Academic Experiences of Using VLEs: Overarching Lessons for Preparing and Supporting Staff

Academic Experiences of Using VLEs: Overarching Lessons for Preparing and Supporting Staff

Barbara Newland (Bournemouth University, UK), Martin Jenkins (University of Gloucestershire, UK) and Neil Ringan (University of Bolton, UK)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-962-5.ch004
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Abstract

This chapter describes the drivers which have influenced the adoption of e-learning within the UK HE sector and consequently resulted in the increasing adoption of VLEs within institutions. It identifies a range of issues at the institutional and individual academic staff levels which need to be considered and addressed when designing and implementing a VLE within an HE institution. The authors draw on their personal experience in supporting a diverse range of academic staff to integrate e-learning and VLEs within their academic practice and their experience in implementing VLEs in a range of institutions to develop a series of guidelines and lessons for institutions to consider. Evidence from a range of case studies undertaken by the authors is utilised to provide examples from academic practice, which illustrate how effective implementation of these guidelines and lessons can enhance the student learning experience and support the role of academic staff within the HE sector.

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