Joomla Day Guatemala: Joomla and E-Learning


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What is e-learning? How has e-learning changed teaching and learning? What kinds of e-learning are in use? What e-learning works best for Joomla? Tips for training Joomla clients

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  • E-learning has a very broad definition and a broad reach. Fully online classes are thought of as e-learning, but most courses today integrate some sort of electronic component to their course delivery.
  • Time: Students can connect when/where they want, in wholly online formats. Location: School is location independent, meaning that if I am interested in a topic only offered in Guatemala, I can take courses even though I am in the US. Instructors: If you want to learn from a specific instructor, that is possible, even though you are not local to the instructor. Good instructors can teach in multiple locations, broadening their reach. Schools can offer more courses in more areas. They are not tied to local talent for teaching. Cost savings: Because schools don’t have to pay for so much classroom space, they save money overall, once the initial e-learning environment is in place.
  • E-learning may be done very poorly very easily. Assign students reading and have them answer questions hasn’t ever worked in any format. You must engage students, and that is challenging in an online format.
  • Students may submit homework electronically Course may have an online location where documents are housed: syllabus, reading assignments, notes, resources. In some cases, students may seldom/never log in to see this.
  • Marlboro College Grad School ran courses every 2 weeks for 3 hours each. MBA program ran 4 full days per month, but no face to face time in between Expected to have significant online activity between classes. Includes discussions, activities, individual learning of software, etc. Instructors encourage interaction between students for networking purposes as well as group activities.
  • Hybrid is often seen as best of both worlds. Some students may travel great distances (including flying to the class location periodically), where they can interact with students and instructors in real time. The remainder of the time is spent working online, where relationships continue. Students get a sense of how to work virtually, which is an important skill in the working environment.
  • Some students are still not able to participate in this format due to distance, or due to the regular meeting time which can’t be met for whatever reason. Instructors need to be skilled teachers in two formats. They need to prioritize what to do with face to face time, while leaving parts of class to online time.
  • Students log into Moodle, Blackboard, etc to participate in class. They may have a requirement to log in every 24 hours, but they can choose exactly when that login happens. Instructors may assign due dates for work, which students should fit into their schedule Instructors can’t teach the same class over and over again. Need to think about a bunch of issues: How do you grade for attendance/partcipation? How do you encourage class questions, and discussion? How do you encourage students to interact with each other? How to translate old in-person activities into online activities
  • Traditional does not give students enough exposure to software, combined with critical thinking skills. If students aren’t exposed to the software each day, then they tend to forget between classes. Online or hybrid give them the opportunity to continue to work with the software and ask each other questions as they are learning.
  • Joomla LMS supports multiple choice and true/false questions. Students can be enrolled at any time to take courses and be evaluated.
  • Show the client 2-3x how to perform a specific task. Have the client do that task at least twice (preferably more) Make sure they understand what they are doing and why. The why is very important, because it will help them remember how to do something. Don’t tell the client how to make changes that they will make less than once a month. This will be information overload.
  • Joomla Day Guatemala: Joomla and E-Learning

