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Elearning on a shoestring

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Elearning on a shoestring

  1. 1. E-learning on a<br />Logo created with http://cooltext.com<br />Photo by g.ottaviano<br />
  2. 2. E-learning on a Shoestring Wikispace:<br />http://elearningshoestring.wikispaces.com/<br />
  3. 3. E-learning is a proven cost-effective training solution. <br />While there are some development and implementation costs associated with e-learning, the good news is that there are ways these can be minimised. <br />
  4. 4. Find learning content that already exists<br />Rethink what you already have<br />Create your own content <br />Use free and open source tools <br />Run your business with e-tools<br />Plan your e-learning with ready-to-go tools<br />Find out what others are doing<br />
  5. 5. Why start from the beginning when there may be existing content you can simply pick up and use? <br />If it isn't 'quite right', it is often easier to customise an existing learning resource rather than have to create an entirely new one.<br />Find learning content that already exists<br />
  6. 6. Find learning content that already existsTOOLBOXES<br />Toolboxes are high quality, cost effective interactive e-learning and assessment resources featuring scenarios, images and activities. <br />They are designed for use by training providers, industry and business and support online delivery of recognised training packages for the vocational education and training sector.<br />
  7. 7. Find learning content that already existsTOOLBOXES<br />Toolbox website<br />Toolbox examples:<br />Optimake: Process Manufacturing TP<br />Satellite City: Property Services TP<br />TAA: Training & Assessment TP<br />My Micro Business: Business Services TP<br />Where’s the Party At: Youth, LLN studies<br />
  8. 8. Find learning content that already existsLORN<br />LORN is a gateway to online training resources. <br />It allows teachers and trainers to access more than 2,500 quality, copyright cleared, free or affordable online learning resources from repositories across Australia.<br />
  9. 9. Find learning content that already existsLORN<br />LORN website<br />Examples of what you can find:<br />Drive a Forklift<br />Develop a Business Plan (rural environment)<br />Maintain workplace safety - Deal with an emergency<br />
  10. 10. Find learning content that already existsYouTube<br />YouTube is a video sharing websitewhich allows users to locate existing videos as well as upload their own.<br />There is an amazing amount of instructional material which can be embedded in existing websites/learning management systems (LMS)<br />There is also an Education section on YouTube<br />
  11. 11. Find learning content that already existsYouTube<br />YouTube website<br />Examples of what you can find:<br />How to use a bandsaw<br />Putting out a grease fire safely<br />Sales Tips - Open and Closed Questions<br />Internet Safety for Teens<br />Activating Yeast for Wheat Bread <br />
  12. 12. You probably already have resources such as PowerPoints, Word Docs, PDFs etc. <br />You can turn these into e-learning resources very quickly by making them available online.<br />How?<br />Rethink what you already have<br />
  13. 13. Rethink what you already haveGoogleDocs<br />"Google Docs is a free, Web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form, and data storage service offered by Google. <br />It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users." - Wikipedia<br />
  14. 14. Rethink what you already haveGoogleDocs<br />Use GoogleDocs to:<br />Upload your current documents so that your learners can access them from anywhere, at anytime.<br />Store document ‘masters’ ensuring version control<br />Work collaboratively on the same document.<br />
  15. 15. Rethink what you already haveSlideShare<br />SlideShare is a site which allows you to upload and share your presentations eg. PowerPoints.<br />It will also let you upload Word & PDF documents. <br />You can add audio to make a ‘webinar’.<br />
  16. 16. Rethink what you already haveSlideShare<br />Use SlideShare to:<br />Upload PowerPoints so they are available for learners (gives a unique URL)<br />Can add audio making them suitable for learners who can’t attend class<br />Embed them straight into a LMS<br />Example: Death by PowerPoint<br />
  17. 17. Rethink what you already haveCutePDF<br />CutePDFcreates PDF files on the fly. Make professional quality PDF files from almost any printable document. FREE for personal, commercial, government or educational use.<br />
  18. 18. Rethink what you already haveCutePDF<br />Use CutePDF to:<br />Turn your Word documents into PDFs, ready to upload to the internet, your LMS or send out to learners via email.<br />(This isn’t e-learning but is a great way to start and provides flexibility for learners.)<br />
  19. 19. If you can’t find what you need, you can create your own course material using existing e-learning tools.<br />All the following tools are within the capabilities of a practitioner...no web development skills required. <br />Create your own content<br />
  20. 20. Create your own content ARED<br />ARED is designed to allow practitioners, with little more than basic computer skills, to easily build their own e-learning resources using six dynamic templates. <br />The templates are based on media-rich interactions and remove the need for practitioners to learn the multimedia skills commonly required to build such resources. <br />
  21. 21. Create your own content ARED<br />ARED website (for downloading)<br />Examples:<br />How to Write a Business Case for E-learning <br />E-learning Webventure<br />How to use ARED : Introduction to AREDv2.1 (Enter as a guest)<br />
