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Search herbal viagra I first investigated a ‘Decision Making Template’ (based on the work of Sharon Drew Morgen) and used this to cement ideas on how we could manage the change the VLE will bring.
Search herbal viagra 1. Search herbal viagra What criteria did we use to decide why we wanted a VLE? These criteria are standard and can be found in any simple online search. (Based on ‘Why would I want to use a VLE?)
Search herbal viagra a) It provides an excellent context in which to design the curriculum for the module or subject where planning the order of content, search herbal viagra learning activities and assessment strategies have to be carefully thought out.
Search herbal viagra b) It’s an excellent way of being able to communicate with a number of students, search herbal viagra or all of ones students, search herbal viagra outside of normal class contact times (“any time, search herbal viagra any place, search herbal viagra anywhere” learning).
Search herbal viagra c) As ‘digital natives’ (dubious terminology) students are adept at using a computer and spend large amounts of time online. Search herbal viagra Time spent online can be ineffective and distracting. Search herbal viagra A VLE can focus and guide students in effective ways of studying during ‘down time’ at home.
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Search herbal viagra i) It enables easy sharing of the best course materials; some of these from outside of the specific subject domain.
Search herbal viagra j) They can go much of the way to freeing the teacher from the role of ‘information transmitter’ and allow space for the more important functions of motivating students and designing more interesting and interactive tasks, search herbal viagra to encourage them to look more deeply into the underlying issues in a topic or subject.
Search herbal viagra k) Group work and discussions can be easily facilitated within a VLE. Search herbal viagra Students who may be too intimidated to contribute in face-to-face contact may be happy to add something electronically.
Search herbal viagra l) New forms of assessment become possible, search herbal viagra for example though the use of discussion fora or the evaluation by students of the resources assembled in the VLE.
Search herbal viagra m) Additional student support is possible through opening up of chat facilities after school hours. Search herbal viagra I.e. Search herbal viagra to discuss a topic or offer assistance on a homework topic.
Search herbal viagra n) Student progress can be more easily checked through a ‘tracking’ function found in many VLEs.
Search herbal viagra o) With appropriate support mechanisms, search herbal viagra distance learning is very much easier to manage through a VLE. Search herbal viagra (Consider if a student is ill or who has missed a series of lessons.)
Search herbal viagra 2. Search herbal viagra Which aspects of teaching and learning should stay the same?
Search herbal viagra Day to day classroom teaching will not necessarily change. Search herbal viagra The VLE is an enhancement to good classroom experiences, search herbal viagra not a replacement.
Search herbal viagra Reasons:
- The VLE is not as immediate at providing feedback to students in a workshop, search herbal viagra seminar or lesson, search herbal viagra and it can be difficult to manage feedback if a number of students are using an online ‘chat’ facility.
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- It is more difficult for a teacher to convey their enthusiasm for the subject electronically, search herbal viagra but, search herbal viagra with the use of appropriate language, search herbal viagra it can be done.
- In many face-to-face learning situations there are moments when opportunities arise for providing questions or stories that aim to push forward the learning – these tend to arise less frequently online.
- Students who need to be carefully encouraged into participation in the learning are easier to help along in face-to-face contexts than online.
- There is risk attached to changing ‘what we do well’ and disrupting the model of exam success.
Search herbal viagra However, search herbal viagra there is a case for ‘blended learning’ to enable learning success. Search herbal viagra E.g. Search herbal viagra Face-to-face interactions (in classrooms) that enable students to discuss ideas with teacher and peers, search herbal viagra together with online interaction through the VLE. Search herbal viagra (FAQ’s on VLEs.)
Search herbal viagra 3. Search herbal viagra How did we decide who would need to be brought into the ‘change’ conversation to ensure we had buy-in from all parties?
Search herbal viagra Nominations and suggestions for VLE ‘Champions’ were invited from heads of department, search herbal viagra senior management and from people who had a genuine interest in the project.
