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K. Nandakumar Faculty of Engineering University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada Integrated Virtual Learning Environment (IVLE) My experience at the National University of Singapore (NUS) February 2005 Presentation to the e-learning plan development committee
E-Learning plan - 2 What is e-learning at NUS It is not necessarily a distance learning model. (e.g. We are not competing with a model like Athabasca University) It is a set of tools based on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) that augments normal mode of delivery (e.g. lectures) for a mobile, motivated and self-learning student population. NUS has ties to MIT through SMA (Singapore-MIT- Alliance). They use video conferencing (two-way communication), webcasting (one-way communication), and Integrated Virtual Learning Environment (like webct, only better). They have institution wide support for content development. e.g. need a virtual lab simulation using flash or even develop PowerPoint slides based on lecture notes.
E-Learning plan - 3 What is Integrated Virtual Learning Environment A Fully integrated product developed at NUS. –single signon. The moment student registers in a class his/her name appears on the IVLE course entry with photo. –Live webcasting of lectures on the internet and subsequent archiving of lectures on course page. –Discussion forums on topics that instructor selects. –Chat sessions with whiteboard and file sharing –Students get SMS on their cell phone when the instructor posts an announcement. –Work bins for students to submit their work. –Course evaluation filled in by students online prior to exam. –Online quiz and other assessment tools Central support for content development. Virtual laboratory. Demonstrations. Simulations.
E-Learning plan - 4 Key components of e-learning environment Institution wide infrastructure support for use of Information and Communication Technologies in class rooms. –Every large class room should be equipped with video capture and broadcast facilities. –Special lecture rooms are equipped with video conferencing facilities. –High bandwidth network infrastructure with wireless access points throughout campus. –Integration of computing services – from course registration to teaching evaluation done online. Institution wide support for content development. –Developing PowerPoint slides from lecture notes. –Developing demonstration of concepts using flash. –Developing self learning modules on use of MS Office, MATLAB etc.
E-Learning plan - 5 What is needed in Engineering Support for webcasting and archiving of lectures Self-paced learning "modules" of background knowledge or skills for students. (This could be anything from MS Office proficiency to specialty software, e.g., Matlab, Maple, Hysys / Aspen, ProEngineer, Autocad. on-campus expertise to support instructors who wish to develop e-learning opportunities (not just technical support, but people who have a firm grasp of pedagogy and can guide us as to what will and will not work on- line). Infrastructure for in-classroom, on-line demos. virtual laboratories. more infrastructure for visualization (think what we could do in fluid mechanics if we took students inside the flow, i.e., UofA's Cave).
E-Learning plan - 6 What should be our strategy Recognize that the needs of various faculties on campus will be quite different. Put in place infrastructure and support services and identify sources of funding to support it. –CNS: (a) network support for large bandwidth video transfers. (b) Server support for increased use of Webct with archived video lectures. (c) Webct development efforts to meet the customized local needs. –TRG: Classroom support to develop infrastructure in class rooms over a period of time. Automate webcasting and archiving of lectures. –Something like ATL must be reconstituted perhaps under CITL with a specific mandate of helping instructors with content development and advise on pedagogy. (Research in this area should be left to Faculties).
E-Learning plan - 7 Some interesting links on Webcasting Visit NUS archived webcasting of public lectures – everything from lectures by noble laureates on femtochemistry to public policy http://nuslive.nus.edu.sg/ Listen to James Baker on Russia or Colin Powel on Cold war at Princeton http://www.princeton.edu/WebMedia/ How nice it would be if we could showcase our Kaplan Laureates? – archive their lectures!