Whatever phrase you use – Learning Management System/Learning Gateway/Learning Platform/VLE – the idea of providing an interactive learning environment for students, staff and parents to access 24 hours a day can be difficult to explain in simple terms. Especially to people with different perspectives on what it should be.
Can I recommend the following video – it’s a great cartoon style explanation of a ‘learning platform’ – which is the UK-centric phrase for a Learning Management System. Featuring my two favourite characters – Mr Spleen, the Geography Teacher, and Miss Print, the school business manager.[View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdP4_7xXXVw]
There’s a really important message, supported by research, that comes at the end:
|Of course, by itself, the learning platform isn’t going to transform anything. It will all be down to how the staff and students use it.|
It’s something to remember when it comes to looking at implementing systems – sometimes the technical features take precedence over the change management planning – and in the case of learning management systems, that can be a million dollar mistake.