Commercial Distance
Learning Software
Systems
Timothy K. Shih, Neil Yen
Outline
• E-learning Products
• Guidelines for Choosing Tools
• Demo of Authoring Systems
• Demo of Learning Management Sy...
E-Learning Products
• “Mainstream” e-learning products
– Learning portals
– Learning management Systems (LMSs)
• Portals p...
Authoring ToolsLMSs
Repositories
Store Content
 Gather Content
(push/pull using meta-data & federated
searches)
 Publis...
LMS Functions (1/4)
for students
• On-line curriculum
– Allow users to browse courses, services, and references
– On-line ...
LMS Functions (2/4)
for students
• On-line communication
– Facilitate student-to-instructor communications
– Facilitate st...
LMS Functions (3/4)
for administrators/instructors
• Content Management
– Timely update and retrieval
– Register a new cou...
LMS Functions (4/4)
for university
• Evaluation of Courses
– Student evaluation
– Instructor peer evaluation
– Expert eval...
Functions of Authoring
Platforms
• Create, preview, and store content
– Package content
– Repackage content
• Personalized...
Guidelines for Choosing Tools
• A typical LMS focuses on content delivery and general student
administration
• A typical a...
Demo of Authoring Systems
• Reusable E-Learning Object Authoring
and Delivery (RELOAD)
• Hard SCORM Authoring Tool
• Black...
RELOAD
• Reusable E-Learning Object Authoring and
Delivery
– A Content Package and Metadata Editor
• Background
– A projec...
RELOAD (Cont.)
• Why RELOAD?
– Avoid working directly with XML
– speed up XML creation
– reduce errors
– aid conformance (...
RELOAD (Cont.)
• RELOAD Primary aims
– Facilitate the creation, sharing and reuse of learning objects
and services
– Enhan...
RELOAD (Cont.)
• RELOAD Features:
– Free and Open Source
– Written in Java, Cross-Platform
– A Reference Implementation
– ...
• RELOAD Projects Contributions:
– Core Tasks
• Collect Content
• Create Working Directory
• Prepare Placeholders
• Import...
• Hard SCORM Authoring Tool
– For building SCORM-compliant courses
• According to the SCORM 2004 specification
• Transpare...
• Main Components
– Operations on Content Aggregation
– Metadata Editor with automatic filling mechanism
– Sequencing Edit...
Blackboard
• Academic Suite
– Blackboard Learning System
– Blackboard Content System
– Blackboard Community System
– Black...
Moodle
• Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic
Learning Environment
If you are an educator or business trainer, you
have probabl...
Who is Using Moodle?
• K-12 Schools
• Colleges
• Universities
• Governmental Agencies
• Businesses
• Trade Associations
• ...
Summary
• Main components
– Courseware Authoring Tools
– Learning Management Systems
– Learning Content Repositories
• The...
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09 commercial distance learning software systems

  1. 1. Commercial Distance Learning Software Systems Timothy K. Shih, Neil Yen
  2. 2. Outline • E-learning Products • Guidelines for Choosing Tools • Demo of Authoring Systems • Demo of Learning Management Systems • Summary
  3. 3. E-Learning Products • “Mainstream” e-learning products – Learning portals – Learning management Systems (LMSs) • Portals provide gateway to learning resources, learning management systems provide the functionality – Authoring Tools • Content aggregation tools • Manifest makers • Meta-data editors • Search engines – Repositories
  4. 4. Authoring ToolsLMSs Repositories Store Content  Gather Content (push/pull using meta-data & federated searches)  Publish Content (provide meta-data to other repositories) Repackage Content Export Content Import Content • Student Enrollment • Course Enrollment • Designate Instructors & Assign Instructor Rights & Roles • Match Students with Instructors • Monitor/Track Student/Learner Performance • Sequence Content Presentation • Create & Associate Meta-data •Create Content •Package Content
  5. 5. LMS Functions (1/4) for students • On-line curriculum – Allow users to browse courses, services, and references – On-line supervision of enrollment • Registration – Register on-line, pay on-line – Credit transfer – Transcript database, diploma • Installation – Trouble Shutting • On-line tracking – Keep track of learning behavior, completion status • On-line Assessment – Tests, hints, feedback, suggestions, etc – Identify knowledge or skill level
  6. 6. LMS Functions (2/4) for students • On-line communication – Facilitate student-to-instructor communications – Facilitate student-to-student communication (chat room, discussion board, instant message) • Collect assignments – Essays, journals (result of discussion) – Project, homework • Provide access to external resources – Digital libraries and repositories – Relevant links
