If you are a teacher, you have probably heard about... Education of the XXI century Learning based on Internet
You have probably reached the point to do something in your institution. How would you like the e-learning environment to be? Easy course development from existing resources? To re-use the contents of any course? With simple and secure student registration and authentification? Lots of different options and characteristics that supports the learning process for both students and teachers? An active community which will help you to solve problems and give you new ideas…
Cursa e introduction! Cursa e is the name of the platform that we will be using. It´s based on Moodle, which is an alternative solution to the commercial Blackboard and WebCT, and is distributed for free under an Open Source license. The learning environment of Moodle has a modular design which make very easy to add contents and resources to motivate the students. Moodle has an intuitive interface which makes it very easy and simple to create courses Modular and dynamic learning environment oriented to objects
Moodle architecture Activities are the heart of the course management system. Moodle was designed by an educator and computer “frick”. Based on the concept that learning can be very effective when you share it with others. These experiences could be anything: a phrase, a message on Internet or more complex elements such a painting or a computer application. The design and development of Moodle is guided by a particular philosophy of learning, a way of thinking that you may see referred to in shorthand as a "social constructionist pedagogy“: ConstructivismSocial Constructivism ConstructionismConnected and Separate Martin Dougiamas Creator and designer director
Promotes active learning The constructivist perspective places the students actively involved in his learning process, to give him meaning by promoting that the students themselves can analyze, search, collaborate, share and built based on what they already know. The students go to class with an established opinion, based on years of experience and previous learning. Even during his development, the student opinion filters all the experiences and it affects his interpretations. for the students to change his point of view, it requires work. Students learn from them and from the teacher. Students learn more by doing. To allow and develop the opportunities form them to express themselves, promotes the construction of new ideas.
Starting When editing is on, the creator of the course can add activities from a folded list with the available modules 1. The teacher has the privileges to create a course. 2. Select on of the three formats of the course; Topic, Weekly or Social. 3. Click “Turn editing on” in the empty course. 4. Create the course Moodle has a modular design which facilitates the process of adding the activities that conform a course.
Activities and Resources - Modules Assignments Assign on line or not; students can send their assignments in any format. (such as MS Office, PDF, jpg, avi, etc.). Chat The Chat module allows participants to have a real-time synchronous discussion via the web. Each module has its own help. Choice Module The teacher asks a question and specifies a choice of multiple responses. It can be useful as a quick poll to stimulate thinking about a topic; Dialogue Module Allows synchronous private communication between teacher and student or between two students.
Forum Module This activity can be most important in terms of helping learners construct new knowledge; it is here that discussion among participants and teachers takes place. Forums can include peer rating of each posting. By subscribing to a forum, participants will receive copies of each new posting in their email. A teacher can impose subscription on everyone if they want to. Activities and Resources - Modules
Glossary Allows teachers and participants to create and maintain a list of definitions, like say a dictionary of terms specific to course content. Journal Reflective activity, either connected with a certain course topic. Labels Adds descriptions with images in the main page of the course. Glossary terms will link all the resources of a course. Moodle includes its own search engine. Lesson Module A lesson delivers content in an interesting and flexible way. It consists of a number of pages. Each page normally ends with a question and a number of possible answers. Depending on the student's choice of answer they either progress to the next page or are taken back to a previous page. Activities and Resources - Modules
Quiz Module Quiz module allows the teacher to design and set quiz tests, consisting of multiple choice, true-false, short-answer questions etc. Quiz module includes grading facilities. These questions are kept in a categorized database, and can be re-used within courses and even between courses. Quizzes can allow multiple attempts. Each attempt is automatically marked, and the teacher can choose whether to give feedback or to show correct answers Activities and Resources - Modules
Material Module It’s used to include content in a course. It can be text without format, uploaded files, web inks, Wiki or HTML. Moodle has its own word editor incorporated. Survey Module The Survey module provides a number of verified survey instruments (COLLES, ATTLS), that have been found useful in assessing and stimulating learning in online environments. Workshop Module It’s a peer assessment activity with a huge array of options. It allows participants to assess each other's projects, as well as exemplar projects, in a number of ways. Workshop module does have a learning curve, however the effort made can include greater student participation. Moodle allows to add mathematical expressions in every activity, by using the included HTML editor. Activities and Resources - Modules
To create the learning content is only one small part of what a Course Management System (CMS)should be able to do. A CMS should be able to manage students on different ways. The management of students includes: Have access to course student information. Capability to organize groups. And much more, ej: to apply different scales on students grades, follow up of students, log with access of students to the course, etc. Course management.
Management Features- Participants We can see that activity of all the participants of the course. Students create a personal profile with a photo, which will helps to establish social links in the learning community Students fill up a page with their profile. Uploading an image and the details of the personal profile developed the social connection.
