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Using a VLE to manage a large class. Peter Chalk Dept of Comp, Comm Tech & Maths London Met (North Campus) Learning Technologies Workshop 8/11/02 (City Campus). Introduction.

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using a vle to manage a large class

Using a VLE to manage a large class

Peter Chalk

Dept of Comp, Comm Tech & Maths

London Met (North Campus)

Learning Technologies Workshop 8/11/02 (City Campus)

introduction
Introduction
  • “This year a large first year BSc Computing module (over 300 students) has been re-organised for delivery using a VLE. Student record management, course content and all assessment is now on-line. Nearly 30 teaching assistants are involved. Find out how things are progressing!” (my email, Oct 02)
the reality
The reality
  • 443 students ‘doing’ IM110 (Intro to Java)
  • Peak (physical) = 315 (week 3 lecture)
  • Peak (virtual) = 323 (weeks 4-6 quiz)
  • 29 Tutorial Groups (23 tutors, FT, PT & PhD) a week to manage
  • 4 lectures (3 lecturers) a week
  • WebCT used to organise, track, assess etc
last year pass ages
Last Year (Pass %ages)

39% of the intake in 0102a passed

56% of the students who took the exam etc (‘finished’) passed

so far this year 0203a
So far this year (0203a)
  • ‘Finishing’ = 323 out of 443 (ie took assignment 1 quiz)
  • 37 failed quiz (level same as UEL, SBU & Bolton)
  • Pass rate so far
    • (323-37) / 323 finishers = 88.5%
    • (323 - 37) / 443 intake = 64.6%
simt response
SIMT Response
  • One language (Java) over 2 semesters
  • Small tutor groups (15)
  • Constructivism (Piaget)
  • Graphics library (Papert’s Logo)
  • Web-based Multimedia Learning Objects
  • VLE - WebCT (well supported at North Campus)
vle webct
VLE - WebCT
  • Scaffold students (Woods) by:
    • variety of on-line support
    • graphical feedback & visualisation
    • learning aids (learning objects)
    • discussion & email
    • feedback on assignments
    • Weekly assessed exercises in log & VLE
assessment using the vle
Assessment using the VLE
  • Continuous, feedback-driven
  • Apprenticeship-style (Lave, Wenger)
  • On-line quiz question bank (2 MCQs & exam)
  • All marks viewable by ID, profile data
  • Assignment grades/comments on-line
research benefits of vle
Research benefits of VLE
  • Tracking student visits to content pages & content page hits:
    • Insight into use of learning aids & how students learn
  • Qualitative data in discussion and chat logs
  • Also using:
    • Server log stats, evaluation questionnaires & interviews
conclusion the industrialisation of education
Conclusion – the industrialisation of education
  • Economies of scale, team building
  • Reusable resources: learning aids, quiz questions and VLE area (cf Bolton)
  • Requires ultra-reliable, well supported servers & mirrors plus staff training
  • Verifiable resources (eg on-line marks confirmed by students, randomised MCQ)
  • As far as possible, paperless
  • Community of learning in VLE? (Wenger)
thanks to
Thanks to
  • Learning object team: Tom Boyle, Claire Bradley and Richard Haynes
  • Teaching team, too numerous to mention!
  • Module leaders & lecturers: Ray Jones (& for graphics library), Ken Fisher, Nasrin Karim & Shanyu Tang
  • Collaboration & Academic Leadership: Poppy Pickard (Bolton) & Nancy Johnson