Copied from a presentation given at a CINCH workgroup meeting on 25th February 2010 given by Jon Petter Omtvedt
Slide 1: E-learning - what is it?
- Publishing compendia and exercises on web-pages (WEB 1.0) is not e-learning. It’s simply an effective tool to help do things the old way.
- E-learning is using computer tools to encourage the student to actively participate in the learning process, e.g. by discussion forums, blogs, simulations, etc. (WEB 2.0).
- E-learning is also packages which present a certain topic (text, graphs, video, animation), with e.g. self-check questions and exercises to help the student to verify that the subject is understood.
- New ways of distribution information, like podcasts, are sometimes also regarded as e-learning – but is it really?
Slide 2: Wikis
- A database in which all sorts of teaching aids can be included in a systematic way.
- Active student participation can be implemented, e.g. by including reports and results from student projects.
- Two way communication with students (WEB 2.0) can be included – if wanted. I.e. can be used as a tool to create E-learning.
Slide 3: The Ultimate Text Boox?
- For most courses it is difficult to find the “ideal course book”.
- Based on a wiki database, a virtual course book can be created which only contains what is needed/wanted.
- If something is not found in the database the teacher can add it (as traditionally done by writing a compendium to cover what is not in the course book).
- To the student it will look as an integrated part of the (wiki) course book.
- Teachers in other courses, universities or whatever will immediately benefit from the newly added material and can include it in their own courses.
Slide 4: The Ultimate Text Boox? (II)
- Unlike a printed course book,
- the wiki can be updated in “real time”.
- can include discussion forums, blogs, video, laboratory exercises (suited to the available labs at a given institution), simulations and any form of e-learning tool available.
- will serve as a highly integrated and structured learning platform (if set up right!).
- It is free.
- results from student work, previous and current, can be integrated.
Slide 5: Quality Control
The basic wiki principle is that anybody should be allowed to add material to the database.
To ensure that the learning material is correct and of good quality, some sort of quality control might be wanted. This can be implemented by differentiating between validated material and unchecked material.