This suite of materials on virtual learning environments (VLEs) reflects what Ofsted has been seeing during inspections, or as the result of visits and research. It includes resources and ideas for those looking to improve their virtual learning environments.
You can watch the welcome message and download the resources.
VLE portfolio - welcome
Section 1: case studies
Case studies of providers that, in Ofsted’s judgement, have been using virtual learning environments well.
Section 2: learners’ views
Results of the Youth Sight survey commissioned by Ofsted to show what learners, in a variety of settings, think about working on a virtual learning environment. This may augment your own findings.
Section 3: from the reports
Includes two documents covering learning and skills inspections in 2010/11 and 2011/12, with extracted references to virtual learning environments and associated aspects so that you can see what has excited or concerned inspectors.
Section 4: links to other resources
A list of mainly web-based resources (updated April 2014) that may be of use in developing a virtual learning environment.
Section 5: have your say
These resources are hoped to give those who are interested in virtual learning environments some ideas or inspiration as to how they might improve their facilities. However, as this is only a very limited review of what is going on or is available, Ofsted would like to receive ideas and input, for example:
- links to new resources, applications, software, or hardware you have been using
- comments on what has worked well for you or your institution; or feedback from learners
- pictures/screenshots of some useful approach
Please email your input to firstname.lastname@example.org – comments will be published here when the resources are updated.
Section 6: Ofsted good practice
A resource that allows you to access previously published Ofsted Good Practice Reports that have a link with virtual learning environments.