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What's needed from eLearning support systems?


What do your teachers and students really need from systems supporting blended and e-learning?
On Monday, Im headed to New Orleans for the BBWorld DevCon. This is Blackboards annual conference for partners and developers on their various information systems that proceeds the LMS giants user conference, BBWorld. I was originally scheduled to give the keynote, but then Blackboard went and bought Moodlerooms and Sakai, shocking just about everyone involved in the e-learning space. Not surprisingly, my keynote slot is now going to be a roundtable with executives from all of the companies.
However, this got me thinking. The average school technologist, let alone the average teacher or administrator, has a lot to wade through in terms of selecting systems that support blended learning initiatives. Sure, most principals know that their school needs a platform where students and teachers can share information, assignments are readily accessible, and teachers can curate resources for students. But if the Blackboard-Moodlerooms-Sakai deal was suprising and confusing to those of us who follow this for a living, how can educators be expected to sort out a much larger market?
Full Text: LMS? SIS? SIF? LTI? Alphabet soup and blended learning | ZDNet.

5 Tips For Managing Effective Blended Learning Through An LMS


How often have we heard our clients lament about the main function of the Learning Management Systems (LMSs) – that they are largely concerned with the management of learning rather than the process of learning itself? Very often, if you ask me. However, after having seen a number of LMS implementations across various industries, I am of the opinion that an LMS can be smartly used to deliver effective blended learning that focuses primarily on the process of learning.
In recent years, many organizations have been investing heavily in integrating technology into the learning/teaching process. Nowadays, almost all corporate learners have access to computers and the Internet. The rise in the learning retention rates of the employees by pairing an LMS with classroom training are clearly noticeable. Organizations now expect their trainers to use this new technology with traditional classroom teaching practices to give a blended learning experience to their employees. When used in a structured way, blended learning can allow organizations to mix different teaching materials and tools into an effective, integrated learning experience, giving learners an opportunity to move from passive learning to active learning.
Below mentioned are the 5 tips for managing blended learning effectively through an LMS.
Full Text: 5 Tips For Managing Effective Blended Learning Through An LMS | Upside Learning Blog.

Criteria for choosing an E-Learning LMS solution

The choice of an E-Learning solution is certainly a complex task that involves different levels of the company and it is different from case to case.
The answers given by different companies, which largely are already using E-Learning for staff training, showed a concentration of items related to general aspects of provider’s quality and service.
This items are competence (82%), level and quality of customer care (63%), good reference and testimonal  (58%).
Together with these results  competitive price (66%) is a very important variable. The more decisive criteria seem to be less tied to the type of offer than the perception that the choice to be made is solid, safe and affordable.
The Learning Management System remains the heart of online learning, and although it has been recorded decisive improvements in all systems, yet are emphasized the difficulties in terms of navigation (56%).
There is also a remarkable interest for the presence of a mobile version of the platform (37%), which is obviously collecting more and more interest for the recent spread of smartphones and tablets in the professional field.
Download free white paper: Criteria for choosing an E-Learning LMS solution | Docebo E-Learning Blog.

Blackboard Adds Testing to Mobile Learning App

The Bava meets The Blackboard
Blackboard has updated its mobile app to accommodate test taking and to deliver alerts to students when changes happen to their courses without the learning management system (LMS) app being opened. Version 3.0 of Blackboard Mobile Learn allows students to take tests through their devices. That includes a feature that enables the user to start a mobile-based test by “cutting” a red ribbon on a traditional exam blue book. He or she can flag a question for later review by tapping a corner of the screen to create a “dog ear” and eliminate multiple choice answer options from the list by swiping them.
The new features of the latest release are currently available only for Apple iOS and Google Android devices. The company said the previous version of the app will continue being supported on Blackberry and WebOS and it will “continue to evaluate viable platforms for future development based on usage and popularity.”
On the instructor side, the tests can be set up using a test authoring tool as quizzes to be done in class or as exercises for outside the classroom, during field trips or other activities. For example, a teacher could ask a student to submit a photograph from their device as part of an answer. Grades can be instantly entered into the Blackboard gradebook.
Full Text: Blackboard Adds Testing to Mobile Learning App — Campus Technology.

