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LRT talks JISC DVLE brownbag 20120113

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This slidedeck summarises lessons learned from the JISC-funded W2C (Widgets, Web services and Cloud services) project, which demonstrated that a core VLE (Moodle) could be extended through a service-oriented approach to wrap useful resources around the learner

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LRT talks JISC DVLE brownbag 20120113

  1. 1. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licence DVLE Programme Showcase: W2C Widgets, Web services & Cloud services January 2012 Professor Mark Stubbs Head of Learning & Research Technologies m.stubbs@mmu.ac.uk | http://twitter.com/thestubbs Context | Objectives | Outcomes | ReflectionTuesday, January 10, 2012 1
  2. 2. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceContext: MMU• Large, popular, multi-campus university – 37,000+ students | 1,000+ courses | 7 sites• Major institutional change – new buildings | new curriculum | new admin processes & systems | new learning & mobile technologies | new quality processes
  3. 3. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceW2C objectives (from July 2010)• enhance VLE for current & future needs• enhance user satisfaction of learning systems• understand engagement & success• facilitate discovery of learning resources• accelerate understanding of educational widgets• share lessons learned 3
  4. 4. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceW2C outcomes (at Dec 2011)• enhance VLE for current & future needs – institution-wide Core+ DVLE architecture based around Moodle• enhance user satisfaction of learning systems – improved perception of „hygiene‟ factors: organisation & resources• understand engagement & success – partnering with ULCC• facilitate discovery of learning resources – partnering with Talis Aspire• accelerate understanding of educational widgets – experimented but „played safe‟ with Moodle blocks & campusM• share lessons learned – http://lrt.mmu.ac.uk/w2c 4
  5. 5. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceOur Core+ DVLE model Scenarios & focus group work for VLE review led us to conclude that we needed to be alive to emergence… Learning technologies not isolated : interaction with personal and administrative systems and underlying infrastructure are major determinants of the quality of the overall experience Arranged: we set up & train staff to use Recommended: staff set up & we train to integrate Recognised: watch & learn how staff use them 5 http://lrt.mmu.ac.uk/ltreview
  6. 6. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceIntegrated core of our DVLE architecture 6
  7. 7. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceAnd making it all work …• Consistent tagging (so relevant data can be aggregated)• Web services (to power the aggregation)• Moodle block (to present personalised results) – Every Moodle course area set up as Code_AcYear_Occurrence – We know the Moodle authenticated user & course area id so we have everything we need to query corporate systems for relevant content… UserID Code AcYear Occurrence Announcements X X X X Deadlines X X X X Timetable X X X X Reading list X X Podcasts X X Past papers X 7
  8. 8. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceAnd what does it look like … “simple” “organised” “resources are easy to find” Behind the scenes… a Moodle block calls & displays xhtml output from “mega-mashup” web service which gets content from: • Coursework receipting system • Talis Aspire reading • …. 8
  9. 9. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceAnd has it improved student satisfaction?• We‟ll have to wait & see in the NSS !• We compared responses from 8,000+ students on our internal survey over 2 years + found evidence of improved scores for course organisation & resources: 4.5% 4.0% 3.5% 3.0% 2.5% Year 1 2.0% Year 2 1.5% Year 3 1.0% Year 4 0.5% 0.0% Improvement in Improvement in Improvement 9 Organisation Resources Overall
  10. 10. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceAnd weren‟t you doing mobile too?• We‟ve been asking students about their mobile info needs• Multi-method approach triangulating surveys & interviews• Standard survey questions agreed with other universities – Device ownership & contract limitations – Device usage & previous experience – Preferences & priorities• Self-selecting survey sample – Followed a link from student portal• Responses – First term 2010: n=980 – First term 2011: n=343 (ongoing) 10
  11. 11. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceMobile survey results Q4 2010 (n = 980) Q4 2011 (n = 343 so far) Smartphone ownership Smartphone ownership #1 Blackberry 19% #1 Apple 29% #2 Apple 18% #2 Blackberry 24% #3 Android 8% #3 Android 19% Most useful mobile features Most useful mobile features #1 Course/info deadlines (79%) #1 Course/info deadlines (80%) #2 Course/exam timetables (76%) #2 Course/exam timetables (76%) #3 Accessing VLE (56%) #3 Accessing VLE (75%) #4 Library account (48%) #4 Library account (47%) #5 PC Availability (42%) #5 PC Availability (38%) IT used several times a day IT used several times a day #1 Websites (67%) #1 Websites (76%) #2 Email (51%) #2 Email (62%) #3 Facebook (49%) #3 Facebook (60%)
  12. 12. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceReported device ownership (Q4 2010) 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% iPod Touch 50% iPhone Blackberry 40% Android 30% 20% 10% 0% F < 20 M < 20 F 20-29 M 20-29 F 30-39 M 30-39 F 40+ M 40+
  13. 13. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceDevice-led interviews (Q1 2011)
  14. 14. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceMobile use when studying (Q4 2011) Checking deadlines/timetables Discussing/arranging courseworkListening to music/blocking noise Accessing learning materials Looking up references Taking notes Producing coursework Voting/interacting in class Commenting on learning 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 % of respondents
  15. 15. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceDevice registrations of our CampusM users 15
  16. 16. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceAnd are the students using it? 16
  17. 17. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceW2C• an ambitious project supporting an ambitious change programme, which demonstrated how – value can be added to a core VLE through web services – strong strategic partnerships can deliver a “core+” VLE through shared services • eg Moodle, EQUELLA, Talis Aspire – consistent tagging can enable content to be aggregated around the user• And proved that a mega-mashup service-oriented approach can work at institutional scale

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