Management Features- Groups Moodle allows you to separate students into groups, when for example you assign projects to course participants that will work together. You must have either “Separate” or “Visible” groups enabled in the course Settings properties to use the Groups feature. To create different group names is easy. With a click you assign the students and teachers for a group.
Management Features- Calendar This block allows a user to post significant events, relative to their account permissions: Site: event viewable in all courses - created by admin users. Course: event viewable only to course members - created by teachers Groups: event viewable only by members of a group - created by teachers User: personal event a student user can create - viewable only by the user The upcoming events are shown in the main page of the course with different color alarms for the students, depending on the different categories.
Management Features- Administration The Administration Panel Control allows with only one click to access to all the important functions for the course management. Teachers and students can be registered or deleted manually. The back copy and the restore of a course is at the same screen. The course restoration of an existing one is done with only one click. Moodle makes things easy to reuse courses and share them with other teachers. The backup copy can include or exclude that students files and course data.
Management Features- Scales Teachers can custom define the scale to be used to grade forums, assignments, workshops and journals. The Scales feature allows you to create a word-based custom evaluation scale (like “fair,” “excellent,” etc.) that is used as the grading instrument within an activity. Default scales include 1-100 and Separate and Connected ways of knowing. The personalized scales allow the teacher an adequate return on the grade of an specific content. Create very easily different types of scales and apply them to the different activities of the course.
Management Features- Grades Grades feature displays the grades and scales applied for Forums, Quizzes, Assignments, Lessons, Journals, Workshops that students have completed, submitted or posted. You can easily download grades in Excel or text format, and you can select which course on the site you are enrolled in as a teacher to view grades. You can easily download grades in Excel or text format for inclusion in a external electronic grade book.
Management Features- Grades In the activity and journal window you can view the sent files, grades and comments of all students in only one page The file management of the uploaded file s by students on their activities and journals of the course can be done from a central window. This reduce the grading time for teacher and students.
Management Features- Registros Comprobar qué y cuándo se ha tenido acceso a los recursos del curso, nos proporcionan actividad detallada del alumnado. Los registros establecen claramente donde está un estudiante respecto al curso. Localice fácilmente la fecha y el acceso específico de una actividad del curso, un alumno, de un módulo.
Management Features- Archivos Todos los recursos del curso están localizados dentro del área de los archivos de Moodle. Los recursos están disponibles al usar el editor de HTML, permitiendo incluirlos fácilmente en el contenido en una actividad. La gestión de los archivos se asemeja al de su ordenador, haciendo fácil agregar, mover, descomprimir y eliminar recursos.
Management Features- Help A large number of help windows are accessible in its own context. Courses include and exclusive forum for teachers where they can collaborate in different tasks or share ideas. Cursa e is editing a teacher manual which provides teachers with step-by-step instructions in all aspects, and of course, in the learning management.
Student experience – Connection Students will find very easy to navigate around the pages of the course; links are always present. Connection is produce in a very simple window. And can be done by the students itself or by the administrator. Cursae has by default an email authentication system, but also has other ways available allowing a wide control of connections. The navigation menu allows you to link with the main page of the course and its activities.
Student experience – Enrollment key Teachers can require a key word to enroll in the course. This provides an individual registering process to the connection. Courses that requires a key to enroll will be shown at the courses category description. In the category of the course are shown each course description. The key symbol by the course description indicates when a course requires a key for the enrollment and if it accepts guest in the course. Students can see their courses in the main page of the site after the connection.
Student experience – 24/7/365 Any time! You can select up to 50 languages, even if only four are available now in Cursae Students can connect any time and everywhere to be part of the course and they can define a time zone and the language they would like to use. Cursae is currently using four different languages: English, German, Polish and Spanish. Any other language, up to 50, can be included if necessary..
Student experience – Email notification An HTML format email is sent to each students registered in that forum. If students “subscribe” themselves to the forum, the new messages will be sent vie Email. Also, teachers can choose the notification on the private talks.
AEC has used Cursa e as its e-learning platform since 2004. AEC has uploaded courses created and developed by other institutions, has created its own and also has been used by teachers of life long learning regular courses to enhance the contents and motivate the students to work together and cooperate in the different projects. Cursa e has been used in: Who and how is using Cursa e? "My experience in my first class was a great success, because of the program behavior and the quality and quantity of the participation. It has been great to work with Moodle. It’s not like other commercial platforms, like Blackboard y WebCT." - Paula Edmiston, Trainer Regular education Life long learning courses Professional training Adult education Business training Youth training
Who will help you to use Moodle? Hundred of users of the Open Source have got together as Moodle administrators and developers in a learning community.
Cursa e now, why not? To support the technical issues and the design, AEC is developing different tools which will help you in the future use of this learning platform when creating and developing different modules and courses. The e-learning platform: www.curse.net Youth at risk – Grundtvig Projectwww.cursae.eu The Multilanguage resource center: www.aec.edu.es with technical support access 24/365 multilingual documentation on how to… discussion forums on the different issues interesting links for help and support