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Do you need specialist skill in order to create or set up the activities or materials?

This question may help you to identify which e-learning applications you can get started with straightaway, and identify other areas where you may need some training or to spend some time learning.

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If you were the person responsible for setting up or creating elearning activities/materials, for which of the following would you need specific technical skills?

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a) Blog - Yes that's right. - it's very easy to set up a Blog a) Blog - No - it's very easy to set up a Blog b) streaming media - Yes - especially if you're going to actually stream the material - this requires a specialist server which you will need to set up. However rich media can also be delivered via a normal web server. In addition you need to know how to record good quality video including issues such as good lighting, and how to capture this onto a computer and compress it. Some training is necessary for this although systems such as Windows Media tools actually make it very easy to do. b) streaming media - Working with streaming media does require some knowledge - especially if you're going to actually stream the material - this requires a specialist server which you will need to set up. However rich media can also be delivered via a normal web server. In addition you need to know how to record good quality video including issues such as good lighting, and how to capture this onto a computer and compress it. Some training is necessary for this although systems such as Windows Media tools actually make it very easy to do. c) online tutorial - Yes - although this varies greatly - some tools use familiar software such as Microsoft Word for most of the process - but tools that allow more powerful interactivity are more complex to use. c) online tutorial - Actually it usually does - although this varies greatly - some tools use familiar software such as Microsoft Word for most of the process - but tools that allow more powerful interactivity are more complex to use. d) Discussion Board - That's right - setting up a discussion board is very straightforward if you have necessary system (such as a Virtual Learning Environment) available. d) Discussion Board - No - setting up a discussion board is very straightforward if you have necessary system (such as a Virtual Learning Environment) available. e) Webconferencing - Yes to set up you need some knowledge but not very specialised - just how install and set up web applications. To administer conferences requires some learning of the application, but it is not usually too technical. e) Webconferencing - Some knowledge is required o set up webconferencing but this is not very specialised - just how install and set up web applications. To administer conferences requires some learning of the application, but it is not usually too technical. f) Online quizzes - Yes to some extent - most online assessment software requires some learning but is quite intuitive once you've done this as long as you use it regularly. f) Online quizzes - Actually most online assessment software requires some learning - although after that it is quite intuitive as long as you use it regularly.
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