Online Learning Technologies

We work with VCC faculty and staff to integrate educational technologies into online and blended learning environments.

Following VCC's Online Learning Strategy, CTLR supports the Moodle LMS and other educational technologies used inside or outside the classroom.

VCC CTLR Learning Technology Map


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VCC's online learners use the Moodle eLearning platform.

What is Moodle?

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Moodle is a free, open-source, Learning Managemnent System (LMS) used by over 90 million people in 234 countries.
Any individual or organization can download, install and use Moodle for free.

Moodle is designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a robust, secure and integrated system to create their own personalised learning environments.

Moodle is built by Moodle HQ, an Australian company of 30 developers which is financially supported by a network of over 60 Moodle Partner service companies worldwide. Software developers from all over the world contribute ideas, test, and add code to Moodle. In the version 3.0 release, 179 developers in 26 countries created over 2500 software improvements.

More about Moodle:


VCC's Moodle platform has been integrated with a variety of third-party learning platforms and system extensions.

Available in Moodle today:

Blackboard Ally

 is [TBD – This will be a major system enhancement for us. I may leave this one out until roll-out.]
Read more: 

H5P interactive activities

Usibng H5P Interactive Content in your VCC Moodle course makes it easy to create rich interactive content, such as video-based quizzes, graphical presentations, drag and drop activities, flashcards, and more.
Read more: KB1191 - What is H5P?

Kaltura media platform

VCC is [TBD – This will be a major system enhancement for us. I may leave this one out until roll-out.]
Read more: KB1197 - About Kaltura video hosting at VCC

Pearson MyLab / Mastering

Integrating Peatson's MyLab & Mastering course content into Moodle gives you and your students single-sign-on access to your Pearson courses, and automatic syncing or importing grades from the Pearson gradebook into Moodle.
Read more: KB1188 - Adding the Pearson MyLab & Mastering block to your course

 


About Screencasting

Screencasting refers to capturing the activity happening on your computer screen in real-time in order to demonstrate software or some online activity to someone else. Often, screencasts may include circles, arrows, or other annotations, audio narration, or a small "headshot" image of the presenter.

Screencasts are a kind of digital video, but because they don't require a camera or lighting, they can be an extremely practical and efficient way to share information.

Tools to create screencasts range from free online services to full-featured dedicated editing packages.

The rise of Video

For consumers, streaming video services like NetFlix and YouTube have set the expectation that online video should be always available and easy to access. In online and blended learning, video has played an increasingly important role.

The ubiquity of video-capable mobile devices and free hosting services (like YouTube or Vimeo) has also spurred just-in-time video capture, hosting, and editing, allowing anyone to become a creator and distributor of video content.

Tools Commonly used at VCC

Kaltura

Kaltura is the platform that VCC uses to manage audio and video media. Kaltura allows VCC instructors and students to easily share and manage video content. Users can upload, publish, and search videos, easily embed videos into online courses, and create video-based assignments and quizzes.

Camtasia Studio

Camtasia Studio is a great all-around tool for editing videos or recording screencasts. It's also one of the more cost-effective screen-capture/editor suites on the market (comparable in features to more expensive solutions like Adobe Captivate).

Screencast-o-matic

This is a free web-based screencasting tool that's realtively easy to use. If budget or speed is an issue, and you won't need to do much video editing, this may be a good solution (as well as a good place to begin exploring how to screencast).

Other Resources

We can help you plan and execute your screencasts and educational videos, and integrate them into your VCC online courses.
Contact eLearning Support to ask for design or production help.

Here are some links to useful tools and resources:


We provide strategic support for mobile technology.

VCC has embraced "BYOD" (Bring Your Own Device) as its strategy for mobile technology adoption.

We support mobile technology in a variety of contexts:

Access for Online Learning

  • Moodle access for web-enabled devices
  • Moodle access via the Moodle Mobile app

Course Content Development

  • Using mobile devices to capture audio and video
  • Using mobile apps to create animations and screencasts

Teaching and Learning Strategies

  • Developing and supporting mobile teaching and learning scenarios
  • Supporting student polling using smartphones and tablets

Web conferencing is real-time online communication between individuals or groups, using an Internet-based video connection. Usually, this takes the form of an online "meeting room" that participants join in order to collaborate.

Web conferencing can be used to help a Teacher communicate or present material to remote students who cannot attend in-person, or to allow demonstration or collaboration between individuals.

To hear and be heard, it's best to have a headphone and microphone connected to your computer. It's also common to use a webcam so others can see your face to help personalize the experience.

Web Conferencing at VCC

At VCC, web conferencing is enabled using Skype for Business - part of VCC's Office365 suite of online applications for employees.

If you need help setting up Skype for Business on your VCC workstation, please contact the VCC IT Helpdesk.