Aims and Objectives


This project will build on existing VLE development work and good practice at Reading, and elsewhere, to meet the following identified current and projected needs:
  1. Expand the pedagogic models VLEs are able to support, to allow much more student-centred learning than the traditional hierarchical folder-structure offered by VLEs.
  2. Improve the portfolio functionality of VLEs so that they can be used for teaching and assessment purposes not just individual use. Explore the relationship between these kinds of portfolio and the Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR) and the portability of portfolios beyond graduation.
  3. Simplify content distribution and share across platforms to allow resources and data held and generated outside the VLE to be used within the VLE in a seamless-looking way.
To improve the functionality of our VLE by:
  • Developing a tagging facility for VLE content items
  • Exploring the possibility of developing a “recommender” feature for content items
To extend the content which can be used within our VLE by:
  • Developing a widget to enable video feedback from the ASSET resource, and other materials, to be integrated with VLE content
  • To improve the integration of content from the Destinations® and Student Stories resources with VLE(s)To improve the interoperability of our VLE and student record system to support PDP and assessment and feedback processes.
To improve the e-Portfolio functionality of our VLE to better support student personal development and planning and the recording of student achievement.
To ensure that wherever possible all developments follow open standards, are transferable to other users of the same VLE and more widely.
To embed these developments within our own institution and as widely as possible by:
  • Disseminating information about the project within the University and the wider HE sector via conference presentations, workshops, website information, emails and personal representation
  • Implementing and piloting developments in our own institution and others
  • Producing pilot case studies covering technical and pedagogic issues