VLE Strategy Meeting
12th February 2010
Brettenham House, London
Thirty delegates from Adult Learning Providers and Colleges across London attended the RSC London VLE Development Group meeting held at Brettenham House on the 12th February 2010.
Phil Butler from ULCC gave an inspiring presentation on the way personalisation is key to improving the quality of the learning experience. He also gave a very interesting overview of some of the exciting developments taking place in London’s FE colleges with student portals using portfolios and VLEs together.
ULCC Personalisation Framework
The purpose of this session was to explore whether a unified approach to using virtual learning environments (VLEs) would be beneficial to the Adult Education sector. Would Adult Learning providers be willing to sign up to a charter or strategy to ensure consistent access exists across London?
Would Adult Learning Providers commit to working together to overcome challenges presented by the funding shortfall?
The group certainly felt that the answer to these questions was a clear “yes”. It was agreed that the following objectives were reasonable and something everyone felt they could work towards.
It was also agreed that modifications to the wording may be useful to address the specific context of the provider but that the essence of the proposals were correct.
The advice offered by OFSTED was accepted as a useful way forward in developing an organisational approach to the use of VLEs.
According to OFSTED providers should:
(Virtual learning environments: an evaluation of their development Ofsted January 2009)
Much of the discussion concentrated on how to maintain the momentum of improvements to teaching and learning through the use of technology in the context of the current funding climate. There was strong support for the idea of sharing resources, advice and expertise in the use of VLEs across London providers. Attendees felt that the London wide initiative was a constructive approach to the challenges currently facing the sector and indicated a strong desire for the initiative to continue. There was also a suggestion to explore the viability of a London wide ACL Learning portal.
Some views from delegates at the event:
“When designing the VLE it is important to see things from the learner perspective"
“To really get the most out of a VLE, populate it from the MIS to generate basic courses and use live links to MIS to keep the VLE up to date and reduce admin overheads”
“Training needs to be built into any strategy!”
“To embed VLE usage / e-learning it needs to be included in self assessment processes.”
“Minimum standards (and indeed any strategy) must be driven by SMT”
A smaller sub group will build on this work by further developing the strategy.
The viability of a London-wide learner portal will be investigated.
RSC London will host further VLE Development events.
RSC London will offer to assist providers in reviewing their VLE projects.
Martin Sepion RSC Advisor