Has your Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) become a dumping ground of resources that learners rarely access? Has the framework of your VLE changed as frequently as its provider’s expiring contract that engagement from staff has plummeted? What is the point of them anyway?
Their purpose is to allow teachers to share educational materials with their pupils via the web, but there are so many ways we can do this now that it makes you wonder if VLEs could serve a greater purpose.
How about approaching your VLE with a new perspective, why not host your version of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) where learners interact and engage with courses not because they have to, but for the curiosity of learning. And if your VLE were to host MOOCs, what type of courses would you chose to host? How exciting could it be to provide learners with a space where they could learn or discover new ideas with one another. Where would their curiosity take them?
Stefan Caspar, Enhanced Learning Production Manager at the University of Southampton has a passion for VLEs. He discusses on episode 28 of Inspiration 4 Teachers Podcast Show how schools can improve their VLEs.
Before you listen to Stefan’s suggestions, if you could create your own VLE what would it look like and why would it be better than what you currently have?
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