WOU eLearning Initiatives

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22nd September 2010 by Prof. Dato’ Dr. Ho Sinn Chye Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Academic Support) How to bring e-Learning into the mainstream of WOU’s ODL programmes?

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Definition of e-Learning In general, electronic (e)-learning refers to the use of the Internet and computer-based technologies to facilitate teaching and learning. As ICT technology advances, the definition and scope of e-learning evolves accordingly.

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Evolution of Technology-Based Learning Non-Networked Networked Keyword Search Technology Social Constructivism Semantic Search Technology e.g. Google, AltaVista e.g. Wikis, Twitter, Facebook e.g. CDs, DVDs e.g. Hakia, SenseBot

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Source: Johnson, L., Levine, A., Smith, R., & Stone, S. (2010). The 2010 Horizon Report. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium. Technologies to watch … i) On the near-term horizon (in the next 3-4 years) Mobile computing (next 12 months) Open content (next 12 months) Electronic books (2-3 years from now) Simple augmented reality (2-3 years from now) ii) On the far-term horizon (in 4-5 years) Gesture based computing Visual data analysis The likely time frames for their entrance into mainstream use for teaching, learning and creative inquiry.

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Global E-Learning Mainstream WOU’s ODL Programmes 21st Century Education Web 2.0 tools and Education 2.0 Student centered Inquiry based Interactive learning modules, activities Customizable lessons Mind-Mapping Collaboration Communication Social networking and media sharing OER & FOSS** ** OER = Open Educational Resources FOSS = Free and Open Source Software

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How to teach in the 21st century? Engage the learner Don’t just instruct, ask what learner wants to know Let student use technology Enrich learner’s learning experience Give learner an open environment Show learner the outside world

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Web 2.0 tools for active learning Mind-Mapping (FreeMind, MindMeister) Collaboration (Google Docs, Wikis) Communication (WiZiQ, Prezi, Elluminate) Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, etc…)

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Leveraging social networking and media sharing

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E-Learning Development Road Map Phasing out of production of printed course materials Ensuring digital bandwidth availability and stability at WOU Producing digitized course materials on CD-ROMs Providing recommended textbooks in the form of e-Books Enhancing WawasanLearn features and learning resources

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The Enabling Environment An e-learning policy (standards, guidelines; alignment with WOU mission). ICT infrastructure (bandwidth adequacy). Appropriate technological and internet tools (multimedia, learning management system). Know-how (training and research). Right staff/student mindset (perception and attitude). Sustaining financial support.

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On-going e-Learning initiatives at WOU WawasanLearn (LMS of WOU) CDROM-based course materials e-Books and e-library resources Internet Radio (iRadio) Communication with students via Facebook WiZiQ tutorials (pilot testing) OER* materials (new initiative) * OER = Open Educational Resources

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Wawasanlearn is the Learning Management System of WOU.

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Course material delivered in CDs High quality digitized learning contents Support of interactive multimedia e-resources Self-directed learning made easy To date, 18 courses have been converted into CDROM format.

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WOU’s e-Book Initiative To date, 22 e-book titles have been purchased by WOU. with PEARSON Custom Publishing

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WOU Internet Radio Setup Stream Server in US PC/Laptop access to Internet AV capture device and encoder Video camera / microphone Users including WOU-HQ, ROs, students, tutors, & home viewers Send AV signals Encode and transmit Upload Broadcast

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Primary items needed to set up internet Radio A good video camera and microphone Audio-Video capture device & encoder A good PC with at least 500 MB of RAM memory A quality PC sound card A broadband internet connection Professional streaming service (optional)

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What we must also know … Special rules for broadcasting (licensing) Music content (copyright law and royalties payment) Video snippets from live webcast of WOU iRadio on 15 Sept 2010 Planning and rehearsing for the CEMBA Convocation

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Enriching student learning experience through Facebook

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Accessing WawasanLearn through Facebook

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Virtual Classroom Use of the virtual classroom approach to conduct tutorials - A pilot study -

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Open Educational Resources (OER) Project: A study of the current state of play in the use of OER in the Asian Region. Objective: To establish the extent of and practice in using OER by institutions and/or individuals in the developing parts of Asia with a view of enhancing and promoting collaboration in the region for purposes of sharing of curriculum, learning materials, learning tools and delivery strategies. An IDRC funded initiative anchored by the Institute of Research and Innovation (IRI) in WOU.

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