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Dl eoverview

  1. 1. Distributed Learning Environments – an overview Sheila MacNeill, Assistant Director University of Nottingham, VLE review 24/6/2010
  2. 2. JISC CETIS <ul><li>JISC Innovation Support Centre (ISC). </li></ul><ul><li>Provide strategic advice to the JISC, support its development programmes. </li></ul><ul><li>Represent UK HE sector on international standardisation initiatives. </li></ul><ul><li>Work with the wider educational community to facilitate the use of standards based e-Learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Support the current JISC eLearning programme. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Community Engagement <ul><li>Beginning with SIGs </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Content (EC) </li></ul><ul><li>E-portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>Metadata and Digital Repositories (MDR) </li></ul><ul><li>Lifelong learning group </li></ul><ul><li>Pedagogy Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Now – working groups </li></ul><ul><li>Short life-span, specific outputs, smaller scale than SIGs </li></ul><ul><li>More agile response to needs of community </li></ul><ul><li>E.g. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>QTI profiling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Semantic technologies in teaching and learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Widgets </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. CETIS: website, publications and resources http://jisc.cetis.ac.uk
  5. 5. CETIS: website, publications and resources <ul><li>Cloud Computing </li></ul><ul><li>Business Case for Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Distributed Learning Environments </li></ul><ul><li>Semantic Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Annual horizon scan </li></ul>
  6. 6. Programme support lifecycle
  7. 7. <ul><li>Details about this topic </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting information and examples </li></ul><ul><li>How it relates to your a Annual Horizon </li></ul><ul><li>Scanning </li></ul><ul><li>udience </li></ul>
  8. 8. Distributed (Virtual) Learning Environments – what are they? <ul><li>Building on existing technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Natural progression of mash-ups/widget developments </li></ul><ul><li>New ways to use/build/extend/integrate learning environments </li></ul><ul><li>Lightweight, user centred, utilising web services, standards and the cloud </li></ul>
  9. 9. Model 1: One system in the cloud, many outlets <ul><li>Services gathered in one place (the cloud), - broadcast out to variety of delivery platforms (VLE, blog, mobile device) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Model 1 – Example – Icodeon blog <ul><li>http://ccplatform.blogspot.com/2009/11/organic-chemistry.html </li></ul>http://ccplatform.blogspot.com/2009/11/organic-chemistry.html
  11. 11. Module 1 – example wookie/moodle http://getwookie.org/moodle/my/index.php
  12. 12. Model 1: One system in the cloud, many outlets <ul><li>Strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Secure integration with current systems </li></ul><ul><li>Growing developer community </li></ul><ul><li>Easy deployment on multiple platforms </li></ul><ul><li>Weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>No standard way to feed user interaction back to other applications </li></ul><ul><li>Some competing standards </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation in early stages. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Model 2 – Plug-ins to existing VLEs <ul><li>Extending functionality of exiting VLE using plug-ins </li></ul>
  14. 14. Model 2 – Example Moodle and cohere http://www.vimeo.com/12700689
  15. 15. Model 2 : Plug-ins to existing VLEs <ul><li>Strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Data interaction between plugin and VLE </li></ul><ul><li>Growing developer community within HE sector </li></ul><ul><li>Potential to share many tools/plug-ins across the sector </li></ul><ul><li>Weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>Dependency on host VLEs </li></ul><ul><li>Full IMS LTI spec underdevelopment </li></ul><ul><li>Not so great for integrating social media tools from web </li></ul>
  16. 16. Model 3 – many widgets from the web into one Widget container <ul><li>Mash-up of number of web based sources /resources </li></ul>
  17. 17. Model 3 – many widgets from the web into one Widget container - example http://www.netvibes.com/employability#Welcome http://sheensharing.wordpress.com/
  18. 18. Model 3 – many widgets from the web into one Widget container <ul><li>Strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to set up </li></ul><ul><li>Low cost – mainly freely available tools/services </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrates aggregation of resources into a collective space </li></ul><ul><li>Weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>Need some technical confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of durability – might not always be free </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of integration with institutional systems </li></ul><ul><li>Limited scope for integration of any service requiring authentication </li></ul>
  19. 19. Model 4 – many providers and many clients <ul><li>Google wave </li></ul><ul><li>Federation of clients and servers creating collaborative spaces </li></ul>
  20. 20. Model 4 – many providers and many clients - example http://wave.google.com/about.html
  21. 21. Model 4 – many providers and many clients <ul><li>Strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Highly interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Highly collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>Relatively new technology </li></ul><ul><li>Usability issues </li></ul>
  22. 22. Model 5 – both provider and a client
  23. 23. Model 5 – both a provider and a client - example https://camtools.cam.ac.uk/
  24. 24. Model 5 – both a provider and a client <ul><li>Strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Lets every system play to its strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Truly distributed architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Many options for sharing functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>Not many (UK) implementations </li></ul><ul><li>Heavy load on provider and client </li></ul><ul><li>Potential single point of failure </li></ul>
  25. 25. Resources, links, contact details <ul><li>http:jisc.cetis.ac.uk (CETIS website) </li></ul><ul><li>http://wiki.cetis.ac.uk/Educational_Content_widgetsworkinggroup (Widget working group) </li></ul><ul><li>Apache (incubating) Wookie http://getwookie.org/Welcome.html </li></ul><ul><li>The headless VLE: http://blogs.cetis.ac.uk/sheilamacneill/2009/11/13/the-headless-vle-and-other-approaches-to-composing-learning-environments/ </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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