The variety of ways online tutorials can be run:
- Run from a CD or DVD
- Installed and run from a network, or a VLE.
- Run over the Internet
Features of online tutorials:
- Using ICT to teach a topic/subject
- Centent- to instruct students in the subject
- Simulations- help students understand complex situations
- Animations- helps students understand how things work
- Drill and practice- helps consolidate learning
- Tests- allows the students to see how well they learnt the topic
- Games- Introduce fun in to the learning process
- Learning from a distance (away from school)
Advantages of online tutorials:
- Flexibility to learn where and whenever they want
- You can access the online tutorial from many different types of hardware e.g laptop, mobile..
- The material comes in lots of different ways e.g voice, video..
- Students can work at their own pace
- No need to worry about getting things wrong, the computer cannot get angry like a teacher might.
- The variety of activities keep students motivated.
Disadvantages of online tutorials:
- The software is complex, and therefor the initial cost is very expensive
- No interaction with other class mates
- No teachers to explain further if you don't understand
- Hard for teachers to track progress
- Students can take lots of breaks instead of doing the work.
Definition of online tutorials:
An interactive method of learning which is computer-based.
Definition of online assessment:
Online assessments is when you take tests or examinations online, they are usually a part of online tutorials.
Advantages of online assessments:
- Results are known immediately.
- You can see what you did well and not so well, so you will know what you need to target revision on.
- Teachers have more free time, no marking tests manually.
Disadvantages of online assessments:
- Hackers could access the system and change marks
- Total reliance on equipment that could go wrong
- Only suitable for certain kind of questions, a computer wouldn'e be able to mark an essay.
Definition of Virtual Learning Environment (VLEs)
Virtual Learning Environments are software systems that support teaching in any educational institution.
Features of VLEs
- Students can be assessed and marked by the computer
- Teachers can upload content e.g notes, videos
- It allows students to communicate with their fellow-students and teachers
- Work can be submitted electronically
- Teachers can return marked work
- Blogs can be set up, where students can talk about the work
- Homework can be tailored to individuals
Advantages of VLEs:
- Students can access VLEs using any portable device
- Learning can take place at any time, this gives the student flexibility
- Students can test themselves whenever they feel like it
- Students can do work that is matched to their ability
Disadvantages of VLEs:
- The VLE software is very expensive
- Staff need a lot of training to use them
- Data entery is time consuming
- Hackers can alter mark, reports etc.