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Supporting and guiding learners with a VLE


A Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) attempts to replicate in an online space everything learners might want to do and what a tutor might want to share as part of a programme of study. Learners are 'enrolled' to the course area. It contains a library, assignment and announcements areas.

When designed and run well, learning can be more efficient, engaging and fun. For this reason, it is important that teachers practice their craft in good learning design.

If you want to explore VLE basics, complete the module Making VLEs more inspirational first.


This module will help you to strategically approach supporting and guiding your learners using a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


To understand how a VLE can help you to strategically support your learners when completing learning activities

Digital Teaching Professional Framework

This module covers the DTPF component - B3a : Teaching context: blended learning

  • Set up learning activities in digital environments, having identified learners' needs for guidance and catering for them.
  • Interact with learners in digital environments.
  • Digitally monitor learner behaviour and offer guidance when needed.
  • Use digital technologies to remotely monitor learner progress and intervene when needed, while allowing for self-regulation.
  • Experiment with and develop new forms and formats for offering guidance and support, using digital technologies.
More about the Digital Teaching Professional Framework

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7th February 2019
Matthew Gordon

Very useful, and with some good general examples.  Report this review

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Darryl Robinson

Good links in the resources part.  Report this review

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Not all organisations have a VLE but if you do have one, it really is important to understand how to make best use of it. This is the Leading stage, which recognises you have a high level of knowledge in this area and can start to guide and support peers.