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Some of the latest learning systems developments at the OU

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Use of e-assessment nearly doubles at Open University

Year on year use of online assessment is nearly doubling here at the OU. In the last year around half a million quizzes were delivered to students in our virtual learning environment using a combination of the Moodle quiz engine … Continue reading

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OU adopts Google Apps for Education

The Open University has taken the decision to adopt a suite of online tools provided freely for education by Google. In our first foray into cloud computing, Google will be hosting for our students: email (gmail) contacts instant messaging and … Continue reading

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Now learners control their VLE/LMS

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 … Continue reading

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Open University on iTunesU

Apple made available content from a few European universities for the first time on iTunes U this morning – including from the Open University. Our Vice Chancellor, Professor Brenda Gourley, said: The iTunes U project is an exciting new opportunity … Continue reading

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Latest version of VLE released at Open University

Our latest incarnation of Moodle was released this morning. New functionality includes: Audio resources pages – enabling audio files traditionally distributed on CD/DVDs to be made available as mp3 files for download New blog module – we found the existing … Continue reading

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Open University selects Elluminate for desktop conferencing

A press release yesterday announces the selection of Elluminate for our synchronous desktop collaboration and communication requirements. This comes after a lengthy procurement process in which 14 vendors submitted tenders. Elluminate scored the highest on our educational and technical criteria. … Continue reading

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New OU VLE Newsletter out

The second edition of Horizons (PDF – 375k) is now out and about to hit every staff desk in the OU. It includes an interview with OU VLE Programme sponsor, Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof. Denise Kirkpatrick, articles on the eassessment work, … Continue reading

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Latest version of Open University VLE released

This week saw the release of OU VLE v.2.0, the culmination of a lot of work by many people over the past few months. Highlights of this version (most of which will be made available in the main public version … Continue reading

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VLE Newsletter on every OU desk

Horizons, the first OU VLE Newsletter (PDF 2.77MB), will hit every OU member of staff’s desk next week. The articles include an interview with a course manager who likes the extra control she now has in editing her course website, … Continue reading

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