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In this article, Neil Hughes discusses the role that VLE/LMSs play in blended/hybrid learning.
Diagrammatic representation of a virtual learning environment.
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Asynchronous delivery in Higher Education contexts has been closely associated with the online dimension delivered through Learning Management Systems (LMSs) or Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) as they are referred to in the UK.

There is a large number of these with some such as Blackboard, Campus and Moodle, more well known than others. To get a better sense of the size of this market, read Learning Management Systems that appears in one of what I consider to be the ‘go to’ education technology blogs,

LMSs/VLEs tend to provoke strong emotions of either love or hate with very little in between! Which platforms have you encountered either as a teacher or a student? What do you love and/or hate about them? Use comments below to share your thoughts.

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