2001-03-30Konferenzveröffentlichung DOI: 10.18452/1045
Web Based Learning and Off-the-shelf Software: towards a Typology of VLE Interfaces
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
This paper: - attempts a classification of Web-based Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs). Criteria for this classification are the content, computer mediated communication and collaboration, how the VLE supports the tasks that course developers/educators have to carry out in setting up a course and how it attempts to provide a student centred, rather than a teacher centred, learning environment. - focuses on three commercially developed VLEs which the author has had experience with as educator and developer/implementer: Lotus LearningSpace, WebCT and FirstClass. It draws from the comparison of the interface of the three to build a typology of VLE interfaces. - touches on instructional design and HCI issues and looks at guidelines and issues to consider when designing VLE interfaces. It is claimed that there are aspects of interface design that enhance interactivity and help students to manage the complexity of VLEs. It points towards the use of flexible and customisable interfaces where the educator can determine those functions and features that enhance the learner experience.
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