This project explored the use
of Peer-to-Peer technology to provide teachers and students
an effective and efficient online learning environment
through which "online courses" can be created
almost immediately without any organisational or external
IT assistance or technical infrastructure required. As
part of the project an additional tool for Groove was created
called the RolePlayControlTab tool.
A number of documents
have been prepared to provide potential users with information
on the use of Peer-to-Peer technology
- Benefits of Peer-to-Peer technology
- Organisational impact of Peer-to-Peer technology
- How to set up collaborative e-learning environments
- Educational tools for Peer-to-Peer technology
- How to use the Groove Workspace
- Technical specifications and user manual for the
TAFE Queensland Centre for Innovation and Development
Download a video overview of the project - QuickTime (12.1Mb)
or MPEG (7.56Mb)
Read transcript (20Kb, Word)
In addition a project report outlines the development of
the project, use of Groove to develop the RolePlayControlTab
tool and the implications of the tool for the VET environment.
Specifically, this document highlights the various steps
involved with the design and development of the tool throughout
the project. It includes details about the implementation
phases, user case scenarios, database schema and test cases
used during the development of the RolePlayControlTab tool.
It also includes administrative details such as reporting
mechanisms, problems faced and future recommendations for
improving the tool.
The role-play tool is an educational application designed to allow
a role-play to be carried out within a Groove Workspace. The
tool was carefully designed with flexibility in mind to allow any role-play
be carried out within the tool.
Some of the important functionalities
that are catered for using the role-play tool are as follows.
allows the workspace manager to:
- build a cast of characters and
assign them to current members of the workspace
the roles of a director to any of the space members (or
assign himself a role of the director for the role-play),
- build the prologue to set the role-play then they will build
the required scenes.
Further information on the role-play
tool is provided in the user manual and the project report.
There are multiple audiences for this 'New Practice':
- teachers and trainers
looking for an easy to use, economical collaborative learning
- current users of Groove looking for an additional
tool to use in the education sector
- learning resource developers,
instructional designers, IT professionals
- managers and CEOs,
particularly of smaller RTOs.
The project resources available on-line through the links
above, as well as additional video footage, sound and images
have been developed into a multimedia resource of 'new practices'.
This CD-ROM is available and can be ordered through your local
Framework communication officer by completing the online order
Order a New Practices in Flexible Learning CD-ROM.
February 16, 2006