1. Website Applications: wordpress
  2. Virtualo Learning Envirnment (VLE): Moodle
  3. E-Portfolio: Mahara
  4. Online Activities

What is WordPress?

Simply put, WordPress is software you can use to create your own website, blog, or even an application. Since it was first released in 2003, WordPress has matured into a highly flexible “content management system,” or CMS. And today, it powers more than 27% of the entire web—including some of the most popular websites you’ve probably heard of.WordPress enables you to build and manage your own full-featured website using just your web browser—without having to learn how to code. In fact, if you’ve ever used a text editor like Microsoft Word, you’ll be right at home with the WordPress Editor.

We specialize in websites which are content management systems (CMS) which give additional power over ordinary websites. You can run your business from a simple portal to keep your customers, clients or students up to date with latest news and information. You can even provide dedicated access to your site by using a login for your requirements.

Website design and development has progressed in leaps and bounds.

It is very easy for you to develop and maintain your new or upgraded website; or we can provide an initial plan for site development to get your business or school up and running. We also provide administration services at an affordable and yearly website administration plan.

Your new website (CMS) allows you to;

  • provide a website responsive to all mobile devices
  • various plugins to add virtually unlimited features to your site
  • to share and access information in text and media formats
  • provide access using log in
  • add a shopping cart
  • allow blogging
  • guarantee security

Also if you intending to provide educational and training on-line, then you can integrate your website with your e-learning course or modules.

2. What is Moodle?

What is Moodle and why use it? Moodle is a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which makes it easy for you to provide online support for your course. Providing a central space on the web where students and staff can access a set of tools and resources anytime anywhere. Staff and students of the Department have found most valuable aspects are: An easy way to communicate with students and staff where ever they are:The news form automatically emails messages to all students and staff on the course. Forums can also be used to answer commonly asked questions – and prevent repeats, to provide a space for informal peer to peer student discussion or even online tutorials. A quick way to share documents: Moodle provides a place where you can easily create web pages with information about your course and provide links to word documents, slides, and other resources that your students will want to access. Easy access to relevant and useful online resources: The department and the university provide a wealth of materials and resources, but catering for so many different types of students it can be hard for learners to find those that are most relevant to them. You can use your Moodle to provide links directly to the resources that will be most useful for your students whether e-library resources, skills courses, or information about schoolwork. When your students and tutors are not close to Oxford online assignment handling can save time and effort for everyone involved – whether it is just used for student submission with marking done on paper or the whole process is moved online saving time, postage and paper.Other advantages – Save time and money – making resources available online can save time and money in photocopying Control access to different areas – can make a space for dispersed tutors to communicate with each other as well as students.Use less paper – keep a central copy online so everyone can find the latest version of a course handbook etc. provide handouts online and students only print out what they really need. Designed to encourage collaborative learning – Moodle makes it easy to model the oxford tutorial system online if you want to use it with globally distributed students.Easy to experiment with new ideas and tools – a low risk way to incorporate new tools and ideas into your teaching. Manage your materials – if all your course information is on Moodle this is easy access this year after year. Other features and tools:Course calendar – use this to flag important events to everyone on your course. Profiles and contact information – help students and staff get to know each other at the start of the course, also hold information about course team and students in one place. Deliver content – post up slides etc Video and audio – many academics find it easy to record lectures as podcasts or even arrange for videos of lectures or special events– posting these online and making it available to students is straight forward with Moodle Group tools for students – there are many tools that students can use for collaboration with each other e.g. forums, wiki and chat

3. What is Mahara?

Mahara is a flexible online space that enables you to pull together evidence and reflections to support a number of processes and activities. Comprising of three distinct sections (Content to store your data, Portfolio to present and publish your work, and Groups to collaborate with peers), Mahara enables you to build web pages to present your outcomes to a variety of audiences: •The world-wide web (great for CVs and showcase portfolios) •Your lecturers, managers and mentors (great for professional development portfolios) •Your assessors (great for competency-based portfolios) •Just you (great for your own private career plans, projects and personal development).

4. What is online Activities

Looking just to use an online activity and not a full website or course. We can provide you with what you need. School work online can be be utilized in many different ways depending on the objective that you want to achieve. From providing course information, materials and other resources, administering on-line quizzes to record students level of performance, students uploading documents to submit reports, student collaborating on school work through on-line forums, there are only a few examples of the various levels of integration of technology to support the learning and teaching experience.

To enhance and enrich the learning experience, there are various methods to provide your educational material on-line. As part of your course you can select a various number of activities to name a few include;

  • file share and upload
  • assignments
  • on-line quizzes
  • video
  • forums
  • survey and feedback forms

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