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Elearning is firstly about communication.
You can communicate with your students in a variety of ways.
The list below lists methods and suggestions for how they might be used.




You can click on each way listed to get more information, note that the information link may take you to other internet locations.


Communicate using:
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Suggestions:
email
Any form of email
Messages, text and image attachments.
Basic communication for information, questions and answers
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wiki
A wiki is an easy to use, flexible website
Information, internet links, images, audio, video, documents.
All can be added to a wiki and viewed or saved to a computer or other device for later reference. A wiki can be structured in various ways to achieve learning outcomes. A wiki is one way of achieving collaborative working.
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blog
A Weblog - essentially an online journal but
one that can be edited by others if required
Online journalling is often used for discussion, promoting an opinion about a topic or presenting information in a regular forum.
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Online conferencing/chat
Use your computer to talk to learners
anywhere in the world
Online discussion group, question and answer session, review of work done, demonstration of material, presentation to a group. A computer and a headset with microphone is all that is needed as software works through the internet.
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Phone & VOIP
Desk phone to connect / discuss with learners
VOIP is an internet based phone
Basic one to one telephone communication or teleconferencing with a group
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Mobile Devices
Smart phone, mobile phone or computer software for SMS (texting) and image sharing
A mobile phone could be used for similar tasks as a deskphone but can also provide send text, images and video. Could be used for class times, room changes, assessment reminders, recording tasks.
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Podcast
Recorded audio that can be played back on
an MP3 music player (eg iPod)
An MP3 player with a voice recording function can record any audio you desire. Class instruction, lecture, music, sounds. The saved file is then able to be shared among learners and listened
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Vodcast
Like a Podcast only this uses video
More sophisticated MP3 players and PDAs (personal digital assistants) can also show video. Video could be a lecture, process instruction, direction for a task.
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Website
A conventional website on the internet
Generally the website is useful for attracting students and providing promotion, information and news. Not so often used for learning purposes unless for reference material from another source.
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LMS (Learning Management System)
Moodle is an example; internet based
content management, attendance ,
assessment management, forums.
The 'big gun' in elearning.
A Learning Management System is specifically designed to provide a specialised service - an 'electronic classroom'. Much of what could be done in a physical classroom can be achieved with LMS provided the content, activities and assessment is amenable to electronic delivery. (ie not suitable for a manual task like sawing wood)
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Virtual Reality
A simulation of reality using computers. This may be simple mathematical simulation or more frequently using animation to provide a simulated 'world'
Create and investigate situations which are risky, complex, dangerous or otherwise impractical to achieve in another way. Could be a role play or interaction with many people and situations. The artificial world allows learners to gain experience before tackling the real world. Also used for virtual conferencing, virtual selling and other activities.
Training Software
There is a wide variety of software aavailable for authoring training material.
Create on screen simulations, videos of steps in using software, surveys, quizzes to support elearning
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