Title: Experiences of using a VLE with a concentrated class

Authors: Diane Richardson, Brian Watts

Addresses: School of Contemporary Studies, De Montfort University, Polhill Avenue, MK41 9EA, Bedford, UK. ' School of Computing Sciences, De Montfort University, The Gateway, LE1 9HB, Leicester, UK

Abstract: The paper is based on the authors| experiences of using the virtual learning environment (VLE), WebCT, at De Montfort University, in Leicester and in Milton Keynes, in two first year Computing modules over two years with large and small classes. The paper evaluates the VLE from both the tutors| and the learners| perspectives and comments on practical issues and problems. Performance issues, staffing and student assessment are discussed. The authors offer solutions, recommend good practice for the use of a VLE and consider future trends.

Keywords: virtual learning environments; VLEs; WebCT; VLE assessment; higher education; computing education; online learning; UK.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2005.006796

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2005 Vol.15 No.1/2, pp.108 - 120

Published online: 15 Apr 2005 *

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