Search herbal viagra 4. Search herbal viagra How do we plan on bringing VLE Champions into the decisions we need to make? How will VLE Champions disseminate these?
Search herbal viagra a) Hold monthly meetings in order to share progress, search herbal viagra skills and ideas.
Search herbal viagra b) Champions will do similar with departments they work with.
Search herbal viagra 5. Search herbal viagra How will we know that teachers are supportive of our changes?
Search herbal viagra By monitoring progress of agreed aims and expectations and the successes thereof.
Search herbal viagra I.e. Search herbal viagra Stage 1 progress:
- Are individual teachers accessing their network documents from home via the VLE?
- Have academic departments discussed possible structure of online materials?
- Have academic departments uploaded files and constructed any unit/course folders?
Search herbal viagra 6. Search herbal viagra How will we know if they are not supportive?
Search herbal viagra By the means outlined above and by discussion at monthly or other informal meeting opportunities.
Search herbal viagra 7. Search herbal viagra How will we manage the situation if the staff show reluctance in the use of the VLE?
Search herbal viagra In the JISC post, search herbal viagra ‘Effective use of VLE’s’ the authors include a quote from Robin Mason: “In my view, search herbal viagra too much is made of training tutors and this makes online tutoring seem more difficult and more unknown than it really is. Search herbal viagra The components of learning to tutor online are:
- familiarity with the … software and how to get online.
- comfortableness with the process of interacting online.
- knowledge of what the particular online course requires of the student.
Search herbal viagra The rest is common sense and intelligent transferring of the art and skill of teaching to the online environment.”
Search herbal viagra Good points. Search herbal viagra However, search herbal viagra there are other strategies. Search herbal viagra A general, search herbal viagra but useful range of ideas for assisting reluctant staff is found in Strategies for dealing with reluctant staff from the Kentucky department of education.
Search herbal viagra 8. Search herbal viagra What Teaching and Learning elements of the VLE should be worked on first?
- The reasons for the use of the VLE and the benefits for the teacher and students.
- The different ways in which the VLE can assist students in achieving learning outcomes.
- The student activities which are going to be used in the VLE.
- Uploading notes into the VLE only partly deals with success in learning outcomes. Search herbal viagra Just reading the notes can be a very passive process. Search herbal viagra Encouraging students to work with the notes is far better practice and, search herbal viagra with judicious selection of activities and questions, search herbal viagra will motivate students into deeper study.
- However, search herbal viagra it’s not necessary to spend time designing and producing new learning materials to upload to the VLE.
- Reuse any digital learning resources that already exist.
- Shared resources are a good place to start.
- Use formal resource collections (e.g. Search herbal viagra digital libraries, search herbal viagra national repositories of resources.)
- The type of content needed to support learning activities.
Search herbal viagra 9. Search herbal viagra What will success look like?
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Search herbal viagra System-Related Factors
- Standard Supportive
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Search herbal viagra (Read more at Design Characteristics of Virtual Learning Environments: An Expert Study.)
Search herbal viagra 10. Search herbal viagra How will we monitor take up and ensure the VLE is embedded in learning?
- Students need constant reminders to use the VLE and will need a specific reason to visit.
- Keep reminding students about the VLE and its uses and role in classroom sessions.
- Release materials from time to time to ensure that there are reasons for the students to return.
- By releasing carefully planned modules, search herbal viagra with activities linked to content and face-to-face sessions, search herbal viagra students will return.
- If the VLE is simply an information repository students will not engage. Search herbal viagra They will visit the VLE once or twice and print out all the materials and then not return again; it is better to focus on small sections which comprise a task and associated content.
- Encourage feedback on the design and content of the VLE from students, search herbal viagra staff and parents. Search herbal viagra Use surveys, search herbal viagra focus groups and questionnaires to gain opinions and reflect on processes.
- Seek the opinions of experienced colleagues and look constantly for examples of best practice.
Search herbal viagra If we succeed in monitoring and regulating these change factors, search herbal viagra the take up amongst students and staff for our VLE could be the teaching and learning success which we envisage.