Virtual Learning Environments (VLE)

Virtual Learning Environment

Unlike a virtual classroom, a virtual learning environment is an online-based platform that allows you to enhance an in-class experience, with, for example, digital communication, interaction and quizzes or polls run via the VLE.

Lesson goals and objectives

In this lesson you will learn:

  • How VLE’s support learning?
  • the most common VLE platforms
  • an approach to developing a VLE

A virtual learning environment allows you to:

  • plan courses or lessons;
  • create, store and disseminate learning content;
  • communicate between student and teachers;
  • include interaction and personalisation in your learning delivery;
  • set and gather assessments and provide feedback;
  • use learning analytics to track engagement.

The most common examples of VLE’s are: Moodle and Blackboard.

You can view a video about each platform below:

There are other options and here are’s ‘Best online learning platforms of 2020: LMS and VLE for education’. The Best online learning platforms – at a glance

When selecting a virtual learning environment, you need to compare the advantages and disadvantages of each platform.

If you do not currently have a VLE in operation, you shouldn’t rush the implementation of it.

Rather, you could consider using the following four-part approach to developing a VLE, created by the EdTech Hub.

Less than

of institutions use VLE data to predict student performance

Retention can increase up to


when learning online

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