Organizing Your Courses in eFrontPro

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With eFrontPro, the new, revamped, version of our popular eFront LMS platform we made a (sure) bet into the feature of e-learning, incorporating the latest web technologies, adding several long requested features and streamlining our codebase to serve as the foundation of our future work.

While doing that we strived to keep everything that made eFront so popular and intuitive.

In this post we’ll have a look in the features eFrontPro offers for organizing your courses. Some of them will be familiar from eFront, others are new, and some have minor or major changes in their implementation.

But they were all designed to work together to make your life easier, based on our research into how you use our products.

So, let’s have a look.

Users are the foundation of user management in eFrontPro. The platform keeps a single, unified, user database, so you can manage and keep track of all your users, whether they are admins, instructors or learners.

Users can have a type (User Type). This corresponds to their role in your e-learning organization (e.g. student, content editor, etc), and it’s where you manage what they can do on the platform.

Users can also belong to a Branch. A Branch is a division of your e-learning organization, which can have it’s own professors, courses and students.

An organization, for example, that has offices in different cities, could have a London branch and a Manchester branch. Or you could have a branch per department (“Humanities”, “Mathematics”, “Business”).

Or both, actually, as branches can be organized in whatever hierarchy fits your organizational needs.

Users can belong to one or more Groups. This allows you to treat all of the users in a group as a single entity. You can send messages to the users of a group directly, assign them courses, or see aggregate reports about them.

Your students can also be assigned Jobs (e.g. on works in “Marketing”, the other is an “Accountant”).

This might not make sense for a general e-learning offering, but it’s very useful for organizing the learners in an enterprise e-learning deployment, where they are taught different classes depending on their role in the company.

Users can also belong in an Audience. Audiences are logical groupings of users according to a list of criteria you define, like the Branch they belong to, their Job, their User Type, or even custom attributes that you have defined.

The difference between Groups and Audiences is that the latter are dynamic. If you have used iTunes in the past, think of it as something like the “Smart Playlist” feature.

Between User Types, Audiences, Branches, Jobs and the like (not forgetting the custom attributes you can add), you have the flexibility to organize your users in any way you like. Which takes us to our next topic: Courses.

Courses are the main entity into which you organize your content in eFrontPro. Courses in eFrontPro can be remote (e-learning) or class based, allowing for hybrid learning scenarios. This is defined in the course’s type.

You can assign Users, Lessons and Skills to a Course.

A course’s users are, of course, the students that take the course, and *skills* describe some specific knowledge or experience that is either offered by the course (e.g. completing this course will give you that skill), or required by the course (and can be obtained by taking another course).

Skills are an intuitive way of setting up the prerequisites for taking a course.

Courses also belong in Categories, which can be a flat list (“History”, “Math”, etc) or a hierarchy (“Ancient Languages/Latin”, “Ancient Languages/Greek”) with as many levels as you need to map your content.

Finally, courses take place in a Location. Locations describe the venues (real of virtual) that your classes or meetings will take place. They also allow you to organize your class schedule and inform your students of upcoming meetings.

Students can also view metadata about a location (such as street address, telephone, url, timezone, etc), which is especially handy in hybrid learning scenarios.

Below Courses we have Lessons. A lesson organizes a single unit of a courses’ material, and can contain text or multimedia content, files for download, tests and quizzes.

And there you have it. Those are all the main organizational tools that eFrontPro offers.

Between them, you have everything you need to cover any e-learning use case, including the flexibility to set your virtual school up in the way that you want it.

That’s all for now, but stay tuned for more posts on eFrontPro, eFront, e-learning and course creation in general.

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OERs and Open Online Courses. Stephen Downes @downes

Hoy traemos a este espacio la slidshare de Stephen Downes OERs and Open Online Courses ...
Stephen Downes

OERs and Open Online Courses

by Researcher at National Research Council Canada on Oct 31, 2013


Discussion of the role of OERs in MOOCs, with particular attention to the MOOC we are offering with UdeM in French on OERs (RELs in French). Originally planned to be delivered in English, then when the French-language speaker wasn't able to make it I tried to switch to French, but the effort failed miserably. But we proceeded with a live translator, so the audio begins in French, then switches to English with French translation. And I learn I still need to work a lot more on my conversational (technical) French. For audio please see http://www.downes.ca/presentation/330
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Epignosis and OpenSesame Announce Online Content Partnership

OpenSesame-Logo-2010registeredEpignosis Ltd., creator of eFront LMS and TalentLMS, and OpenSesame are proud to announce a new partnership to connect eFront’s LMS customers to more than 22,000 online training courses through the OpenSesame marketplace.

About OpenSesame:

Based in Portland, Oregon, OpenSesame is the world’s largest marketplace for buying and selling online training courses. Buyers browse online training courses in a wide variety of subjects from workplace safety to business skills, to purchase courses that can be used online, by email or in any learning management system.

