Virtual Learning Environments

Virtual Learning Environments

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Term2.png Virtual Learning Environments
An integrated set of tools that support online learning. A virtual learning environment (VLE) usually includes the following components:


  1. a mechanism to deliver learning material
  2. access to learning resources
  3. tools to enable communication, discussion and collaboration amongst learners and with the instructor
  4. assessment tools
  5. a student tracking system


These could either be individual tools that are programmed to function in an integrated manner or they can be facilities provided by a single product. Users in a VLE are assigned roles of a student, a teacher and an administrator. Each role comes with rights, which follow a hierarchy.


Two other popular terms that are used to refer to these environments are: Content Management System (CMS) and Learning Management System (LMS). The difference between these terms is often debated and there does not seem to be much of a consensus amongst learning professionals on the exact distinction between them.[1]


See also: A.D.D.I.E Model, Authoring Tools


References

  1. www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/InfoKits/effective-use-of-VLEs (2 November 2009) www.brandon-hall.com/workplacelearningtoday/?p=7455 (2 November 2009) www.astd.org/LC/2005/1105_carliner.htm (2 November 2009) www.techterms.com/definition/vle (2 November 2009) whatis.techtarget.com/definition/0,,sid9_gci866691,00.html (2 November 2009)