  7. 7. LMS Functions (3/4) for administrators/instructors • Content Management – Timely update and retrieval – Register a new course – Remove an old course • Service Management – Selling books, suggest new courses, etc • Knowledge Management System – Integrated with LMS • Administration – Student administration – Instructor administration
  8. 8. LMS Functions (4/4) for university • Evaluation of Courses – Student evaluation – Instructor peer evaluation – Expert evaluation • Reports – Report of learning performance (student and the entire class) – Report of instruction/course performance – Report of curriculum • Satisfaction of students – Skill improved – Career planning
  9. 9. Functions of Authoring Platforms • Create, preview, and store content – Package content – Repackage content • Personalized content – Presentation sequence – Adaptive contents • Search for references – Gather content using meta-data & federated searches – Import content – Export content – Create associated meta-data • Publish contents – Publish as a course – Publish as a sharable and reusable course – Copyright Management
  10. 10. Guidelines for Choosing Tools • A typical LMS focuses on content delivery and general student administration • A typical authoring tool focuses on fast creation of learning objects • General Considerations – Budget – Learning curve – Size of user group – Extensibility – Reputation of vendor, technical support, upgrade, etc • Selecting Authoring Tools – Can be used with existing tools (e.g., Powerpoint) – Multimedia support – User friendly interface – Use of template • Selecting LMSs – Web browser support – Operating system support – Free run-time support at client site – Scalability – Security and firewall
  11. 11. Demo of Authoring Systems • Reusable E-Learning Object Authoring and Delivery (RELOAD) • Hard SCORM Authoring Tool • Blackboard • Moodle • WebCT • QTI Open Source Tools
  12. 12. RELOAD • Reusable E-Learning Object Authoring and Delivery – A Content Package and Metadata Editor • Background – A project funded under the JISC Exchange for Learning Program (X4L). – Focus on the development of tools that are based on emerging learning technology interoperability specifications from IMS and ADL. http://www.reload.ac.uk/
  13. 13. RELOAD (Cont.) • Why RELOAD? – Avoid working directly with XML – speed up XML creation – reduce errors – aid conformance (and uptake)
  14. 14. RELOAD (Cont.) • RELOAD Primary aims – Facilitate the creation, sharing and reuse of learning objects and services – Enhance the range of pedagogical approaches realizable through the use of lesson plans. • RELOAD Tools available – IMS Content Packager – IMS Metadata Editor – ADL SCORM 1.2 Player – IMS Learning Design
  15. 15. RELOAD (Cont.) • RELOAD Features: – Free and Open Source – Written in Java, Cross-Platform – A Reference Implementation – Being extended worldwide
  16. 16. • RELOAD Projects Contributions: – Core Tasks • Collect Content • Create Working Directory • Prepare Placeholders • Import Content • Make Organizations • Preview • Rearrange • Add Metadata • Package and Zip – Advanced Tasks • Manifests • Dependencies RELOAD (Cont.)
  17. 17. • Hard SCORM Authoring Tool – For building SCORM-compliant courses • According to the SCORM 2004 specification • Transparent in SCORM-compliant LMSs – For constructing SCORM Compliant Multimedia Courses on Hard-Copy Books – Written in C# with Microsoft .Net Framework Hard SCORM Authoring Tool http://www.mine.tku.edu.tw
  18. 18. • Main Components – Operations on Content Aggregation – Metadata Editor with automatic filling mechanism – Sequencing Editor and Sequencing Testing Mode – Hard SCORM Course Editor – Metadata Searching Engine • Integrating With Other Advanced Tools – Video Presentation Editor – Video SCORM Authoring Tool – QTI-based Assessment Authoring System Hard SCORM Authoring Tool
  19. 19. Blackboard • Academic Suite – Blackboard Learning System – Blackboard Content System – Blackboard Community System – Blackboard Portfolio – Blackboard K-12 Starter Edition – Blackboard Backpack http://www.blackboard.com
  20. 20. Moodle • Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment If you are an educator or business trainer, you have probably heard all the talk about...... 21st Century Schools Social Software and e-Learning http://moodle.org/
  21. 21. Who is Using Moodle? • K-12 Schools • Colleges • Universities • Governmental Agencies • Businesses • Trade Associations • Hospitals • Libraries • Employment Agencies
  22. 22. Summary • Main components – Courseware Authoring Tools – Learning Management Systems – Learning Content Repositories • The interoperability among the aforementioned 3 components should be integrated seamlessly • The user experience should be taken into consideration while developing such distance learning software systems

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