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Digital Campus eLearning Services

  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 ● Doesn't guarantee the quality of courses produced ● Teachers need training/support in how to use elearning effectively ● Won't 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 1000's 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 ICT Infrastructure http://digital-campus.org © 2011
  20. 20. ICT Infrastructure ● elearning is worthless if students don't 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 Applications Student 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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