Virtual learning environment (VLE)

Table of Contents:

Table of Contents
  • Definition
  • Description
  • Main benefits of Virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Main negetives of Virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Conclusion
  • Reference


Virtual learning environment (VLE) involves learning and teaching tools, which facilitates learning experience of a student, as it included internet and computer services as part of the process of learning (Weller, 2007). The vital components include student tracking, electronic communication, curriculum mapping, and internet links. Ideally, VLE involves assignment of student ID or teacher ID where the teacher or supervisor track the performance of the student and modify the content of curriculum. Various software packages that involve commercial VLE include WebCT, Blackboard, COSE, and Lotus Learning Space (Mohanna, 2010).


An example of using a Virtual learning environment is when a user is giving a teacher ID or student ID which allows the teacher to see what the student sees however the teacher may have additional rights to create and modify the contents as well as tracking the students performance. There also various types of commercial VLE software packages currently available like WebCT, Lotus Learning Space and Blackboard (Dillenbourg, 2001).

Main benefits of Virtual learning environment (VLE)

Indeed, numerous benefits are attributed to VLEs including easy access to variety of functions. Though it may be perceived to be complicated, the services are streamlined and simpler in an attempt to enhance easy publication and creation of various learning resources. Consequently, it creates lesson plans by utilizing the available resources, monitor and assess students’ performances, and administer general class activities. On the other hand, VLEs track the students’ assignments and support online discussions in an attempt to increase reliability in its operations(Meskers, 2007).

Main negetives of Virtual learning environment (VLE)

However, VLEs is a nuisance in the society as it hampers learning process, as the teacher cannot supervise the students work in the classroom—the students work independently. Rural areas have not been adequately issued with sufficient facilities and amenities, as there is no access to internet connection or PC. Students are not controlled by the instructor, as they are able to access homework without depending on the instructor’s instructions. As such, students tend to perform poorly than the case where they are supervised (Weiss & Nolan, 2006).

Examples of VLE


In conclusion, VLEs have played a key role in shaping the technological advancement in the society. It has enhanced reliability and competitiveness in the society though independence of the students. However, such independence is not effective as it hampers learning process.


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  2. Pierre Dillenbourg, 2000, “Virtual Learning Environments”, University of Geneva, [Journal] pp. 1- 3
  3. Weiss, J. & Nolan, J. (2006). International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments, Part 1. New York: Springer
  4. Weller, M. (2007). Virtual Learning Environments: Using, Choosing and Developing your VLE. London: Taylor & Francis
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