Enhanced teaching and learning platform for 21st centaury - Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
The concept of virtual learning environment (VLE) has begun early 1960; a virtual learning environment (VLE) in educational technology is a Web-based platform for the digital aspects of courses of study, usually within educational institutions. They present resources, activities and interactions within a course structure and provide for the different stages of assessment. VLEs also usually report on participation; and have some level of integration with other institutional systems.
For teachers and instructors who edit them, VLEs may have a de facto role as authoring and design environments. VLEs have been adopted by almost all higher education institutions in the English-speaking world.
A noted development was named UrbaPLATO (Programmed Logic for Automated Teaching Operations) system developed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in a project led by Dr. Donald Bitzer during 1960, or simply called PLATO. Some rights to PLATO, including the trademark, are now owned by Edmentum (formerly PLATO Learning), which delivers managed course content over the Internet, it was considered to be first and effective internet based virtual learning environment. The PLATO system featured multiple roles, including students, who could study assigned lessons and communicate with teachers through on-line notes, instructors, who could examine student progress data, as well as communicate and take lessons themselves, and authors, who could do all of the above, plus create new lessons.
Primarily this system was designed to creates an environment facilitate teachers' management of educational courses for their students, especially a system using computer hardware and software, which involves distance learning.
During 1970 The Havering Computer Managed Learning System was developed in London, England. By 1980 it had been used by over 10,000 students and 100 teachers in applications that included science technology, remedial mathematics, career guidance, and industrial training.
And there has been lot of innovative ideas and plans have been adopted and implemented by industry majors to make the platform perfect
Jayakumar K, Digital Marketing and New Media consultant