Does your school provide a VLE or a MLE for students? Do you know the difference? Before reading part of the current WikiPedia article for “Virtual learning environment” I didn’t. According to the article:
A virtual learning environment (VLE) is a software system designed to support teaching and learning in an educational setting, as distinct from a Managed Learning Environment (MLE) where the focus is on management. A VLE will normally work over the Internet and provide a collection of tools such as those for assessment (particularly of types that can be marked automatically, such as multiple choice), communication, uploading of content, return of students work, peer assessment, administration of student groups, collecting and organising student grades, questionnaires, tracking tools, and similar. New features in these systems include wikis, blogs and RSS. While originally created for distance education, VLEs are now most often used to supplement the face-2-face classroom, commonly known as Blended Learning.
Ah yes, blended learning. Blended learning to provide differentiated instruction and differentiated assessment is a bandwagon (or Mardi Gras float) ALL educators in the 21st century should be on!
I’ve heard the term LMS (learning management system) used more in the context of distributed learning than VLE here in the United States, but I think I like the term VLE better. With LMS, the concept of more CONTROL seems inherent in the word “management. VLE seems to connate more autonomy and self-direction for learners, which I think is vital. Words matter. I like the term VLE.
New series of questions for your school board president:
How is our school district providing a virtual learning environment (VLE) for all our students, so their learning can be extended beyond the traditional “boundaries of the bell?”
Here’s some pseudocode to describe how this conversation might take place:
You: ask above question
BoardPresident response = “We are using Moodle in all classes starting in grade 4 since we have 1:1 learning environments in all schools”
BoardPresident response = “We are using [solution X] to provide VLE access for students and teachers.”
ASK “How are teachers and students being supported in their use of the VLE?”
BoardPresident response = “What is a virtual learning environment?”
REFERENCE the Wikipedia entry for VLE for speaking points
ASK “What is the best way to stimulate conversations in our school district about the benefits of a virtual learning environment?”
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