How are your platforms used?
We have just been given the Luton Learning Platform (as we are a school in luton ;-) ).
Our platform comprises of 4 areas, MyDesktop, MyClasses, MyPortfolio and MyMail.
All the features in MyDesktop: Calendar, shared file areas, personal file areas, and a diary are already available on our school system, so are not needed or used.
MyClasses just makes a class dependant MyDesktop - so that is the pupil profile equivalent of our system.
MyPortfolio makes a form of PowerPoint Presentations - Microsoft PowerPoint.
MyMail - the only part of the system that might be used. We have an internal email system but it isn't used. So this one probably won't be.
Staff have had access to this learning platform for over 4 months, yet only 6 have logged on, and this is only because our office manager is forwarding emails to it.
Just really want to know if anyone else has a learning platform that is used and what features it has on it. We are in a poor area of Luton so most pupils don't have internet at home. I really can't see it's use!
You only get what you put in
The problem with VLE's is that schools want them but do not understand what they are for. If a school through SLT leadership embraces and resources the VLE it will be used. The success of a VLE is not the technology but the way in which it is used.
I've worked with some schools where they have had definate plans and over time there has been school improvement. Equally I've worked with others that had no plans no vision and the VLE was a waste of time for them. Mind you that could be said of laptops for teachers and management information systems.
How many laptops have gone to teachers that have never been used in anger, likewise every year schools collect data put it in to the MIS and never do anything with it except run reports for the LEA