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Communication aspects of virtual learning environments: perspectives of early adopters

Kear, Karen (2007). Communication aspects of virtual learning environments: perspectives of early adopters. In: ED-MEDIA 2007, 25-29 June 2007, Vancouver, Canada.

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Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) are increasingly used in higher education to support communication and collaboration among students. However, there is little research into the effectiveness of VLE communication tools, and how they might be improved. This paper reports findings from interviews with teaching staff at UK universities who were early adopters of VLEs. The interviews revealed how these staff used VLE communication tools, what benefits and problems they experienced, and how VLEs might be improved to provide better support for collaborative learning.

Item Type: Conference Item
Keywords: VLE; virtual learning environment; computer-mediated communication; eLearning
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 8623
Depositing User: Karen Kear
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2014 22:37
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