Joomla Day Guatemala: Joomla and E-Learning

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What is e-learning? How has e-learning changed teaching and learning? What kinds of e-learning are in use? What e-learning works best for Joomla? Tips for training Joomla clients


1. E-learning and Joomla Jen Kramer 4Web, Inc. Joomla!Day Guatemala March 2012 2. Agenda What is e-learning? How has e-learning changed teaching and learning? What kinds of e-learning are in use? What e-learning works best for Joomla? Tips for training Joomla clients 3. What is e-learning? Learning with a technology enhancement. Could be 100% online with no in-person contact. Could be 100% in-person with computer enhancement between classes. 4. Why e-learning? Time Course location Instructor resources Cost savings 5. But there are many disadvantages to e-learning as well. Particularly if this is e-learning done poorly. 6. Four class formats integrating e-learning 7. 1. Traditional with some E Class meets regularly, in person Most instructor interaction happens here Students have small electronic interaction 8. Traditional advantages Real-time interaction with instructor Students get to know each other Easy to organize group activities 9. Traditional disadvantages Specific meeting timesLittle interaction outside of class Does learning stop when students leave the classroom? Homework assignments only go so far 10. 2. Hybrid Classroom meetings periodically Traditional: 15 meetings Hybrid: 7 meetings Large online component between classes 11. Hybrid advantages Face to face time helps resolve any issues Online time is scheduled by the student Minimal number of meeting times encourages participation of students from farther away 12. Hybrid disadvantages Some students still see face to face time as a problem Instructor must be skilled in online and in-person instruction 13. 3. Wholly online, with instructor Students participate in an online learning environment May be some kind of time requirement Instructor is available to answer questions, post new material, provide feedback Requires rethinking presentation of course material for the environment 14. Wholly online advantages Students can fit learning into their lives when they wish Instructors are available as needed for help Students can participate from anywhere 15. Wholly online disadvantages Students may not get to know each other or the instructor Student experience can be poor without seasoned online instructor Group activities can be challenging 16. 4. Online and self-paced Students may join the class at any time Students may finish the class at any time Evaluation of learning is generally automated (true/false, multiple choice, etc) example of this 17. Online/self-paced advantages Students join and learn at any time.New students can join anytime no requirement by term Students finish anytime, moving on to other areas Evaluation is immediate, no waiting for feedback 18. Online/self-paced disadvantages Little to no student-student interaction No instructor to answer questions Evaluation is limited, no simple way to gather substantial feedback without instructor help 19. What is the best teaching approach for me? Of course, It Depends. 20. Best practices Corporate training: online/self-paced (no instructor)Certainly can have an instructor typically a more traditional environment Academic: need instructor present 21. Which method is best for learning software? I like hybrid best Online with instructor is a close second Traditional does not work well 22. Which learning styles does Joomla support? Online, self-paced JoomLearn LMS, Others listed on the JED Traditional Joomla can make a great resource area with login for teachers and students 23. What are Joomlas weaknesses in e-learning? Extensions like surveys, wiki, discussion forum, etcare available but nothing unified ACL can be an issue (teachers should see student work, but students should see their own only) 24. Joomla is not structured for student-teacher interaction. 25. Moodle is a better CMS (LMS) for e-learning User groups include student, teacher, administrator Native support for discussions, wiki, quizzes, etc. Can be configured for group work Open source! PHP/MySQL Can be integrated with Joomla Used by hundreds of colleges in US 26. I thought Joomla could do anything! It takes a lot of work to make Joomla compatible with e-learning. There are better tools out there. 27. One possibility Use Joomla for the website advertising the courses Let Moodle run the courses. Can integrate users between Joomla and Moodle if required.Joomdle 28. Training clients to use Joomla 29. 1. Repeat, repeat, repeat Show how to complete a task at least once Watch the client perform the task while you sit there, at least twice If the client has lots to learn, then break training into several sessions, starting with basics 30. 2. Reinforce Provide written instructions for tasks as well as in-person instruction Alternate: go slowly so client can take lots of notes Break training into shorter pieces and build on earlier steps 31. 3. Provide alternatives Show how to get help on forums Provide your phone number and email so they can ask questions 32. 4. Simplify! Use ACL to reduce unneeded back-end options Use JCE profiles to reduce unneeded editor buttons Keep choices for client to a minimum, which will make Joomla easier for them to use Where possible, have client edit from the front end 33. Questions? Jen Kramer 4Web, Inc. [email_address] Twitter:jen4web