At the event on Friday staff and students will have an opportunity to discuss with our partner universities the tools they are using in their new generation VLE’s

From the staff survey last month, these things came out on top…

What staff would like to see in a future VLE %
Ability to change  look & feel  of VLE 55.9
Customisable home page 53.9
Drag and  drop interface 73.6
Templates can be used to generate consistent look & feel 80.9
VLE to have a variety of assessment tools 74.4
Student ability to submit assessments in a variety of formats 81.7
Online marking 70.7
Will support 2nd marking online & both markers comments made available 68.6
VLE supporting resits and special requirements 64.7
Ability to share quizzes over modules 50


We also asked what other technologies staff would like to use in their teaching. There was no overwhelming response to any single technology but blogs, wikis and teaching content delivered by mobile devices scored highest. Similarly wikis, blogs and lectures available on mobile phones and other devices such as iPods were the most popular tools for learning identified in the student survey along with interactive Flash-based activities.

If you would like to see some of these tools in action, please sign up for the Friday afternoon event, its not too late and also put your name down to get  involved in sample courses we are going to set up on Blackboard 9 and Moodle

Please get in touch via the blog ASAP