Virtual Learning Platforms Thread, Escimo - New VLE in Technical; I have just taken over the VLE technician role in my school and we are currently looking at alternative to ...
9th June 2009, 06:32 PM #1
Escimo - New VLE
I have just taken over the VLE technician role in my school and we are currently looking at alternative to skillspace's learning platform.
We have a meeting with the marketing manager of the new Essex CC's VLE, Escimo.
Escimo - Collaborative Online Learning
Has anyone looked into this LP? I'd be appreciative for any feedback with this. I'm a little worried it'll be yet another failed attempt at finding an LP. In my opinion skillspace is awful and I don't particularly want to be in the same position again.
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9th June 2009, 09:35 PM #2
In my primary I have just had an email from county to inform me that we are getting ESCIMO over the summer, but I can't find much about it. It says there are 6 pilot schools. Would like to know what we are in for!
9th June 2009, 11:52 PM #3
Yeh I think I would like to see how the pilot schools are using it, just to be sure. Apparently it integrates with our CMIS so that is a bonus.
Although on the website FAQ it seems to suggest it is mainly to compliment an existing LP, so not sure how they're going to try and sell it to us as a complete replacement, which is what they'll be doing.
I'll let you know how the meeting goes on Thursday.
10th June 2009, 10:56 AM #4
It looks like a MLG built on SharePoint. If you want I can put a list of questions together that you can ask them. Here as some to get a response.
Provisioning of users. ( you can't go wrong with Salamander )
Are they using mysite or developing their own. ( Mysite is excellent concept but needs work )
Are templates being provided.
Whats the difference between primary and secondary.
Are they using the inbuilt blogs and wikis or developing simpler ones that are easier to use for teachers.
Last but most crucial what learner management if SLK what version? course manager have they got it working, will they allow connection to moodle, have they looked at others in SharePoint.
What permissions do schools have. Can they change add in there own bits.
Any content provided?
Hope this helps
Will they be at the Learning Gateway confrence?
10th June 2009, 04:17 PM #5
Thanks for this, will definitely be helpful for tomorrows meeting.
I am not aware of the conference but I can always ask for you, if you'd like.
2nd July 2009, 09:46 AM #6
We have been a pilot school from the start
there are a few good points
- Integration with SIMS or another system.
- Own Dedicated Link from Schools in Essex.
- Good Support
We have been running into a few problems since the SIMS integration has been added (being the second school to have it implemented) there is bound to be a few teething problems.
If you want to ask any questions about Escimo just give me a PM
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