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Values and Affordances of Virtual Learning Environments. Adam Warren firstname.lastname@example.org 023 8059 4486. Education en l’an 2000. Web learning c.1996. course website http://www.soton.ac.uk/~ajdw/webpub/index.htm. course mailing list email@example.com. Web-page authoring c.1996.
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Values and Affordances ofVirtual Learning Environments Adam Warren firstname.lastname@example.org 8059 4486
Web learning c.1996 course website http://www.soton.ac.uk/~ajdw/webpub/index.htm course mailing list email@example.com
The origin of online learning systems • History of Virtual Learning Environments • 1990 FirstClass (used by OU in 1992) • 1995 TopClass and WOLF (now LearnWise) • 1996 COSE and WebCT • 1997 Bodington, Teknical and CourseInfo • 1998 Blackboard (was CourseInfo) • 1999 Desire2Learn • 2002 Moodle • 2004 Sakai and Dokeos • 2005 merger of WebCT and Blackboard
Elements of a VLE learning resources bibliography and links interactive self-study case-studies lecture notespresentations course informationsyllabus and timetable learning objectives student handbook FAQ coursemanagementstudent registrationstudent trackingaccess controlresource control online assessment quizzes and surveys formative evaluation instant feedback automated analysis communications course email discussion forums file exchange online chat
Supporting Learning face-to-face teaching assessed tasks directed learning preparation& reflection mastery independent learning Roger Ottewill (CLT) On the Horizon 10,1 2002
controlled access and user identification protected content tracking of student activity, messages and grades customised student learning experience single access point for all online units Affordances of a VLE
consistent user interface minimal technical barriers for staff and students integrated functions: resources, communication, CAA linkage to other organisational systems Affordances of a VLE
From VLE to MLE Perception CAA system LDAP user authentication Content Management System Banner student records e-assignment submission Turnitin anti-plagiarism Blackboard VLE Building Blocks: wikis, blogs,podcasts etc. Sentient DISCOVER e-reading lists
Questions about VLEs • What is the implicit pedagogy? • technologies are not neutral • are alternative pedagogies constrained? • Where is the locus of control? • institutional or learner-centred? • Is the technology closed or open? • how easy is it to migrate to another system?
A Personal Learning Environment ? • PLEs are a concept, not a product    • PLEs are not just about technology: • places, people, networks, resources, tools • But technologies are a key enabler: • building communities • accessing resources • managing information
CETIS: JISC Centre for Educational Technology and Interoperability Standards
“The thing that most excites me about the PLE at the moment that it isn’t fixed or settled, that it’s fundamentally a conversation across the edtech community about what learners need, what institutions might be providing, which PLE methods might be most useful. I see it as a practical attempt to get beyond the current dichotomy between closed CMS’s vs the small pieces approaches, by pushing innovators and institutions to develop and explore tools and platforms where communities and individuals can themselves determine boundaries, permeability and connections.” Josie Fraser, 2006