The VLE vs. PLE debateGráinne Conole, University of Leicester       PLE Conference, Aveiro           13th July 2012       ...
Outline• E-Pedagogies• The essence of good learning• The VLE/PLE continuum• The problem of lack of uptake• Using the VLE a...
(Un)keynote - the process• Questions, prompts on Twitter and fb• Experts invited to provide short videos• Space to aggrega...
Mayes & De Freitas, 2004 Pedagogies of e-learning                          Conole 2010 E-training                         ...
What is the essence of learning?
Essence of learningReflective                         DialogicAuthentic                          Applied
A focus on pedagogy We are all potential  teachers and learners We learn well through the  act of creating We learn by ...
PLE    MOOCs                Accredited                         courses +Informal                              Formal    St...
ToolsPedagogy           Context
The problemSocial andparticipatory mediaoffer new ways tocommunicate andcollaborate           Not fully exploitedWealth of...
The solutionUsing the VLE as a TrojanhorseNew approaches to design forlearning:   Conceptual design views   Frameworks   W...
Using the VLE as a Trojan horse• VLE as a safe nursery slope• Help to:   – Shift focus from content to     activities   – ...
Blackboard audit• Data   – Online survey (260 returns)   – Departmental visits• Key findings   – Used as content repositor...
Blackboard+ at LeicesterBB plus Google+                                   Maths video-lets                     Prof-casts ...
Benefits•   Guided learning pathway•   Structured and timed•   Formal accreditation•   A cohort of peers•   Tutor support•...
MSc in Learning Innovation          Dissertation   Case Studies of Innovation Research Design and Methods        Learning ...
A comparison….• Formal course in VLE  cf. informal MOOC• Questions  – Tools used  – Learners’ perceptions  – Challenges  –...
Crystal gazing• Blurring of boundaries• Mix of institutional and  cloud-based tools• Spectrum of formal and  informal offe...
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  1. 1. The VLE vs. PLE debateGráinne Conole, University of Leicester PLE Conference, Aveiro 13th July 2012 @gconole, #pleconf
  2. 2. Outline• E-Pedagogies• The essence of good learning• The VLE/PLE continuum• The problem of lack of uptake• Using the VLE as a Trojan horse• The benefits of VLEs• A VLE/PLE comparison• Crystal gazing
  3. 3. (Un)keynote - the process• Questions, prompts on Twitter and fb• Experts invited to provide short videos• Space to aggregate resources and for discussion on Cloudworks
  4. 4. Mayes & De Freitas, 2004 Pedagogies of e-learning Conole 2010 E-training Inquiry learning Drill & practice Resource-based Associative Constructivist Focus on individual Building on prior Learning through knowledge association and Task-orientated reinforcement A Situative Connectivist Learning through Learning in a social interaction networked Learning in context environment Reflective &Experiential, Problem-based Role dialogic learning,play Personalised learning
  5. 5. What is the essence of learning?
  6. 6. Essence of learningReflective DialogicAuthentic Applied
  7. 7. A focus on pedagogy We are all potential teachers and learners We learn well through the act of creating We learn by observing the activities of our peers By understanding the contexts of others, we can teach in more transformative ways A learning environment needs to be flexible Dougiamas, Athens, 2nd October 2010
  8. 8. PLE MOOCs Accredited courses +Informal Formal Study guides Accredited & resources courses VLE
  9. 9. ToolsPedagogy Context
  10. 10. The problemSocial andparticipatory mediaoffer new ways tocommunicate andcollaborate Not fully exploitedWealth of free Replicating bad pedagogyresources and tools Lack of time and skills
  11. 11. The solutionUsing the VLE as a TrojanhorseNew approaches to design forlearning: Conceptual design views Frameworks Workshops Social media
  12. 12. Using the VLE as a Trojan horse• VLE as a safe nursery slope• Help to: – Shift focus from content to activities – Promote reflection and collaboration – Create pedagogically effective learning pathways
  13. 13. Blackboard audit• Data – Online survey (260 returns) – Departmental visits• Key findings – Used as content repository and administration – Pockets of innovation – More support needed on effective design strategies – Tension between teaching and research – Usability issue
  14. 14. Blackboard+ at LeicesterBB plus Google+ Maths video-lets Prof-casts History conundrum Voicethread
  15. 15. Benefits• Guided learning pathway• Structured and timed• Formal accreditation• A cohort of peers• Tutor support• Consistent interface• Good accessibility• Management buy-in• Back end monitoring tool• Databanks of good practice
  16. 16. MSc in Learning Innovation Dissertation Case Studies of Innovation Research Design and Methods Learning Design Technology-Enhanced Learning
  17. 17. A comparison….• Formal course in VLE cf. informal MOOC• Questions – Tools used – Learners’ perceptions – Challenges – Design issues Learning Design MOOC
  18. 18. Crystal gazing• Blurring of boundaries• Mix of institutional and cloud-based tools• Spectrum of formal and informal offerings• More sophisticated learning analytics tools• Learning design tools to guide practice

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