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Delivering an e-Learning Curriculum Using Wordpress

This presentation will discuss an innovative online learning approach using a Wordpress platform designed to provide third year medical students a comprehensive and coordinated learning experience.
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Michele Doucette

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Transcript of Delivering an e-Learning Curriculum Using Wordpress

Deliver an e-Learning Curriculum to Medical Students
How to Use a Wordpress-Based Website Platform to...
getting started...
Needs & Wants
WP Options
two commonly used open source (free) software
LMS/CMS
M
odular

O
bject-
O
riented

D
ynamic

L
earning

E
nvironment
Proprietary vs Open Source?
People time & expertise
Technical support & limitations
End Users...
considered an LMS and is used in many types of environments
such as in education, training and development, and business settings.
free and open source blogging tool, robust website framework, and a dynamic content management system (CMS)
included with Adobe Creative Suite 6
Adobe Creative Suite
The Big Three -- WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal -- remain firmly in command of the market, though
Joomla! shows some a troubling decline in several key metrics
- - 2011 Open Source CMS Market Share Report. Water & Stone
http://www.waterandstone.com/book/2011-open-source-cms-market-share-report
Analytics
Plugins
Functionality
Themes
WP
???
Ease of use
...plays well with other Adobe products
Streamlined
production
process
Versatile
output options...
$499 Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium (Educ Discount)
Forums
Quizzes
Blogging
Wikis
e-Books!
Videos
?
??
???
WP...
benefits for end-users...learners
Familiar user interface
Online/offline
on-demand learning

learning experience
Interactivity
...resulting in an
engaging
InDesign from an “Output” perspective
Interactive Flash
Interactive
eBook
(Kindle, iBook)
Apps (iPad & Android)
student engagement & e-learning platform
FMStudentEd.org
Wordpress
Videos
Forums
Blogs
InDesign
Interactive Flash, PDF
& Apps

Student Feedback
Questions?
benefits from a design perspective
vs.
Domain name
Themes
Plugins
Choosing a good domain name is essential!
Top-Level Domain
This is the end of the domain:
.com
,
.net
,
.org
,
.info
,
.edu
Root Domain
.example.com
is a root domain

Two criteria when choosing a root domain are...
Unique (i.e., not currently registered)
Consists only of letters, numbers & hyphens in a root domain
Resources for Domain Search & Purchase
iWantMyName
GoDaddy
Sedo
1000s of free & Premium themes available...average cost of a premium WP template is around $50 (one-time cost)

Major advantages of premium themes are more styling options, features, and support than the free templates
Features found in most premium themes:
Custom widgets
Multiple color schemes
Template options
Custom navigation
Sidebar customization
Shortcodes for easy and flexible designs
Other considerations:
Does this theme meet all of my requirements?
Can it be customized?
How quickly will I outgrow this theme?
Do any of its color schemes match my brand?
Compatibility with the latest version of WordPress
Compatibility with the most popular plugins
Extensive support and documentation
Absolute minimum requirements for selecting a theme:
Places to buy WordPress (Premium) Themes
Main Source for Free WordPress Themes
http://WordPressThemes.org
How to Use a Wordpress-Based Website Platform to Deliver an e-Learning Curriculum to Medical Students
Michele M. Doucette, PhD
David L. Gaspar, MD
Caroline LeClair, DO
Education Specialist
Director, MSE
Director, Combined Clerkship
Introduction & e-Learning Backgound
Considerations for integrating e-learning into a curriculum
Basic components needed for a Wordpress-based website
Considerations for designing and establishing a Wordpress-based e-learning platform
Review an existing Wordpress e-learning website
Student feedback & evaluation of an e-learning platform
Group discussion and next steps
Today's Seminar Overview
e-learning has been successfully used in MSE...
Meta-analyses of e-learning for medical education suggest students perform at least similarly to traditional face-to-face instruction

Best incorporated as a “blended learning” model
JAMA. 2008;300(10):1181-1196 | US Dept. of Education. Means B. 2009
Allows students to collaborate and share information without having to physically be in a central location

On-demand learning with varied learning options
Potential benefits of e-learning:
other benefits???
PCMH e-Learning
9 Colorado FM Residency Programs currently using a PCMH e-Learning platform launched in 2011
12 modules based on
Seven Principles of the PCMH
Residents State Liking…
Convenience of on-demand learning
Varied learning options
One-hour module length
Concise literature reviews
Discussion forum
Faculty State Liking…
Effective faculty development tool
Ready to go curriculum
Ability to track resident learning progress
Discussion forum
8-week Primary Care Block:

Rural & Community Care
+ Adult Ambulatory Care
Effective curriculum, yet learning "siloed" especially for rural students
in-person
4-weeks
in-person
4-weeks
in-person
e-Learning...
MSE III Clerkship Curriculum Components & Associated PCMH Principles
NEW
Blended Learning Design & Use
Use online platform to connect students' learning throughout the two 4-week blocks
Discussion Forums (integrates learning material with clinical and share personal insights/experiences)
Blogs (reflect on/share community service experiences)
Social network based on groups (students, faculty, community at large)
Robust media delivery
Wordpress
Adobe In-Design
Interactive PCMH e-learning modules
Host Server
University firewall required finding external server
$$ Cost $$
Customer support
Customer reviews?
Professional reviews?
Downtime
Recommended Host Server Companies:
Hostgator.com
JustHost.com
VPS.net
http://woothemes.com
http://studiopress.com
http://themeforest.net
Plugins allow easy website modification, customization, and enhancement. You can add functionality with WordPress plugins.

Most plugins are free (over 20,000), but there are also Premium plugins available either for a one-time cost or annual fee.
Well-designed
Updated frequently
User-friendly
Popular & Highly-rated
Social Networking
Discussion Forums
Groups
Message posting
S2 Member
Member site
WP Polls
Watu Pro
Quizzes
e-Learning Plugins
Costs & Resources
CMS Software:
Wordpress & Plugins
Hosting:
HostGator.com
Authoring Software:
A
dobe Creative Suite 6
Technical support:
CU
Faculty
Content development:
CU

Faculty
Start-up Costs:
Hosting Server:
$300
Adobe Creative Suite:
$499
WP Theme:
$60
Premium Plugins:

$
200
Faculty time:
40%
FTE
Annual Costs:
Hosting Server:
$300
Adobe Creative Suite Updates:
$299
Premium Plugins:

$
150
Faculty time:
15-25%
FTE
MSE III Clerkship Curriculum Components & Associated PCMH Principles
NEW
Challenges
Initial design phase was time-consuming...
Dynamic content requiring ongoing updates
Engaging clinical faculty to participate in online learning discussions
Expand faculty resources (including CMEs)
Expand to 8 PCMH Modules
Create iPad and Tablet Apps
Next Steps
Learning Management System for WordPress
Plugin
Available end of January
$80 one-time cost
Quizzes
Real-time feedback
Unlimited courses
Multimedia
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