AUPE has been working hard to develop and implement e-learning as a result of a resolution passed at Convention 2011 to create a more accessible education option. Online learning provides learners with flexibility to juggle busy schedules in a way that face-to-face education does not. It also means you can engage in education anywhere there is an internet connection and appropriate technology. At the same time, e-learning requires a different kind of effort from learners, so if this is your first time taking an e-learning course, it will take a bit more effort to get up to speed. Here is a short list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about e-learning.
You can access the e-learning environment after you register for an e-learning course. You will be sent an email to create an online account in the learning management system (LMS), which is made by Desire2Learn (D2L). Once you have created your account you can log in and access your course. Click here to go to the LMS.
At AUPE, we define e-learning as a course with weekly learning activities that is completed by a group of learners (a cohort) who work through the course at the same time with a facilitator. The facilitator will answer questions and provide guidance. The advantage of this approach is that it allows learners to learn from the facilitator and more importantly, from each other. Successful e-learning experiences are co-created by learners and instructors – they don’t happen without mutual effort and attention. Communication and participation are key factors in creating a successful e-learning environment.
E-learning experiences are greatly enriched through participation. Learners build a sense of community in an e-learning environment through their participation. When learners ask questions and share their experiences on a given topic, the class has the opportunity to reflect upon those experiences and build new understanding of the topic at hand. The role of learners in e-learning includes participating in online activities, reviewing and reflecting on course content, and communicating about course topics with their instructor and fellow learners.
E-learning at AUPE has on two primary technologies to create your e-learning experience: a learning management system (LMS) and a web conferencing system.
AUPE is using Desire 2 Learn (D2L) for our LMS. D2L is where you can access all your course content and communicate with your instructor and fellow learners. You can access it at aupe.desire2learn.com. You will use this link on a regular basis so it might be a good idea to bookmark it in your browser.
Blackboard Collaborate is the web conferencing system within D2L that you can use to meet your instructor or fellow learners for live online meetings.
It is also important to have access to a stable high-speed internet connection and regular access to a computer. If you do not have regular access to a computer or a stable internet connection, you might consider visiting your local community centre, internet café, or local public/university/college library to see if you can get regular access to a computer and high-speed internet. If you arrange access, it is important to ask the administrator to perform all the technology checks for D2L and Collaborate on the computer. It is possible to participate in AUPE courses using dial-up internet but it is not recommended.
Before you access an e-learning course, it is important to prepare your computer. Please click on the following links to evaluate the readiness of your computer to access Desire2Learn (D2L) and Collaborate. Please resolve any computer issues identified by the checks before beginning the course:
Currently AUPE is offering Introduction to Your Union by e-learning. You can review the course description and register here.
Below is a list of some computer skills you may need to draw upon in order to be a successful e-learner. If you are currently unable or unfamiliar with some of these tasks, please engage a family member, co-worker, or friend to help you get up to speed. You can also find assistance in free online tutorials by searching YouTube or Google. www.lynda.com is a good resource for paid tutorials. It is important to be comfortable completing these kinds of tasks in order to have a successful e-learning experience.