.google.com
    • 25. video.google.com
    • 26. Google Groups
  • WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    SEVERAL INSTITUTIONS USING GOOGLE APPS
    • Open University Malaysia, Malaysia
    • 27. Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
    • 28. School of Oriental and African Studies, UK
    • 29. Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
    • 30. University of Southern California, USA
  • WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
  • 31. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    WEB2.0 IN LIVE@EDU FOR EDUCATION
    • Outlook Live
    • 32. MSN / Live Messenger
    • 33. Microsoft Calendar
    • 34. Windows Live Skydrive (online space)
    • 35. Microsoft Office Live Workspace
    • 36. Windows Live Writer
    • 37. WYSIWYG Blog Authoring Software
    • 38. Photo publisher
    • 39. Windows Live Map
  • WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    SEVERAL INSTITUTIONS USING LIVE@EDU
    • Jordanian University, Jordan
    • 40. The Universidad Europa de Madrid, Spain
    • 41. The Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland
    • 42. University of Missouri, USA
    • 43. University of Pennyslvania , USA
    • 44. UniversiteFrancaiseD’Egypte, Egypt
  • WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
  • 45. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    WEB2.0 IN MOODLE
  • WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    SEVERAL INSTITUTIONS USING MOODLE
    • Ohio State University, USA
    • 53. University of York, UK
    • 54. Open University, UK
    • 55. New Zealand Polytechnic, New Zealand
    • 56. Athabasca University, Canada
  • WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
  • 57. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    WEB2.0 IN BLACKBOARD
    • Blackboard Intranet E-mail
    • 58. Blackboard Chat, Virtual Classroom (with Whiteboard)
    • 59. Blackboard Calendar
    • 60. Blackboard Homepage
    • 61. Blackboard Discussion Boards
    • 62. Blackboard Grade Center
  • WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    SEVERAL INSTITUTIONS USING BLACKBOARD
    • Newcastle University, UK
    • 63. Aberystwyth University, UK
    • 64. University of Manchester, UK
    • 65. University of Leicester, UK
    • 66. University of Calgary, Canada
    • 67. Texas Tech University, USA
  • WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
  • 68. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    WHAT MAKES A PRACTICAL VLE
    An all-in-one, controlled, centralised and communalisticvirtual learning environment that is flexible enough to allow for the teaching of numerous skills and dynamic enough for sustainable usage into the future.
    Omarali, p. 2, 2008
    (The 3C guideline)
  • 69. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    A CONTROLLED VLE
    • Keep access to inappropriate materials away
    • 70. Personal safety from outsiders
    A CENTRALISED VLE
    • Essential Web2.0 tools housed within the VLE
    • 71. Learning one technology
    A COMMUNALISTIC VLE
    • Computer Mediated Communication tools
    • 72. Personalised and customisable user page
    (Omarali, 2008)
  • 73. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    COMPARISONS OF 4 VLES
    BASED ON THE 3C CHARACTERISTICS THEY EXHIBIT
    METHODOLOGY
    BASED ON INFORMATION FROM MY EXPERIENCES USING THESE VLEs AND/OR THEIR WEB AFFORDANCES, AS WELL AS FROM CASE STUDIES AND VLE FEATURES GUIDE.
