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Following the exploration of functionality 'around' the VLE, the functionality within the VLE began to be seen by some as too limited and restrictive. The rise of social media suggested that an alternative could be constructed out of various existing web tools by individual teachers and learners. The PLE discussion captured that idea and pros, cons and models are still vigorously examined.

But the VLE is still there, proving that it has a clear role in most educational institutions.

The resulting tension between the role of the VLE as a common tool for the organisation on the one hand, and the desire to make it permeable to the wider web on the other is leading to the emergence of a number of hybrid architectures.

Such distributed learning environments range from the traditional VLE, augmented with a selection of widgets, via environments that are entirely composed of widgets to learning environments that are effectively widget engines themselves. Other approaches to augment and modify learning environments include plug-ins and the like. The current JISC DVLE (distributed virtual learning environments) Programme is exploring a number of approaches to extending the functionality of VLEs.


20 Jun 2013 Sheila MacNeill
Bill Clinton isn’t the only one creating a buzz about the open badges movement at the moment. Perhaps with slightly less coverage than the Clinton initiative, yesterday saw the first (Scottish) open badges working group meeting. Organised by Grainne Hamilton at RSC Scotland, following the success and interest shown at their recent Open Badges Design […]
Assessment Competences Learning Platforms
06 Mar 2013 Sheila MacNeill
Following on from yesterday’s post, another “thought bomb” that has been running around my brain is something far closer to the core of Audrey’s “who owns your educational data?” presentation. Audrey was advocating the need for student owned personal data lockers (see screen shot below). This idea also chimes with the work of the Tin […]
Portfolio Lifelong Learning Learning Opportunities (XCRI) Learning Platforms Data Visualisation Learning Analytics Analytics
05 Mar 2013 Lorna M. Campbell
Thanks to Pat Lockley for drawing my attention to Reuter’s interesting take on inBloom, the US K-12 development that I blogged about a couple of weeks ago. You can find the article here: K-12 student database jazzes tech startups, spooks parents. Just in case you missed it, inBloom is a new technology integration [...]
Metadata Identity Management Learning Opportunities (XCRI) Resource Description and Discovery Learning Platforms
28 Feb 2013 Sheila MacNeill
One of the problems with being part of an innovation centre like CETIS is that we suffer a bit from the Dory complex. For those of you unfamiliar with this concept, it is based on the character Dory in the movie Finding Nemo who is rather easily distracted by new things. Sometimes we find that […]
Learning Platforms Widgets Learning Design
12 Feb 2013 Sheila MacNeill
Week 5 in #oldsmooc has been all about prototyping. Now I’ve not quite got to the stage of having a design to prototype so I’ve gone back to some of my earlier thoughts around the potential for Cloudworks to be more useful to learners and show alternative views of community, content and activities. I really […]
Curriculum Design e-Portfolio (Technology) Learning Platforms Learning Design Data Visualisation Learning Analytics Analytics

Learning Platforms Events

Past Events

Design Bash
Date: 30 Sep 2011
IMS LTI and LIS in action
Date: 07 Jul 2011 to 08 Jul 2011

Learning Platforms Resources

Distributed Learning Environments briefing paper
Date: Feb 2010
This briefing paper by Sheila MacNeill and Wilbert Kraan presents five models of how institutional Virtual Learning Environments might be extended.

Learning Platforms Publications

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