A Tale of Two Platforms

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Choosing and Using a Learning Management System for Teaching EFL (English as a Foreign Language)

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A Tale of Two Platforms

  1. 1. South Korea, one of the worlds highest-rated educationsystems, aims to consolidate its position by digitising its entirecurriculum by 2015. South Koreas Minister of Education said thathis department was preparing a promotion strategy for "SmartEducation", focusing on customised learning and teaching. Theproject will involve wireless networks in all schools to allowstudents to learn "whenever and wherever", and a learningmanagement system (LMS) that can run on a variety of devicesincluding PCs, laptops, tablets and internet-connected TVs.Gary Eason, BBC News, Oct 2011 A Tale of Two Platforms, Or, Is it time you had an LMS?
  2. 2. What is an LMS?A learning management system (LMS) is...... a software application for the administration,documentation, tracking, and reporting of trainingprograms, classroom and online events, Elearning programs,and training content.(Wikipedia)...a web-based platform designed to support teachers in themanagement of online educational courses(Pete Sharma, “Blended Learning”)
  3. 3. Content Function Interface customisation No Content Manage users & classes Define roles (admin, student, teacher etc) Build personalised Platform (LMS) courses Monitor student performance Set up forums for collaborative work Exchange detailed feedback Assessment Certification
  4. 4. Content Function Interface customisation No Content Manage users & classes Define roles (admin, student, teacher etc) Your Own Content Build personalised Platform (LMS) courses Monitor student performance Set up forums for collaborative work Exchange detailed feedback Assessment Certification
  5. 5. Content Function Interface customisation No Content Manage users & classes Define roles (admin, student, teacher etc) Your Own Content Build personalised Platform (LMS) courses Pre-loaded Monitor student performance Content Set up forums for collaborative work Exchange detailed feedback Assessment Certification
  6. 6. Content Function Interface customisation No Content Manage users & classes Define roles (admin, student, teacher etc) Your Own Content Build personalised Platform (LMS) courses Pre-loaded Monitor student performance Content Set up forums for collaborative work Pre-built Exchange detailed feedback Courses Assessment Certification
  7. 7. Simple ... or flexible?Flexibility Ease of implementation
  8. 8. Why do I want one?• Centralize management of learning activities• Manage logistics of instructor-led training• Measure training satisfaction• Measure training usage• Drive revenue
  9. 9. Why do I want one? Post sessional programmes and language maintenance Pre-sessional programmes & testing• Drive revenue Distance learning programmes Meet growing demand for blended course programmes
  10. 10. What is “blended learning”... Web-based extra skills work outside the classroom Traditional Guidance classroom from teacher teaching “Blended Learning refers to a course which combines a F2F component with an appropriate use of technology” (Sharma, 2007)
  11. 11. Integrated or Parallel Blended Learning...? Integrated Parallel Blended Blended Learning Learning Face to Face Lesson integrates with... Extra online Face to Face practice, deliv Online Lesson ...online ered via LMS practice is practice for monitored self- and feeds access, delive back into red via LMS next lesson
  12. 12. How do I choose one (or two) ?If you dont know what youneed...a supplier will "have" whatyou need
  13. 13. How do I choose one (or two) ?1. Clearly define and prioritize your requirements2. Match product features and functionality to your requirements
  14. 14. How do I choose one (or two) ?1. Clearly define and prioritize your requirements2. Match product features and functionality to your requirements Choosing an LMS isn’t like choosing a coursebook, or new Hardware. Choosing and using an LMS means real cultural change
  15. 15. Key Criteria...• Analytics, 17.3%• Assessment and testing, 42.5%• Authoring, 19.7%• Course catalogue, 28.3%• Certification, 18.9%• Collaboration tool integration, 15%• Compliance tracking, 6.5%• Content management, 29.9%• Enterprise Resource Planning / Customer Relationship Management integration, 8.7%• Implementation of learner-centred training, 39.4%• Manager approval, 9.7%• Reporting, 52.8%• Security, 14.2%• Standards, 18.1%Source: American Society for Training & Development
  16. 16. Consider current situation &your vision Content & Functions LMS
  17. 17. Consider current situation &your vision Costs Client needs Content & Teacher / Your Functions LMS expectations Commitment Training Stakeholder buy-in Marketing Draft a Requirements Specification and implementation plan
  18. 18. Macmillan English Macmillan Practice MyEnglishLab:CONTENT Campus Online English360 Moodle Market Leader Tell Me More Speexx"Learning Object" stylecontent YES NO YES NO NO NO NOCoursebook-indexedCourses YES YES YES NO YES YES YESPrepared Courses YES YES NO NO YES YES YESGames YES YES NO NO YES YES YESDynamic Content YES NO NO YES YES YESVideo YES YES LIMITED NO YES YES YESPrepared tests YES N/A NO NO YES YES YESExam preparation YES N/A NO NO YES YES YESPERSONALISED LEARNING TOOLSInternal mail services YES YES YES YES YES YES YESForums, collaborativework support YES NO YES YES NO NO NOMarkbook YES YES YES YES YES YES YESError Tracking NO NO YES NO YES YES YESInbuilt testing YES YES NO NO YES YES YESPersonal vocabularytools YES YES LIMITED YES NO NO YESProfile tools YES YES YES YES YES YES YESSchool logo subsitution? YES NO YES YES NO NO NOAuthoring tools NO NO YES YES NO NO NOVoice record /recognition YES YES NO NO NO YES YESContent upload facility YES YES YES YES NO NO NOAssign personal tasks YES YES YES YES YES YES YESSet up seperateclasses / learninggroups YES YES YES YES YES YES YESREFERENCEInbuilt Dictionary YES YES YES NO YES YES YESInbuilt Grammar YES YES YES NO YES YES YESSERVICE AND SUPPORTMinimum subscriptionrequired YES NO YES NO NO NO NOApproximate cost permonthly subscription * £3 £1 £7 N/A £1 £7 £90Hosting included YES YES YES NO YES YES YESTraining included YES NO YES NO LIMITED LIMITED YESAfter-sales support YES LIMITED YES NO YES LIMITED YESWeb (self access)training available YES YES YES YES YES LIMITED YESiPad compatible NO NO YES WITH M-TOUCH APP SOON! LIMITED LIMITEDOnline live teachingincluded NO NO NO NO NO NO YES
  19. 19. Thank You!For training / consultancy:Byron RussellPete Sharma Associatesbyron.russell@psa.eu.comTel. +44 1993 898393

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