  • 74. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    COMMUNICATION for communalistic purposes
  • 75. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    FACILITATION for centralisedpurposes
  • 76. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    FACILITATION for centralisedpurposes
  • 77. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    SECURITY AND HELP for controlled purposes
    18 17 10 18
  • 78. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    OTHER FACTORS TO CONSIDER
    • Learners’ familiarity with the specific tools
    • 79. Educators’ familiarity with the specific tools
    • 80. Cost of installation
    • 81. Cost of maintenance
    • 82. Design
    • 83. Ease of customizability (especially Moodle)
    • 84. Hosted locally or remotely (some VLEs have both options)
    • 85. Other features and tools
  • WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTIONVLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    PLEs | TYPES OF PLEs
  • 86. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTIONVLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    BLOG
    FORUM
    RSS
    FEED
    PLE
    PHOTO ALBUM
    POD
    CAST
    INSTANT CHAT
    ARCHIVER
    VIDEO
    ALBUM
  • 87. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTIONVLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    BLOGSITES
    • Publish journal entries with photos, videos and podcasts
    • 88. Allow comments after entries
    • 89. Customisable designs and downloadable templates
    • 90. Allow public or restricted access
    • 91. Owners need little programming knowledge
    • 92. Free and open source
    • 93. Remotely hosted in the web
  • WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTIONVLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    FORUMBOARDS
    • Allow ‘directory tree’ organised discussions and posts with photos
    • 94. Allow comments after entries
    • 95. Customisable designs and downloadable templates
    • 96. Allow public or restricted access
    • 97. Owners need some PHP programming knowledge
    • 98. Owners have moderation control on users and posts
    • 99. Free and open source, but traffic heavy
    • 100. Remotely hosted in the web
  • WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTIONVLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    PHOTO SHARING SITES
    • Archiving and publishing of photos and paintings
    • 101. Template is fixed (customization demands advanced programming)
    • 102. Allow public or restricted access
    • 103. Owner controls gallery and albums
    • 104. Owner needs little programming knowledge
    • 105. Free and open source
    • 106. Contain other users’ contents (including inappropriate contents)
    • 107. Remotely hosted in the web
  • WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTIONVLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    INSTANT MESENGERS
    • Allow synchronous text chats
    • 108. Allow synchronous group text chats
    • 109. Allow VoIP Calls
    • 110. Allow 1-on-1 video calls
    • 111. Allow sending and sharing of files
    • 112. Locally stored and remotely operated
  • WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTIONVLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    WEB BOOKMARKING AND ARCHIVER
    • Allow users to bookmark interesting content either for:
    • 113. sharing with internet users
    • 114. feeding them afterwards into their RSS enabled Web2.0 platform
  • WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTION VLEsPLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    VLEs vs. PLEs
  • 115. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTIONVLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    RECOMMENDATIONS
    01 Using a main VLE with supplementary PLEs
    02 Using a main VLE with complementary PLEs
    03 Using a VLE / PLE hybrid (iPLE*)
  • 116. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTIONVLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    01 USING A MAIN VLE + SUPPLEMENTARY PLEs
    Suitable for:
    • medium to large institutions
    • 117. large student population
    • 118. institutions with IT facilitators
    • 119. learners with basic IT skills
    • 120. cases when main content is to be organised in VLE
    • 121. cases when PLEs’ attributes are present in VLE, but PLEs
    provide more depth
    • stable VLE platforms
  • WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTIONVLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    01 USING A MAIN VLE + SUPPLEMENTARY PLEs
  • 122. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTIONVLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    02 USING A MAIN VLE + COMPLEMENTARY PLEs
    Suitable for:
    • small to large institutions
    • 123. medium to large student population
    • 124. institutions with an IT facilitator for the VLE (but optional)
    • 125. learners with practical IT skills in Web2.0
    • 126. cases when PLEs fill in needed features not available in VLE
    • 127. debatably stable VLE platforms, particularly free VLEs
  • WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTIONVLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    02 USING A MAIN VLE + COMPLEMENTARY PLEs
  • 128. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTIONVLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    03 USING A VLE / PLE HYBRID (iPLE)
    What is it?
    A web resource with external Web2.0 tools embedded or embeddable
    within it as widgets (Portillo, Overlar, Benito and Romo, 2009)
    Examples: can carry RSS, Blog, Videos, Photos, etc. can carry endless Web2.0 because it has full HTML editors.
  • 129. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTIONVLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    03 USING A VLE / PLE HYBRID (iPLE)
    Suitable for:
    • classrooms . small to medium faculties
    • 130. a population of not more than 5 average classrooms
    • 131. institutions without any IT facilitator
    • 132. learners who are exposed and live around the PLEs
    • 133. cases when PLEs make learning more natural for learners
    • 134. the central ‘VLE’ is a background to enmesh and organise the PLEs together
  • WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTIONVLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    03 USING A VLE / PLE HYBRID (iPLE)
  • 135. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTIONVLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    WHAT IS A VERSATILEINTERNET LEARNING ENVIRONMENT?
  • 136. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTIONVLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    A VERSATILE INTERNET LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
    Collaboration and sharing center Forum , Blog
    Communication tools (basic) Skype (Video, Chat, Archive)(video) Macromedia BreezeMultimedia tools Greetter (Video, Photo, Twitter)Automatic Content Updater RSS Feeds , Podcast Feeds
    Assessment Based on discussions,
    contributions, digitally handed
    assignments, videocam
    presentations
  • 137. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTIONVLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    THE ULTIMATE INTERNET LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
  • 138. WEB2.0
    INTRODUCTIONVLEs PLEs RECOMMENDATIONS
    END OF PRESENTATION
    VIDEO WEB 2.0 . THE MACHINE IS US/ING US
    CREDIT TO MWESCH, YOUTUBE.