Getting Students to use the VLE Forum: What’s the Secret?

By Andrew Saxon.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Where Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Forums are used successfully, tutors report an improved student engagement with modules, and an increase in the sharing of ideas and research resources. This is seen as a desirable extension to classroom work and a good example of flexible learning. As VLE Administrator for my faculty, I have seen that some VLE module tutors have used Forums very successfully within their teaching, extending their students’ access to learning and discussion quite strongly, where others have not. In conversation with these ‘have not’ VLE module tutors on this topic, there emerges a strong desire to understand what the ‘secret’ of successful Forum use is. This paper shares the ‘secret’ of one example of successful VLE Forum use, based upon a case study.

Keywords: VLE Forum, Good Practice, Art And Design Higher Education, Moodle

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp.145-152. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 579.111KB).

Dr. Andrew Saxon

Head of Learning and Teaching Centre, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK

I lead my faculty learning and teaching development centre, and teach into the MA in Visual Communication. I also have doctoral students. My focus is on helping my colleagues to better conceive of implementing e-learning in the curriculum. my research interests include e-learning and the design of the user interface.


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