Two and half a years ago at ALT-C 2009 we had an excellent debate on the role of the VLE in further and higher education.
The video of that debate is still very popular.
Today at LWF 12 there is another debate entitled the VLE is Dead, though I am not taking part I suspect we may re-hash the same arguments that we discussed back in 2009.
The thing is, since that time, there have been lots of discussions about the VLE and its role in formal education, however rather than been dismissed and forgotten, the use of the VLE as a tool to enhance and enrich learning has increased.
My view is we need to discuss less about how to kill the VLE, but work with practitioners and staff to use it more effectively.
Teachers use the VLE badly, as they do with most technologies, in the main as they don’t know how to use it effectively enable students to learn. Staff development is important to get teachers to get the most out of tools like the VLE, but also give them a better understanding how people learn.
VLE is Dead is today at 1.15 in Salon Foucault at LWF 12.