Conditions to be Considered when Integrating a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) into Programmes of Learning

By Maureen Martin.

Published by The Technology Collection

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The successful integration of a VLE requires essential pre-existing conditions. This paper focuses upon the practicalities of integrating a VLE into a programme of learning. The discussion is based upon recent case studies of practitioners who have introduced a VLE into their teaching, and the conditions they identified as essential prior to implementation and thereafter. The research established that such introduction requires a transparency of purpose and an acknowledgement by all stakeholders that new and flexible working practices will be necessary. Such practices need to be promoted in an environment of trust in which issues concerning ethics, protocols and best practice are debated within the context of a community of enquiry. Such debate should inform the progressive integration and development of ICT across each institution.

Keywords: VLE, Case Study, Ethics, Protocols, Practitioners, Community of Enquiry

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 3, Issue 6, pp.9-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 603.733KB).

Maureen Martin

Programme Leader, Eduation and Languages, Faculty of Professional Studies, Thames Valley University, Reading, Berkshire, UK

Maureen Martin has worked in the further education sector teaching a range of English subjects and with a variety of learner groups, including disaffected young adolescents and long term unemployed adults. She is a lecturer in teacher training for the post-compulsory sector and current research interests include learner motivation, thinking skills frameworks and the evaluation of the effect of ICT on teaching and learning. Maureen and her team are currently working on an action research project focusing on the integration of a VLE into a programme of teacher training.


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