The Elfie project has created a small set of e-learning "patterns", intended to guide teachers and tutors to create new resources or support processes to be used with the students.
The idea of "pattern" tries to give a guide to the way to use a given e-learning resource or service, in a specific learning environment. Also in the idea of "pattren" there is the possibility to adapt it to a given particular situation.
In this phase, the project uses all the information produced by previous tasks to create a set of "Patterns" based on existing or new resources and services/platforms.
The first step was to create a template that allows to identify the main objectives and characteristics for a given "pattern".
Use this link to get a detailed description of the ELFIE E-learning Pattern template.
The first input when designing ELFIE "patterns" was the research performed when collecting good E-learning examples form partner countries. This was performed in ELFIE Outcome 3, and produced a list of resources and services with some interesting charactacteristics.
Next information source was the ELFIE SWOT analysis performed in ELFIE Ourcome 4. Starting from it, a final summary of those characteristics that brings a good quality e-learning resource was produced. It takes the form of a list of "Best Practices" and it is further used to qualify ELFIE E-Learning patterns.
In addition to two previous points and mainly applicable to learning resources or activities, we focus on Active Methodologies that are possible or proposed to use with a given resource. Of special interest is the use of Multiple Intelligences. This information is included in the design of ELFIE patterns.
We consider also interesting the use of web 2.0 tools together with active methodologies in the designing of ELFIE E-learning patterns.
The use of ICT together with Active Methodologies and Multiple Intelligences is one of the better ways to deal with diversity and allows us, with the same resources, to deal with every student, from learners with difficulties to gifted ones. So this may facilitate integration in the classroom and even makes easier this may take place also at home.