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Don

Resources for eLearning at University of Waterloo

September 22, 2005

Prepared for discussion with Dr. Sheira

Ministry of Higher Education, Government of Egypt


Don

Overview

  • Introductions

  • History of Distance Learning

  • Organizational Overview

  • UW Approaches to eLearning

  • Desire 2 Learn systems for eLearning


Liwana

Organizational Overview

  • Centralized support for computing environment – Information Systems and Technology [IST]

  • 2002 – Office of Associate Vice President for Learning Resources and Innovation

    • Audio Visual and Classroom Services

    • Centre for Learning and Teaching Through Technology [LT3]

    • Distance and Continuing Education [DCE]

    • Teaching Resources Office [TRACE]


Don or Liwana

UW Approaches to eLearning

  • T5: UW’s model for developing online content (Liwana – LT3)

  • The New Classroom Series: Faculty development for eLearning (Mark – LT3)

  • UW-ANGEL Course Environment [UW-ACE] (Andrea - IST)

  • Distance Education and Convergence in the Online Environment (Cathy - DCE)

  • Reusing Online materials (Kevin – LT3)


Andrea

UW-ACE: UW’s ANGEL Course Environment

  • A bit of history …

    • UW known for computer technology in research, but …

    • Software in teaching mostly discipline-specific tools

    • 2001-03 LT3, DCE, and IST built a learning system based on T5

    • Good uptake, did not scale to campus


Andrea

UW-ACE

  • Next steps …

    • Central funding established for CMS

    • Chose software from ANGEL Learning Inc. (ALI)

    • Contracted ALI to build key features missing in ANGEL for T5, DCE:

      • Team Generator

      • Team Activity Generator

      • Export-to-CD


Andrea

UW-ACE

  • Where are we now?

    • UW-ACE running in its 4th term (just over one year)

    • First term: 220 courses and 12,000 students

    • Current term: 500 courses and over 19,000 students

    • Experiencing some growing pains!


Andrea

UW-ACE: Support

  • Who’s involved in central support?

    • LT3, IST, DCE, and Faculty computing staff

  • Who does what

    • Hardware and software systems: IST

    • Training and documentation: IST

    • Campus faculty support: LT3 “Liaisons” and IST

    • DE faculty support: DCE and IST

    • Students: everyone 


Andrea

UW-ACE: Campus Infrastructure

  • IST also runs the Student Admin (SA) systems

  • Integration points:

    • Course registry (indirect, through SA data extract)

    • Student enrollment automation (indirect, through SA data extract)

    • UW-specific final marks export created for upload to SA


Andrea

UW-ACE: Directions

  • UW-ACE Steering Committee guides directions and decisions

  • Some current issues:

    • Using UW-ACE for other than academic courses

    • New features and add-ons?

    • Growing for increasing needs, and system redundancy/availability


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