What is VLE?
VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) is a learning management system designed for schools, teachers and students. A cloud based and open standard VLE system lets schools and teachers integrate and manage teaching, learning, assessment, collaboration, feedback and learning data analysis holistically. Within the system, students can finish their schoolwork and homework, and their learning data will be available for schools and teachers for analysis so as to enhance teaching effectiveness.
What pedagogy is VLE suitable for?
VLE is suitable for the following pedagogies and even more.
Click below for details.
In the traditional teaching and learning, teachers teach in classes and students complete the assignments at home. 'Flipped classroom' is the reversed way of this, asking students to learn the basic concepts in advance (such as from online or printed materials at home before the class), and teachers can spend the class time for discussion and other activities tackling the more difficult parts.
Teachers in the USA, Singapore and Taiwan have started to 'flip the classroom'. Compared with the traditional teaching model, 'Flipped Classroom':
- facilitates classroom interaction;
- increases students' learning efficiency;
- develops students' ability to learn independently.
HKEdCity's Teacher TV and Go eLearning websites feature videos and references of 'Flipped Classroom', such as use of eLearning tools, corresponding lesson clips and teaching tips.
Collaborative learning happens when more than one student come together to learn. Compared with individual learning, collaborative learning encourages active learners.
Besides the teacher explains on a topic, students need to further explore it through various kinds of activities, such as discussion and project work. Unlike co-operative learning (or group learning), the focus is not about delegating tasks and increase productivity, but rather each student's involvement, and the possibility to gain from each other's perspectives.
With VLE, collaborative learning is made possible anytime and anywhere. We call this Collaborative Networked Learning (CNL). Compared with the traditional teaching model, 'Collaborative learning':
- emphasises on each student's accountability of learning;
- encourages critical thinking;
- improves students' social skills.
HKEdCity's Teacher TV and Go eLearning websites feature videos and references of 'Collaborative learning', such as use of eLearning tools, corresponding lesson clips and teaching tips.
In the traditional teaching and learning, teachers teach every student with the same materials and students are given same amount of time to study on them. 'Mastery learning' suggests the other way round, that different students could achieve the same level of mastery if they are allowed with the amount of time they needed, and can exceed the assumption of aptitude as limitations.
Mastery learning suggests that quality instruction in various forms would help students succeed step by step. Firstly, students are exposed to a unit's material in a standard fashion; and are tested for their mastery of the unit's objectives. Teachers could then spot those below mastery, and maximise the interaction with those in need with additional instruction.
Compared with the traditional teaching model, 'Mastery learning':
- Cater for learning diversity;
- increases students' motivation;
- develops students' personalized learning path.
HKEdCity's Teacher TV and Go eLearning websites feature videos and references of 'Mastery learning', such as use of eLearning tools, corresponding lesson clips and teaching tips.
I have participated in 'VLE for Flipped Classroom' / 'VLE Pilot Scheme'. Do I still need to register for this service?
No need. Teachers who have registered for the above are already included in the 'VLE Scheme'.
Please see here for details about the development of the scheme.
What is VLE School Adminstrator?
Schools who apply for adoption of VLE at a whole-school level would assign an administrator for daily operation needs.
For more details please refer to Admin Guide.
How do teachers and students log in to VLE?
How do teachers and students log out of VLE?
User can log out of VLE by clicking on 'Account' link, and then 'Logout' button in Global Navigation. Please click here for details.
How do teachers and students log in to Canvas Student / Teacher App?
Please click here for details.
After the course is set up, can I enrol students to the course myself?
Yes, teacher can enrol students to the course using the People page. Please click here for details.
How to create courses and enrol teachers and students to the corresponding courses?
Teacher can fill in the course provision template and send the file to following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. HKEdCity will provision users with the courses and enrol them into corresponding courses within 2 working days and notify the teacher accordingly.
Is it possible for more than one teacher to manage one course?
Yes, VLE supports more than 1 teachers per course. To enrol teachers to a course, Please click here for details.
How to change the course language?
To change language, user can click the language button on top right corner in dashboard.
User can also change their language preference in profile settings. Please click here for details.
How to manage the courses on dashboard?
By default, courses are automatically added to dashboard and display up to 20 courses.
Dashboard courses are ordered alphabetically by course name and your role in the course. Courses with instructor roles are listed first, followed by TA roles and student roles.
To customize the courses on dashboard, please click here for details.
Do I have to build everything from scratch in order to create a course in the VLE?
No, In VLE, there are several ways to import contents into a courses.
1. Import from Commons
To import contents from Commons (the resources depository in VLE), please click here for details.
2. Copy from existing courses
You can copy partial or all contents of an existing course into another course in settings on a course, , please click here for details.
3. Import from backup package file
You can import course contents with Canvas course export package file, for details, please click here for details.
How to import quizzes with excel file?
VLE support to import questions with excel file for several questions types including MC, Fill in the blank and multiple drop down.
Teachers can import only one question type at a time. To import questions, please click "Import" button on the top right corner in Quizzes page. Than follow the steps in user manual to prepare the excel file and import to VLE
Is it possible to change the logo on the top left corner?
Will I be able to use the courses I have created during the summer for my actual teaching?