What are they? What do they do? Why are they useful?
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What are they?
What do they do?
Why are they useful?Virtual Learning Environments
What is a VLE?A tool for delivering and/or supporting distance and flexible learning using Web technology
The Virtual Classroomon-line deliveryinteraction/ responseassessment/ monitoringlearning programmematerials creation/importtutor supportadvice/ guidance/interactionlearning processteaching &learning supportsense of living cultureidentity/ belongingpeer interactiondynamic changeThe Virtual ClassroomWhat is a VLE?
MLEs and VLEs
ExamplesWebCTVirtual CampusCOSELearnwiseTopClassAnd many more....Blackboard
FunctionsShell for content
Content - key issues
How is it created?
How is it uploaded into the VLE?
How easy is it to navigate round system?
Content navigationBackwards/forwards through hierarchyJump to anywhereSearch routinesInternal and external linksGlossaryResume where left offPost it notesetc.
Communications: bulletin boardsAsynchronous ThreadedMultiple boards/forumsTutor supportPeer group support
Communications:emailInternal to WebCT and other VLEs
Useful for Web-based access
Useful for those with no Internet email
Communications: chatSynchronousNot threadedStudents like itEffectiveness as teaching tool?
Assessment techniquesFree-text submission - e.g. email an essay to tutor.
Multiple choice, boolean, fill in blank, list matching, image maps, multiple correct answer, etc.
cannot be automatically marked.
can be automatically marked;can be set up so student must take at a particular time/date, lasting a certain time;can restrict number of attempts;can automatically tailor courseware on results.
What theyve read, and when;Results recording and stats;What tests completed and outstanding;Plus, of course, logs of email, bulletin boards, chat.
Advantages forstudentsAccessible anytimeAccessible anywhereAlways up-to-dateElectronic supportInteraction with peer groupFlexible access to learningEasy to use
Advantages for staffBetter support for students
Ease of management
Some automatic marking
Easy to use
Advantages for technical supportBespoke packages - integrated;
Little technical support needed after installation;
May need an administrator to create courses and upload content.
What does it cost?Cost of VLE software;Purchase/production of content;Staff training;On-going costs.
Other key issuesJISC developing standards/specification for VLE (which existing VLEs will be invited to meet)to link to MISinteroperability
For more info....
For more information see the Ferl VLE Focus Area at:
A sum of money available for ILT materials development out of the 74m total for NLN.