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VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

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This project focuses on Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and its goal is to make people aware of its importance and increasing use.
This study shows the difference between a Virtual Learning Environment and other educational websites and how we can understand its specificities. This paper addresses Moodle, which is a modular object-oriented dynamic learning environment used by study communities all over the world for free; and EnglishTown, which is an on-line English school using Adobe’s Adobe Connect 8. Both are accessed by many people and can help us be aware of what a VLE is.

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VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

  1. 1. Virtual Learning EnvironmentsComputer Assisted Language Learning 2011
  2. 2. Virtual LearningEnvironment (VLE)● Makes e-learning easier and more interactive.● Supplement traditional face-to-face classroom activities, absorbing less time and providing a service for students who look to the Internet as the natural medium for finding information and sources.● Two-way interaction: does it really happen?
  3. 3. Introduction - VLEEnhance your teaching by creating a course website, taking advantage of the Internet withoutreplacing the need for a teacher: ● provide access control - only enrolled students can view it, ● easy way to upload and share materials, ● hold online discussions and chats, ● give quizzes and surveys, ● gather and review assignments, ● record grades.
  4. 4. World of Moodle● Moodle is a system of administration of educational activities intended for the creation of online communities, in virtual environments turned to the apprenticeship.● Moodle stands for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. It can also function as a verb which describes the improvisational process of doing things as it occurs to you to do them, an enjoyable tinkering that often leads to insight and creativity.● As such, it applies both to the way Moodle was developed, and to the way a student or teacher might approach studying or teaching an online course.
  5. 5. Moodle at GFarias.comhttp://www.gfarias.com/campus2/
  6. 6. Moodle● Using Moodle is an easy task, since the most difficult thing is to break the paradigms of inserting a new technological recourse in the process of apprenticeship.● Many universities and schools already use Moodle. Its also used by teachers for other types of activities that include the formation of study groups and development of projects. Other sectors, not related to education, also use Moodle, for example private companies, NGOs and independent groups that need to interact collaboratively on the Internet.
  7. 7. Moodle at USP - Rede Alunohttp://moodle.redealuno.usp.br/moodle/
  8. 8. Moodle Language Learning● Social interaction required for development of communicative skills in language learning.● Advances in technology made the use of oral and written tasks possible and efficient.● Moodle is based on socio-constructivist principles and it is most suited for an educational approach involving interaction amongst people rather than transmission of content.
  9. 9. Moodle at Faculdades Rio Brancohttp://moodle.riobrancofac.edu.br/
  10. 10. EnglishtownOVERVIEW:• a 100% on-line English school for adults speakers of otherlanguages;• division of EF (Education First);• accredited by a renowned university (University of Cambridge)• the students can buy a pack of lessons, according to theirneeds;• 16 levels, from Beginner to Upper Advanced;• the learning environment also offers Language Assessmentsand Sudent Tools• the software used for conversation classes is Adobe Connect 8
  11. 11. EnglishtownCONVERSATION CLASSES• group and private classes• group classes: teacher is also a mediator• teacher is able to upload power pointpresentations, word documents, spreadsheets• teacher can also write messages to the studentsor highlight some words or sentences in theirdocuments and share his desktop
  12. 12. Englishtown - Adobe Connect 8.0• information and general presentations• online training materials• web conferencing• learning modules• user desktop sharing• meeting rooms are organized into pods• each pod performs a specific role (i.e. chat,whiteboard, note, etc.).• you have to buy it
  13. 13. Englishtown
  14. 14. EnglishtownEnglish Town can be considered a goodexample of virtual learning environment,providing the students with a 100% on-lineEnglish course. However, as it is alsoimportant to hightlight that the focus isbasically the communication, so cultural,society and critical aspects of language, aremany times not enhanced.
  15. 15. ConclusionEducational Institutions - Virtual Learning EnvironmentTime and ResultsAccessibility - DistanceInteractivity - Students access to computersCommunication - learning community, play-backVirtual Learning Environment X Educational WebsiteVirtual Learning Environment X Virtual Campus
  16. 16. ConclusionVirtual Learning Environment - EducationCollaborative Learning is effective if the groupmembers engage in rich interactions.According to Agência Estado, only half ofBrazilian students have access to a computer.
  17. 17. ANHANGUERA BRIGADEIRO/SP Uso de Novas Tecnologias Aplicadas ao Ensino de Língua Inglesa Profa. Ms. Ana Julia Perrotti-Garcia Maira Corvacho Reis Stella | Mariana ChiarionPaula Carnasciali | Silene Cardoso | Veridiana Alberto

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