Benefits:

Epignosis’s partnership with OpenSesame streamlines the talent development process by enabling customers to easily find and deploy online training courses to meet the needs of their workforce. Customers will be able to offer online training courses in a variety of  subjects—business skills, compliance, safety, technology and more—for immediate deployment through the eFront and TalentLMS.

“We are thrilled with the added value this cooperation can bring to our customers. A vast base of courses on almost any subject imaginable and readily available within eFront and TalentLMS is a win-win-win offering for Epignosis, OpenSesame and our clients,” said Founder and CTO of Epignosis, Athanasios Papagelis, about the new partnership.

For more please see the recent Press Release.

FUTURElearn …UK al asalto del #MOOC …#higherED #€$pañaESTRAPERLISTA ni mérito ni capacidad !?!




"... el insaciable caciquismo local haga mangas y capirotes del estatuto universitario, se entregue sin pudor a las andanzas del favoritismo en la designación de catedráticos y auxiliares y derive en beneficio de los amigos incondicionales, y no ciertamente para servir altas idealidades..."

(Santiago Ramón y Cajal, El Siglo Médico, 1919)


Hoy traemos a ete espacio a FutureLearn ... que qué es eso? ... pues al asalto mundial del free, del MOOC ... por las Universidades Inglesas en competición directa con las Americanas coursera y edEX .. y las españolas ...pobres peleándose por ... qué? por subsistir entre las familias de taifas, de carácter partidista y partidario, ...y cortijos nepóticos, que tienen (entre coleguitas) el control de las Universidades y departamentos universitarios,... no por mérito y capacidad !!!  ...que españolito va a querer cursar #higherED teniendo a su disposición las mejores? ... cual es el objetivo? .. quien "dirige" la des-#€ducacion en la #€$pañaESTRAPERLISTA desde siglos ... preocupá única ... y exclusivamente por sus lios mafiosos con bancos y nepotismo de la hidra de la mafia del  #PPCiuSOE ... que podría liderar en castellano .... pero , en fin , ... les dejo algunas de las notas de prensa aparecidas ....

1) FutureLearn is UK's chance to 'fight back', says OU vice-chancellor en The Guardian :
Following the launch of the UK's first Mooc platform, Martin Bean talks to Claire Shaw about 'blended learning' and why UK higher education can't afford to bore international students
Prof Martin Bean, vice chancellor of the Open University, which has led the way in online learning

Professor Martin Bean, vice chancellor of the Open University. Photograph: Kelly Cooper
The UK's reluctance to step on board the Mooc train and incorporate distance learning into the traditional campus-based experience has deemed it a "bit boring" in the eyes of international students, claims Martin Bean, vice-chancellor of the Open University.
Until now, the US has led the way in the creation of massive open online courses (Moocs), run by companies including Coursera, edX, and Udacity and catering to an estimated 3 million learners with hundreds of courses from a range of top institutions.
In a bid to "fight back" – in Bean's words – and compete with the growing demands of students globally, the Open University has joined forces with 11 other UK higher education institutions this month to form FutureLearn, a new company offering a range of free, open and online courses on one learning platform. (...)

2) UK universities to launch free degree-style online courses en The Thelegraph

Twelve top British universities have signed up to Futurelearn, a new programme offering free degree-style online courses to the public in direct competition with US-led rivals Coursera and edX.
Distance learning: the Mooc (massive open online course) model has enjoyed huge popularity over the last year.
Distance learning: the Mooc (massive open online course) model has enjoyed huge popularity over the last year. Photo: Alamy

3) Aquí os dejo también info sobre SIMON NELSON - LAUNCH CEO

Simon Nelson was an early pioneer in taking media brands and content online. Launching one of the world’s first mainstream on-demand services, the BBC Radio Player in 2002, the teams he led in BBC Radio and BBC Television then went on to win every significant digital content award including several Webbys, Emmys, Banff Rockies and Baftas, the Prix Italia, Prix Europa and the Rose D’or.
Joining the BBC in 1997, he became Head of Strategy for BBC Radio in 1998. He went on to set up and manage all digital activities for BBC Radio & Music, where he launched its world-leading podcast service in 2005 as well as the Radio Player. He then moved to head up all digital activities for the BBC’s television divisions where he helped launch the iPlayer and built an award winning portfolio of online and cross platform services.
Since leaving the BBC, he has led a number of projects in TV, radio and publishing sectors for companies including Random House, UKTV, Specific Media and New York Public Radio. He currently oversees digital activities for Phaidon Press and Lime Pictures, roles he will retain whilst joining Futurelearn Ltd as Launch CEO.
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4) Por último, os dejo la nota de prensa de la proia web de FutureLEarn:
: UK universities embrace the free, open, online future of higher education powered by The Open University.

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