Being able to coach using the VLE

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The aim of this course (written by Daniel Needlestone) is to get Digital Leaders the advanced skills they will need to help teachers use and teach with the VLE as well as potentially running their own areas.

Mission Sheet


  • How to add content to your VLE
  • How to create discussion forums and then monitor them
  • How to upload files
  • How to use and format graphics
  • How to embed videos, audio and flash
  • How to hyperlinking resources
  • How to use ONE advanced features and become an expert.


  • Create a new course
  • Add and remove students from a course
  • Organising moving and hiding material
  • Integrating resources from other websites
  • Making a course look good
  • Moderating

Share and Showcase

  • Creating a portfolio course to show what you can do
  • Create a help videos on how to use your expert feature.

Example Scheme of Work - this will depend on students' previous knowledge and expertise.

  • Week 1: Introduction – looking at different courses and different stlyes of course – why do teachers set up courses differently – how would you categorise different styles of course eg – plain, pretty, list of resources, list of links, interactive, fun, formal – what works best – what makes a good course. (This may also give the teacher very good feedback!!) Roles and responsibilities of digital leaders as VLE admins and editors, e-safety, privacy. Why may some teachers want courses private (copyright, privacy) why may some want them public (ease of use, maximum participation)
  • Week 2: Adding materials to a course, uploading documents, creating pages, adding images, linking to websites, creating votes. Building up their own course on a topic of interest to them or area of expertise. Go over copyright issues.
  • Week 3: Creating discussion forums and e-moderation – how to run and start a discussion (asking good open questions) how to keep discussions going, moderating discussions sensibly (could be done using roleplay with students taking on different roles of naughty students, moderators, good students etc)
  • Week 4: Embedding flash, google docs, video and audio, making a course look pretty. Adding votes and polls
  • Week 5: Creating a new course, creating and embedding widgets to add to the course. Importing and exporting.
  • Week 6: Creating a course for a subject or an online club. Create a help video to show how to complete a VLE task and upload to the VLE.