Now learners control their VLE/LMS

Posted 6 CommentsPosted in Announcements, Architecture, Collaboration, Moodle, OU VLE, Web 2.0

Much of the criticism levelled at virtual learning environments / learning management systems relates to the control of the environment by the institution rather than the learner. The individual student has minimal ability to upload their own content or to set up collaborative tools unless this has been pre-ordained by the institution. The argument goes […]

The VLE is dead

Reports of the demise of the VLE/LMS are greatly exaggerated

Posted 8 CommentsPosted in Architecture, Web 2.0

The Association for Learning Technology’s annual conference currently underway in Manchester included a well-hyped session called “The VLE is Dead”. The debate included a number of well-rehearsed viewpoints on both sides of the divide between those who would like to do away with institutional learning systems and those who see them as essential (if perhaps […]

Opening up the Open University online

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Architecture, OU VLE

I’ve just been at a workshop with my colleagues Tony Hirst, Ross Mackenzie, Martin Weller and others looking at how the OU’s virtual learning environment could be enhanced by closer integration with other systems elsewhere. This could work both ways so that: Live data from other systems is integrated within OU course content, and OU […]

HEFCE’s new strategy for e-learning

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Adoption, eAssessment, Policies

The Higher Education Funding Council for England has issued a document called Enhancing learning and teaching through the use of technology: A revised approach to HEFCE’s strategy for e-learning. Naturally I was interested to see what they are recommending. Various other studies are quoted which demonstrate the benefits of elearning, and there are references to […]

Jo Caldwell

How your tutor can turn into your boss

Posted Posted in Course design, Podcasts

Jo Coldwell, Associate Head (Teaching and Learning) in the School of Information Technology at Deakin University in Australia talks about an initiative led by her colleague Annegret Goold to develop a parallel virtual organisation called United Enterprises. Students have to apply for jobs at this virtual organisation and then take the role of an employee, […]

Mike Richards

Large Scale Educational Podcasting

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Course design, Podcasts

In the first of a series of podcasts about learning innovations, I interview Mike Richards, course chair of a new OU course planned for Autumn 2010: “My Digital Life”. This innovative course teaches programming principles without students having to type in any code – instead they use a drag and drop environment developed at MIT […]