Selección de contornos virtuais de aprendizaxe

Selección de contornos virtuais de aprendizaxe

Aragón: El rectorado de la U. de Zaragoza derrocha miles de euros en una obsoleta plataforma de e-learning habiendo otra mejor

Moodle logoAragón: El rectorado de la Universidad de Zaragoza derrocha miles de euros en una obsoleta plataforma de e-learning habiendo otra mejor

La Universidad de Zaragoza, como la mayoría de las universidades españolas, cuenta con un «campus virtual», en el que se imparten asignaturas (e incluso carreras completas) a distancia, por medio de Internet. Muchos docentes lo utilizan también para publicar material de apoyo para sus alumnos.

Para llevar a cabo esta misión, esta universidad gasta cada año varias decenas de miles de euros en un programa informático llamado WebCT, mientras que otras universidades emplean otra plataforma, Moodle, que además de ser mejor, es lo que se denomina software libre, por lo que es completamente gratuito.

Precisamente la Universidad Estatal de Idaho (Estados Unidos) realizó un estudio comparativo entre estos dos programas, llegando a la conclusión de que el programa gratuito era superior en todos los sentidos: potencia de sus características, facilidad de uso, flexibilidad pedagógica y, por supuesto, en precio.

Extremadura: El campus virtual de la Universidad de Extremadura está presente en la MoodleMoot 2006

Moodle logoExtremadura: El campus virtual de la Universidad de Extremadura está presente en la MoodleMoot 2006
El equipo de desarrolladores del Campus Virtual de la Universidad de Extremadura participa este lunes en la MoodleMoot 2006 que se celebra en la Universidad Rovira i Virgili de Tarragona.

OpenAcademic

Open AcademicOpenAcademic

Those of us distraught by the turn suggested by Blackboard's patent announcement and suit against Desire2Learn can take heart from the following announcement from OpenAcademic:

"We are happy to announce the launch of the OpenAcademic project. This project is dedicated to integrating Elgg, Drupal, Moodle, and Mediawiki. All code developed under this project will be released back to the respective communities under an open source license, and it will be freely available to download and distribute."

The project's home page is at http://www.openacademic.org.

Academic Commons, 02/09/06

Canadá: Moodle à l'UQAM

Moodle logoCanadá: Moodle à l'UQAM

L'UQAM a choisi Moodle comme nouvelle plate-forme institutionnelle pour le support de l'enseignement, de la recherche et de la création, en remplacement de Web-CT. Lorsque tous les tests pertinents auront été réalisés, l'équipe du SITel assurera la migration de tous vos cours WebCT vers Moodle, à partir de septembre 2007.

Manuel Benito y Ramón Ovelar Beltrán: La transformación tecnológica de los entornos de aprendizaje (PDF)

Manuel Benito y Ramón Ovelar Beltrán: La transformación tecnológica de los entornos de aprendizaje (PDF)

Hace aproximadamente una década, el e-learning fue recibido como un modelo de enseñanza alternativo para la educación que amenazaba con desplazar las aulas y los profesores, además de eliminar los gastos en transporte y aportar flexibilidad en los horarios. Esta visión fuertemente mercantilista se ha venido desvaneciendo, dando paso a un nuevo escenario donde la tecnología avanza como herramienta de apoyo al aprendizaje en cualquier ámbito educativo. Por otra parte, la red ha dado fruto a nuevas formas de colaboración que desarrollan el concepto de comunidad y representan nuevas estrategias para hacer frente a la enorme cantidad de información a la que actualmente tenemos acceso.

Bill Fitzgerald: Elgg, Drupal, and Moodle -- the components of an online learning environment

Bill Fitzgerald: Elgg, Drupal, and Moodle -- the components of an online learning environment

Elgg, Drupal, and Moodle all have a role to play in providing tools for learning communities. The example outlined in this post illustrates one way these three applications can work together in an academic setting. At the outset, however, it needs to be stressed that this is one solution chosen from among many. These three applications can be used by different institutions in different ways in response to specific institutional needs.

Elgg

ElggElgg

Elgg is the creation of Ben Werdmuller and David Tosh. The concept behind the system is to develop a fully customizable learning landscape. To achieve this Elgg is a hybrid of weblogging, e-portfolios and social networking. It is hoped this combination of features will provide an engaging environment for learners to create their own learning space and then connect to others, forming online communities of learning.

Learning is not a solitary pursuit and we feel real strength can be achieved from the creation of learning communities. Students interacting with: peers, tutors, lecturers, resources etc. The sharing of knowledge, ideas and problems can help foster a sense of belonging and development.

There are two options to get an Elgg account. You can register for an individual account hosted by Elgg or you can take the system and install it on your own server. Elgg is an open source application.

It is hoped Elgg will be a fun, useful tool which gives learners the opportunity to find resources and people relevant to them, creating powerful communities of learning.

We would really appreciate all feedback and comments so we can continue to develop and improve the system. We would also appreciate details on your usage habits and features you would like to see added.

What is the purpose of Elgg?

Elgg has been developed to serve as a stand alone personal learning landscape or as a complimentary addition to existing learning environments. The emphasis with Elgg is very much on the learner. Elgg looks to give learners the means to control and own their own development and growth through the use of everyday web technologies.

Elgg's initial concept was as a different type of e-portfolio, developed to contrast most current e-portfolio systems which are nothing more than form filling exercises to satisfy institutional requirements.

