HEFCE’s new strategy for e-learning

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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 […]

Computers now marking free text responses better than humans

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Sally Jordan gave a workshop today on how to use the Intelligent Assessment Technologies system we’ve got plugged into our VLE to develop short text response questions. One example she gave (I’ve reworded it slightly): A raindrop falls vertically with constant speed. What can you tell from this about the forces acting on the raindrop? […]

Assessing user generated content and collaboration

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I’m at an event called Assessment for Open Learning in the Cotswolds for a couple of days. Two particularly interesting presentations this morning showed how online learning technologies are being used to develop collaborative and other skills, and how these are being assessed. Mark Endean discussed a postgraduate course on Team Engineering (T885) where students […]

Tutors give their verdict on new gradebook

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Initial feedback on the new Moodle gradebook is promising. Tutors on the Open University course SDK125 “Introducing health sciences: a case study approach” reported: Gradebook seems very useful, as I now get to view a list of all of my students results, without having to go into each of their StudentHome pages. It was also […]

The e-framework and monolithic VLEs/LMSs

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The prevailing wisdom from techie types you meet at elearning conferences and in the blogosphere seems to be that VLEs as large applications are unsustainable and that the future is a range of components built by different companies or projects which interact with each other over the Internet (or intranet) via web services as a […]

Making content interactive

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I’ve seen elearning projects fail many times over the years because they attempted to take static text designed for print, perhaps with a few graphics, put it on the web and expect students to engage in endless page-turning which they would have been better off doing from a book. It’s boring, the text takes longer […]