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 times
  • 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
    • 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