However, as the system has grown and developed (thanks to huge user input) Elgg has morphed into what we have coined a personal learning landscape. This learning landscape provides learners with the ability to control their own learning through the creation of their own online learning communities (both formal and ad-hoc), connection to other learners and resources, reflective potential, information gathering and sharing.

The Sakai 2.1.1 release is now available

The Sakai 2.1.1 release is now available

The Sakai 2.1.1 release is now available.  The spirit behind the 2.1.1 release is to make fixes to the 2.1.0 code base that has been proven in a production environment available to the community. This release offers a total of 71 bug fixes to the software. Of these fixes, 55 were issues unearthed in 2.1.0 since the release was cut and most notably 45% of all fixes applied to the Tests and Quizzes tool.

Sites moving from the 2.1.0 to 2.1.1 release will need to perform a small database conversion operation.  The details of the steps necessary to upgrade are specified in the release notes.

The release is provided in demo, source, and binary distributions, and can be downloaded from www.sakaiproject.org/release

Sakai Project, 15/02/06

Open Source Portfolio Initiative (OSPI)

The Open Source Portfolio InitiativeOpen Source Portfolio Initiative (OSPI)

The Open Source Portfolio Initiative (OSPI) is a community of individuals and organizations collaborating on the development of the leading non-proprietary, open source electronic portfolio software available.

The advantages of this approach speak for themselves. OSP is one of the best-designed content management system for education that I have seen. Its attention to the user interface means both convenience and high scalability for end users, and the integration with SAKAI connects portfolios to other aspects of online learning. These advantages place OSP far ahead of its competitors, including commercial proprietary software such as WebCT. Although some might disagree, I recommend it strongly to educators, as long as they have some computer competence already and technical help to assist them in setting up the system.

Full story:
http://internet.newsforge.com/internet/06/02/01/1527252.shtml?tid=13

LAMS announces new version, LMS integrations, services and Moodle Partnership

LAMS announces new version, LMS integrations, services and Moodle Partnership

LAMS, the world's leading open source Learning Design system, today announced the release of a new version of the software - V1.0.2. Complementing this release are three LMS integrations, a suite of new services and support contracts from LAMS International, and the announcement that LAMS International has joined the Moodle Partner network to help support combined Moodle/LAMS installations.

Sakai and LAMS integration released

Sakai and LAMS integration released

Sakai, the world's leading open source Collaboration and Learning Environment, and LAMS, the world's leading open source Learning Design system, today announced successful integration between the systems. This integration allows teachers and professors to benefit from Sakai's highly scalable learning platform combined with the unique "digital lesson planning" approach of LAMS.

Michael Feldstein: Introducing the LMOS Open Source Project

Michael Feldstein: Introducing the LMOS Open Source Project

I’m pleased to announce that the LMOS now has a home on Eduforge. This is an idea that really belongs to some of my colleagues at SUNY as much as it does to me, and I’ve been dying to give them the recognition and credit that they deserve. (Some of them are a little shy.) In particular, Patrick Masson and Bernie Durfee have been equal partners in working out the LMOS concept.

You can find the project’s vision and mission statements here [RTF]. We’re eager to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

Expect more announcements on this project in the coming days. We’re working on some partnerships that could be truly exciting.

e-Literate, 17/10/05

Athabasca University to adopt Moodle

Athabasca University to adopt Moodle -

http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=24831

Michael Penney, the Coordinator of the Courseware Development Center at California State University, Humboldt, sent me an email recently in response to my post on Moodle and "Enterprise Readiness." The note pointed me to this post on the Moodle discussion boards (again, just use the 'Guest' login if you don't already have an account.) I wish I had an official announcement from Athabasca to point to, but this seems an authentic enough interaction to constitute more than heresay and rumour, and thus seemed worthy of a post. If this is in fact as stated, then it would certainly be a feather in the cap for Moodle - Athabasca has long been consdered a leader in distance education in Canada, if not worldwide, and one would hope that their adoption of Moodle both sends positive signals about its qualities and that additional innovations will result as well. - SWL

[EdTechPost]

LAMS integrations

LAMS integrations -

While it's already been picked up in various places, it seems useful to note some recent developments with the LAMS system as I am so far not aware of it getting any traction in Canada.

In addition to the recent announcement of some initial integration work between Moodle and LAMS (this walkthrough is a good place to start to understand how the two systems can work together), Oxford University also announced as part of the Tools Integration Project that LAMS had been integrated with the open source Boddington VLE. While Boddington may not have the installed base of Moodle, both of these bode well for the continued uptake of LAMS and for continued practical demonstrations of what using a learning design tool in conjunction with a CMS/VLE as delivery environment might look like.

Anyone know of North American institutions experimenting with LAMS or something like it? Drop me a line, I would love to know (I promise I will sort commenting out on this blog in the not too distant future). - SWL

[EdTechPost]

World's leading open source e-learning systems Moodle and LAMS announce integration

World's leading open source e-learning systems Moodle and LAMS announce integration

Moodle, the world's leading open source Course Management System, and LAMS, the world's leading Learning Design system, today announced plans for integration. This means thousands of existing Moodle sites will be able to easily incorporate the revolutionary "digital lesson planning" approach provided by LAMS. The integration will be freely available by the end of July.

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