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hangzhou ICT 131103

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									Supporting E-Learning in Universities & Colleges



     Supporting E-Learning in Universities & Colleges

               Challenges & Opportunities




 1             "ICT in Universities & Colleges", Zhejiang Institute of Education, Hangzhou - November 2003
Supporting E-Learning in Universities & Colleges

 E-learning =   Promotion of learning and support of learners
                using digital/electronic methods/techniques


 Examples =     class websites for course resources & info
                interactive multimedia tutorials
                laboratory & workplace simulations
                assignments in Word
                email support from tutors / professors
                chatrooms & discussion forums/BBS
                digital library readings/texts/journals

 Blended
 learning =     e-learning & traditional methods

 2               "ICT in Universities & Colleges", Zhejiang Institute of Education, Hangzhou - November 2003
Supporting E-Learning in Universities & Colleges

 Some major areas of development

     –   virtual learning environments
     –   on-line assessment & exams
     –   staff training
     –   quality of learning materials
     –   portals & integration
     –   re-usable learning objects




 3                 "ICT in Universities & Colleges", Zhejiang Institute of Education, Hangzhou - November 2003
Supporting E-Learning in Universities & Colleges

 virtual learning environments

     Combination of website, consistent navigation, communication tools,
     noticeboard, assessment, class membership list, authentication etc

     examples are WebCT / Blackboard

     many ‘in-house’ VLEs also exist – in Edinburgh ‘EeMEC’ in Medicine

     have more uses than just for classes , eg communities




 4                "ICT in Universities & Colleges", Zhejiang Institute of Education, Hangzhou - November 2003
Supporting E-Learning in Universities & Colleges




 5             "ICT in Universities & Colleges", Zhejiang Institute of Education, Hangzhou - November 2003
Supporting E-Learning in Universities & Colleges




 6             "ICT in Universities & Colleges", Zhejiang Institute of Education, Hangzhou - November 2003
Supporting E-Learning in Universities & Colleges

 On-line assessment & exams

     Relatively easy for low-level skills - factual knowledge & numerical
     problem-solving
     Much harder for higher level skills - reasoning & synthesis

     Problems are number of PCs in single rooms (computer exam halls)
     Security of data and reliability of systems




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Supporting E-Learning in Universities & Colleges




 8             "ICT in Universities & Colleges", Zhejiang Institute of Education, Hangzhou - November 2003
Supporting E-Learning in Universities & Colleges




 9             "ICT in Universities & Colleges", Zhejiang Institute of Education, Hangzhou - November 2003
Supporting E-Learning in Universities & Colleges

 Training for professors & tutors

      The biggest single problem area in UK/US/Australia….

      US Campus Computing Survey has shown this top of the list for the
      last few years, above technology

      similar findings in UK




 10                 "ICT in Universities & Colleges", Zhejiang Institute of Education, Hangzhou - November 2003
Supporting E-Learning in Universities & Colleges




 11            "ICT in Universities & Colleges", Zhejiang Institute of Education, Hangzhou - November 2003
Supporting E-Learning in Universities & Colleges

 Quality of learning materials

 • quality of training & support – courses, consultancy

 • examples for staff to copy or modify - guidelines

 • peer support – critical mass

 • student feedback

 • evaluation & research



 12               "ICT in Universities & Colleges", Zhejiang Institute of Education, Hangzhou - November 2003
Supporting E-Learning in Universities & Colleges




 13            "ICT in Universities & Colleges", Zhejiang Institute of Education, Hangzhou - November 2003
Supporting E-Learning in Universities & Colleges

 portals & integration

      A key area of activity at present – to bring systematic approach to all e-
      learning sources

      different VLEs, student records, email, announcements, exam results,
      registration for courses on-line, payment fees, communities, course
      catalogues, self-help training materials, library……


      golden copy approach – real-time data updating – devolved but
      interoperable



 14                 "ICT in Universities & Colleges", Zhejiang Institute of Education, Hangzhou - November 2003
Supporting E-Learning in Universities & Colleges




 15            "ICT in Universities & Colleges", Zhejiang Institute of Education, Hangzhou - November 2003
Supporting E-Learning in Universities & Colleges

 re-usable learning objects - RLOs

 Concern about
   re-creation of pre-existing materials (‘re-inventing the wheel’)
   loss of digital materials due to not cataloguing & storing them
   uncertainty about how to describe digital learning materials (‘meta-
   data standards – IMS, SCORM, Dublin Core…)
   need for tools to enable easy description, storage & retrieval




 16               "ICT in Universities & Colleges", Zhejiang Institute of Education, Hangzhou - November 2003
Supporting E-Learning in Universities & Colleges




 17            "ICT in Universities & Colleges", Zhejiang Institute of Education, Hangzhou - November 2003
Supporting E-Learning in Universities & Colleges

 Summary

 • So much is happening in this area it is hard to keep track of
   developments

 • There is now a trend towards standardisation – local & global

 • The key commercial players are still uncertain

 • Staff training & skills & confidence are still the weakest link




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