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Digital Campus:eLearning Services           http://digital-campus.org                                © 2011
Key Issues●    Students demanding more    technology based course materials    and activities●    Teachers need skills in ...
What is elearning?          http://digital-campus.org                               © 2011
What is eLearning?       ●           "E-learning comprises all forms of           electronically supported learning       ...
What eLearning is not...●    Not simply uploading powerpoint    presentations/documents●    Not simply giving students a l...
eLearning Strengths         ●             Improve student collaboration             through the use for forums,           ...
eLearning Weaknesses●    Doesnt guarantee the quality of    courses produced●    Teachers need training/support    in how ...
Opportunities●    Chalk and talk style lectures can be replaced with more active and    participatory teaching and learnin...
Moodle●    Moodle is one of the most widely used    course management systems, used by    some of the biggest universities...
Our Experience          http://digital-campus.org                               © 2011
Training delivered●    2 years of delivering elearning    training to teachers at Mekelle    University●    40 teachers co...
Course participation●    Over 1000 students registered●    Visit the MU elearning site: http://www.mu.edu.et/elearning    ...
Recommendations●    Requires elearning strategy/policy from the University●    Recognition for training participants●    B...
Our Approach         http://digital-campus.org                              © 2011
Training and Certification●    Certification for teachers    (Masters level course from Alcalá    University, Spain)●    C...
●    Focus on practical issues and skills●    Using Moodle course management software●    For teachers new to online or bl...
Certification Content        ●            How to create a well structured and            formatted online/blended course  ...
Strategy and Policy Development               ●                   University wide elearning                   strategy    ...
Digital Campus ICTInfrastructure          http://digital-campus.org                               © 2011
ICT Infrastructure●    elearning is worthless if students    dont have the means to access●    24 hour 7 days a week open ...
Focus on service, not hardware               ●                   Reliable, well maintained ICT                   infrastru...
Modular Applications Mobile ApplicationsStudent Info Systems  Patient Records   kaltura (video)moodle (e-learning)    e-ma...
Benefits           http://digital-campus.org                                © 2011
For the university●    Well trained staff producing    quality course materials and    activities●    Improved student lea...
For the teacher       ●           Move away from lecture oriented           teaching       ●           Training and certif...
For the student●    Improved learning    experience●    Higher quality course    content and activities●    Personalized d...
Summary          http://digital-campus.org                               © 2011
Our Services●    eLearning training and certification for all staff involved in elearning    delivery●    Facilitated elea...
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Digital Campus eLearning Services

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Overview of our experience and approach to provide elearning services, training and support

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  1. 1. Digital Campus:eLearning Services http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  2. 2. Key Issues● Students demanding more technology based course materials and activities● Teachers need skills in how to use technology effectively● Rapid teaching staff turnover● Increasing student numbers● The need to improve teaching and learning experience http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  3. 3. What is elearning? http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  4. 4. What is eLearning? ● "E-learning comprises all forms of electronically supported learning and teaching" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-learning) ● Technology enhanced learning: technology to improve the student learning experience ● Combined with face to face teaching to form blended learning ● More about improving pedagogy, less about the actual technology http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  5. 5. What eLearning is not...● Not simply uploading powerpoint presentations/documents● Not simply giving students a list of internet links● Not only for distance learning● Not dependent on internet connection (can be run on a local network)● Not to replace the teacher http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  6. 6. eLearning Strengths ● Improve student collaboration through the use for forums, discussions, blogs, wikis and other tools ● Reuse existing high quality content (e.g. Open Educational Resources) ● Online student assignment submission ● Multimedia delivery (videos, animations, images, podcasts) http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  7. 7. eLearning Weaknesses● Doesnt guarantee the quality of courses produced● Teachers need training/support in how to use elearning effectively● Wont necessarily reduce costs (in the short term)● Requires reliable and robust ICT infrastructure and open access computer labs for students http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  8. 8. Opportunities● Chalk and talk style lectures can be replaced with more active and participatory teaching and learning methods● Better handover between lecturers of course materials.● Better quality control management of courses● Learners (not just teachers) contribute to the educational experience● More consistent course delivery for courses taught by several teachers (all can use the same content and activities)● Open many other opportunities for digital classrooms, lecture capture and publishing http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  9. 9. Moodle● Moodle is one of the most widely used course management systems, used by some of the biggest universities (eg Open University UK)● Free and open source, runs on a standard web server (can be installed on a local network)● Can support 1000s of users and courses● Provides activities such as forums, chat, wikis, quizzes, assignments plus many more● Well supported and with active user community for teaching and technical advice/support http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  10. 10. Our Experience http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  11. 11. Training delivered● 2 years of delivering elearning training to teachers at Mekelle University● 40 teachers completed● Blended learning course● Over 50 courses developed (28 from HS, 21 from Tech, 4 from Pedagogy)● Over 25 elearning specialists from other Ethiopian Universities trained http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  12. 12. Course participation● Over 1000 students registered● Visit the MU elearning site: http://www.mu.edu.et/elearning http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  13. 13. Recommendations● Requires elearning strategy/policy from the University● Recognition for training participants● Blended learning approach works better than online only● Student engagement depends on recognition (e.g. count towards their course grades)● Essential that students get open access to computer labs http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  14. 14. Our Approach http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  15. 15. Training and Certification● Certification for teachers (Masters level course from Alcalá University, Spain)● Creative commons licensed course content● Support/training for elearning teams● Support/training for ICT teams● Student Inductions http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  16. 16. ● Focus on practical issues and skills● Using Moodle course management software● For teachers new to online or blended learning● 3 month (1 semester), part time (approx 100 hours)● Blended learning approach (face to face workshops and online)● View the course at: http://moodle.alexlittle.net/course/view.php?id=13 http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  17. 17. Certification Content ● How to create a well structured and formatted online/blended course ● How to upload existing content in appropriate formats ● Creating online activities, quizzes, assignments etc ● Using multimedia, videos, animations ● Current issues around use of elearning and web 2.0 technologies ● Enhancing course content using open educational resources http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  18. 18. Strategy and Policy Development ● University wide elearning strategy ● Based on best practice from UK Universities ● Supporting university elearning teams to deliver the strategy http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  19. 19. Digital Campus ICTInfrastructure http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  20. 20. ICT Infrastructure● elearning is worthless if students dont have the means to access● 24 hour 7 days a week open access computer labs● Focus on the key tools: web browser, email and office● All students have their own account and desktop environment http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  21. 21. Focus on service, not hardware ● Reliable, well maintained ICT infrastructure with service level agreement ● Use thin client technology ● Hyper-scalable and flexible: build in new/existing hardware ● Modular but integrated elearning systems ● Using Open Source software (no license fee) http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  22. 22. Modular Applications Mobile ApplicationsStudent Info Systems Patient Records kaltura (video)moodle (e-learning) e-mail / web Modules Digital Campus Infrastructure http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  23. 23. Benefits http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  24. 24. For the university● Well trained staff producing quality course materials and activities● Improved student learning experience● Better course content management with high staff turnover● Managed and supported ICT infrastructure http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  25. 25. For the teacher ● Move away from lecture oriented teaching ● Training and certification ● Reliable ICT infrastructure for elearning activities http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  26. 26. For the student● Improved learning experience● Higher quality course content and activities● Personalized desktop environment available from any client device http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  27. 27. Summary http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  28. 28. Our Services● eLearning training and certification for all staff involved in elearning delivery● Facilitated elearning training course, either through blended learning or online only● Integrated with robust and scalable ICT infrastructure● eLearning server installation, training, support and administration (using Moodle) http://digital-campus.org © 2011

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