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High-Fidelity e-Learning: SEI’s Virtual Training Environment (VTE)

High-Fidelity e-Learning: SEI’s Virtual Training Environment (VTE)

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This report describes the SEI's Virtual Training Environment (VTE) within the context of high-fidelity e-learning.

http://www.sei.cmu.edu/publications/
This report describes the SEI's Virtual Training Environment (VTE) within the context of high-fidelity e-learning.

http://www.sei.cmu.edu/publications/

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Published by: Software Engineering Institute Publications on Jan 27, 2009
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VTE includes a robust hands-on training lab capability using virtualization technology to allow
students to practice concepts asynchronously. Course and content owners create combinations of
virtualized computers in a sandboxed network and publish them to VTE along with instructions
for completing the lab. Students provision the lab and access it remotely through a web browser,
using the instructions to guide their progress. This allows students to practice concepts using ac-
tual systems and gain practice time using software to which they might otherwise not have access.
After the students complete the lab, the lab resources are recycled for other students. All of the
tools used in the labs are open source.

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3.2.3

Encourage Annotations and Takeaways (Personalization, Lean-Forward
Learning)

High-fidelity e-learning is an example of Web 2.0 (or as Tim Berners-Lee calls it, the read/write
web).6

Stereotypically, Web 1.0 sites were static and designed to present information through one-
way communication (e.g., FAQs, product catalogs, and what‘s new pages). Web 2.0 sites are de-
signed to encourage two-way communication. The users have much more control over the content
of a Web 2.0 site. Wikis, blogs, and mashable applications such as Google Maps are examples of
Web 2.0 properties. By allowing students to annotate the lecture material using virtual sticky
notes and a highlighter, VTE encourages the students‘ creativity and allows them to decide how
best to mark the material for future reference. Annotations are saved, so when students return to
the lecture, the notes they've made remain. As the student personalizes the material, the VTE in-
terface begins to simulate the annotation process students use with course textbooks and class
notes.

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