Interfaces

Learning 2.0 interactive learning and assessment platform (iLAP) is different from the general learning and management system. The major feature of this is the involvement of teachers in the design and development of the platform. Teachers can select tools and design the interface of the platform to suit the needs of their schools or the topics.

Figure 2 to 4 are the interfaces developed by different schools in order to fulfill the needs of the topics of their choice.

 

Interfaces

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From figure 2 to 4, one can see that schools can design different layout according to their needs. Figure 2 is the basic interface of one of the schools. The interface is divided into five regions: Region A is the name and logo of the school which hyperlinks to the school web site. Region B shows the activities that students participate in. Online activities provided by iLAP include mindmap, forum, blog, Wiki, etc, all of which enable students to share information, exchange opinions, discuss and produce learning outcomes in a collaborative environment.

Region C is the assessment area. The platform provides statistical and management tools for teachers to monitor students' learning progress, for example, observing students' participation in various online activities on iLAP. The platform provide summary tools for quantitative and qualitative data, for example, the nature and frequency of students' participation in a particular activity. This could assist teachers to understand and assess students' competence and learning progress.

Region D is the display area of learning content. Teachers can upload relevant information, such as lesson notes, audio-visual materials, students' assignment samples and arrangement of other online activities.

Region E is the display area of interactive resources. The platform provides templates for questionnaire design and writing summaries and conclusions, which allows students to conduct data collection in enquiry learning. As figure 3 and figure 5 shows, teachers selected a simple statistical tool - polling template - to conduct online polling. Teacher can also make use of Really Simple Syndication (RSS) for students to obtain real-time news of relevant topic, in order to support enquiry learning. Apart from that, teachers can use a range of online resources such as YouTube as a part of the course information.