Intro to Networked Collaboration

Virtual Learning Environment

It is amazing what the virtual teaching environment is capable of doing to enrich the learning experience.  It not only allows for thoughts and ideas to be transported globally through words and paragraphs, but it allows for emotions, thoughts, expressions, and experience to be exchanged through music, videos, and images.  A classroom environment can capture this only to the extent of the classroom walls.  A virtual teaching environment involves people from all over the world to share interests, ideas, and experiences.  Through this diversity, students learn about the topic of discussion and also about different cultures, value systems, and how things are viewed differently.  It even increases collaboration through generations, allowing those who might not be able to get to the school during classroom hours, to share their information and experiences.
Through a virtual environment, students and teachers are able to share an abundance of resources that would not be available in the classroom.  They can easily sample and transport different resources.  All the information is relatively up to date compared to the average textbook that takes a year and a half to get published.


March 14, 2008 - Posted by | education, VLE | , ,


  1. Yeah, that’s really interesting. I’m not that old but I remember taking a correspondence course several years ago (which was the equvialent to online/virtual learning), and the contrasts are amazing. The sort of interaction this class in particular is having was un-thought of in that time.

    Comment by seth81 | March 17, 2008 | Reply

  2. Something else I’ve noticed with online classmates is the willingness to share information and thoughts more freely that otherwise may have not been exchanged because someone was shy or introverted. The online environment also gives people anonymity and direct and instant access to information and resources not possible in a traditional classroom.

    Comment by tra2008 | March 20, 2008 | Reply

  3. Yes, you guys have hit the nail on the head. Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) signify a paradigmatic shift in educational experience. Sharing resources across time and space is part and parcel of that. Where once, learning was about knowledge transmission (teacher lecturing to student), now it’s about knowledge building. Where once it was teacher-centered, now it’s learner-centered, and where once it was passive learning, now it’s active learning. I’m excited about where it’s going to go from here…

    Comment by funksoup | April 9, 2008 | Reply

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