One day Workshop/Conference - mle.dmu.ac.uk

One day Workshop/Conference - mle.dmu.ac.uk

Managed Learning Environment Project One day Workshop/Conference at De Montfort University Leicester City Campus Kimberlin Library 14 August 2002 03/02/20 1 Managed Learning Environment Project Welcome John Eyre

Project Manager MLE (JCIEL) and ANGEL (DNER) 03/02/20 2 Managed Learning Environment Project People to talk to

03/02/20 John Eyre - Project Manager Roy Adams Director of Information Services and Systems Ian Bloor Dissemination and Promotions Mark Simpson Usability and Evaluation Alan Glover Developer (Back-end connectivity) Steve Beech Developer (ANGEL middleware) Jason Ferguson Developer (MLE core system) Sonya Osborne Administration 3 Managed Learning Environment Project Schedule for the Day 10:00 10:30

10:30 11:30 11:30 11:45 11:45 12:30 12:30 12:45 12:45 13:30 13:30 13:50 13:50 14:10 14:10 14:20 14:20 14:50 14:50 15:20 15:20 15:45 15:45 16:00 16:00 16:30 03/02/20 Registration, Tea/Coffee Welcome, Introduction, MLE Management Issues

Break - Tea/Coffee User Issues, Design and Evaluation Questions Buffet lunch talk to the team MLE Architecture and Back-End Connectivity MLE and ANGEL Middleware Questions Long Break - Tea/Coffee/Chat Development Tools, DIY, uPortal XML/XSLT to support better document delivery Summary, Prize Draw, Feedback forms, thanks, done The MLE team are available to consult 4 Managed Learning Environment Project Introduction

Roy Adams Director of Information Services and Systems 03/02/20 5 Managed Learning Environment Project The MLE Concept DMU, MLE project (virtual desk): Information Services & Systems Learning Technologies Electronic Library about 3 years ago

03/02/20 6 Managed Learning Environment Project The Drivers Learners Widening participation New learning styles Study times Study options Efficiencies Effectiveness Next step 03/02/20

7 Managed Learning Environment Project Virtual Desk Demonstrator A prototype developed using Perl & Apache Web Server Student login and be presented with pages that reflected their course and modules Allowed searching of some resources (e.g. previous exam papers) 03/02/20 8 Managed Learning Environment Project

Related Initiatives Student Records Finance Curriculum Database Timetabling Library resources Smart Cards Human resources Directory Service

03/02/20 9 Managed Learning Environment Project The JCIEL Project Bid Ideas from groups create MLE bid Project start 1st Sept 2002 Senior Management Group Project reporting to University Executive Committee Currently led by PVC for L&T Project sustained at time change 03/02/20 10

Managed Learning Environment Project Student focused Relationship between student and staff needs Expectations staff deliver University IT configuration Track record Extent versus depth Deliverables for JISC 03/02/20 11 Managed Learning Environment Project Project Team

Senior Management Group 4 Senior Staff plus Project Manager Internal Steering Group 12 Senior Staff, 2 Students plus the SMG Project team Project Manager, Promotions Officer, User Issues Researcher, 2 Developers and Administrator 03/02/20 12 Managed Learning Environment Project Aims Demonstrate how MIS and Learning

systems can be brought together Usability, Security, Robustness, Extensibility, Open Develop a generalisable model Produce guidelines and disseminate 03/02/20 13 Managed Learning Environment Project Post Project University MLE Implementation Group early 2002 Replace existing VLE environments The Project Team retained until Jan 2003

internal funding First stage release version October 2002 Define development programme Feb 2003 onwards 03/02/20 14 Managed Learning Environment Project Staff Portal Parallel development Access to business systems

Web applications / Citrix Web Virtual private networking 03/02/20 15 Managed Learning Environment Project Future Integrate service students / staff? MLE Students / Staff JISC projects Virtual learning environment E-Directory IMS 03/02/20

