Risk managing your VLE: strategic implications for learning providers

Farrier, Stephen, Gannon-Leary, Pat and Turnock, Chris (2008) Risk managing your VLE: strategic implications for learning providers. In: IADIS International Conference e-Learning 2008, 22-25 July 2008, Amsterdam.

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This paper is of interest to those who use mediated platforms as VLE's/MLE's virtual learning environments and managed learning environments within the context of either a LMS, learning management system or CMS, content management system. These acronyms serve only to define the confusing and sometimes highly complex nature of that by which we now choose to mediate the communication and delivery of our learning programmes / products. The delivery of mediated learning has continued to evolve expedientially with greater emphasis being placed upon meeting new, more mobile technologies that are closely related to the user interface, as exposed by both the learner and the deliverer. The development of new and evolving learning technologies to enhance the learners experience has led to a greater reliance upon available ITC mediated VL platforms that appear to create a learning solution, academically and functionally, both for the learner and the learning provider. This has placed a greater pressure upon learning providers to meet both the commercial cost and the pedagogical implications of these as part of their strategic planning and development. The focus of this paper is related to the authors' experience in measuring and managing risk potential within the context of establishing capacity building, appropriateness, economic justification and sustainable platform evolution as a pedagogical and technological focus of Northumbria University's future strategic direction, as a global leader in the delivery of higher education. The implications of this study are of interest to those who understand the fragility exposed to large organic learning institutions such as Universities and colleges of further education in the form of the dictation of commercially driven products (VLE/MLE's) and the impact this has had on radically shifting the emphasis of the delivery of learning and the choices we make in relation to our stakeholders.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: risk management, mediated learning, learning environments, strategic design
Subjects: X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 07 May 2009 09:40
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 14:34
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2158

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