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Athabasca Learning Environment Score card.: Revision

Last updated December 11, 2013 - 1:07pm by Terry Anderson

There is no single one, AU learning Envrionemnt as are system has cboth continuous enrollment and cohort models as well as large differences between faculties in terms of direct student support. Nonetheless, as a leader in online learning, we should have an idea of the current state of our Learning Tools.

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Component                      Athabasca                            Best Practice                                          
Hardware Good? Excellent
Helpdesk limited hours 24 Hour, text chat, help bot
Online Help Good Both readily avaiable help and active help community
Student Enrollment Management Good Plan, no resources yet Extensive from first interest (course, transfer, application) to allumni
Learning Analytics primitive extensive knowledge of student behaviours and effective interventions
Faculty/Tutor Development Technical only Integrate learning activity, pedagogy with affordances of technologies
LMS OK, takes VERY long time for upgrades. Slow process for innovation and plugin support Clear way for innovations to integrate into mainline systems
Social Networks Landing, world class, suffers from cold start/ adoption and support issues Easy flow between external networks, semi private and secure contexts
Language/writing support Write Site - good?? ??
Online Library good? ? "library of the Future
Real time conferencing software Adobe Connect - Good? Immersive/text/meeting and class support
Admin Applications

Landing- wikis, files, photos, schedules etc

Grad Studies, still using PDF forms

Cloud based, mobile ready
Student Records ? ?
E-Portfolios Mahara - stable, but "not production" supported Integrated with LMS and externally accessible
Aacdemic Computing No designated respources  
Research Computiung 1/2 day/ a week for whole university