Elke's E-Learning Journey

My first blog ever, originally for the LearnScope 2006 project, and which is now the sometime record of my journey into learning about and implementing an elearning strategy for my training organisation

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Know your customers

In cruisng the theory side of things, this came up in searching for change and innovation theory


Have seen this list before but now have a copy (types of people in how they adopt new technology

Adopter categoriesRogers suggests five characteristics of members of the social system using the innovation:
1. innovators (risk takers)2. early adopters (hedgers)3. early majority (waiters)4. late majority (skeptics)5. late adopters (slowpokes)

the question for me to answer is

Questions for the practitioner
What attributes can I build into the innovation or its implementation strategy to facilitate its acceptance by the intended adopter? What type of adopter are my students??

The site has lots more on change theory and links.

constructivist learning theory

The final report is nearly due and here I am still trying to sort things out. This term has come up multiple times but this gives the most succint explanation.

The role of the instructor

[edit] Instructors as facilitators
According to the social constructivist approach, instructors have to adapt to the role of facilitators and not teachers (Steffe and Gale 1995). Where a teacher gives a didactic lecture which covers the subject matter, a facilitator helps the learner to get to his or her own understanding of the content. In the former scenario the learner plays a passive role and in the latter scenario the learner plays an active role in the learning process.
Learning is an active, social process
Social constructivist scholars view learning as an active process where learners should learn to discover principles, concepts and facts for themselves, hence the importance of encouraging guesswork and intuitive thinking in learners

"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; In practice, there is."

And lots more in the article. It all fits into the way I am thinking about what and how I deal with the large part of my student body, with or without electronic tools to achieve the learning goals.

Monday, October 30, 2006

elke's other life

Sorry to destroy any illusions

For those who do not know, I am a farmer's wife and the background of drought and rural economy is with me every day. These little fellows will be christmas dinner unless one is lucky enough to be a girl and replace her mother in the breeding pens.
They weighed in at 680 and 620 gms apiece at 3.5 weeks which is on target for 3kg
by 12 weeks.

open version of elluminate?


A free Breeze/Elluminate etc program on the horizon. Keep an eye on this one.

In a nutshell

Networks -> Forums -> Engaging others in E-learning -> Elluminate Excitement

Re: Elluminate Excitement
by Mike Scott - Sunday, 29 October 2006, 12:35 PM
Thanks for this months topic, particularly this discussion re Eluminate and other e-Learning tools. After much research and particularly partcipation in this Network Community, our current solution is a blend of webcasting (live and recorded sessions) and a Moodle-based Virtual Learning Space.

The big lesson for us ....successful engagement requires personal, face-to-face instruction - best method ... class of up to 10 each with computer and broadband 2 hour duration. After that initial instruction it comes together almost immediately ... forums, chats, surveys, up and downloading - without those first couple of hours of instruction there can be months of nothing! And of course the big challenges - reliable broadband and ill-informed decision-making bureaucrats.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

flowchart creation

Back to basics with software already loaded

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Student feedback on the learning site

The first batch of serious evaluations of the use of the learning site for an eight month period are in. Watch this space.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The RIPPLE model and associated links for reading

the RIPPLE model explained and other links for deeper reading.
The powerpoint is saved to hard drive for reading at home.

Looking at this page occasionally might help as well.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

protopage and gliffy

Thankyou Peter for the reference to gliffy in relation to mindmapping. I did see that in your blog - just did not make the connection - it seems more for creating a flowchart.

My protopage is started, just need time to get more of it set up.

Friday, October 06, 2006

mind mapping

General introduction and links to some programs


cmap software

class or conferencing software

discovere not free but cheap and hirable by the month
a description of how to use it can be found at this conference site, and a playroom, I think

ivisit, free

livve.com, free

Elluminate has a free meeting room accessible via www.learningtimes.net

Gilly Salmon model for online learning

From presentation at learnscope workshop
All Gilly Salmon references found on Google

5 steps of the model to ensure good learning experience displayed in this article
link to an audio presentation to download and listen to on effective online moderation
what makes a successful elearning moderator
climbing the online learning/teaching mountain
another summary of the model

by Michael Coghlan, introduction to e-moderation, covers range of theories and models.

principles for good VTE education

Web 2.0

New link to web 2.0 tools has previews for each tool