Best Practices in e-learning Gregory PropaGate Learning courses

Best Practices in e-learning Gregory PropaGate Learning courses

Best Practices in e-learning Gregory PropaGate Learning courses RHS Level 2 Diploma in Garden History Diploma in Botanical Illustration

RHS Level 3 (New!) Diploma in Herbology (New!) RBGE Cert. in Practical Hort. Diploma in Garden Design RBGE Certificate in Biodiversity and Conservation (Centre for Middle Eastern Plants) (RHS Royal Horticultural Society)

Define the purpose of your Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). . . 1. Simple repository for resources ? Increasing: Time & resource 2. Pre- and post- training activities and support

Complexity Stress? Reward 3. A complete learning environment ? Student engagement

Communication Collaboration Content Community Collaboration Working with other organisations and people:

Hosting (company / institution) Subject experts (in-house and out-of-house) Awarding bodies Funders Community Online learning can be surprisingly social Building the community Easing transition for online students

Welcome and orientation Forums, wikis and other collaborative activities Students arent just learning a new subject theyre learning the technology Growing Skills

IT skills when starting course (retrospective) Very little previous IT knowledge Needed to add a lot to IT skills Needed to add a little to IT skills 4% 28% not ready

7% 17% IT skills were at about right level 72%

% of respondents Community - First Steps Community - Forums Community our welcome Welcome and orientation activities now obligatory: Set up your profile

Introduce yourself on a forum Use example activities in orientation Activity completion helps guide students Content Content is king ? Developing tutors Providing resources How might transition to online be eased?

Content - Training for tutors Starting with the basics on the VLE Navigation Course settings and blocks Adding text to your course page Adding aWebpage, a File and a Forum Reports Activity Completion

Content - Resources for tutors Authoring content Provide templates (Powerpoints / documents) Plain powerpoints are bland (record sound ?) Develop off-screen activities Encourage diverse activities (quizzes, discussions) Minimise tutor workload where possible Interactive lessons Articulate Storyline

Videos (including video-rendered presentations) Communication Essential among all involved, but helped by: Webmaster role Clear responsibilities for: - Course coordinators - Course developers - Tutors / subject experts

Communication student opinion What advice would you give to tutors and developers? More prompt feedback on my work More prompt (and more frequent) responses from tutors Manage students expectations (e.g. weekly checking of forums by tutor? Questions for tutors

forum. How long for feedback?) Clear timescales on what to do and when Learning pathways. Signposting. Indicate how long tasks should take Difficulties using PropaGate Learning

Additional Help & Support Demo Flowers Interactive Lesson (updated for online delivery for the RHS Level 2 course) Soft Landscaping Activity ( a new activity for the new RHS Level 3 Certificate Course) Garden History Presentation with Voiceover (updated for online delivery) New Online Herbology Diploma (Sneak peek at the new course!) Myportfolio.rbge.ac.uk

Badges Badges are a good way of celebrating achievement and showing progress. Badges may be awarded based on a variety of chosen criteria Badges created in Moodle may be displayed on a user's profile. There are two categories of badges: Site badges - available to users site-wide and related to the site wide activities, like finishing a set of courses. Course badges - available to users enrolled in the course and related to the activities that happen inside the course

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