This page provides links to a number of resources provide you with more information about VLEs: reviews and tutorials and other materials on how to use them.
Articles in date order, most recent first.
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"This "Quick Tour" will introduce you to the areas available for use in a Blackboard course site" From The Educational technology Center at Northeastern University
Added: 2 June 2004
Also some good pages on Planning your course, Building your course and Managing your course
"We now have two tutorials to orient you to Blackboard. These tutorials are narrated slideshows. You can move at your own speed. You can watch the slideshows that are of interest as often as you wish. One tutorial is for students and guests. It shows you how to login and access the major areas of the site. The second tutorial is for instructors. It provides a basic orientation to using Blackboard's tools for instruction." University of Pennsylvania
Added: 8 February 2002
Some narrated tutorials requiring Real player
"Microsoft is creating new technologies that are helping partners, colleges and universities rapidly develop eLearning environments that support collaboration, online learning and ecommerce. One significant way the company is supporting the growth of eLearning in higher education is through a strategic alliance with Blackboard Inc., the leading Internet infrastructure software company for e-education."
Added: 29 December 2001
Provides a good overview of Blackboard
"The resources below walk you through the basic steps for using WebCT, finding and adopting publisher courses or e-Learning Resource Packs, and using Access Codes. Whether you're an instructor, a student, or an administrator, these resources will help you get off to a good start with WebCT"
Added: 29 December 20001
For Faculty, Students and System Administrators
"With the strong set of features it developed in its academic implementations, Blackboard 5, Level One, Release 5.5, is making inroads into the corporate training and education arena. Blackboard is already used at such institutions as Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and its growing list of corporate clients includes Boeing, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Motorola." Richard V Dragan, PC Magazine, 1 July 2001
Added: 31 August 2001
A review of Blackboard by PC Magazine
Moodle Training at Our Lady's High School Preston - courses in making the most of this VLE at basic and intermediate levels. For teachers by teachers.
Added: 13 November 2007
"With the recent merger between Blackboard and WebCT creating a giant in the academic course management system (CMS) market, academic computing staffs have been casting about for alternative products ... Systems such as Sakai, Bodington, and .LRN have emerged as potential alternatives, but Moodle, an open source CMS written in a computer scripting language called PHP, has received especially enthusiastic responses from educational technologists." |Stephen Downes, Innovate, Dec 2005/Jan 2006, Vol 2 Issue 2
Added: 4 December 2005
Stephen describes Moodle's Web site that is supported by a large international online community.
"The first edition of our new Moodle Newsletter is now available."
Added: 8 November 2005
Download the newsletter as a PDF
"More and more districts, schools, and teachers are interested in conducting online courses or adding online components to existing courses. A course management system allows teachers to manage their classes, courses, assignments, activities, quizzes and tests, resources, and more in an accessible online environment. Students can log on and work anytime, anywhere." Jeffrey Branzburg, techLearning, 15 August 2005
Added: 23 August 2005
A brief introduction on how to use Moodle
"The Moodle Journal is a blog describing the highs, lows, successes and failures in deploying a VLE as part of our elearning programme at Bromley College."
Added: 17 August 2005
The Moodle Journal blog is the news and views component of Barry Spencer's MoodleTraining website that can be found at www.moodletraining.org.uk (http://cd.bromley.ac.uk/vlecourses)
"This page is a very quick guide to creating online courses with Moodle. It outlines the main functions that are available, as well as some of the main decisions you'll need to make." From Moodle.org
Added: 4 July 2005
"This document assumes your site administrator has set up Moodle and given you new, blank course to start with. It also assumes you have logged in to your course using your teacher account."
The Moodle Development blog is another useful source of what's new.
Josie Fraser's Moodle blog: "where you'll find primarily news and resource based posts for people interested in or working with Moodle. I am currently managing a project which will see the Moodle platform supporting learning and facilitating communities across five Leicestershire Colleges. So this blog will be of use to our localised community in the first instance, but I hope will be of interest to and make a positive contribution towards the wider Moodle community.
Added: 29 April 2005
Josie is an educational technologist working in the UK.