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Using VLEs

This page provides links to a number of resources provide you with more information about VLEs: reviews and tutorials and other materials on how to use them.

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Blackboard / Webct

Using WebCT

 

Updated: 4 June 2004
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From Red River College in Winnipeg, Canada

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Quick Tour of Blackboard

"This "Quick Tour" will introduce you to the areas available for use in a Blackboard course site" From The Educational technology Center at Northeastern University

Added: 2 June 2004
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Also some good pages on Planning your course, Building your course and Managing your course

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Penn new tools for teaching: Support site for Blackboard

"We now have two tutorials to orient you to Blackboard. These tutorials are narrated slideshows. You can move at your own speed. You can watch the slideshows that are of interest as often as you wish. One tutorial is for students and guests. It shows you how to login and access the major areas of the site. The second tutorial is for instructors. It provides a basic orientation to using Blackboard's tools for instruction." University of Pennsylvania

Added: 8 February 2002
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Some narrated tutorials requiring Real player

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elearning solution for colleges and universities

"Microsoft is creating new technologies that are helping partners, colleges and universities rapidly develop eLearning environments that support collaboration, online learning and ecommerce. One significant way the company is supporting the growth of eLearning in higher education is through a strategic alliance with Blackboard Inc., the leading Internet infrastructure software company for e-education."

Added: 29 December 2001
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Provides a good overview of Blackboard

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Getting started with WebCT

"The resources below walk you through the basic steps for using WebCT, finding and adopting publisher courses or e-Learning Resource Packs, and using Access Codes. Whether you're an instructor, a student, or an administrator, these resources will help you get off to a good start with WebCT"

Added: 29 December 20001
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For Faculty, Students and System Administrators

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Blackboard

"With the strong set of features it developed in its academic implementations, Blackboard 5, Level One, Release 5.5, is making inroads into the corporate training and education arena. Blackboard is already used at such institutions as Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and its growing list of corporate clients includes Boeing, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Motorola." Richard V Dragan, PC Magazine, 1 July 2001

Added: 31 August 2001
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A review of Blackboard by PC Magazine

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Conferencing and Course Materials

From University of Alberta.

Added: 2000
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Moodle

Moodle Training

Moodle Training at Our Lady's High School Preston - courses in making the most of this VLE at basic and intermediate levels. For teachers by teachers.

Added: 13 November 2007
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Places to go: Moodle

"With the recent merger between Blackboard and WebCT creating a giant in the academic course management system (CMS) market, academic computing staffs have been casting about for alternative products ... Systems such as Sakai, Bodington, and .LRN have emerged as potential alternatives, but Moodle, an open source CMS written in a computer scripting language called PHP, has received especially enthusiastic responses from educational technologists." |Stephen Downes, Innovate, Dec 2005/Jan 2006, Vol 2 Issue 2

Added: 4 December 2005
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Stephen describes Moodle's Web site that is supported by a large international online community.

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Moodle Newsletter

"The first edition of our new Moodle Newsletter is now available."

Added: 8 November 2005
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Download the newsletter as a PDF

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How To: Use the Moodle course management system

"More and more districts, schools, and teachers are interested in conducting online courses or adding online components to existing courses. A course management system allows teachers to manage their classes, courses, assignments, activities, quizzes and tests, resources, and more in an accessible online environment. Students can log on and work anytime, anywhere." Jeffrey Branzburg, techLearning, 15 August 2005

Added: 23 August 2005
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A brief introduction on how to use Moodle

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Moodle Journal

"The Moodle Journal is a blog describing the highs, lows, successes and failures in deploying a VLE as part of our elearning programme at Bromley College."

Added: 17 August 2005
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The Moodle Journal blog is the news and views component of Barry Spencer's MoodleTraining website that can be found at www.moodletraining.org.uk (http://cd.bromley.ac.uk/vlecourses)

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Teacher Manual

"This page is a very quick guide to creating online courses with Moodle. It outlines the main functions that are available, as well as some of the main decisions you'll need to make." From Moodle.org

Added: 4 July 2005
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"This document assumes your site administrator has set up Moodle and given you new, blank course to start with. It also assumes you have logged in to your course using your teacher account."
The Moodle Development blog is another useful source of what's new.

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Moodlebug

Josie Fraser's Moodle blog: "where you'll find primarily news and resource based posts for people interested in or working with Moodle. I am currently managing a project which will see the Moodle platform supporting learning and facilitating communities across five Leicestershire Colleges. So this blog will be of use to our localised community in the first instance, but I hope will be of interest to and make a positive contribution towards the wider Moodle community.

Added: 29 April 2005
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Josie is an educational technologist working in the UK.

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