    1. 1. E-learning and Joomla Jen Kramer 4Web, Inc. Joomla!Day Guatemala March 2012
    2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>What is e-learning? </li></ul><ul><li>How has e-learning changed teaching and learning? </li></ul><ul><li>What kinds of e-learning are in use? </li></ul><ul><li>What e-learning works best for Joomla? </li></ul><ul><li>Tips for training Joomla clients </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is e-learning? <ul><li>Learning with a technology enhancement. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Could be 100% online with no in-person contact. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Could be 100% in-person with computer enhancement between classes. </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Why e-learning? <ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Course location </li></ul><ul><li>Instructor resources </li></ul><ul><li>Cost savings </li></ul>
    5. 5. But there are many disadvantages to e-learning as well. Particularly if this is e-learning done poorly.
    6. 6. Four class formats integrating e-learning
    7. 7. 1. Traditional with some E <ul><li>Class meets regularly, in person </li></ul><ul><li>Most instructor interaction happens here </li></ul><ul><li>Students have small electronic interaction </li></ul>
    8. 8. Traditional advantages <ul><li>Real-time interaction with instructor </li></ul><ul><li>Students get to know each other </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to organize group activities </li></ul>
    9. 9. Traditional disadvantages <ul><li>Specific meeting times </li></ul><ul><li>Little interaction outside of class </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does learning stop when students leave the classroom? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Homework assignments only go so far </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. 2. Hybrid <ul><li>Classroom meetings periodically </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditional: 15 meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hybrid: 7 meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Large online component between classes </li></ul>
    11. 11. Hybrid advantages <ul><li>Face to face time helps resolve any issues </li></ul><ul><li>Online time is scheduled by the student </li></ul><ul><li>Minimal number of meeting times encourages participation of students from farther away </li></ul>
    12. 12. Hybrid disadvantages <ul><li>Some students still see face to face time as a problem </li></ul><ul><li>Instructor must be skilled in online and in-person instruction </li></ul>
    13. 13. 3. Wholly online, with instructor <ul><li>Students participate in an online learning environment </li></ul><ul><li>May be some kind of time requirement </li></ul><ul><li>Instructor is available to answer questions, post new material, provide feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Requires rethinking presentation of course material for the environment </li></ul>
    14. 14. Wholly online advantages <ul><li>Students can fit learning into their lives when they wish </li></ul><ul><li>Instructors are available as needed for help </li></ul><ul><li>Students can participate from anywhere </li></ul>
    15. 15. Wholly online disadvantages <ul><li>Students may not get to know each other or the instructor </li></ul><ul><li>Student experience can be poor without seasoned online instructor </li></ul><ul><li>Group activities can be challenging </li></ul>
    16. 16. 4. Online and self-paced <ul><li>Students may join the class at any time </li></ul><ul><li>Students may finish the class at any time </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation of learning is generally automated (true/false, multiple choice, etc) </li></ul><ul><li> – example of this </li></ul>
    17. 17. Online/self-paced advantages <ul><li>Students join and learn at any time. </li></ul><ul><li>New students can join anytime – no requirement by term </li></ul><ul><li>Students finish anytime, moving on to other areas </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation is immediate, no waiting for feedback </li></ul>
    18. 18. Online/self-paced disadvantages <ul><li>Little to no student-student interaction </li></ul><ul><li>No instructor to answer questions </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation is limited, no simple way to gather substantial feedback without instructor help </li></ul>
    19. 19. What is the best teaching approach for me? Of course, It Depends.
    20. 20. Best practices <ul><li>Corporate training: online/self-paced (no instructor) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Certainly can have an instructor – typically a more traditional environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Academic: need instructor present </li></ul>
    21. 21. Which method is best for learning software? <ul><li>I like hybrid best </li></ul><ul><li>Online with instructor is a close second </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional does not work well </li></ul>
    22. 22. Which learning styles does Joomla support? <ul><li>Online, self-paced </li></ul><ul><ul><li>JoomLearn LMS, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others listed on the JED </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Traditional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Joomla can make a great resource area with login for teachers and students </li></ul></ul>
    23. 23. What are Joomla’s weaknesses in e-learning? <ul><li>Extensions like surveys, wiki, discussion forum, etc are available – but nothing unified </li></ul><ul><li>ACL can be an issue (teachers should see student work, but students should see their own only) </li></ul>
    24. 24. Joomla is not structured for student-teacher interaction.
    25. 25. Moodle is a better CMS (LMS) for e-learning <ul><li>User groups include student, teacher, administrator </li></ul><ul><li>Native support for discussions, wiki, quizzes, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Can be configured for group work </li></ul><ul><li>Open source! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PHP/MySQL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be integrated with Joomla </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Used by hundreds of colleges in US </li></ul>
    26. 26. I thought Joomla could do anything! It takes a lot of work to make Joomla compatible with e-learning. There are better tools out there.
    27. 27. One possibility <ul><li>Use Joomla for the website advertising the courses </li></ul><ul><li>Let Moodle run the courses. </li></ul><ul><li>Can integrate users between Joomla and Moodle if required. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Joomdle </li></ul></ul>
    28. 28. Training clients to use Joomla
    29. 29. 1. Repeat, repeat, repeat <ul><li>Show how to complete a task at least once </li></ul><ul><li>Watch the client perform the task while you sit there, at least twice </li></ul><ul><li>If the client has lots to learn, then break training into several sessions, starting with basics </li></ul>
    30. 30. 2. Reinforce <ul><li>Provide written instructions for tasks as well as in-person instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Alternate: go slowly so client can take lots of notes </li></ul><ul><li>Break training into shorter pieces and build on earlier steps </li></ul>
    31. 31. 3. Provide alternatives <ul><li>Show how to get help on forums </li></ul><ul><li>Provide your phone number and email so they can ask questions </li></ul>
    32. 32. 4. Simplify! <ul><li>Use ACL to reduce unneeded back-end options </li></ul><ul><li>Use JCE profiles to reduce unneeded editor buttons </li></ul><ul><li>Keep choices for client to a minimum, which will make Joomla easier for them to use </li></ul><ul><li>Where possible, have client edit from the front end </li></ul>
    33. 33. Questions? <ul><li>Jen Kramer </li></ul><ul><li>4Web, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: jen4web </li></ul>