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Learning first, technology second

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Let me give you an example: Many schools, colleges and universities have by now implemented a managed learning environment (MLE) sometimes referred to as a virtual learning environment (VLE) or Learning Management System (LMS).

Collaborative & Creative Online Learning

Teacher Reboot Camp

Check out your VLE and see what tools and features already support collaboration and creativity. Does your VLE have forums, offer badges, or allow you to embed? If you are deciding on a VLE, consider the following. It is frustrating to only have a Learning Management System (LMS) or VLE accessible only when you are on campus. You, your students and their parents should be able to access the VLE outside of school.

It's complicated

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e-portfolios FaceBook Games based learning higher education learning LMS Pokemon Go social media Technology Twitter university VLE YikyakDuring my recent tour of Australia, I spent a day working with University of Southern Queensland staff on the Toowoomba campus.

3 things you should know about Edupunk

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EdTech Acronyms Explained

EdTech4Beginners

VLE – Virtual Learning Environment. The amount of new acronyms in the educational technology world is staggering… and often overwhelming for educators. In fact, this list will be up to date for a few hours and then more acronyms and terms will come along!

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Flipping Instruction for Struggling Students

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Embed videos on a virtual learning environment (VLE), a space on the web and also accessible on mobile devices, where students access the lessons or videos. Offer a choice of activities on your VLE! “The “Flipped Classroom” starts with one question: what is the best use of my face-to-face class time?” ” – Jonathan Bergmann. We can flip the traditional model of instruction to help support all our students!

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'Education Technology's Completely Over'

Hack Education

Students often find themselves uploading their content – their creative work – into the learning management system (the VLE). This was the first-half of a joint presentation at Coventry University as part of my visiting fellowship at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab.

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Why 'A Domain of One's Own' Matters (For the Future of Knowledge)

Hack Education

So does learning how to navigate the VLE. Website design, I promise you – skills like HTML and CSS and Markdown – are going to look better on a CV than… well, no one boasts they can use a VLE except instructional technologists, and I don’t think the mission of Coventry is to graduate hundreds of those. These remarks were given at Coventry University as part of my visiting fellowship at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab.

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11 Tips for Engaging Parents

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Have a VLE or LMS where students and parents can check grades, homework, see student work, be notified of important notices, and find important information. Your virtual learning environment (VLE) should be easy to navigate, user-friendly, able to be translated, make good use of visuals and multimedia, mobile-friendly, protect the information and privacy of users, and provide necessary support and materials (possibly tutorials).

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From Tech Newbie to Ninja to Sensei

Teacher Reboot Camp

You will need ninja learning community (a VLE/LMS ). “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” – Bill Gates. Recently, I conducted a webinar for SimpleK12’s technology day, Technophobe to Technoninja. I had a fun time creating the presentation, The Tech Ninja Guide , which is full of tips for integrating technology effectively.

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Punk learning

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For some time, educators have been subverting established methods and turning their backs on institutional tools and technologies such as the managed learning environment (also known as LMS or VLE). By 1977, punk music had emerged as a creative force to be reckoned with.

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We need to rethink university IT Services

Mark Smithers

There is little room for experimenting with tools beyond the VLE. Innovations and going beyond the VLE. As is often the case I’ve been spurred into action by a post from Martin Weller about IT services in universities. Specifically Martin describes these complaints about IT Services: Security is used rather the same way Governments use terrorism – as a means of controlling things and removing freedoms.

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Design for life

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The user interface on most VLE/LMS technologies is often too complex for students, who spend much more time trying to navigate and discover content than they do actually learning that content. This is number 30 in my series on learning theories.

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The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

Hack Education

In education, that’s the learning management system (the VLE) perhaps. This talk was presented at Coventry University as part of my visiting fellowship at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab.

Learning pathways

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The institutional learning platform - the VLE - is a classic case of decisions made about learning without consulting the learner. I recently heard a story about the building of a new university campus. Unusually, the architect hadn't designed any pedestrian paths into his plan.

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Games for girls

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Check out this little gem from Dan Kennedy on the VLE/PLE debate. I''m a big advocate of student publications. Many have some great ideas to share, and we encourage student blogging very strongly in Plymouth.

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False frontiers

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You could see where we might place formal learning using a VLE, or where students might meet to chat using Facebook, for example. Collaboration is where two or more people work together to achieve a common objective.

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7 ways to support learner-teacher interaction

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3) Your Managed Learning Environment (or VLE) - in whatever flavour your organisation has chosen - is a walled garden that allows conversations to be protected from outside eyes.

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Rubicon Atlas, Schoolbox integrate curriculum with learning management

eSchool News

The collaboration will enable a bilateral approach to developing an integration between Atlas and the LMS/virtual learning environment (VLE) provided by Schoolbox. Live integration between Atlas and Schoolbox aims to streamline workflow and simplify data sharing for teachers and K-12 schools. Rubicon International, the creator of the curriculum management software platform Atlas, has announced a partnership with the learning management system (LMS) Schoolbox, created by Alaress.

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Good morning Barcelona!! Jim Groom at #EDEN15

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There was a serious underpinning philosophy, where students gain a personal space on the web which they can control, and which is the antithesis of the institutional VLE/LMS.

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Food for thought

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The second session was an interesting rehash of the infamous VLE is Dead symposium we conducted a couple of years ago at ALT-C 2009 in Manchester. This time, Richard and his colleagues discussed whether the VLE should be rebirthed.

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From EDUPUNK to ds106. 10Q: Jim Groom

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None of this happens in an LMS (or VLE), in fact, that systematic design of that system is anathema to all of these crucial elements of educating in the digital era. Recently on this blog I featured an interview with Martin Weller , one of the keynote speakers for EDEN 2015.

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Technology and Casey Green on campus: Future Trends Forum #3, notes and full recording

Bryan Alexander

We then dove into the learning management system ( LMS in the US; VLE in Europe ). On February 25th Casey Green and I met online for the third Future Trends Forum. We explored campus technology and faculty attitudes towards digital materials. Here is the full recording and my notes.

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Flipping Instruction for Struggling Students

Teacher Reboot Camp

Embed videos on a virtual learning environment (VLE), a space on the web and also accessible on mobile devices, where students access the lessons or videos. Offer a choice of activities on your VLE! “The “Flipped Classroom” starts with one question: what is the best use of my face-to-face class time?” ” – Jonathan Bergmann. We can flip the traditional model of instruction to help support all our students!