Here is a neat and useful but often ignored feature on Moodle, Auto Linking. A feature that has been around on Moodle for a while now but may not be visible or enabled on your server. So What does it do? How do I get it? What can I use it for? How do I […]
VLEs and Designs
As part of our work with Xelium and the Moodle VLE, we have had the opportunity to work with a number of clients on upgrading their Moodle platform from the old 1.9 to the exciting new 2.4. However, as you may know, going directly from Moodle 1.9 to Moodle 2.4 is not a straight-forward direct […]
So much has been said about embedding technology in to education, about how technology will revolutionise teaching. The truth is technology on its own does little.
A BBC article (Costly hi-tech kit lies unused in schools, says study) recently highlighted the findings of a report Decoding Learning by Nesta (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).
Dyslexia Action is a national charity focusing on improving lives through education and training, addressing the needs of those living and working with Dyslexia and to provide awareness to the general public. We take a look at the creative work by Xelium in sprucing up the VLE with focus on Accessibility and user friendliness.
Redbridge College in Essex, Greater London is a college offering extra courses for students working on their GCSEs, school leavers and full-time or part-time courses for working professionals or young adults. Located between Ilford and Romford, Redbridge claims to be in the top 15% of the colleges in the UK for vocational courses. The college […]
Here at ColourMyLearning, we love good looking, straight talking, easy to use VLEs. While features are a great thing to have, this should never be at the cost of the user experience. It is a fact that there will always be pros and cons to every learning platform, be it commercial or open source, but […]
In our previous article, we learnt about Edmodo as a safe social network for schools. We also listed some of its features and highlighted the ones that support e-learning. In this article, we will take a closer look at the e-learning aspects of Edmodo to further understand how schools can benefit from using Edmodo as […]
Where schools are concerned, social networking sites are synonymous with cyber bullying, social intrusion, staff abuses, sexual predators, child pedophiles, haters, racism, time waster, distraction, every negative thing imaginable, which is why most schools simply block access to these sites from their network. Then enters, Edmodo – a social networking site for teachers and students. […]
We have heard quite a few debates on the use of Social Networks in schools that mostly resulted in bans and blocks put in place to stop students from going to sites like facebook. Then there is Edmodo, a simple, safe and secure social network designed particularly for schools, and it’s free. Want to get to […]
VLE or Virtual Learning Environment (sometimes known as the Learning Platform) offers a simpler and more streamlined mechanism for the creation and publication of learning resources that are just as easy to access as conventional web-based content, with additional assessment, support and tracking functionalities. But what are the real advantages of using VLE for teaching […]
Possibly one of the cleanest and coolest VLE we have ever come across, The Brighton Aldridge Community Academy’s Virtual Learning Environment. It is the VLE that many school would envy and wish they have. Having just moved into a new modern building benefiting from the latest facilities and physical learning spaces a purpose built school […]
Leeds City College decided to go with Moodle as their VLE from September 2010. The decision was made following the merger of Leeds College of Technology, Leeds Thomas Danby and Park Lane College Leeds and Keighley. Pulling together a huge number of courses from different VLEs (2 previous moodle installations and 1 previous blackboard installation) […]
St. Mark’s CoE Secondary School in Bath is a comprehensive co-educational school near the centre of Bath, in the South West of England. The school’s learning platform is based on the popular open source VLE, Moodle. The strength of its VLE lies on its simplicity and ease of access for different groups of users. Users […]
There is certainly great benefits for using VLE in schools and even more so in Sixth Form Colleges. The use of VLE at this stage simple prepares the students for their further education and university students where VLE is a common feature. Rochdale Sixth Form College is one of such institution that uses the VLE […]
While working with the Arts department in one of my schools, we had a look around for ready made resources on the web for the Arts subject. On the top of our Google search result for the keywords “Art” and “VLE” is Leeds College of Art. There is a no-nonsense feel to the site with […]
The tiles make it easy to navigate the different area on the VLE. The Student Area is cleverly laid out, allowing them to access the Student Council, Prefects Area, ICT Student Group and their Houses. There are also options to the other two main areas on the VLE which are Learning and Co-curricular.
Downside School is an independent co-educational boarding school for pupils aged 11 to 18 in the south west of England. With it’s long history and proud heritage, it made sense for the VLE to reflect it’s culture and tradition and at the same time, focus on learning, co-curricular and student support. Don’t forget to Rate the […]