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Enhancing the VLE

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Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) have become increasingly important in higher education (HE), providing a range of digital tools to support teaching and learning. With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing a shift towards online learning, there is now even greater emphasis and reliance on these systems. This means that now more than ever the effectiveness and usability of a VLE will have a direct impact on the user’s learning experience.

The aim of this learning circle is to identify and discuss possible enhancements to the Warwick VLE (Moodle) to make it more usable, accessible, and user-friendly to help overcome some of the difficulties and frustrations when using the system. The group will focus on the user experience of staff and students and will explore various aspects of the VLE such as usability and accessibility, visual design and the graphical user interface as well as plugins and technologies that can extend the functionality of the VLE.

This WIHEA Learning Circle will:

  • Capture staff and student experience and feedback to evaluate the usability of the VLE and to identify areas for improvement.
  • Make recommendations to help inform and steer the development of the VLE at Warwick.
  • Share best practice and solutions to problems.
  • Act as a forum for new ideas and initiatives.
  • Evaluate new VLE technologies and tools.

If you wish to join this open Learning Circle, please email Richard Clay (richard.clay@warwick.ac.uk) or Jim Judges (j.judges@warwick.ac.uk).

Current members of this Learning Circle:

  • Lory Barile
  • Rob Batterbee
  • Lewis Beer
  • Judith Brown
  • Nic Bullen
  • Stephen Bromfield
  • Richard Clay (co-lead)
  • Sarah Dahl
  • Nicholas Jackson
  • Jim Judges (co-lead)
  • Celine Martin
  • Leda Mirbahai
  • Zeina Rihawi
  • James Roscoe
  • Amy Stickels
  • Farrah Vogel-Javeri