‘Must have’, ‘nice to have’ or ‘not for me’?

On December 10th the workshop VLE-functionalities was held as part of the PICTO-project VLE-user survey, in which a group of lecturers and other people who contributed to the project, participated.

On December 10th  the workshop VLE-functionalities was held as part of the PICTO-project VLE-user survey, in which a group of lecturers and other people who contributed to the project, participated. We were pleasantly surprised with the turnout, in spite of all the busy schedules a large part of the lecturers that were interviewed were present. 

For this workshop e-learning expert Wilfred Rubens was invited to give an introduction on learning with the VLE and current trends in the e-learning field. Projectmanager Wilma Groendenaal informed the participants of the workshop on the current status of the project. She shared with the lecturers how the information retrieved from the interviews was processed and which steps there still had to be taken in completing the project.

The functionalities that, so far, came to the surface while talking with the lecturers, where reviewed in smaller groups. In these groups every person was able to …how important they actually found a certain functionality for the VLE. This led to lively discussions on the way each functionality could be used, why you should use it and under which conditions.   

In this discussion got confirmed that almost all of the functionalities that were presented are considered an important part of a VLE by the participants. It also confirmed that de quality of the actual VLE is not just a matter of the right functionalities but that also user-friendliness and the possibility of expanding the VLE are important factors. To say the least: important information that the projectteam will most certainly put in the report they will write.