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1 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education Making Learning Effective – MLE? New Environments for Learning Tuesday 19 March 2002, Belfast Castle Cathy Ellis, Director of Learning Technologies Guildford College of Further and Higher Education

2 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education Nov 2000 Jan-June 2001 March-June 2001 September 2001 Nov HITS FULL IMPLEMENTATION IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY PILOT 150,000 HITS

3 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education 1. Why have a VLE at all? 2. Getting started with a VLE 3. Embedding the VLE 4. Making Learning Effective

4 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education We wish to see a society within 10 years where ICT has permeated the entirety of education (as it will the rest of society) so that it is no longer a talking point but rather taken for granted - rather as electricity has come to be. Stevenson Report, June Why have a VLE at all?

5 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education Commercialisation New markets Efficiency 1. Why have a VLE at all? BUSINESS DRIVERS

6 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education Higginson (1996) Stevenson (1997) Dearing (1997) UFI (1999) Curriculum Why have a VLE at all? CURRICULUM DRIVERS

7 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education Cultural saturation of www Increased PC ownership Internet 1. Why have a VLE at all? TECHNOLOGY DRIVERS

8 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education E learning is important because it:- Is popular Increases standards Improves retention Increases the impact of the learning experience Promotes inclusion John Harwood, CEO, Learning & Skills Council, October Why have a VLE at all?

9 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education 2. Getting started with a VLE 1. Research and viability audit 2. Technical and pedagogical issues 3. Experience of other users 4. Focus groups– staff and students

10 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education 2. Getting started with a VLE 5. Proposal to Senior Management 6. Resource staff – time +PC access 7. Identification of key courses 8. Development of Courses

11 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education 2. Getting started with a VLE 9. Release to students 10. Student feedback; staff reactions 11. Communicating with parents at all stages 12. Evaluation & recommendations

12 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education Negatives:- Scepticism Fear Relevance to my teaching Staff Initial Reactions

13 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education Positives:- Guarded enthusiasm Questioning Possibilities for teaching & learning Staff Initial Reactions

14 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education Turning Negatives to Positives Use of the Enthused Resourcing – Standards Fund Feedback : staff,students,parents Curriculum focus – not MIS or techie

15 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education Robust & Reliable Economic Easy to use 2. Getting started with a VLE CURRICULUM TOOL TO SUPPORT & EMPOWER LEARNERS

16 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education Functions & Tools Tasks & Skills Access 2. Getting started with a VLE CURRICULUM TOOL TO SUPPORT & EMPOWER LEARNERS

17 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education 2. Getting started with a VLE- Staff Conclusions Skills teachers Changes teaching practice Changes learners Provides variation in learning ( core & extension) Spontaneous Major tool for assessment & tracking Informs teaching practice

18 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education 2. Getting started with a VLE- Student Conclusions Students contributing to VLE development Students using the VLE regularly (engagement) Discussion forum proving popular (communication) Text messaging language - a challenge for staff Students hosting content eg presentations, revision notes

19 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education Course Development Issues Staff Development Issues 3. Embedding the VLE

20 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education Identification of key subjects with electronic resources Review of Scheme of Work Course creation & Validation Assessments Course Development Issues

21 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education Staff Development Issues Identification of core VLE activities Uploading materials Integration - Scheme of Work Managing the VLE interface Creating assessments Using the communication tools Managing users

22 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education Administration Issues Interoperability with MIS Verify MIS data Integration with online library catalogue Student tracking for independent study Access to data

23 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education HITS PER MONTH 3. Embedding the VLE

24 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education Students downloading lecture notes prior to lecture Focus of lecture changes to more interactive model Students like the 24/7 access to course materials, assessments etc 4. Making Learning Effective

25 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education On-line assessments with built-in tutor support & feedback The VLE is a tool for teaching and learning. The VLE is used as a supplement not a replacement for conventional teaching 4. Making Learning Effective

26 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education It provides a supportive environment for both reinforcement and extension activity Dealing with staff absence – planned and unexpected VLE data used for progress reports Students hosting revision notes etc on the VLE 4. Making Learning Effective

27 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education It enables routine testing to be conducted regularly – reducing admin time for marking whilst ensuring regular assessments/feedback 4. Making Learning Effective Students can be informed more effectively about class/course information changes

28 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education Nov 2000 Jan-June 2001 March-June 2001 September 2001 Nov HITS FULL IMPLEMENTATION IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY PILOT 150,000 HITS

29 Joint Information Systems Committee Supporting Further and Higher Education Making Learning Effective – MLE? New Environments for Learning Tuesday 19 March 2002, Belfast Castle Cathy Ellis, Director of Learning Technologies Guildford College of Further and Higher Education


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