Talking from personal experience, most of the staff at the school where I work as an IT technician didn't have a clue what a VLE was when I brought up the subject in 2005/06, and SLT for the most part still have a vague notion of what can be achieved. I may not be able to extrapolate my own experience across the whole of the secondary sector, but from the posts on here I don't feel as if I'm alone in thinking this. As a consequence, the change management was handled by me, and the VLE is now embedded in school life to such an extent that when the head presented SLT priorities for the coming year the VLE was at the top.
A lot of the posts above are based on a technological view, and not from a "change management view" Typical from this kind of forum of course, since its predominantly Techie based.
On the contrary, the push comes from the grassroots, the end users, the pupils. In our school I'd helped set up a Photography course online, and with some bought in material we introduced the VLE to ICTAC staff before the summer break in 2008, hoping they would feed back to their faculties. There was an intensive month's training when school re-opened in September, and then the pupils were given sight of it in October. It wasn't until staff were being pestered by their charges, "Sir, why haven't you put anything on the VLE?" that the amount of work put forward, and interest in the VLE began to rise.
The push for VLE/Learning Platforms has to be from the top. A top down approach you might say.
Who provides the material for the VLE then?
Oh yeah and of course, remember this software is about the Learners and Parents rather than the Teachers!
Some folk call this doing your research. Schools may be required to have a VLE, but taking the first one that comes along is not a good idea and can lead to both time and money being wasted.
The problem with schools/IT Techs is they spend far to long procrastinating about products and things they have to do, which ultimately wastes time.
In my experience, and it seems from contributors to these forums, running a VLE is often thrust on the IT technician; is it any wonder they procrastinate "about products and things they have to do"?
It's not my intention to rubbish any group here, or in school, we often feel as if we're the only put upon party in an organization whether we're teachers, technicians, admin staff or pupils.