The e-learning advantage Planning
Why use e-learning? • In preparing and planning a learning experience it is important to recognise where e-learning can enhance learning. • e-Learning – like all other tools – offers both advantages and disadvantages. • e-Learning is not appropriate for all situations but can offer many flexible and creative advantages for teaching and learning.
What can e-learning offer my learners? e-Learning offers learners 24/7 access to materials and support. e-Learning enables more engaging materials to be created for a range of abilities and preferred learning styles. e-Learning encourages the development of an independent learning culture.
What do we do already? Assessment for learning Negotiate learning goals Visualise and present concepts Explore new concepts Apply concepts and skills Build and test theories Share and discuss Solve problems
Any time, any place learning • The practitioners and learners in the following video clip reveal how e-learning resources can change classroom practice and how an organisation evolved techniques to support learning outside of the classroom. • e-Learning can offer learners access to materials and support any time, any place. • View the video clip of the use of e-learning at Fermanagh College, a college with a rural catchment of widely dispersed populations.
e-Learning at Fermanagh College View transcript Source: The JISC Effective Practice with e-Learning Guide, 2004
Solving problems using e-learning • Let’s start with existing practice • Print-based problem-solving scenarios and experiments are used to support face-to-face group work. Solutions are assessed by a practitioner. • The e-learning option? • Online multimedia scenarios and simulations provide ‘real life’ interactive learning opportunities. Solutions can be discussed through asynchronous communication tools such as video conferencing. • The e-learning advantage? • Learners work collaboratively to identify solutions and test their conceptual understanding through peer-to-peer discussion. • An example – Designing play area
Applying concepts and skills using e-learning • Let’s start with existing practice • Classroom or homework tasks require learners to replicate or apply what they have seen demonstrated. • The e-learning option? • Interactive whiteboards and voting systems enable all learners to participate in self-testing activities. Simple interactive activities acquire an element of fun. • The e-learning advantage? • Effective use of interactive functions in some technologies can engage and motivate learners, reducing disengagement with repetitive tasks. Learners can participate kinaesthetically to reinforce their learning. • Examples – Cashier practice and Life and times of Buddha
Lets now take a closer look at what advantages e-learning offers you in your practice… Lets play the e-learning advantage.
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