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Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs)

There is considerable criticism in the Flexible Delivery Theme's report on the evaluation of the use of VLEs in HEI's in Scotland. In particular it stresses the high percentage of courses badged as 'VLE-supported', but which in reality disguises an uneven terrain, with some highly inventive course materials and others of low quality. The need for staff training in this area is emphasised.

Much of the above chimes with the data that was obtained for the Student expectations, experiences and reflections on the first year practice focused project, part of the First Year experience Enhancement Theme, where a number of participants argued in favour of improved use of technology.

On the other hand VLEs and other aspects of technology are seen as a highly effective way of supporting distance and flexible learning