  22. 22. Create your own content PhotoStory3<br />Microsoft PhotoStory3 is a free application that allows users to create a show’n’tell presentation from digital photos.<br />It is used in education for the creation of learning resources as well as learning activities for learners.<br />
  23. 23. Create your own content PhotoStory3<br /><ul><li>Download Microsoft PhotoStory3
  24. 24. Educational uses of digital storytelling</li></ul>Example: History of Radiology<br />Example: Travel digital story<br />‘How To’ Tutorials<br />
  25. 25. Create your own content Screencast-o-Matic<br />Screencast-o-Matic is a free and easy way to make a screen capture video recording with audio (a.k.ascreencast) and upload it for free hosting from your browser - no installation or downloading required..<br />
  26. 26. Create your own content Screencast-o-Matic<br />Screencast-o-Matic can be used wherever you demonstrate something on a computer.<br />Examples: <br />Creating a drop-down list in Excel<br />A screencast about how to create a screencast!<br />A YouTube video demonstration<br />
  27. 27. Use FREE and open-source tools<br />A great low-cost way to get started with e-learning is to use free and open source software. <br />Some of these (such as Moodle) are being taken up by many large training providers i.e. TAFE SA, UNISA, TAFE NSW etc.<br />
  28. 28. Use FREE and open-source toolsMOODLE<br />Moodle(Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is a free and open-source e-learning software platform.<br />As of January 2010 it had a user base of 45,721 registered and verified sites, serving 32 million users in 3 million courses. <br />Moodle was developed ... to help educators create online courses with a focus on interaction and collaborative construction of content. - Wikipedia<br />
  29. 29. Use FREE and open-source toolsMOODLE<br />Moodle website<br />Examples:<br />Link to E-Skills course, ‘23 Things for Trainers’ (not available to guests...sorry )<br />Career Awareness<br />Online Facilitation<br />Digital Photography<br />
  30. 30. Use FREE and open-source toolsMOODLE<br />Get a FREEMoodle classroom!<br />www.vetsa.net.au<br />Use it for:<br />Learning Moodle<br />Training<br />PD <br />
  31. 31. Use FREE and open-source toolsBlogger<br />Blogger is a free blogging platform run by Google. <br />“A blog (a contraction of the term "web log") is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video” – Wikipedia<br />
  32. 32. Use FREE and open-source toolsBlogger<br />Blogger website<br />Use Blogger for:<br />Learners doing a workplace assessment<br />Ongoing updates for learners (or colleagues)<br />Helps to improve literacy<br />Involves external people eg employers<br />Blogs in Plain English – a video<br />
  33. 33. Use FREE and open-source toolsBlogger<br />Examples:<br />Jessica Watson<br />Trudy’s blog<br />UNISA Report: Using Wikis and Blogs for<br />Assessment in First Year Engineering<br />
  34. 34. Use FREE and open-source toolsWikiSpaces<br />A wiki can be as simple as an online whiteboard...or as complex as a corporate website.<br />It is essentially a website that can be edited...by yourself, your learners, your colleagues...depending on permissions allocated.<br />
  35. 35. Use FREE and open-source toolsWikiSpaces<br />A wiki can be as simple as an online whiteboard...or as complex as a corporate website.<br />It is essentially a website that can be edited...by yourself, your learners, your colleagues...depending on permissions allocated.<br />
  36. 36. Use FREE and open-source toolsWikiSpaces<br />Wikispaces website<br />Examples:<br />Wikipedia<br />Keeping Up with E-learning<br />Resources4Trades<br />Horizon Project<br />Video: Wikis in Plain English<br />
  37. 37. Run your Business with E-tools<br />Make your business run more efficiently and effectively using e-tools<br />WhenIsGood - organise meetings quickly<br />SurveyMonkey – online survey for feedback<br />Skype – video/audio/text communication<br />QuickTopic – instant discussion space<br />
  38. 38. Use readily available resources to plan your e-learning<br /> A range of free resources and tools are available from the Framework website to help you PLAN, DEVELOP and IMPLEMENT e-learning. <br />It is important to plan e-learning so that the model you choose fits YOUR organisation and learners.<br />
  39. 39. Use readily available resources to plan your e-learning<br />Designing e-learning (Great site to get started)<br />Practical Guide to E-learning for Industry<br />E-learning in the Trades<br />E-learning for Small Business<br />Inclusive E-learning<br />
  40. 40. Help is available where you need it!<br />E-learning Coordinator.....<br />...can provide e-learning advice, assist with decision-making and help with the location of relevant e-learning products, tools and resources, together with examples of where e-learning is being used effectively...<br />Ph: 8348 4073 <br />Email: marlene.manto@flexiblelearning.net.au<br />
  41. 41. Help is available where you need it!<br />Toolbox Champion.....<br />... can provide assistance with locating relevant e-learning and assessment resources, as well as assistance with using Toolboxes including the downloading & customising of learning objects...<br />Ph: 8348 4074 <br />Email: douglas.purcell@sa.gov.au<br />
  42. 42. Help is available where you need it!<br />E-Skills.....<br />... Is a not-for-profit business which can provide affordable e-learning consultancy, professional development workshops, e-learning online courses, guest speakers, technical help and support...<br />Ph: 8348 4076 www.e-skills.com.au<br />Email: coordinator@e-skills.com.au<br />
  43. 43. Find Out What Others are Doing<br />SA 2010 Innovations projects<br />Search through the last 3 years<br />National Industry projects<br />Example: Queensland Water Directorate<br />
  44. 44. Thank You!<br />

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