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  • New Trends in eLearning

  • On Learning Objects Terminology

  • Quality Organisations / Institutions/ Projects

  • LOs Evaluation

  • Integrating RSS-LOM and weblogs inTimsoft VLE eLearnTS

Carmen Holotescu - Director Timsoft Ltd, Romania

http://www.timsoft.ro


  • What means eLearning

    • eLearning means the use of multimedia technologies and Internet

      quality materials, simulations

       online resources

       collaboration, sharing,

      communities


  • Current situation

  • “eLearning: Designing tomorrow’s education” initiative – CE, 24 May 2000

  • eLearning Europa

    • http://www.elearningeuropa.info

  • Many schools and universities offer online modules for their courses, online courses, or even degrees online; 75% companies use eLearning in their training programs

  • eLearning Romanian Projects – universities, schools, firms

    • http://www.timsoft.ro/resurse.shtml

  • Accreditation: by the Open Distance Learning ( ODL ) Commission of the Ministry of Education, Research and Youth

  • eLearning Programme 2004-2006: “Promotion of digital literacy, creation of European virtual campuses, e-Twinning of schools in Europe and promotion of teacher training and transversal actions for the promotion of e-learning in Europe”


  • New trends in eLearning

  • Learning Objects - LO - a bit of reusable digital content that can support learning

    • RSS-LOM

  • Repositories - LO repository is a system for organizing and managing learning objects ( static )

  • Content Syndication - instead of packaging and distributing content, access to original content is made available to a wider audience on an as-needed basis -> immediacy and flexibility

    • weblogs, RSS - World Live Web

  • Personalisation - content selection, based on individual needs

  • Learning Environments - using simulations to support learning, open for communication, syndication

    Stephen Downes ( http://www.downes.ca ):

    From Classrooms to Learning Environments: A Midrange Projection of E-Leaning Technologies - http://www.collegequarterly.ca/2004-vol07-num03-summer/downes.html



  • 2003 - Stephen Downes RSS-LOM Standard: RSS is a LO implementation - http://www.downes.ca/xml/rss_lom.htm

  • LOs Syndication



  • Quality Organisations / Institutions/ Projects (2)

    Education-Observatories  - http://www.education-observatories.net/eduobs - eLearning related projects carried on by the MENON Network

    • eLearning policies (eWATCH and POLE)

    • eLearning market, practices and research developments (L-Change)

    • eLearning measurement through ad hoc indicators (DELOS)

    • eLearning products and processes quality (SEEQUEL)

    • eLearning projects and practices adopted in EU funded actions(eLearn)

    • students' perspectives and expectations on eLearning (SPOT+)

    • regional dimensions of eLearning (ReLL)

    • future development scenarios (L-Change and LEONIE)


  • Quality Organisations / Institutions/ Projects (3)

  • http://e-quality.uta.fi/en/

    Objectives:To produce a common reference methodological framework for Quality in ODL in Europe, taking into account cultural differences, experiences, needs and best practices, linked to ongoing normalisation work.

  • http://www2.trainingvillage.gr/etv/quality

    Forum: framework where the Commission, Member States and the social partners cooperate to improve the quality of vocational training


  • Quality Organisations / Institutions/ Projects (4)

  • http://www.aln.org/publications/view/v3n11/coverv3n11.htm/ in USA

    Quality Matters - Project implemented bySloan Consortium - to help learning organizations continually improve the quality, scale, and breadth of their online programs


  • Quality Organisations / Institutions/ Projects (5)

  • Lifia - Learning Innovations Forum – Canada - http://www.lifia.ca

  • EIfEL - European Institute for E-Learning - http://www.eife-l.org

    • The Open eQuality Learning Standards - Open eQLs – European Pan-American Agreement

      • http://www.lifia.ca/en/learn_equal_proj_oeqls.htm


  • LOs Evaluation

    Projects which establish LOs Quality criteria. The last 4 projects provided methodologies to assess the quality:

  • Wisc-Online - http://www.wisc-online.com

  • Reusable Learning Objects - Queensland Department of Employment and Training, Australia - http://www.tnqit.tafe.net/RLO

  • Project DESIRE - Development of a European Service for Information on Research and Education - http://www.desire.org

  • MERLOT - Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) http://www.merlot.org

  • LORI – Learning Object Review Instrument - in eLera – E-Learning Research and Assesment network - http://www.elera.net

  • Stephen Downes “Projecting Quality” Proposal presented at MADLaT Conference ( http://www.madlat.ca/quality_learning/ ) -  http://www.downes.ca/files/nutn.ppt

  • Westhern University of Timisoara: A Predictive Model for Learning Objects Quality Evaluation http://thor.info.uaic.ro/~rosycs/presentations/jichici-negru-pop.pdf.


  • Timsoft experience in eLearning

  • Timsoft Ltd – http://www.timsoft.ro - is an active actor in eLearning:

    • Products:

      • eLearnTS - Virtual Learning Environment - with versions in Romanian and English, which is used for online courses, online communities, e-collaboration, online workshops

      • IntraTS– Intranet application for information management, communication and collaboration

      • eTestTS–for online testing – dynamic building of online modules and questionnairs.

    • offers online courses – IT, Management, Councelling, Training the eTrainers

      • for 3 universities, firms, individual learners

    • hosts Romanian eLearning Community

    • eJournal; Weblog; eLearning Resources

    • organizes international online workshops – partner e-Learning Centre UK – http://www.e-learningcentre.co.uk

    • Partner in Educational Projects


  • eLearnTS

  • Authoring system - An authoring component used by the space administrators in creation and edition of the materials.

  • Registration system - The database with the participants specific information.

  • A content delivery function - The content may be in the form of text, images, sounds, animations.

  • A navigation model - Syllabus, members list, links, search. Students Portfolios

  • Synchronous tools - Chat-room allows the members to communicate in real time between them and with the instructors; Live Chat .

  • Asynchronous tools - public,private,gated conferences

  • Security system - A component for controlling the access to the virtual environment.

  • VLE was recently extended with RSS feed, RSS-LOM Editor, authoring tool based on XML for tutorials, evaluation


  • Integrating RSS-LOM in eLearnTS

    • build/import modules as RSS-LOM

    • blogs, links collections described as RSS-LOM

    • LOs as RSS-LOM are freely distributed, can be also imported in LOM compliant LMSs

    • standards aggregators/RSS readers are used: Bloglines, Serence

    • OPML file similar with a repository

    • personalization, evaluation


  • RSS-LOM Editor

    • Used the LOM metadata presented in International LOM Survey: Report - http://phenom.educ.ualberta.ca/n/papers/LOM_Survey_Report.doc

    • RSS-LOM modified for syndication using standard aggregators


Syndication

RSS-LOM LOs are published using

standard aggregators: search, evaluation, personalization


  • RSS-LOM, RSS, weblogs used in Timsoft online courses

    • RSS-LOM – courses modules, resources

    • RSS collections proposed by facilitators, participants

    • Private RSS for each course – announcements, new messages

    • Weblogs – ePortofolio

  • RSS Reader - Serence.com



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