Developing e-learning Platforms in Schools


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6 March 2010 (Saturday) | 10:30 - 11:30 | | Mr. Paul WHITE, Learning Technology Adviser, English Schools Foundation

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Developing e-learning Platforms in Schools

  1. 1. 3/6/2010 Developing e-Learning Platforms in Schools The English Schools Foundation has 21 schools in Hong Kong and had been using an online learning platform for 5 years, when it was decided that it was time to find a replacement. This presentation will explore the process of selection; development and deployment of a new e-learning platform across the foundation. This presentation will include an account of the educational rational behind e-learning platforms; the training required to support one and specific examples of how it is currently being used to support learning. Paul White Learning Technology Adviser for the English Schools Foundation Connected Learning Community How to you listen to the views of 1500 staff members? Canvass opinion on a Google Doc Talked to staff in ESF schools 1
  2. 2. 3/6/2010 Review existing system •Setup an VLE Steering committee We Use Other •One VP and one Tech co-ordinator Clunky Not intuitive Unreliable Not Used Use is Patchy Things per school Data Disappears Does not work well with Macs Keeps Changing Not Searchable Slow to add Resources Schools are not Linked •Talked to VLE Vendors •Visit other schools •Use of P.L.Ns Student School Information Homepage Website for Parents Portfolios Personal Learning Network New Web Sites for schools New Web Sites for schools 2
  3. 3. 3/6/2010 New Web Sites for schools New Web Sites for schools What Qualities should a VLE have? What Functionality should a VLE have? •Cost - needs to cost no more than the CLC Functionality required/desired •Ease of navigation •Blogs / Wikis/ Forums/ Quizzes •Searchable •Embedding Video Clips and other media •Intuitive and user-friendly •Drop Boxes - for handing in homework •Unified login with SIMS •Student homework calendars •Good Local Support •Student Portfolio •Ease of Use •Peer assessment •SCORM compliant Talked to staff in other schools PantherNet 3
  4. 4. 3/6/2010 Visited BETT www. What VLEs have we looked at? What VLEs have we looked at? What VLEs have we looked at? Shortlist of VLEs 4
  5. 5. 3/6/2010 SharePoint services is free Class Page Wikis Electronic Grading Class Discussions - before, during or after class Blogs Online School 5
  6. 6. 3/6/2010 Online School Online School Developed by Broad Learning developers of ESF SIMS Currently only being used by local schools eClass International is planned - no date yet •eClass does not use logical URLs like: •eClass does not use Breadcrumb Navigation: Setup cost AU$75,000 - 379,070 HKD •Navigation would be difficult with eClass Annual cost AU$60,000 - 303,598 HKD 6
  7. 7. 3/6/2010 Lower primary view and upper primary view 7
  8. 8. 3/6/2010 modular design - easy to drop in new components and plug-ins 8
  9. 9. 3/6/2010 Teachers TV Virtual Learning Environment Project Plan •Support schools with release time and LT secondees •Build a team of VLE secondees and wider VLE Strategy group •Develop a plan for development and deployment •Develop single sign-on with the Gateway •Develop Maze Data synchronisation (Class lists etc.) •Develop Primary and Secondary Moodle Templates 9
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  13. 13. 3/6/2010 Moodle Training Moodle 101 Moodle Mashup Quick Content Moodle eTexts Using Moodle (2nd edition) by Jason Cole and Helen Foster 13
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