Developing a sustainable, student centered VLE: The OUNL case Henry Hermans Steven Verjans
Topics <ul><li>Choosing and building virtual learning environments: institution centered  or  user centered </li></ul><ul>...
Choosing and building learning environments ?
Choosing and building learning environments <ul><li>“ Institution centered approach” </li></ul><ul><li>VLE has been design...
Choosing and building learning environments <ul><li>Do we know what students’ requirements are? </li></ul><ul><li>“ Learne...
Model 1 working environment study  environment personal  environment
Model 2 working environment study  environment personal  environment
Model 3 personal, working, studying environment
Design principle for the future OUNL VLE:  PLWE <ul><li>Personal Learning and Working Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Our st...
The fuel of interoperability: RSS YouTube: “RSS in Plain English”
Design principle for the OUNL VLE:  PLWE PE MLE WWW
TOPIC 3 <ul><li>Three approaches to bridge the gap between  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Environment and </li></ul></ul>...
Precondition <ul><li>Institutional Awareness of  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WWW trends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different use...
PE MLE WWW Approach 1 Approach 2 Approach 3
Approach 1: Open up institutional borders <ul><li>Part 1 - Use Web2.0 to make open educational materials available </li></...
 
 
 
 
Approach 1: Open up institutional borders <ul><li>Part 2 - Establish institutional presence in the relevant social network...
 
Approach 1: Open up institutional borders <ul><li>Part 3a – Encourage staff / faculty to open up to open knowledge creatio...
 
Approach 2: Offer personalised information to be included in a student’s PE <ul><li>Personalised RSS-feeds for individual ...
 
Approach 3: Allow students to personalise / tailor their personal workspace within the MLE <ul><li>Make MLE’s open to impo...
 
OUNL’s first steps towards a PLWE <ul><li>Installation of a Program Board Service Development </li></ul><ul><li>Sensibiliz...
Experimental piloting of new services (1/4)  MyOU.nl: a personal workspace with networking services
Experimental piloting of new services (2/4)  Google Apps <ul><li>iGoogle </li></ul><ul><li>Mail </li></ul><ul><li>Docs </l...
Experimental piloting of new services (2/4)  Google Apps <ul><li>Calendar: push events to institutional calendars </li></u...
Experimental piloting of new services (3/4)  Stars & comments
Experimental piloting of new services (4/4)  Flexible content delivery (in case eBooks) repository VLE
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Developing a sustainable, student centred VLE: the OUNL case - Hermans, H & Verjans, S.

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The Open University of the Netherlands (OUNL) has adopted the concept of the personal learning and working environment (PLWE) as the future delivery platform of its educational services to students. This concept means that students should be able to shape their own personal virtual (learning) environment, based on individual tool and technology preferences .
To support this concept the OUNL faces the challenge of setting up an architecture and investing in the development of a set of educational services that can be integrated not only in the institutional learning environment, but that can also be merged with personal environments.
In this presentation we describe the first steps of a distance teaching university in its move towards this PLWE concept. This means reconsidering the role and position of the current, more traditional VLE, and developing new educational services that aim at getting students more committed and involved, inspired by the success of current web2.0 technology.

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Developing a sustainable, student centred VLE: the OUNL case - Hermans, H & Verjans, S.