Blackboard thinks outside the box » Ovum

Last week Blackboard announced that it had acquired open source learning management system (LMS) providers Moodlerooms and NetSpot, and launched the Blackboard Education Open Source Services Group. In addition, Blackboard hired Sakai Foundation board member, Charles Severance, to lead its Sakai initiatives, and extended support for Angel indefinitely. It will support clients using open source technologies in an effort to build on its existing focus of “supporting the entire education experience.” Blackboard’s announcements were unexpected, and with them came some misinformed ranting and raving about how they deliver a blow to the competitive landscape. However, Ovum believes the announcements will enhance the changing higher education market by opening a significant and highly positive chapter in the history of online learning.
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Free Learning Management Systems

It’s been over a year since this post was originally written so we thought it was time to look it out and dust it off.
Here’s an updated look (8 Apr 2012) at free LMSs
Many institutions and small education businesses are turning away from costly proprietary software for their Learning  Course Management System (LCMS). They are turning to free / open source  solutions instead. Here we look at the options available.
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Offshore E-Learning Solutions

Education is the root of growth of any economy; especially in developing countries like India still many people are uneducated and as a result remain unaware of the growth and opportunities around them. We find that education is costly and moving ahead for higher education is even costlier, so major portion of masses remain uneducated and lot many learners have to quit their education half way. With fast growth of Internet, technology and multimedia the world has come closer and provided us with numerous benefits over the older technologies and learning techniques, maintaining learner’s interest and providing extensible, rich learning experiences with integration of physically separated.

Learning has become easier; distance is no longer a barrier. Compared to classroom learning, online learning is cheaper, easily available and accessible with rich resources. Those who desire to learn but don’t have enough to spend, need not worry; many institutions are offering online education. Present survey shows that worldwide industry of e-learning is worth 38 billion euros. E-learning i.e. Electronics Learning is computer enhanced learning that helps you enhance quality of your education by providing more resources online and broadens your knowledge base. E-learning is basically focusing and targeting 5 major sectors – consulting, content, technologies, services and support sectors.

Why e-learning is most preferred choice these days for imparting knowledge, training or teaching in schools, universities, companies, industries, and enterprise or business groups?? E-learning market focuses on e-learning assets, e-learning objects, flexible e-learning content creation and platform integration services. E-learning has defined no technological boundary or platform for learning practices so this ultimately provides best knowledge management solutions for spreading knowledge. With technology arbitrating knowledge and learning, education industry is has seen a steep growth. E-learning solutions are web deployable-effective contents that provide flexibility in delivery, reporting and management. Example, 2006 survey figures that nearly 1000 million videos were downloaded everyday by Youtube visitors. Let us discuss types of e-learning:

Virtual classroom is a kind of distributed learning environment inculcating synchronous contents and experiences. Virtual learning model provides extensibility to structure and services of formal e-learning program to earn online distance education degree. Study material, tutorials are provided online, places for posting reviews, comments, ask questions are provided in this virtual paradigm. Virtual classroom is touching all vertical markets as they are easy to use and web deployable. You can deploy Learning Management System (LMS) easy for managing various contemporary units of this training methodology.

Online Learning is another e-learning paradigm that depends on the course structure and course material delivered on the internet (in pdf formats generally) for its learners via computer network technology through digital interface.

Rapid E-learning is used mainly for training/educating non-technical learners that uses captivating Adobe Learning tools or objects to entice learners by creating rich Flash learning content. This training variety targets subject matter experts (SMEs) and students by sharing e-learning content as a stand-alone multimedia portfolio element in a secure environment.

Mobile Learning is another e-learning paradigm based on the availability of portable digital devices and omnipresent network letting you share information and experiences when you are on move.

With flash and multimedia applications penetrating the websphere, dynamic websites have started replacing older static websites. E-learning has also provided productive insight for online learning by imparting knowledge in more simplified and interactive manner quickly and easily. Quality of education has also improved a lot and economy conditions of developing nations are improving. Percentage of online learners are rising day by day as many institutions are offering online learning courses at cheaper rate. E-learning helps you gain higher education from your desired place.

Distance learning has become more agile as different technologies are used with e-learning. Blended learning is gaining visibility as e-learning program offers distance learning and face-to-face learning. For higher education Virtual and Managed learning Environment are provided to manage all aspects of online course through a consistent user interface throughout the network. Many online institutions have started offering academic degree online, providing online support, and online study materials/tutorials, online text books to purchase, online registration, online examination, online forms, online counseling and also at times face-to-face learning.

E-learning provides the flexibility to learn from any place if you have internet access available, there is no time constraint on e-classes, learner can make asynchronous access and no commutation cost is incurred here. Initial development cost is high but it decrease exponentially with increase in number of learners. Major pitfall is that students do not get chance for face-to-face interaction; result is poor in case of collaborative work.

Many technologies are used in e-learning, these technologies are broadly divided into 2 groups: synchronous (exchange of information at the same point of time with other participants, e.g. online chat) and asynchronous (independent of participants at a particular time, e.g. blogs, forums).

E-learning services include CBL (Computer based Learning for learning using computer), CBT (Computer Based Training for training people to use computer applications), WBL (Web Based Training on internet using interactive methods like bulletin boards, videoconferencing).

In short, I would say that Internet is the best repository of online data, funneling its resources to different channels with e-learning extracting most of it and distributing it in more interactive and usable form promoting strong sense of social presence. Online Education, Online degree, virtual universities, traditional universities, are synonymous with e-learning.

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