[vet-mm] Online learning solutions

Brabon, Martin M brabon.martin.m at edumail.vic.gov.au
Fri Apr 4 13:38:46 EST 2008

Hello Allan,

You might examine http://www.claroline.net/ - which is open source - allows you to create courses, monitor individual student progression within the course, make announcements, create on-line tests (which are automarked), store curriculum materials -- all on your own server.  Good on-line support notes and vodcasts.  It will be interesting to see how much of this Ultranet will do (I am fairly certain though the current Ultranet tender does not have an inbuilt testing module though).  We have installed onto our server and a number of staff are putting their toes into the water.  Have not had any problems relating to stability of software.  Generally easy to use for people who can do basic computer tasks with confidence.

Less comprehensive, but very powerful as a test generator and on-line testing tool is ExamView.  I use version 4 (have site licence) but it is up to version six. Currently have about 16 students doing an weekly on-line homework module - where the students (with their parents) watch a vodcast, do a worksheet and complete an online test which is automarked.  I am not a Maths teacher but have set it up for our TRAC class.  Tests are set to give students their score immediately (teacher is emailed the test with score for each question, teacher thinks that marked homework is great)and a number of students regularly re-do the test to improve their score.  Teacher spends all or part of one lesson per week re-enforcing work covered on the on-line homework programme.  On-line homework programme is new for this year but we are convinced it is worthwhile and have already have enough anecdotal feedback to say that it will run again next year with some growth and refinements.


Martin Brabon
Sunbury College



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Subject: [vet-mm] Online learning solutions
Hi everyone


I am looking at setting up some courses online and just wondering if anyone
has had any experience with e-learning software, how well they work, rough
costs, pros and cons, etc.





Kind regards


Allan Barnes, CEO

Australian Institute of Education and Training

P.O. Box 171

Brunswick West 3055

Ph: (03) 9387 2051

FAX: (03) 9387 3470

Mobile: 0409 428 221



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