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    The VLE is Dead – The Movie

    Here is the recording I made of the VLE is Dead Symposium at ALT-C 2009.

    Thanks to everyone who turned up and joined in.

    39 Responses to “The VLE is Dead – The Movie”

    1. Is the VLE dead?…

      Watching the Alt-C discussion on the #VLE yesterday was interesting apart from the sound going down partway into the session. The copy of the video was useful.
      In a way it seemed like a load of bunting and frolics, but the serious points are about the …

    2. Sue Collins says:

      There are several points you made with which I agree; firstly that although I signed up to Twitter after listening to you at the e-learning conference in Plymouth in the spring, I don’t Tweet much (75 so far!), because everyone else I follow is so interesting and working in institutions doing interesting things with e-learning, that I don’t feel confident enough to Tweet.
      Secondly I’ve considered blogging and have written a handful (saved on my computer and not unploaded anywhere!)
      Thirdly, I don’t use FaceBook; it doesn’t seem to have a good reputation for even the user to be in control of content – it seems what is removed ‘magically’ reappears?
      So although I am an e-learning enthusiast (especially about what it could be) and I worked as an e-tutor for several years (but can’t get back into it) with good IT skills (and oodles of time) to use the technology, I am a classic example that you cited about a person not taking advantage of social networking and therefore the VLE is where e-tutoring starts; however the way I see it, learning doesn’t have to be confined to it! I know it’s a confidence thing in my case and probably many others.
      I’m still reflecting on other points …

    3. Joe says:

      In my experience, so much of what we do as an institution is driven not by the instructor or the learner, but the auditor. The ability to track student enrollment and interaction within the course is the main obstacle in leaving a VLE and entering a PLE environment. The economics of the situation can ultimate dictate the pedagogy if we aren’t careful.

    4. Nick Sharratt says:

      An enjoyable debate which seems to have drawn out many of the real systemic issues facing education generally I feel. I was just glad I survived :-)

      I do wish you had a video format that was iPhone friendly to watch embedded video/audio though – all I ever see on your blog with posts with video/audio is an empty space unless I make an extra effort and start up a ‘proper’ computer. Never mind, probably best I don’t watch myself back :)

      • James Clay says:

        The video format I upload is generally iPhone friendly, but I don’t normally provide the link as I forget… but also because the file size is quite big, this video (at 80 odd minutes long) is 500MB which is not something you would want to download on an iPhone unless you were on wifi.

        I would like to use a different video service, however sites such as YouTube which can provide an iPhone friendly version have a 10 minute limit so unusable for long videos like this one.

        I’ll try and remember to add the link – though will need to check that it works on the iPhone.


        • Anonymous says:

          Odd, I’ve certainly watched quite a few videos on YouTube which were well over an hour (the rightly famous “last lecture” being one) – having never had cause to upload a video I never realised there was a limit. Ah well. :)

          • James Clay says:

            When I try and upload a video I get this message.

            I believe that if you ask YouTube/Google nicely you can upload larger videos.

            However I quite like the quality I get on WordPress so at this time happy to stick with WP.

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    9. [...] sustenance we had the big debate, you know, the one about how the VLE is Dead! The debate was a lot of fun and it would appear that the delegates who attended enjoyed the debate. [...]

    10. [...] I’m sure everyone who was lucky enough to attend this immensely engaging session will remember it for a long time. Its provocative title certainly grabbed everyone’s attention and ensured that it played to a packed house. It’s on video now, so if you fancy an hour of edifying but entertaining debate, then watch it here. [...]

    11. Silverwaver says:

      13 years since I left the classroom. Graham Attwell spoke “for me” in the debate. I have never used a VLE and I have only had occasional glimpses of what it can provide. I had been unable to find my part of the PLE until Twitter helped me to find my people six months ago. Now I have nearly 400 followers, experts who can help me to learn.
      However I have come to the conclusion that the VLE is not dead. PLE has done wonderful things for me but it is not yet sufficiently developed and so “most people do not like it” I look forward to more convergence in the PLE and Google Wave is a good step on the way.Then we will be able to invite the world to join us.

    12. Malcolm Creen says:

      An early comment in the debate is to the effect that (paraphrasing) “lots of things you can do inside a VLE you can do outside on the Internet for free.”

      Does this not suggest that it is in fact the cumbersome proprietary, commercial VLE that is dead and that in contrast the open-source VLE (free and responsive to changing demands) is alive and kicking?

    13. [...] to James Clay of elearning stuff for the original post. November 10th, 2009 | Category: 21st Century Learning, Personal Learning Network (PLN), Social [...]

    14. [...] A number of thoughtful blog posts have addressed the topic and this has led to a useful debate on the difference between the VLE and the PLE. I’ve listed a number of these post below and you might also be interested in viewing the video of the debate at the ALT-C ‘VLE is dead’ symposium. [...]

    15. [...] I was planning the original VLE is Dead symposium at ALT-C 2009 one of the key issues for me was to ensure that the delegates attending the debate had ample time [...]

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    17. [...] was in Wolverhampton yesterday for round 2 of our AltC debate on Virtual Learning Environments (watch the movie here) this time entitled the VLE is Undead . In come ways it is knockabout stuff – Steve [...]

    18. [...] in the educational process, though many of them make opposite forces, which is why some certify the death of the virtual learning environment while others consider it alive and kicking; some will seem to be putting all the eggs in the [...]

    19. Funneling concepts in Education 2.0: PLE, e-Portfolio, Open Social Learning…

      This is a plead for equidistance and eclecticism. Based on: Being a teacher myself, and having to manage people, marks, syllabuses and on, I heavily rely on centralized solutions that I can barely imagine differently; being (in many aspects) a learner….

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    24. [...] In der dritten Woche beschäftigten sich die Teilnehmer des Open Course mit der Frage der Lernumgebung. Die Diskussion, ob eine persönliche Lernumwelt einem VLE (etwa einem der diversen Lernmanagementsysteme) vorzuziehen sei, hat auch nach nunmehr einigen Jahren noch nichts an Aktualität verloren und das VLE scheint nach wie vor noch nicht so tot, wie manche es bereits geredet haben. [...]

    25. [...] years ago James Clay of Gloucestershire College posed the question, was the VLE dead? This question was prompted by the emergence of the many new free on-line tools in recent years. [...]

    26. [...] debate was discussed at the 2009 International Conference of the Association for Learning Technology. Steve Wheeler and Graham Atwell claimed that VLEs were driven by an institutional need to [...]

    27. [...] and Technology, p. 8. Clay, J. (., 2009. The VLE is dead . [Online Video].. [Online] Available at: http://elearningstuff.net/2009/09/09/the-vle-is-dead-the-movie/ [Accessed 5 October 2012]. Clay, J., 2009. Its not dead yet. [Online] Available at: [...]

    28. [...] is seductive to agree that the “VLE is dead” (perhaps, in Fronter’s case, it is). The VLE however – and depending on your definition [...]

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    30. [...] the Twitter. Think about how no one these days talks about the PLE in the same way they did back in 2009. I think we should also be critiquing the model of MOOCs where the focus is on content and not [...]

    31. [...] in 2009 at ALT-C we had the VLE is Dead debate. My view back then hasn’t changed much in the last four years. To save you watching the [...]

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