VLEs and the democratisation of e-learning. Martin Weller. Outline. Where are we? How did we get here? Where are we going?. Where are we?.
VLEs and the democratisation of e-learning
The principal components of a VLE package include curriculum mapping (breaking curriculum into sections that can be assigned and assessed), student tracking, online support for both teacher and student, electronic communication (e-mail, threaded discussions, chat, Web publishing), and Internet links to outside curriculum resources.
“the components in which learners and tutors participate in "on-line" interactions of various kinds, including on-line learning
MLE = The whole range of information systems and processes of an institution (including a VLE if appropriate) that contribute directly, or indirectly, to learning and the management of that learning
LMS = “a software application or Web-based technology used to plan, implement, and assess a specific learning process.”
= A lot of people using the same technology
And using technology for learning is different from other uses
VLE = a proxy for changes in higher education(?)
Ease of use
Previous OS VLEs
“technological environments are not merely passive containers of people but are active processes that reshape people and other technologies alike” (McLuhan 1962)
Users must be treated as co-developers, … The open source dictum, “release early and release often” in fact has morphed into an even more radical position, “the perpetual beta,” in which the product is developed in the open, with new features slipstreamed in on a monthly, weekly, or even daily basis….
This time, though, the clash isn't between a platform and an application, but between two platforms, each with a radically different business model: On the one side, a single software provider, whose massive installed base and tightly integrated operating system and APIs give control over the programming paradigm; on the other, a system without an owner, tied together by a set of protocols, open standards and agreements for cooperation
“users add value and the technology or site needs to be set up so that it encourages participation”
Develop a suite of tools that have different affordances
Do we instinctively communicate differently with different technologies?
Can we capture all the affordances in a learning experience?