16 Managed Learning Environment Project Aims Demonstrate how MIS and Learning systems can be brought together Usabaility, Security, Robustness, Extensibility, Open Develop a generalisable model Produce guidelines and disseminate 03/02/20 17 Managed Learning Environment Project

MLE Management Issues John Eyre Overview followed by demos and Ian Bloor (costs/benefits) 03/02/20 18 Managed Learning Environment Project Outline for this session

Definitions / Characteristics of V/MLEs MLE Architecture Introduction only What, Who, Why, Where, When and How Demonstration of current prototype Some of the Costs / Benefit Issues Questions and Tea/Coffee Break 03/02/20 19 Managed Learning Environment Project Managed Learning Environment

Other name: Student Portal not equivalent Joined-Up Software Applications You cant buy one Examples include: Commercial Oracle Portal VLE Vendors claim MLE features University developed uPortal (starting to Join-up some things -WebCT) 03/02/20 20

Managed Learning Environment Project Managed Learning Environment Characterised by: On-line: Internet access Single-sign-on (almost) Personalised interface Secure access to all back-end systems and services Supports off-line systems Educational Support Features: 03/02/20 Better access to administrative data Course-level rather than Module-level features

Communications: email, discussions, groups Tracking and Reporting 21 Managed Learning Environment Project Virtual Learning Environment Other name: Learning Management System Single Software Application Examples include: Commercial WebCT, Blackboard, Fretwell Downing Wolf > Granada Learnwise University developed COSE, Colloquia, Bodington 03/02/20

22 Managed Learning Environment Project Virtual Learning Environment Characterised by: On-line: Internet, Intranet (sync, async) Academic management of module materials Electronic delivery of module materials Usually web servers with file upload Educational Features: 03/02/20

Interactive learning? Question and Test, Assessment, Feedback Communications: email, discussions, whiteboard Tracking and Reporting 23 Managed Learning Environment Project MLE Architecture Client Application (Web Browser) MLE (Web) Server User Manager Resource Manager

MLE Usage Database Authentication System Student Record System Secure, Authorised Access e-Learning VLE App Timetabling Course Notes, Study Guides Course Management Past Exam Papers Library Discussion Lists,

Groupware, email Diary Entertainment, Social 03/02/20 Finance System Remote Authorised Resources NESLI INGENTA BIDS EDINA AHDS MIMAS e-Journals etc

24 Managed Learning Environment Project So, What is an MLE? A Complete on-line Support System for the Students Learning Experience, while associated with an Educational Institution Covers Social and Welfare issues as well as Administration, Learning and Teaching Provides Staff interfaces 03/02/20 32

Managed Learning Environment Project Why would you need one? Helps to focus institutional IT developments Takes pressure off Admin Services Delivers a consistent on-line service Growing user expectations Costs and Benefits are difficult to quantify (Ian will discuss further) 03/02/20 33 Managed Learning Environment Project Who needs to be involved? Pretty much everyone

Or at least a rep from each area Information Services, Learning & Teaching, Library, Student Services, Disability Unit, Student Union, Senior Management Group Core team skills needed Project Management and Promotion, User Requirements and Evaluation, Technical Development, Design, Educational 03/02/20 34 Managed Learning Environment Project Where to locate the Core? Needs to report to senior management Should be promoted as Independent

Relates well to IS and L&T functions Give them a big office with an ice-cream machine 03/02/20 35 Managed Learning Environment Project When should you start? Havent you started yet? The tools are available now There is a growing base of expertise

Most institutions are re-assessing their IT infrastructure, support services, L&T strategies and data management 03/02/20 36 Managed Learning Environment Project How? Well be looking at this in more detail Define what you want it to do Design a user interface and navigation Test the interface with potential users Choose development tools Choose hardware platform and staff Create a prototype and test it

Build the production system and test it 03/02/20 37 Managed Learning Environment Project Demonstrations 03/02/20 38 Managed Learning Environment Project MLE Management Issues Ian Bloor Costs / Benefits

03/02/20 39 Managed Learning Environment Project 03/02/20 40

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