The VLE teacher technology tool selected is Elluminate Live. This technology is easy to use, flexible and a very effective tool for online learning. In utilizing synchronous learning, the student will feel less isolated and more motivated to participate. There will be contact with both the facilitator and other students. Elluminate Live is used in real-time and functions within a collaborative environment supported through demonstration. Participants have access to many features for example, audio/video conferencing, file transfer, whiteboard, and shared browsing to name a few. (Chatterton P, 2011)
Students will have access to lesson resources through the file transfer feature. A pre-lesson video recording will outline the details regarding the lesson and the assignment of group work. A facilitator led live video session with the students will address any questions or concerns. The students will have the ability to coordinate group chat sessions for discussion. Sharing and collaborating on content is a significant feature of this technology. Elluminate Live also supports the ability for instant feedback with a visible hand-raising feature. (What are the Benefits of Using Elluminate Live? n.d.)
The benefits derived for each student is the ability to participate from multiple locations, no travel is required, safe secure access from anywhere, online communities, and regardless of their internet speed this does not promote any issues nor does it hinder the experience.
Each student will receive a group mark and in addition, individual effort contributes to his or her overall participation mark for the course.
Advantages for the Student and Facilitator when Using Elluminate Live Disadvantages for the Student and Facilitator when Using Elluminate Live
Provides an environment for collaborative learning An investment of time is necessary to become familiar with the variety of tools within Elluminate Live in order to use them effectively
There are no geographical borders; the student can use Elluminate Live from anywhere. All that is required is a computer and internet access. Technical issues such as audio/video can be problematic and diminish the experience causing frustration for the student
Many functions, can be used for teaching, learning and assessment The facilitator must be prepared, even more so than in a classroom environment. A good infrastructure is required to ensure a successful session, poor preparation will become evident very quickly
Can be used in combination with other e-learning methods, i.e. wikis and asynchronous discussions Scheduling can be problematic for distance learners when real time participation is required.
Uses low bandwidth connections Low bandwidth may create some difficulties when using audio and video
Multi-platform device which can be used on many different system, i.e. Apple and PC
Bridges the barrier that can occur with distance learning/work based learners, builds...