Thursday, 15 January 2009

no e-learning anyone?

A new Ofstead report tells us what we knew already! i.e. best practice on the deployment and use of College ( and Universities) VLEs is very patchy and contained in pockets nationally. This is often the result of the lone enthusiast (Fred in the shed), attempting to bring others along the e-learning road. Large scale organisational effective use of VLEs is woefully absent from the report. The BBC and Seb Schmoller summarises the report & reccomendations in his blog. This latest report confirms findings from a previous Becta report released in March 2008.

Oh very dear - perhaps the VLE is dead and we should all move to e-portfolios then? Or maybe stictch together a few web 2.0 apps to make a pseudo VLE (like Mike Wesch has done)? Or spend some money on staff development - fora change.

On a more positive note, there is a new initiative to "train the trainers" along the lines of the adult and community learning e-guides. These PDA's are going to help champion e-learning inside organisations.

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Programme launch conference - 5/2/2009

[Deadline 29/1/2009]

National launch conference – Thursday 5 February 2009

Russell Hotel, Russell Square, London WC1N 1DB

With a choice of 20 workshops, and with keynote speeches from Roger McClure, Chief Executive of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), and from Toni Fazaeli, Chief Executive of the Institute for Learning (IfL).

Organised by the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) and BDP Learning, with a consortium of FE partners, and building on QIA and ALT’s outstandingly successful "e-learning practitioner" conferences held in 2005 and 2007.

Book for this free event from by no later than 17.00 on Thursday 29 January 2009.

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