I had a very interesting chat with Taralee and Carolyn Campbell regarding the status of e-learning at the college. We discussed several topics including TLM, design access, software, the future of SP and the learning gateway, the process of enlisting help, streaming video, Elluminate and finally, blogging. We also looked at several examples and tricks with different software.
As for TLM, I was struck by the main interface which is generated by the software. It was a flow chart which immediately made me feel hemmed in. There is obviously a need for a map and, or a structure that people can view, however, the first page should be a much more welcoming page with some basic information, and updated announcements. Then, people can go to a map, flowchart, or other such table of contents to get to where they want to go.
The other issue with TLM is that it is old, clunky and seems restricted in terms of access. Nevertheless, as Carolyn pointed out, it is not about the software, it is about the learning. This is fine and dandy, but we also need to consider the time that will be spent to develop materials and so forth, and how well will we be able to transfer these materials to another location. I do think that we could work with TLM and get some practice assessments up there for students to try.
I am very keen to work on my blogs now as well. Carolyn is an avid bloggger and there are a number around NSCC who blog regularly as well. I feel motivated to start again, and as I write this post I find that I am giving some serious thought to the conversation yesterday and am recalling items that I will ponder more closely in the future.