Support for Schools - Curriculum Developer

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Follow these videos for a step by step guide on how to develop curriculums of learning for the Open Elms for Schools system.

These unique guides are also available from within the program by pressing the help button on any screen.

Curriculum Developer

How do I add and edit existing Learning Resources on the system?

How do I set up and collate programmes?

Pointers on setting up programmes/curricula

Defining your Learning Programme/Curriculum structure

Often the course structure will already be defined for you. You can arrange the curriculum into 3 levels (Outcomes, Criteria and Subcriteria.) Learning resources will be attached at the Criteria and Subcriteria levels.

Many Learning Programmes/Curricula have already been added to the system. Check with eLearning WMB - often we can send you the course for importing. We encourage you to share courses with us too so we can likewise share them with others.

Check the work windows align to your expectations. Also decide whether you want to release all learning resources or (as is recommended) release learning resources as and when needed. Open each criteria and check/uncheck the Make resources visible before the start of the work window.

Define Categories to Match the Learning Programmes/Curriculum (optional)

You may wish to create categories that match the Outcomes (top level) of the Learning Programmes/Curriculum. This will make matching Learning Resources to Learning Programmes etc an easier task.

Create learning resources for the Learning Library

If selecting from YouTube content then look for content that has a playlist. These playlists may cover the entire Learning Programme/Curriculum you have just defined - look for overlap. If the author has a good reputation and a lot of traffic then you may like to consider using their content in your course.

You will also have your own materials that you have collected over time. Collate these over time and add/edit from the Learning Resource Library.

It is advisable to use a lot of video content as this complements classroom learning. elearning and quizzes should also be used in conjunction with videos in order to test the learner after watching them. Use the Open eLMS Creator add-on to create these elearning and quizzes.

Copyright Issues

When owners of videos publish them on YouTube, they are given the option to enable or disable the Share button for their videos. The Share button, when clicked, provides the HTML code that allows others to insert the video into their sites or blog. This tells you that you can freely embed these videos in any site (Open eLMS does not in fact embed YouTube content, it rather plays the video in a YouTube player which is tantamount to playing it on the site - this is a minor distinction but worth pointing out).

Of course there are numerous other sources of information to add to your course (pdfs, docxs, jpg, mp3, mp4 etc.) Always ensure you own the copyright or are otherwise licenced to do so. If you are going to share your course with another institution, make sure that any licensed materials have been removed from your course (we cannot share licenced content on courses through the system.)

Indexing Learning Resources

Once all your learning resources have been collated, add them to your learning library. Note you only need to enter a title, category and description - along with a link or import of the learning resources itself.

Adding Learning Resources to the Learning Programmes/Curricula

It is a good idea to have a list of your learning resources written down, so you do not miss any out when adding them to the Learning Programmes/Curricula. Take each one in turn and add it to the appropriate criteria or subcriteria of the programme/curriculum. Note that a single resource may apply to more than one criteria or subcriteria.

Testing the Programme/Curriculum

To test you should makes all resources visible at all times. This way you can assign the course to a test account to see how the programme resources are structured.

Check the curriculum options down the left hand side of the screen to make sure all learning resources have been correctly assigned.