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Investigating the use of Virtual Learning Environments by teachers in schools and colleges

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  • Computer Science
  • Education

Abstract

Microsoft Word - Draft_report_on_VLE_usage.docx Investigating the use of Virtual Learning Environments by teachers in schools and Investigating the use of Virtual Learning Environments by teachers in schools and Investigating the use of Virtual Learning Environments by teachers in schools and Investigating the use of Virtual Learning Environments by teachers in schools and collegescollegescollegescolleges David Read*, Simon J. Coles, Jeremy G. Frey and Ben Littlefield Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences (Chemistry), University of Southampton OutlineOutlineOutlineOutline Anecdotal evidencei suggests that current applications of Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) in schools and colleges are not fulfilling the huge potential of the internet in supporting the learning of students across all age ranges. Although there are pockets of excellent practice, with interactive multimedia resources being deployed and collaborative learning opportunities being fostered, these appear to be the exception rather than the rule. Rapid advances in social networking and cloud computing, as well as the inexorable growth in ownership of mobile devices means there are huge educational opportunities for teachers and students alike. However, ineffective and inappropriate digital infrastructure for engaging in innovative teaching/learning approaches utilising the internet and the ‘cloud’ presents significant barrier to busy teachers, preventing them from taking advantage, and therefore harming student learning. A short survey was created and distributed to contact teachers in local schools. The aim was to gather a significant number of responses rapidly in order give to provide a snapshot of VLE use in local schools and colleges. The survey was created using the University of Southampton’s iSurvey tool,1 and the URL for the survey was sent to 43 contacts, with a request to pass the link on to other colleagues. The survey w

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