Virtual learning environments are widely spread in higher education, yet they are often under utilised by the institutions that employ them. This book addresses the need to move beyond thinking about the VLE simply in terms of the particular package that an institution has adopted, and viewing it as a significant educational technology that will shape much of the teaching and learning process in the coming years.
Considering how virtual learning environments can be successfully deployed and used for effective teaching, it sets out a model for effective use, focussing on pedagogic application rather than a specific technology, and seeks to provide a bridge between pedagogical approaches and the tools educators have at their disposal.
It contains essential advice for those choosing a VLE and encourages all those involved in the deployment of a VLEs to use them more productively in order to create engaging learning experiences.
'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
1. What We Talk About When We Talk About E-Learning 2. VLEs, Democrats and Revolutionaries 3. Using Common VLE Tools 4. Beyond the VLE 5. Choosing a VLE 6. MLEs and Metaphors 7. Standards and Specifications 8. Learning Design 9. The Open Source Option 10. Personalization and VLEs 11. Affordances and Patterns 12. Case Studies 13. Technology Succession 14. VLE 2.0