The following 6 posts on this blog are slides which accompanied a presentation I gave at Moodle Moot UK 2011 at Senate House. The slides are a little cluttered but this helped condense all into 20 minutes. Please click the slides to see larger versions.
At the end of last year I explored ways Stanmore College might enhance & personalise Moodle for students & staff. I presented some of these at ULCC’s Moodle Wonderland event. What follows is is a much broader analysis of elearning services and how they could improve to serve the wider community:
The following slide indicates where I think some gaps in elearning services exist for both un-enrolled local citizens (lifelong learners) & enrolled students:
As an example of where a gap might exist in learning services, imagine a place in the UK where for many miles there is only one school or college & the local bookshop (etc.) has closed. If you are not enrolled in this school or college & want to learn something, but don’t have the money for internet access – so can’t look something up on the internet or buy a book online – and you can’t find a person to learn from, where do you go? This is an example of a learner gap in the community, that the UK is wealth enough to bridge.
These are examples of technologies (available to most UK schools colleges & universities) which allow the sharing of learning resources and increase ease of access to content (USO)
I doubt we are taking full advantage of these technologies yet, but they are on a path where teachers don’t have to create as many resources/activities from scratch, can quickly add them to local VLE’s, and when content management is integrated (resource QA workflow: versions, commenting, moderation etc. ) can lead to higher quality resources which harness the collective intelligence of the community & scales of economy.
If, in future we (governments) are going to spend less on education & charge higher education students more, this might be a good reason to exploit computing (machine learning), by developing services such as above that give suggestions & more intelligent feedback. If Amazon.com can suggest other books we might like to read, surely we should start developing systems that feedback useful suggestions & hints to students & their teachers. IBM have developed Watson that can win a TV knowlege quiz show, by responding in real time to (natuaral language) spoken questions. IBM & other companies are looking to exploit this avenue of computing, but not it seems to support the learning of young people & our future human resource…