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About LeMill

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LeMill is a web community for finding, authoring and sharing learning resources.

First at all, you can find learning resources. The stuff you find you can use in your own teaching or learning. You may also add your own learning content to LeMill. You may edit your content and combine out of the pieces some larger junks of learning materials. If you wish you might also join one of the groups producing or editing some learning content. In LeMill the content is always easily found where and when ever you need them.

1. Is LeMill another Learning Management System (LMS)?

No - LeMill is not LMS. LeMill is a web site engine to author and share learning resources. All content in LeMill server are free/libre/open for all web users. Anyone may also start their own LeMill website. You can download the LeMill engine, install it on your own server and put it online. After this you will automatically be part of the global network of LeMill servers. Because of this we like to say that LeMill is "do it yourself" learning resource website engine. We love to see schools and other educational institutions taking LeMill in use.

2. How do I find content from LeMill?

There are several ways to find content from LeMill. You can search and you can browse. You can write your search term to the search field in the upper right corner of the site. The search field is a so called "live search". This means that it shows what is found already while you're writing the search terms. You may also browse the content by topic, by subject, by age group, by language, or by tags. You will find these links from the front page of LeMill.

3. How can I use the content found from LeMill?

You can use the content in whatever way you want. You can use it with your students or for self-study. The fact that all content in LeMill stays always in the same address (URL), makes it easily to create links pointing to them. By joining LeMill you can make collections of content. This makes it easy for you to find later a set of content. Also collections have unique addresses (URL) and you can make links to them. If you are using some Learning Management System (LMS) or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that handles SCORM or ZIP packages you can export your LeMill content collections as a SCORM or ZIP packages and import them in your LMS / VLE. From the ZIP package you may also create web pages for your own website. If you rather work without LMS / VLE you may simply make a collection and send the address (URL) pointing to it by email to your students, or if you have a blog for your course you can have a link to the content in the sidebar of the blog. Naturally you can also put inside LMS or VLE a link referring to the content in LeMill.

4. What is the difference between Content, Piece and Material?

There are two kinds of content in LeMill: pieces and materials. A piece can be a single image, short audio file, or short video clip. A piece is something that is probably not very useful as such in a learning situation but can be used as a part of larger material. So material is the larger entity of content. For instance material can be complete lesson material used in a course. The idea is that from the pieces you can build materials.

5. What is the Activities section for?

Teaching and learning is not only about delivering and receiving learning content. An activity is a section to describe different ways of teaching and learning. You may find from here activities that other teachers and educators have found useful in their practice. You are also free to edit the descriptions of activities. We hope that you will also link to the activity descriptions content and tools (see below) you have used or think that could be used with the activity. You may also think about the activities section as a kind of wiki of learning activities. Anyone is free to join LeMill and edit them - we hope you too will improve them.

6. What is the Tools section for?

The tools section is a place to describe different kinds of virtual or physical things we use or may use in teaching and learning. You may find from this section tools that other teachers and educators are using. The separation to content, activities and tools may sound artificial, but we believe that it may also help us to think about learning in a new way. So be open-minded and have a look at the tools available. Just like with the activities you may link content and activity descriptions to the tool description. To do this you must join LeMill and edit them.

7. How can I use the Tools found from LeMill?

We encourage people to describe in the Tools section things that are easy to find and take in use. For instance with software tools we endorse use of free/libre/open source software and/or freely hosted services online. Within all the descriptions of tools there should be a note explaining how one can take them in use. LeMill do not include tools itself, except Fle3 – Learning Environment’s tools for knowledge building and jamming.

8. What are the Stories of Use?

Besides some of the material, activities, and tools there are Stories of Use. A story is a description of how the material, activities, and tools have been used together in a single learning event, such as a study course. Stories are loosley joining the small pieces together. From stories you may get hints how the resources found from LeMill have been used in real teaching and learning. Through stories you may share your experience or use them to plan your own teaching. So, the stories are written by you and me - us who are using LeMill in our teaching and learning jobs. Some teachers are writing stories that are describing their plan of using different content, activities and tools. Some teachers are more reporting their way of using these resources. Both approaches are fine.

9. What is the Community?

Community is you, me - us. If you want to work with other people we propose that you have a look at the communities. At first you may just search for groups and follow what they are doing. If their work is interesting you may join the group. All the groups are open for anyone to join. The community section is simply listing people, groups and some contact information. You may use email or Skype to contact people. For each group there is a group blog to coordinate and discuss about the group's work.

10. What means draft and publisded with the content?

All content in LeMill is either in a stage of being “draft” or “published”. The member who started the project of making the content may decide when the content will be marked to be published. The change from “draft” to “published” does not change anything in the availability of the content. The flag “published” just tells for the users of the site that the author(s) have considered it to be ready. When content is marked to be “published” the authors of it becomes visible within it. When being “draft” the authors of the content are not shown.

11. What about copyrights?

With all content in LeMill (content, activities and tools) we use Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/). This guarantees your right to use the content found from LeMill. This also guarantees that anyone can modify and improve the content in LeMill, and also guarantees that you're always listed as the author of content you've made. When you add your content or edit some content found from LeMill we also ask you to provide your contribution under the same license. Simple.

12. What should I do if I find from LeMill content that is totally incorrect or inappropriate?

If it is incorrect you may join LeMill and fix it. However, we hope that you respect other people's points of view and possible "deeper thought and reasons" behind the content they have made. So before deleting or changing everything we propose that you'll try to find out why the content is as it is. Skype the people who made the content. Read their blog. You may find a good reason for the way of presenting information, that you at first thought to be just a mistake. If you find content that is illegal we hope you remove it and contact some of the community members. We pretty much track all the editing made to the site. We can block vandals and even report criminal activities for authorities.