Enhancing Real-Time Learning in our University VLE -Isobel Gordon, Jacqui Nicol

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Enhancing Real-Time Learning in our University VLE -Isobel Gordon, Jacqui Nicol (Robert Gordon University)
Presented at Moodlemoot Edinburgh 2014

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Enhancing Real-Time Learning in our University VLE -Isobel Gordon, Jacqui Nicol

  1. 1. Enhancing Real-Time Learning in our University VLE Isobel Gordon Jacqui Nicol
  2. 2. Background • Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen • Moodle – Hosted in-house – Since pilot in 2007
  3. 3. Previous Virtual Classroom • Wimba Classroom – Increasing use over 4 years – Online presentations – Tutorials – Student collaboration and group work • Licence agreement end & discontinuation of service • Time to Review
  4. 4. Evaluation and Selection • Criteria • Options considered – Open Source (Big Blue Button) – Proprietary (Blackboard Collaborate) – General web conferencing system (Adobe Connect) • Selection process
  5. 5. Key Evaluation Criteria
  6. 6. Blackboard Collaborate Classroom
  7. 7. Integration • Standard Moodle Activity • Integration options – Roles – Groups – Recording and archiving inside Moodle
  8. 8. Rollout Strategy (1) • Train the trainer from Blackboard Collaborate – 4 sessions • Central and distributed support staff – Technical Training • Network • Moodle Integration • Administration
  9. 9. Rollout Strategy (2) • Training – Training materials created – Package of materials created for eLearning Advisors to use – Central ONLINE workshops scheduled
  10. 10. Training • Online • Hands on • Interactive • Trainee staff encouraged to use all the tools • Access to Moodle area containing – User guides – Forums for discussion – Feedback area
  11. 11. Rollout Strategy (3) Managed training • Prior to integration – Existing Wimba Classroom Users • After integration – New users
  12. 12. Impact • Use since August 2013 – >200 classrooms set up – On average used 5 times each – Examples of changing practice • Online Induction for ODL Engineering
  13. 13. Feedback • Feedback from Staff – Positive – Easier to use – Like archives appearing automatically in Moodle – Plans for • Careers service consultations with ODL students • Library support for ODL students
  14. 14. Next Steps • Waiting for new BbC which launches with own Java • Promotion of advanced tools for – Plan tool for learning design – Interactivity e.g. drag and drop and quizzes during sessions • Wider rollout to support academic staff and support departments

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