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EdTech: Embedding content into VLEs to improve learning


Rather than faithfully represent an online version of a standard course, Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) enable you to add extra features and offer learners:

- flexibility in engaging with learning material,
- an opportunity to repeat a learning activity for reinforcement, and
- a social connection to other learners and tutors for advice and support.

You can improve your learners’ outcomes and the quality of their engagement and experience by including links in your VLE content to relevant, high-quality materials and resources accessible on the web.


This module will show you the benefits of embedding digital content into virtual learning environments.


After completing this module, you will be able to:

• enumerate the principal benefits of embedding digital content into virtual learning environments
• identify a range of pre-existing resources that can be embedded into a VLE to enrich and complement learning materials.

Digital Teaching Professional Framework

This module covers the EdTech component - B1a : Using teaching and learning resources with learners

  • Visualise and explain new concepts in a motivating and engaging way using digital technologies e.g. by using animations or videos.
  • Use motivating and engaging activities (e.g. games and quizzes) in digital learning environments.
  • Put learners' active uses of digital technologies central to the teaching process.
  • Allow learners actively to engage with subject matter using digital technologies, e.g. using different senses, manipulating virtual objects, varying the problem set up to enquire into its structure, etc.
  • Promote active learning in a given learning context or for a specific learning objective using appropriate digital technologies.
  • Reflect on how suitable the different digital technologies used are in increasing learners' active learning, and to adapt strategies and choices accordingly.
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11th February 2019
Lesley Bousbaine

A really good little introduction, but could do with something that says why it's a good idea to add interactive content and why a document store is not desirable.

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7th February 2019
Matthew Gordon

Simple and effective ideas---the key I think is to keep things interactive and collaborative, otherwise the 'document dump/folders and sub-folders' trap is too easy to fall into for all.

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8th February 2019
Jane Tomlinson

I feel that this was extremely basic . The module did not make any reference to the importance of having the rights to add others content to the VLE.

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27th March 2020
Alan Easingwood

Some useful information but not enough detail about the practicalities of embedding online content e.g. content which requires subscription.

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8th March 2020
Peter KIlcoyne

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3rd March 2020
dawn goodman

Useful for lecturers in getting their students to engage more with their learning, as by having links via youtube or references can help them to find what they are looking for which they can then adapt into their learning.

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22nd January 2020
Kyle Rushmere

Short but informative

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8th January 2020
Samantha Jellyman

I nice simple introduction to VLE's if its something that you are new too, or considering. But the different platforms available do vary quite significantly but the benefits are to learners are still there

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24th November 2019
Gail Maddix

this was very interesting-will be meeting with SLT to chat about this

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21st October 2019
Sarah Strover

As a VLE Coordinator, I think this module provides a great insight into the expanded use of VLEs for educators who would otherwise only use them as content repository or for assignment submissions.

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11th October 2019
Natasha Darby

Our Response: Thank you for the positive feedback!
30th September 2019
Gary Dring

Our Response: Cool!
18th September 2019
Rich Buckley

Our Response: Great thanks!
24th August 2019
Andrew Doughty

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4th June 2019
Ian Sparke

First look at these online resources on the Enhance platform and they seem very well produced and easy to follow. They will be very useful for our staff to engage with for their CPD.

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2nd June 2019
Gillian Auld

Our Response: Great thanks!
28th May 2019
Valeria Panyko

This unit highlights the significance of VLE. Embedding high quality interactive content to our lessons and providing our students with resources they can use in their own time outside lessons not only extends their learning hours but makes the subject more enjoyable and fun. Also, this way we are equipping our students with technical and problem-solving skills they need in their personal and their work lives.

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15th May 2019
Mustafa Vanancio

Good resources to explore.

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27th April 2019
stacey Wood

Our Response: Great thanks!
23rd April 2019
Nedas Laurinavicius

Our Response: Looks like we did not quite meet your expectations. Thanks for your feedback.
2nd April 2019
Tony Shakespeare

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26th March 2019
Darryl Robinson

A good, short little introduction. Doesn't bombard you with in depth technical information which is important if you are just entering this field.

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13th March 2019
Paula Kilburn

Our Response: Thank you for the encouraging feedback!
11th March 2019
James Spivey

Our Response: Glad this module met your expectations!
9th March 2019
Susanna Brandon

Our Response: Cool!
5th March 2019
Adrian Capstick

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19th February 2019
heather field

Our Response: Great thanks!
8th February 2019
Jess Ellett

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