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Sunday, 21 July 2013

A Short Review and Guide to EDU2.0 E-Learning Platform:

Another e-learning platform on the net that serves as a virtual classroom is EDU2.0.



In EDU2.0, when you create your account, you will be registered as an individual that has at least four (4) positions. You can be an administrator, teacher, parent, and student. The interface of EDU2.0 is a bit complicated at first due to there are many options that you can do in it. The EDU2.0 offers almost all the works/ activity that you are going to do in your classroom (for teachers)/ school (for administrators). 



EDU2.0 has a 7 portals which are: home, classes, people, groups, resources, reports and admin. Each of this has its own function. 


Homepage: 

  • News section enables you to post and create message for the school.
  • The dashboard shows your summary of your classes, people, groups, resources, enrollments, emails and your subscription plan. It also provide you option to deactivate or delete your class.
  • The message section shows your personal messages.
  • The calendar shows you your plan of activities. It has the option to display an specific calendar of activity for every class that you have.


Classes:
  • Provides you with the list of sections you have in your school. 
  • It is in this portal where you can manage each sections that you handle. For every window of your class section, you can manage the news, lessons, calendar, assignments, gradebook, resources, teachers, students, attendance, forums and analytic (lesson progress or assignment progress).
  • It is also in this portal where student can enroll in the class by simply providing the code given by their teacher/s when they click on "enroll" button.
  • For teachers, they will click on "add" button to enroll an specific student whether new or existing student.
People:
  • In this portion where you can see the list of your friends, my students (enrolled in your class), students (the entire students of the school), parents and administrators. You can send message instantly and directly on an specific person in your list.
  • In friends section, you can send message or remove a friend.
  • In my students section, you can view the grades of your students, their parents and the date they last log in.
  • In students section, you can have the ability to send message, view grade, see their passwords (together with their id), give certificates, edit their account or simply remove them from the list.
  • In teachers, parents and administrators section, you can send message, manage passwords, edit profile or remove them from the list.
Groups
  • It is
    where you can create groups of people with same views. 
    This section shows the different groups created by people who are registered in your school. The groups are clusters of people who have common interests.


  • Each group can be classified into different types such as club, interest, study, hobby, topic, translator, faculty and student. 
  • The group may check on how wide their scope is like private, school or community.




  • To join a group an access code must be entered.




Resources
  • In this section, you will find a variety of materials you will need in your teaching or work. It is divided in into five (5) parts which are: library, locker, favorites, uploaded files and school.
  • The locker portion provide you with storage and view of your for personal resources.
  • The favorites section, show the resources that you really and often use.
  • This section shows files that you have uploaded. You can also delete these files.
  • In the school portion, you can use this area to share resources with your school, such as a syllabus, videos or documents. You can also reuse existing resources from the library or contribute your own.
  • The library section shows all kinds of resources. It is also where you can add resources like certificate, class templates, curriculum, different files (document, presentation or video), page like HTML, question bank, rubric, SCORM package and web resources (links to a resource on the web)




Reports


  • This portion can only be availed when you subscribe in Premium Plan. However, this feature is free during the trial period.






  • In this section, you can view the following: site statistics (shows the entire value of the different items in your site like number of students, teachers, administrators, parents, classes, archived classes, active enrollments, inactive enrollments, lessons, assignments, assignment submissions, school-scope groups files and storage used), class enrollment, class status, class completion and missing work.






Admin

  • This section brings you to the configuration of the entire site where you can

  1. edit the the sites information
  2. calendar of activities, manage accounts
  3. edit the different portals (section/portions/interface)
  4. customizing your dashboard
  5. configuration options of your class catalogs
  6. set your policies which people registered in your site can do or can't do.
  7. edit your canned messages (auto respond message) that are sent for various actions that may occur.
  8. set optional price for a class which appears in the class catalog, where visitors can also purchase these classes. (premium plan only)
  9. manage email integration used for sending/receiving. (premium plan only)
  10. integrates LDAP. (premium plan only)
  11. access API. (premium plan only)
  12. moderate pictures uploaded or users that are reported of any violation.
  13. set or edit a grade map.
  14. join or start a district of your school. (premium plan only)
  15. view your plan of subscription and the comparison of the different features offered in each plan.




EDU2.0 offers a complete set-up of a digital school. It is not only an ordinary tool that you can integrate in your class but a system that offers online schooling. The variety of options and management that EDU2.0 provides, is definitely a choice for people whom would like to establish an online school where students will no longer need to go to a physical classroom but to attend a scheduled class in front of a computer, laptop or other mobile devices that are compatible to its system. 

It also offers integration of other social networking site like Skype or Facebook and other third-party system. In addition, it comes with three different plans: free; individual and organization that offers different features that you can use.

Lastly, to maximize the use of EDU2.0 platforms depends on the individual/ person. It is how we use this platform that made it significantly effective in our classroom.

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