Choosing a VLE for your university can be a challenge. Everyone has a different opinion, people have different needs, student want an outstanding experience.
Sometimes just changing the VLE can be a catalyst for change, but you can also lose people who were heavily invested in the existing system.
Today I was at the Queen Mary University of London 2022 VLE Expo conference.
This conference is brought to you by the “SP192 VLE Review” project, one of the strategic projects that work together to deliver the 2030 strategy. The main aim of today’s conference is to gather your views and needs from a future VLE. We will use your contributions and feedback today to help shape a recommendation paper that will be used to decide the direction we will take with our VLE provision.
The university wants to ensure that whichever direction they go, it is about delivering on their vision.
That is what this day is all about – making sure our Virtual Learning Environment matches our vision and fully supports our students in their journey.
I like how the focus is about, what do we want to do to achieve our strategic aspirations, how will the VLE help us to do that, and which platform (or platforms) will enable us to do that.
Of course the VLE is only part of the solution, knowing how to use the technical functions of the VLE is one thing, knowing how to use the VLE to support and enhance learning is a more challenging problem. Embedding the VLE into the curriculum is also a challenge.
My role in the day was to sit on a panel discussion, The Future of Digital Education, to discuss emerging themes from the day. I hope to address some of the issues with why you need a VLE and then thinking about how you will meet those needs.