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  • Virtual Learning Environments Open Source Software
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  • What is a Virtual Learning Environment? An online vehicle for teaching and learning Controlled access to curriculum modules Modules can be separately assessed and recorded Tracking of student activity and achievement Activities to facilitate, guide and monitor learning Access to learning resources and assessments Communication between the learners and teachers/facilitators, and between peer groups
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  • Virtual Learning Environments Buy a VLE : Digital Brain Blackboard WebCT VTLE (RM)VTLE BT Learning Centre Learning Gateway (MS)Learning Gateway Free VLEs ATutor Moodle Claroline COSE
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  • Why bother? An online vehicle for teaching and learning 24/7 Access to resources and information Extends the learning environment beyond the school to the home Encourages parental involvement and home learning Safe, secure and focused learning environment Tailored to the needs of your students Supports individual needs Encourages group learning activities
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  • Why bother? An online vehicle for teaching and learning Develops a community, where information and discussions can be shared. Storage of work of students and teachers Students progress can be tracked and needs identified more clearly. A virtual storage cabinet of resources for all teachers Provides a global focus for education: resources and support for global issues and global citizenship
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  • Why bother? Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) How can I find the time for all this? It is not the way I work. Why should I try it? Will I need specialist knowledge? Will it raise standards? How can it save time? Will I need access to computers for my whole class? How often will I need access? Is work secure and safe?
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  • Why bother? Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Can I integrate this into my normal course? Can I use it as a complete course? Can I use online assessments and quiz ? Can I upload any file? Can I upload past papers? Can a student access the work of others?? How is feedback provided to students? What happens if the site goes down? Why host it on the internet not an intranet?
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  • Are there alternatives to Virtual Learning Environments? Bloggers! (Web log) Entries made from home or at work Point-and-click operation from a browser Upload files for others to download Open Access for all users Link to our bloggers
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  • What is Open Source Software? Links Open Source Definition Open Source Licenses GNU General Public License More examples of OS Software Open source software is software whose source code is open to public review. It is free to download, free to modify, free to redistribute.
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  • Advantages of using Open Source Software Software evolves and improvements can happen with far greater speed than proprietary software. Bugs can be fixed, improvements and new developments can be made available to all.. Freely available, with a global support community. Free to obtain, modify and redistribute High quality, stable, secure software available to all Wonderful gifts for the educational community!
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  • Open Source Software in Education Total cost of ownership is reduced, Freedom from being tied to particular products Lower costs for home-school communities Customise to fit your needs. Can be used on older computer systems. Allows productivity to increase for small outlay Saves money for cash-strapped schools Flexibility and adaptability to with changing needs Examples of Open Source Software? Apache webserver Apache Squirrelmail webmail system Squirrelmail sendmail, the most widely used email transport software sendmail Python programming language Python PHP programming language PHP Abiword word processor Abiword Linux: the most used Unix-like operating system Linux Postnuke Content Management System Postnuke Moodle Virtual Learning Environment Moodle
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  • Proceed with caution What are our strengths? What do we need? What can a VLE offer? What is available? What are the teaching and learning opportunities? Do they match our requirements? What flexibility is provided? What other issues need to be considered? Do your homework first!
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  • Information and Guidance? FERL: Further Education Resources for Learning. An Internet based information service for lecturers and other practitioners in Further Education colleges funded by the FEFC and managed by BECTa. Links to guidance/help pages:FERL Why have a VLE? Evaluating Learning Platforms Purchasing a VLEStaff Development Piloting a VLE Mainstreaming a VLE Administration Case Studies How to Get it all Wrong List of Case Studies
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  • Information and Guidance? JISC : Joint Information Systems Committee. An independent advisory body that works with further and higher education by providing strategic guidance, advice and opportunities use to use ICT to support learning, teaching, research and administration.JISC Useful documents MLEs and VLEs explained
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  • Open Source: Case Study 1 A challenge: What else can we be doing to support our students?
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  • Case Study 1 : Providing more support More Individual support within lessons Additional support at lunchtimes and after school Individual programmes of study Exploring new teaching methods and learning styles Increase number and range of choices Home/School links Parental involvement Initial Ideas
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  • Case Study 1: Providing more support Making it all fit into scheduled lessons Commitments of staff and students outside of scheduled lessons Mismatch between timetables between teachers and students for additional support. Constraints
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  • Case Study 1: Providing more support What are our needs? What new opportunities for teaching and learning can a VLE provide? Can we match our requirements with a VLE? Is it flexible enough to change with us! What INSET is required? Is 24/7 access available? Can a VLE be applied and used in context with our courses? Do we have the infrastructure to make it accessible to all students How much will it cost? VLE: Initial questions
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  • Case Study 1: Providing more support Open Source No ties Flexible Meets our requirements Easy to install and backup Easy to create, change, modify courses Select range of facilities Ability to save our courses Overall costs are low Provides a range of new teaching opportunities and learning styles VLE: Why Open Source?
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  • Case Study 1: An Open Source solution Moodle it! MOODLEMOODLE is an acronym for. Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment It is also a verb that describes the process of lazily meandering through something, doing things as it occurs to you to do them, an enjoyable tinkering that often leads to insight and creativity ..
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  • Case Study 1: An Open Source solution Moodle it! MOODLEMOODLE is an acronym for. Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment It is also a verb that describes the process of lazily meandering through something, doing things as it occurs to you to do them, an enjoyable tinkering that often leads to insight and creativity ..
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  • Case Study 1: An Open Source solution Moodle it! MOODLEMOODLE is an acronym for. Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment It is also a verb that describes the process of lazily meandering through something, doing things as it occurs to you to do them, an enjoyable tinkering that often leads to insight and creativity ..
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  • Case Study 1: An Open Source solution Moodle it! MOODLEMOODLE is an acronym for. Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment It is also a verb that describes the process of lazily meandering through something, doing things as it occurs to you to do them, an enjoyable tinkering that often leads to insight and creativity ..
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  • Case Study 2: A Teachers Support Facility http://www.scienceblog.org/support/ 1.Upload or download your work. 2.Share work with colleagues. 3.Have access to your work on a 24/7 basis, 4.Never lose work again. 5.Share ideas, thoughts with colleagues. 6.Go to the Online Library of resources. 7. Work together, according to your schedule 8.Learn how to develop new learning resources 9.Embark on a global educational adventure!
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  • Case Study 2: A Teachers Support Facility A place to save and share resources. Access from home or at school
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  • What is Moodle? A software package designed to help educators create quality online courses. A course management system (CMS) or Learning Management Systems (LMS) or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Supports social constructionist pedagogysocial constructionist pedagogy Open Source software Open Source FREE to download it, use it, modify it and distribute it ( GNU General Public License).download ituse itmodify itGNU General Public License Supports a range of platforms Unix, Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, Netware and any other system that supports PHP, including most webhost providers.PHP Data is stored in a single database: such as MySQL and PostgreSQL. Can also be used with Oracle, Access, Interbase, ODBC and others.MySQLPostgreSQL Available in 34 languages34 languages
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