Online Learning Technologies

We work with VCC faculty and staff to integrate educational technologies into online and blended learning environments.

Moodle is by far the most prevalent digital learning technology in use at VCC, but we also support other technologies used inside or outside the classroom. Check out the tabs below for more details...


For VCC's online learners, CID supports the Moodle eLearning platform.

What is Moodle?

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Moodle is a free, open-source, Learning Managemnent System (LMS) used by over 90 million people in 234 countries.
Any individual or organization can download, install and use Moodle for free.

Moodle is designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a robust, secure and integrated system to create their own personalised learning environments.

Moodle is built by Moodle HQ, an Australian company of 30 developers which is financially supported by a network of over 60 Moodle Partner service companies worldwide. Software developers from all over the world contribute ideas, test, and add code to Moodle. In the version 3.0 release, 179 developers in 26 countries created over 2500 software improvements.

More about Moodle:


We provide strategic support for mobile technology.

VCC has embraced "BYOD" (Bring Your Own Device) as its strategy for mobile technology adoption.

We support mobile technology in a variety of contexts:

Access for Online Learning

  • Moodle access for a wide variety of web-enabled devices
  • Moodle access via the Moodle Mobile app
  • Accessibility for sight-challenged users

Course Content Development

  • Using mobile devices to capture audio and video
  • Using various mobile apps to create animations and screencasts

Teaching and Learning Strategies

  • Developing and supporting mobile teaching and learning scenarios
  • Supporting student polling using smartphones and tablets

About Screencasting

Screencasting refers to capturing the activity happening on your computer screen in real-time in order to demonstrate software or some online activity to someone else. Often, screencasts may include circels, arrows or other annotations, audio narration, or a small "headshot" image of the presenter.

Screencasts are a form of digital video production, but because they don't require a camera or lighting, they can be an extremely practical and efficient way to share information.

Tools to create screencasts range from free online services to full-featured dedicated editing packages.

The rise of Video

In relation to online and blended learning, video has played an increasingly important role as a demonstration tool. Streaming video services like NetFlix and YouTube have set up an expectation that online video is always available and easy to access. Streaming video services compete more and more with older methods of distribution provided by large broadcast networks.

The ubiquity of video-capable mobile devices and free hosting services (like YouTube or Vimeo) has enabled just-in-time video capture and online distribution and editing, allowing anyone to become a creator and distributor of video content, right in the moment.

Tools

Screencast-o-matic

A free web-based screencasting tool that's pretty easy to use. If budget or speed is an issue, and you won't need to do much video editing, this may be a good solution (as well as a good place to begin exploring how to screencast).

Camtasia Studio

Camtasia Studio is a great all-around tool for editing videos or recording screencasts. It's also one of the more cost-effective screen-capture/editor suites on the market (comparable in features to more expensive solutions like Adobe Captivate).

Other Resources

We can help you plan and execute your screencasts and educational videos, and integrate them into your VCC online courses.
Contact eLearning Support to ask for design or production help.

Here are some links to useful tools and resources:


Web conferencing usually means real-time online communication between individuals or groups, using an Internet-based connection. Usually, this takes the form ofg an online "meeting room" that participants join in order to work together.

Web conferencing could be used to enable a Teacher to communicate or present material to students who cannot attend in-person, or to allow demonstration or collaboration between individuals. A teacher could present to their class this way, or someone could receive support from a specialist at a distance.

To hear and be heard, it's best to have a headphone and microphone connected to your computer. It's also common to use a webcam so others can see your face, which can help to personalize the experience.

Web Conferencing at VCC

At VCC, web conferencing is enabled using Skype for Business - part of VCC's Office365 suite of online applications for employees.

If you need help setting up Skype for Business on your VCC workstation, please contact the VCC IT Helpdesk.