- Virtual Learning Environment. A computer based
education system in which learners and tutors interact to facilitate
A VLE is normally web based, being accessed via a browser, and will typically consist of tutorials and assessments both of which may be interactive (for example assessments could be completed on-line or downloaded and submitted off-line).
A VLE provides a virtual environment for learning, it is the environment which is virtual (since there is no requirement for a physical classroom) and a VLE can be said to provide a virtual classroom for learning. Whilst VLEs were originally developed for distance learning, they are becoming more common in classrooms as an aid to traditional teaching methods.
There are a number of VLE software packages available on the market. Whilst the capabilities provided by each may vary a VLE will in general provide:
- some form of access control, so only students and teachers may access the VLE and only relevant parts of the VLE.
- e-learning content (the virtual classroom).
- communication mechanism to allow students and tutors to communicate with each other.
- various administration functions, for example the creation of course content, user management etc.
For more information see:
- www.ukcle.ac.uk/resources/trns/vles/one.html - What is a VLE?