Open eLearning Technology for Efficiency

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  • Proven corporate distribution of Moodle; Some names are McDonalds, Nikon, Timberland, Nike and the list of big corporates goes on. Created by Mahara Core developers: Kineo, Flexible Learning Network & Catalyst IT Learner Management System: Totara LMS is the Learner Management System with all the trimmings.
  • Management of Learners
  • Tracking and Reporting
  • Open eLearning Technology for Efficiency

    1. 1. Open Technology for EfficiencyThomas Bell - @thomaswbell88 + Author of 10 Business Critical Areas - Open Educational Courses + LSIS Sector Reference Group for Sustainability Member + LMS Programme Coordinator + ICT Professional Trainer + Other guises
    2. 2. Overview Intro to TDM Ltd. Business Critical Area OER Why Open Source Matters Moodle & Open Source projects Totara LMS – Competency based learning - LMS Mahara e-Portfolios – Personal Reflective e-Portfolios
    3. 3. Quick intro ... TDMThe Development Manager Ltd:
    4. 4.  Training..  In Open Source Software  Consultancies  Business & Education focus Development..  Of Open Source Software  Bespoke Software development Management..  Of Open Source Software  Implementation Management for organisations  Successful software deployment
    5. 5.  First UK Totara Partner  Managed Hosting  Custom Development Moodle Services company  Implementations  Training Mahara Partner  Authors of the Mahara book: Mahara 1.2: A beginners guide  Mahara Certified Training Courses
    6. 6. Newly established, but withdecades of training provision: Online Training Academy IT / ICT Apprenticeships Delivery Mentor Training Tutor Training Management Training High-stakes Industry Qualifications
    7. 7. Proud to be partnered/certified with:
    8. 8. TDM Linux Professional InstituteNext LPI Master Affiliate for the UK September 2011
    9. 9. Why Open Source Matters  Collaborative resource Community utilisation Control  Customisable Cost-effective  Naturally sustainable Freedom  Sensible Often free, not always  Extensible / Pluggable  Open Source ≠ Free Software
    10. 10. The Moodle project – Quick videohttp://vimeo.com/2405525
    11. 11. LSC-WM + AWM RDA What are these BusinessTwo phase research Critical Areas!?amongst employers inthe region; Phase I: Skillsrequirements in WMbusinesses.  Phase II: Skills gaps in the West Midlands
    12. 12. Guess the 10Business Critical Areas?
    13. 13. 1. Business 6. IT User Improvement 7. New Product Design Techniques 8. Finance & Credit2. Business Systems / Processes 9. Cashflow & Profit Management3. Teamworking / Communication 10. Risk Management4. Customer Service5. Sales & Marketing
    14. 14. The Aims!
    15. 15. Start with the long one:Improving social constructivistapproaches to digitally-blended WBL delivery amongst the FE sector
    16. 16. Design Moodle Courses
    17. 17. Xerte Learning Objects
    18. 18. Subject Matter Experts...design, delivery and planning process
    19. 19. Distribute for free, toreuse remix, adapt etc
    20. 20. We delivered: Over 40 short videos of interviews with SMEs Over 24 Xerte Learning Objects – SCORMcompatible 10 Moodle courses to take away and chop andchange Social activities a plenty! Interactive, engaging content delivered to nvq/qcflevel 2 standards Distributed to several online repositories,numerous regional moodle hubs and continue togive them out to providers today.
    21. 21. Downloads at:http://wbl-online.org.uk/moodle
    22. 22. What is ?Corporate Distro of Moodle  Packaged up for quick and effective corporate learning delivery – work-based learning delivery  Based on the most stable Moodle code  Support Services – 24/7 Support, guaranteed response times  Added functionality – and the constant development of new features  Open Source Enterprise – following the same model as the most successful Open Source business – RedHat
    23. 23. What is ? Learner Management Systemin contrast to... Virtual Learning Environment / Course Management System
    24. 24. What is ? Competency Based Learning Team/Cohort Management Staff / Hierarchy Management
    25. 25. What is ? Organisation/Department Management Booking Management Excellent Reporting & Progress tracking Pathway specific training programmes  Programme Management
    26. 26. Competency Based Learning Competency Hierarchy Import  e.g. IT User & ICT Professional Qualifications = 6000+ standards/competencies Import from Register Ofqual Database Learners evidence competence against given standards
    27. 27. Team / Cohort Management Manager – Manages team of staff= Trainer / Assessor – Manages cohort of learners
    28. 28. Classroom Booking Management Face-to-Face Session booking. Calendared events tailored to learners individual plans
    29. 29. Pathway Programmes = Totara Positions Assign learners to a pathway Automatically retrieve relevant competencies to Individual Development Plan Set aspirational position/pathway – Learner Engaging
    30. 30. Individual Learning Plans (ILP) If assigned a Position, the learner receives the relevant competencies in their ILP Competencies – Gathered from:  Learner Pathway (Position)  Organisation Courses – linked to competencies  Automatically drawn in with the competencies
    31. 31. Totara Reporting & Progress Tracking Totara Report Builder  We built a set of reports for specific roles − Learners see the stats they need to see − Trainers see the stats they want to see − Assessors... − IV & EV etc
    32. 32. How do Mahara and Totara mix? Wyre Academy Totara = Structured Learning Delivery:  Online Courses  Tracking + Reporting  Workshop Booking  Webinar Booking
    33. 33. How do Mahara and Totara mix? Wyre Academy Mahara = Personalised Learning  Professional Learning Community  Reflective Journals  Evidence gathering  Evidence showcasing  Assessment submission to Totara
    34. 34. Learner Journey In Totara/Mahara Learner Registration & Interview Diagnostics Assessments Successful employment placement Induction training: Totara & Mahara Totara Position setting
    35. 35. Learner Journey In Totara/Mahara Individual Learning Plan creation  Auto assigned relevant competencies  Auto enrolled on relevant courses  Objectives setup with Assessor  Timescales and due dates added to competencies
    36. 36. Learner Journey In Totara/Mahara Learner gathers evidence in Mahara Learners constructs their views/pages in Mahara: − Screencasting − Videos − Audio − Product evidence − Witness testimonies
    37. 37. Learner Journey In Totara/Mahara Formative Assessment:  Assessor Feedback attached to views − Video/audio feedback Final submission & competency completion
    38. 38. Plans for the future.. “Mahara Evidence – Totara Competency” Mapping “Mahara Assessor Overlay”:  Point and click on Mahara blocks to grade/assess in Totara/MoodleGet involved! If these sound interesting, contact us about joining resources to fast-track its development
    39. 39. References http://www.flickr.com/photos/salim/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/nostri-imago/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/alancleaver/ http://wyreacademy.com http://tdm.info Mahara 1.2: A Beginners Guide book www.lpi.org.uk

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