6 years ago my university established a new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Blackboard that replaced a semi-official Moodle site. At the time some very basic minimum standards were required for the modules in the VLE. These included a Welcome announcement, a reading list, a module outline and some contact details for the module lecturer. Over the summer I have been asked to revisit these standards and see if they need revising. Almost certainly they do but I wanted to have a look around at what other universities are doing.
Most universities have a minimum standards for their VLE:
Looking at other universities it does raise a number of questions that I need to think about – and maybe get others involved in this discussion:
- Should we have a VLE minimum standards (MS) at all?
- How closely should the MS be linked to the overall Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy of the University.
- Do the ME need to be linked to some sort of eLearning framework?
- Should it be compulsory or voluntary?
- Who should decide on the MS (lecturers, LT manager, Head of Academic Practice, Students)?
- How do we enforce a MS?
- What do we do if lecturers don’t adhere to it?
- How do we encourage its adoption?
- Is there a better name for the MS? (Aberystwyth use ‘Required Minimum Presence’)
- What value does the VLE bring to the student experience?
TLC2016 – Reviewing Blackboard sites to raise minimum engagment across the institution:
Bristol University’s Module templates: