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A well-designed VLE or LMS can support any kind of online learning activity, so there is no need to use web tools for learning.

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Christine Lampe
5 April 2011

Recently I participated in two teaching/learning conferences where presentations included a fairly equal mix of LMS/VLE and web 2.0 activities; a fair number included a 'mash up' of both. Stories were told in hallways about institutions requiring the use of the 'official' learning technology, while in some sessions participants were launched straight into the cloud with no visible means of support.

Technology-enhanced learning and practice is in a volatile state, and everyone seems to have an opinion about the relative merits of an institutional LMS or VLE vs the cloud, with 'mash-ups' of both technologies widespread. Is compromise a real solution, or should we commit to one or the other?

It has been suggested that a well-designed VLE or LMS can support any kind of online learning activity, so there is no need to use web tools for learning. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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"Delegates at the conference could not agree whether PLEs should remain the sole domain of the learner, or whether in some way they could be incorporated into institutional infrastructures."

Christine Lampe
18:09 on 5 April 2011 (Edited 18:47 on 5 April 2011)

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