VLE Presentation Event May 21st

As I mentioned last week we are making preparations to hold an event here at Edge Hill with two other HEI’s who are going to come along and share VLE experiences!!

 We are holding the presentation event on Friday 21st May 2010 1.00pm – 3.00pm  Lecture Theatre SPS Building

 The two presentations will be from Coventry University and The University of Northampton.   This is going to be an exciting event where colleagues will get an opportunity to see for real two new VLE’s – Blackboard 9 and Moodle.  The presentations will cover the real key areas which we have been exploring with academic colleagues and there will be plenty of time for questions.

 Invitations to the event will be going out from the end of this week and places are limited to 40 and booking will be online. 

We want this to be as interactive as possible and welcome all your in put and ideas, all comments welcome

VLE Evaluation..Phase 2 begins

Phase 2 now underway….

As the VLE Review Project progresses through Phase 2 of its life cycle we move into the evaluation of VLE Systems.  The VLE Review Project Board has taken an executive decision to focus this phase of the project on two current latest release VLE Systems, Blackboard and Moodle.

The VLE Review Group are about to begin work with two universities who are happy to get involved and share their knowledge and experience of their recent projects which involved a transition to a new VLE.  They are able to offer the academic, technology and IT infrastructure perspective which is vital in terms of how we evaluate Blackboard and Moodle.  Visits to the sites have been arranged but there is to be a follow up event here at Edge Hill to allow a wider audience to meet the teams and explore the key components of their VLE’s via a presentation and then question and answer session.

More information and invitations coming soon..

VLE Review Academic Staff Survey


We have already had a great response to the academic staff survey which was circulated just before the Easter break.  Up to now there have been over 90 responses which is very encouraging.  The survey is looking in more detail around the important requirements in terms of a future VLE and its role in teaching and learning at Edge Hill.   This is a great opportunity to have your say.

The project is moving along and the next phase will include  academic staff and students being invited to discussions with colleagues from across the UK who have moved recently to a new VLE and also get a chance to test out the new technologies both Blackboard and others are using.

We will be keeping all staff and students posted about future events and so watch out for dates and news

The survey is still open so if you haven’t completed it yet you can still get involved, the survey will close on 23rd April.

Please get in touch with either Professor Mark Schofield or any members of the review team if you want to get involved when we begin testing and being creative with new technology!