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Virtual Learning Environments: Using, Choosing and Developing your VLE Paperback – 15 Feb 2007
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'This is a book written by someone who knows what he's talking about and moreover is well practised at explaining the subject to others...Virtual Learning Environments is a "must-have" for all those developing, procuring or implementing a VLE in their organisation-whether they are in higher education, in training, or elsewhere.' - British Journal of Educational Technology
About the Author
Martin Weller is a Professor of Educational Techn ology at the Open University where he was the Director for the VLE project. His research interests include e-learning implications, learning design and learning environments.
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The first chapters are introductory, offering a discussion on defining the VLE in contrast with other systems such as MLE and CMS, the common conception about a VLE, an explanation of its applications and how it can be used in an educational context. These chapters seem to aim for a more general reader who wants to inform him/herself and wants to work with the VLE.
The chapters in the middle are more specific and deal with the choice for a VLE, the integration of the VLE with other institutional systems such as student portals, interoperability and technical standards. Weller (2007) spends some time on open source VLE solutions, which might indicate a certain preference, maybe not surprisingly with his close connection to the Open University. The latter chapters put the VLE in a wider context and Weller (2007) offers a couple of case studies how the VLE was implemented at three institutions and what can be learned from it. By looking forward to WEB 2.Read more ›
I do not see many 'techies' getting much in terms of an understanding of the educational aspects of a VLE. Similarly, at a time when thousands of school leaders are presently trying to understand their own VLE strategies, I am not sure how much help this book will actually be in helping educationists in terms of the actual sub-title.
From the wider market perspective, I would have liked to have seen a comparative table of the 20-odd various VLE products available - after-all, the VLE market is much, much bigger than just Higher Education.
For me, as a teacher, the book does not answer the bottom-line questions: Should I even bother installing a VLE? and if so, What will it actually do for teaching and learning?
Despite my criticisms, a good niche reference book for many who might be struggling with these issues.
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