ࡱ> ?A>5@ 0bjbj22 .*XX6666666JR R R R n J n ${R6 66    6 6   * 4Vp@664 R  0 xj4JJ666664X D |  d$  JJ.$ JJ.Future Tools of the Trade: Strategic Briefing from Becta and CETIS, 15th January 2004 at Becta Meeting Report Background Although 60% of FE Colleges have purchased VLEs only around 20% are making any significant use of them. The time pressure on academic staff is a major impediment to the adoption of complex elearning systems. Teachers need to be provided with easy to use tools that can be incrementally applied to traditional teaching and learning methods. Such tools also need, as best they can, to conform to interoperability standards. As a minimum, content needs to be exchanged between platforms and tools need to be designed so that they can be incorporated over time with other elements of an eLearning delivery system. Becta and CETIS are working closely together to ensure that the experience and expertise within those bodies is applied to engaging teachers in the use of ICT and ensuring that the technological developments around this area are suitable for their needs both now and for the future. Aims of the Meeting To review architectural developments within elearning To provide demonstration of individual tools that can both engage teachers and are committed to providing interoperability Presentations Keynote, Steve Jeyes Steve ably provided the context of the event. New architectural frameworks are leading towards a components based structure for eLearning systems. The principal that one size fits all VLEs will be replaced by systems which have been assembled to meet the needs of the customer and where components (such as an assessment engine) can be updated as required was explained. The fact that projects around the world in this area such as SAKAI, OKI and uPortal are being delivered by major academic institutions (including JISC) demonstrates that these principles are not speculative. The space occupied by the tools to be demonstrated at the event within the new architectural frameworks was graphically shown, providing a very appropriate introduction for subsequent speakers. LAMS and Learning Design, James Daziell. James suggested that it was about time that pedagogy drove the technology (rather than the other way around). There currently is too much emphasis on content delivery rather than communication and collaboration within eLearning. The LAMS tool is a user friendly way of providing electronic lesson plans which covered all such areas. Such lesson plans can be played with replaceable content and can easily be updated. Trials had already shown that the act of putting together such electronic learning plans had stimulated teachers to think of new approaches to learning. The tool also demonstrated that instructional design is completely separate from content design: a lesson that many content developers need to learn quickly. Interoperability and RELOAD, Luke Bennett and Mark Power Luke and Mark explained the necessity for interoperability and focussed on the need for standards within content. Some existing NLN resources have been created in a form where they can be easily edited. Newly commissioned material will follow this architectural model. The teacher needs to be able to select key elements (such as an animation) from online content either for stand alone use within a classroom or for re-assembly with the teachers own notes for subsequent delivery in a learning centre. The RELOAD tool is designed to do this with a good user friendly interface. It was capably demonstrated: content was dis-assembled and re-assembled with additional material and played through a proprietary VLE. RELOAD was funded by JISC and will be released to all FE and HE Institutions, free of charge, in ????? TOIA, Graeme Clark Online assessment tools have application for both formative and summative assessment. The vision of both staff and students to be able to select and deliver, electronically, a set of random questions for the right subject and at the right level is becoming achievable. The TOIA tool (again funded by JISC) will be available for free use by F/ HE within the next couple of months. It will provide a high spec comprehensive tool that will enable the creation and delivery of tests and surveys with all necessary reporting functions. The strong adherence to interoperability standard will enable the sharing of questions within and across institutions. Graeme confidently demonstrated the tool and described modifications (mainly within the user interface) that were pending. A further project to investigate the requirements for sharable repositories of questions has already been approved by JISC, Thanks and Acknowledgements As chair of the meeting I was delighted with both the high quality of the presentations and the contributions from the delegates. As ever, thanks must be given to Becta for hosting the meeting. I was also pleased that the hard work that had been performed by the team in Coventry resulted in such a well organised and delivered event. Thanks to all. 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