  1. 1. Developing a sustainable, student centered VLE: The OUNL case Henry Hermans Steven Verjans
  2. 2. Topics <ul><li>Choosing and building virtual learning environments: institution centered or user centered </li></ul><ul><li>PLWE concept </li></ul><ul><li>Three approaches to bridge the gap between personal environments and managed learning environment </li></ul><ul><li>OUNL: first steps towards a PLWE </li></ul>
  3. 3. Choosing and building learning environments ?
  4. 4. Choosing and building learning environments <ul><li>“ Institution centered approach” </li></ul><ul><li>VLE has been designed by specialists, is managed by </li></ul><ul><li>the educational institution, and is occasionally used by </li></ul><ul><li>teachers and students. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Choosing and building learning environments <ul><li>Do we know what students’ requirements are? </li></ul><ul><li>“ Learners are from Mars, designers are from Venus” </li></ul><ul><li>(Ayman Moghnieh and Josep Blat, 2009) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Model 1 working environment study environment personal environment
  7. 7. Model 2 working environment study environment personal environment
  8. 8. Model 3 personal, working, studying environment
  9. 9. Design principle for the future OUNL VLE: PLWE <ul><li>Personal Learning and Working Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Our students should be a able (but don’t have to!) to shape their own learning environment </li></ul><ul><li>Requires a flexible VLE architecture and use of open standards </li></ul>
  10. 10. The fuel of interoperability: RSS YouTube: “RSS in Plain English”
  11. 11. Design principle for the OUNL VLE: PLWE PE MLE WWW
  12. 12. TOPIC 3 <ul><li>Three approaches to bridge the gap between </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Environment and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Managed Learning Environment </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Precondition <ul><li>Institutional Awareness of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WWW trends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different user requirements </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. PE MLE WWW Approach 1 Approach 2 Approach 3
  15. 15. Approach 1: Open up institutional borders <ul><li>Part 1 - Use Web2.0 to make open educational materials available </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Video’s on YouTube EDU / iTunesU </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentations on Slideshare / Slideboom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public information available through RSS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking to increase web presence, but also for educational purposes </li></ul></ul>MLE WWW Approach 1
  16. 20. Approach 1: Open up institutional borders <ul><li>Part 2 - Establish institutional presence in the relevant social networking sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LinkedIn page for supporting hiring / HRM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Official presence on Facebook, Hyves, etc. </li></ul></ul>MLE WWW Approach 1
  17. 22. Approach 1: Open up institutional borders <ul><li>Part 3a – Encourage staff / faculty to open up to open knowledge creation / sharing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Link to relevant external knowledge (blogs, social bookmarks, OER, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Active blogging / sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Partr 3b – Allow and encourage students to co-create a knowledge stream </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Suggest additional materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative social bookmarking </li></ul></ul>MLE WWW Approach 1
  18. 24. Approach 2: Offer personalised information to be included in a student’s PE <ul><li>Personalised RSS-feeds for individual students. </li></ul><ul><li>Personalised event alerting. </li></ul><ul><li>Collect thematic information streams and put together semi-personalised pre-set clusters of knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Readiness for PE’s (shared iGoogle tabs, public Netvibes pages, etc.) </li></ul>PE MLE Approach 2
  19. 26. Approach 3: Allow students to personalise / tailor their personal workspace within the MLE <ul><li>Make MLE’s open to importing personal knowledge streams (import of rss-feeds, inclusion of external widgets) </li></ul><ul><li>Offer subscription streams to relevant information clustered by </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty / Theme </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Allow students to manage an e-portfolio in the institutional MLE. </li></ul>PE MLE Approach 3
  20. 28. OUNL’s first steps towards a PLWE <ul><li>Installation of a Program Board Service Development </li></ul><ul><li>Sensibilization: workshops, presentation, colloquia </li></ul><ul><li>Drawing up and discussing a list of student centered services </li></ul><ul><li>Drawing up a roadmap for MLE development: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Upgrading/streamlining current MLE, and in parallel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experimental piloting of new services </li></ul></ul>
  21. 29. Experimental piloting of new services (1/4) MyOU.nl: a personal workspace with networking services
  22. 30. Experimental piloting of new services (2/4) Google Apps <ul><li>iGoogle </li></ul><ul><li>Mail </li></ul><ul><li>Docs </li></ul><ul><li>Chat / Talk </li></ul><ul><li>Agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Sites </li></ul>
  23. 31. Experimental piloting of new services (2/4) Google Apps <ul><li>Calendar: push events to institutional calendars </li></ul><ul><li>Google Docs: (realtime) online document sharing </li></ul>Campus Program Course Group/ collaboration Person Faculty Events Google Docs Google Calendar
  24. 32. Experimental piloting of new services (3/4) Stars & comments
  25. 33. Experimental piloting of new services (4/4) Flexible content delivery (in case eBooks) repository VLE
  26. 34. Thank you for your attention! Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/sverjans/ or http://tinyurl.com/lg9y8b Paper: http://hdl.handle.net/1820/1894 http://celstec.org

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