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
- 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?
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
- Little interaction outside of class
- Does learning stop when students leave the classroom?
- Homework assignments only go so far
10. 2. Hybrid
- Classroom meetings periodically
- 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)
- codeacademy.com 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?
- Online with instructor is a close second
- Traditional does not work well
22. Which learning styles does Joomla support?
- JoomLearn LMS, joomlashowroom.com
- 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
- 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.
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